An Irish forum to discuss pragmatic sustainability??

I’m wondering if others are finding it difficult to source stuff that’s produced sustainably. In the past, I didn’t have money to buy things so this was not a problem for me. I mean, I had to buy petrol and tax and insure a car, and insure myself as a yoga teacher, but I was always one step behind in these things and I had more or less accepted that I would be in a state of (im)permanent penury, given the difficulty I had reconciling the idea of making money with the idea that we are living, collectively, as a species, in a way that exploits and destroys the habitats and chances for evolutionary exploration of most other large species. Anyhow, for some reason (I’ll go into this another time) I have overcome my misgivings for now, and as a result (I believe) I’m now able to consider making choices about what to buy, and what to invest in. What immediately becomes apparent is how difficult it is to buy sustainably produced products. I’m not talking about food – though that’s difficult enough if you’re living marginally – I mean with the things you need to run a business. Printer cartridges. Paper – does anyone know where you can buy recycled printer paper that competes, in price, with non-recycled stuff? I’ve come across this before, of course, and I know that industry manipulates the market place and has put recyclers out of business. But don’t we, as consumers (yey! I’m now a proper consumer – making consumer choices!) have some clout, some leverage in what we decide to buy? Isn’t that how it’s supposed to work? So, for instance, if we set up a forum here in Ireland for all those who were interested in sustainability at a level where that doesn’t just mean window dressing, could we not work out, together, some way of deciding which businesses to support – and which to boycott? If this already exists, can someone point me to it?


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Terms and Conditions May Apply

Watched the documentary ‘Terms and Conditions May Apply’ with my son the other day. In a sense, it says nothing any sensible person isn’t already aware of: the internet giants sell information on all of us, and profit from our need to feel connected. However, seeing the film/documentary makes you suddenly sit up and wonder why you are allowing yourself to be manipulated in this way, if it is not absolutely necessary. I’ve closed down my FB page in the past (I have a very old one that I thought I’d closed down and that lurks like Banquo’s ghost, now inaccessible to me, reminding me of events that happened ten years ago or more). However, I’ve always thought that the benefits – given that I live a long way from any of the people I grew up with, and from members of my family, and given that I’m self-employed and need to let people know about my business, and for a myriad host of other reasons to do with idle curiosity, a sense of feeling as though I belong, the slightly anxious feeling that I’m not quite as good as others (doesn’t Fakebook do that? To a large degree?) and wanting to know what people are up to, and what events might be going on in the area – outweigh the harms. Now I’m not so sure. I’m going to see if I can reclaim, not my privacy, but my capacity to bring more attention to the kind of persona I present on the vast, shallow surface that reflects and shapes us in the virtual world. I’ve always been fairly conscious of the disconnect between the myths we create to project an image and the realities that are far less fluid, more full of contradiction and complexity, not to mention flesh and blood and breath, than those images can ever capture. So if you’re looking for updates on Yoga classes, you’ve come to the right place. I’ll be updating this more regularly. I’ll also be updating my other blog which relates to my PhD research. I have a viva in a couple of weeks so I’m rather focused on that for now but when that’s done, and I’ve corrected what needs to be corrected, I’ll be putting sections of my thesis online. I may edit bits and put them here too.

Take care, dear people. Pay attention to what is going on.

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Tough Mudder, Yoga and Zazen

DSCF2909Your #toughmudder Yoga teacher is back and ready to take you through the basics of Yoga asana, pranayama and relaxation, and also the results of my research into compassion, humility and forgiveness. Yoga is not easy, and practicing this way is not weak. It teaches you to become assertive without anger or bitterness, and to enrich your understanding of all your relationships. Are you up for the challenge? Yoga and zazen. Practicing the way of living in the imperfect, dynamic, beautiful, painful here and now. Shanti. Shanti. Shanti.

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Yoga registration eve – reminder

Yoga registration evening 1st September in IWA Belmullet 7.30-8.30. For full timetable see earlier post or pick up a timetable on the night but in essence, 20 euro deposit secures a place. Through the practice of physical, emotional and breath awareness and regulation, we begin to experience a radical acceptance of everything and this, paradoxically, is what transforms. Tues class is in  Áras Inis Gluaire , all others in the Irish Wheelchair Association Belmullet. Mon: beginners 7.30-8.45, Tues full Hatha 7.30-8.45, Thurs vinyasa 7.15-8.15, Thurs pranayama and nidra 8.25-9.15, Fri deep stretching 7.30-8.45. Please book. Please bring a mat. Looking forward to some post Tough Mudder teaching! 

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Timetable for Autumn Yoga in Erris

Timetable for Yoga with Lucy

There will be a registration day on 1st Sept in the IWA between 7.30 and 8.30pm in Belmullet or you can book by phone, text or email. Looking forward to deepening the practice with you!



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A short yoga nidra practice

I was asked to share a record of some sections of the workshop I gave on Tuesday. This is a first attempt. The equipment I have is basic so there is a background ‘hum’. No harm. Let me know if you have specific comments or observations. 


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Reminder: Yoga workshops in beautiful Erris over the summer…

Reminder! Amended dates for Yoga workshops in Beautiful Erris
Starting tomorrow…

1. Relax and breathe: Tues 22nd July, Tues 5th Aug 7-9 pm.

2. Inversions, rotations, arm balances (good level of fitness required), Thurs 24th July, Thurs 7th Aug 7-9 pm.

3. Yoga for deep stretching: Sat 26th July, Sat 9th Aug 10-12 noon.

4. Introduction to Yoga Tues 29th July, Tues 19th Aug 7-9 pm.

5. A full Hatha Yoga practice Thurs 31st July, Thurs 21st Aug 7-9 pm.

6. Post natal Yoga Sat 2nd Aug, Sat 23rd Aug 10-12 noon.

Please bring a Yoga mat except for workshop 1

Cost: 20 euro per workshop or any three for 50 euro. Book now!
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Yoga Workshops in Erris

Twelve workshops in total on six themes, each offered twice

One to one Yoga instruction also available – 45 euro per hour – get in touch if you are in the area!


Relax and breathe: Tues 22nd July and Tues 5th Aug 7-9pm (suitable for wheelchair users)

Invert, rotate and balance: Thurs 24th July and Thurs 7th Aug 7-9pm (experienced only)

Yoga for deep stretching: Sat 26th July and Sat 9th Aug 10-12 noon (suitable for all)

Introduction to Yoga: Tues 29th July and Tues 19th Aug 7-9pm (suitable for beginners)

A full Hatha Yoga practice: Thurs 31st July and Thurs 21st Aug 7-9pm (some experience needed)

Post natal Yoga: Sat 2nd Aug and Sat 23rd Aug 10-12 noon (new Mums after 8 weeks!)


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Bodhi is not a tree
the clear mirror has no stand
from the beginning there is not a single thing
in what place can there be dust?

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What this site’s about

I teach Yoga in Erris, Co Mayo. I’ve been teaching Yoga for a long time now and I hope I’m getting better at it.

If you just want to stretch, strengthen and relax, you’re welcome to come along. I want to deepen your experience but I’m never going to judge you. If you want to know more, read on.

A lot of what I teach relates to my attempts to understand how to live, through philosophical investigation and practice. I’m finishing off a PhD in Philosophy and this heavily influences how I think and what I say. Above all, I seek to elicit compassion and humility so we can be kinder in our dealings with one another and more considerate in how we relate to the world.

We are living in an increasing emergency, ecologically, and this affects everything. None of us knows how fast this emergency will unfold: the future is hard to predict! But there are various things we can do to mitigate its impact: exercise compassion and humility in our dealings with one another, take as much responsibility as possible for our own health and well-being, adapt our lives to recognise the kind of limits that exist in the world, and reduce the suffering of ourselves and others by noticing, defending ourselves against, and watching the burning out of the violence and aggression we are enmeshed in.

It’s never perfect but if you’re prepared to make the effort, an integrated life is beyond riches.

For current times and types of class, please contact me. This is how April/May is looking:

Mon 21 April – new Hatha Yoga class (tbc)

Tues 22 April – new Beginner’s Hatha Yoga class 8-9pm six weeks

Tues day class 11-12noon ongoing

Wed 23 April – Hatha Yoga with emphasis on the Tha (or Yin) – holding poses longer, slower stretches, warmer room 8-9pm four weeks left

Thurs 24 April – Hatha Yoga with emphasis on the Ha (or Yang) – vinyasa flow class – stronger, faster sequences 8-9pm four weeks left

All courses 45 euro for six weeks; 10 euro drop in (but please text or email to book a space first – classes can get overfull otherwise!)

Mon and Tues classes suitable for all, Wed and Thurs need some experience

You need a Yoga mat: I have a couple of spares but if you need to borrow, please check that they’re available (and it’s healthier for you to have your own). You practice Yoga asanas in bare feet, wearing clothing you can stretch in. You might want to bring a rug for the relaxation section of the class.

Awaken stillness

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