Burren Yoga is an award-winning retreat holiday that offers yoga classes, mindful meditation sessions, and daily guided outings in Ireland.
Dara Loughrey teaches meditation, Vinyasa, and Restorative yoga in Dublin. She also has run retreats in Bali, India, and Australia. Her classes are flowing and range from very gentle practices, suitable for all ages, to stronger more challenging practices, designed to remove energy blocks for more experienced practitioners. Dara takes care that each person is able to do the postures and gives gentle variations to anybody who would like to go easier. She brings this level of care for each person in her class, so nobody feels out of their depth.
Dave is the founder of Burren Yoga and has over 30 years of experience in yoga and meditation. He followed his vision, designed and built Burren Yoga in 1999 wishing to provide an ideal environment for people to learn and deepen their practice of yoga and meditation.
Bella Hancock first practiced yoga as a child, when she was introduced to the practice by a family friend. She was fortunate enough to attend classes at high school and then practiced for many years on and off until she undertook the commitment to train as a teacher and deepen her study of yoga and meditation in 2000. She has lovely soft light energies and brings to you a sense of openness and ease in her presence.
Eleanor Dawson has lovely soft energies and has been practicing yoga since the 1990s. She completed her 750-hour yoga teacher training in the ViniYoga tradition and this form of yoga modifies the postures and practices so they are tailored to suit each individual person so that anybody can practice yoga. Eleanor brings mindfulness and awareness to all her teaching, and this helps bring one’s awareness into the present moment and to help let go of any cares or worries. As Eleanor guides you to tune inwards in the present moment, you will begin to feel a sense of peacefulness within.
Kathryn Moynihan teaches Vinyasa yoga and meditation full-time in Cork city. Her classes flow and range from very gentle practices suitable for all ages to stronger, more challenging practices designed to remove energy blocks for more experienced practitioners. Kathryn places a lot of emphasis on the breath and brings it into all of her classes. Aside from teaching Vinyasa yoga, Kathryn also teaches Yin yoga and restorative yoga.
In 2002, Carmel undertook her first 200-hour yoga teacher training course and later went on to complete a diploma in yoga therapy with the yoga teacher training. Carmel holds a diploma in anatomy and physiology. She was fortunate to also be interested in meditation from an early age and later went on to study Transcendental meditation and found the stress-relieving benefits of meditation to be life transforming. Carmel also has a love for Tai Chi, and she studied fluid power, the Vinyasa wave with Shiva Rea to create unique and novel Vinyasa sequences.
Niamh Jones is a very experienced yoga teacher and she has taught many very successful Yoga Boot Camps before and has been teaching at the Burren Yoga and Meditation Centre for many years. Niamh is a qualified Bikram yoga teacher and also a qualified Ashtanga yoga teacher and has also been practicing and teaching meditation for many years. She has a lovely easy-going personality and takes the time with each person to ensure they understand the practices that she is teaching and also encourages each person in a wonderful way to reach towards your own potential.
David Muehsam is an amazing yoga teacher. He has a breadth and a depth to his yoga experience like few other yoga teachers in the world. David is a one of a handful of teachers worldwide to be given authorization directly from Pattabhi Jois, a guru of Ashtanga yoga. David is an extremely highly qualified yoga teacher with a huge background in Iyengar and Ashtanga and he deepens the practice by including many inner techniques of Swami Satyananda Saraswati.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
Astrid teaches a heart-centered approach bringing together breath awareness, mindfulness meditation, and a sensitive yoga practice in a very enjoyable and easy to follow way. Her classes will awaken the body, remove stiffness, and sluggishness, and bring a soft alertness which brings calm and peacefulness to one’s being. Astrid’s classes include breathwork, sun salutations, some gentle postures, some more challenging, generally following the Sivananda yoga sequence, yoga Nidra deep relaxation, and also breath focused mindfulness meditation.
Karolina began practicing Vinyasa flow incorporating breathing and awareness into the physical practice. Over the years Karolina has taught Hatha yoga, Vinyasa yoga, and Restorative yoga. She also teaches pranayama (breathing practices), yoga Nidra (deep relaxation), and meditation. Karolina believes that yoga is for everybody and modifies the postures to make her classes suitable for all ages and all levels of ability. Her instruction is very clear and her classes have a lovely pace including awareness of the breath and guiding one’s awareness inwards.
Grainne has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and currently, she teaches a number of different styles of yoga including Yoga Flow, Yin yoga, Restorative yoga, Hot yoga and also Vinyasa yoga. She has always been very interested in the breath and how yoga can be so powerful at transformation on many levels but yet to the untrained eye looks so simple from the outside. Grainne likes to keep her classes varied and versatile so that students are kept on their toes and never know what to expect.
from Ireland, October 2018
"Brilliant....total relaxation "
The food was only fabulous. ...and I'm not even a vegetarian. The location and comfort were amazing. The people on the retreat were great fun. And lastly but certainly not least Eleanor Dawson is a fantastic yoga.....so relaxing, so knowledgeable, brilliant. Dave our host runs the retreat so well.....keeping us on track at all times. It was brilliant I will be back xx
from Ireland, September 2018
"A gem of a location,a relaxing and inviting host "
The food was absolutely fantastic and so good. Paddi and Sam made the best meals i have tasted. The warm welcome received from Dave and the location in the unique setting of the burren. Karolina was an excellent instructor and was so helpfull and such a good instructor. The furniture throughout was so awesome and unique.
from Great Britain, July 2018
"Lovely place to unwind and refresh "
The retreat was everything I could have hoped for. The accommodation was comfortable, welcoming and the food was amazing. The yoga instruction was pitched perfectly for beginners as well as for the more experienced. The outings were varied, well organised, and the local knowledge that Dave has means that you visit places you would not find on your own.
I spent a wonderful week of meditation and yoga at the Burren Yoga Retreat during April 2017. This was my second visit to the retreat which is superbly run and organised. The centre draws me back for many reasons including the tranquility of the location; a real rustic down to earth feel with a blend of uplifting spirituality and peace; the exquisite vegetarian food professionally prepared; the day trips to the the beautiful Burren landscape with lunch at the finest local restaurants with menus to suit all tastes. Any one of these is reason enough to come to this wonderful place. Above all it’s the quality of the teaching.