Body and Movement


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Yoga at Oscailt

For us, Yoga is about working with each individual body, building strength from the inside out, and opening to the flow of life.

We believe that everyone can practice and benefit from yoga regardless of age, experience, or level of flexibility.

Oscailt aims to create a sanctuary where mind, body and spirit get a chance to recharge, and chill out.

Sue Paffrath Yoga

Sue whole heartedly believes in the transformative nature of yoga, a spiritual practice which has become an integral part of her life. As a practitioner, she has first-hand experience of the enriching aspects of yoga including; stress reduction and relaxation, improved strength and flexibility, increased focus, concentration, clarity and equanimity, greater breath and body awareness, and in general, better coping skills with life’s stresses.

Recently she embarked on a teacher training with Niamh Daly of Yinstinct. Niamh’s training focused on teaching yoga for the stages of Menopause. As a woman in her 40s, with a changing body and perspective, Sue has become acutely aware of the challenges that face women, as a result of menopause. She believes that women seem to silently struggle as islands, with little support from their peers or society, because menopause is not openly discussed. For whatever reason this may be; societal prejudices, judgement or ignoran. Sue strongly believes that we need to start a conversation about women’s hormonal lives to improve awareness of, and to demystify menopause.

The purpose of her new class, ‘Yoga for the Stages of Menopause’ is to support, empower and advocate for women during this period of their lives, through the practice of yoga. With the hope that women will become more informed about what is going on in their bodies and mind, developing insights into what are normal struggles, they can live with, and perhaps struggles that they will need help with. The class will incorporate a range of yoga practices aimed at nourishing the changing needs of our bodies from a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual perspective.

Sue discovered yoga over 20 years ago, but did not start a dedicated and regular practice until she came in contact with the ashtanga vinyasa system in 2007. At present, her main practice is mysore- style Ashtanga Yoga, and her teachers are Amy Kokoszka and Sarah Durney Hatcher. Sue has attended workshops and retreats with some of the finest international teachers including Danny Paradise, David Williams, David Swenson, Brian Cooper, Laruga Glasser, Ana Forest, Claire Missingham and Gingi Lee.

Sue has been teaching part-time since 2013, having completed a 500 hour Diploma in Yoga Teaching with Yoga Therapy Ireland, which is accredited with the Yoga Alliance. In addition to this, she has completed a 16 month training to become a Yoga Therapist, so that she can work one to one with people, or in therapy groups, using yoga to help with specific problems. Owing to this training, she was able to spend a year teaching yoga to a group of recovering alcoholics with the Dublin Simon Community. An experience, where she learned a great deal and one she immensely enjoyed. During the day, she works as a Renal Nurse Specialist, and has an honours degree in Natural Science from Trinity College, Dublin.

Gentle Yoga Class

Mondays, 5.45pm – 7.00pm, with John McGuire in the Yoga Room

Gentle Yoga is a unique sequence of movements and postures which is suitable for beginners and early improvers. The practice is designed to increase flexibility, release hidden energy and relieve stress. Gentle Yoga is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness. Full details of the benefits which the practice delivers are available on the Gentle Yoga website:

Each class includes a warm up which starts with movements to loosen up the lower back, stretch the spine open the hips and concludes with the Dasha Chalana churnings which bring attention to the ankles, the knees, the waist, the shoulders and the neck. The warm up is followed with some standing postures and a modified flow of sun salutations. The practice continues with some seated postures involving gentle forward bending, backbends and twists. It concludes with a few minutes of relaxation in Savasana after which you will leave the studio with a relaxed body and a calm mind.

Anthony Kearney Yoga

Wednesdays, 6-7pm, in the Yoga Room

In this class we will build awareness of the body and the breath, the pace at which they move and how they move. The regulation of the breath is important because it focuses the mind, in this class you will learn simple breathing techniques and asanas, (steady, comfortable yoga postures). This class will help you understand what right effort means in our yoga practice and our lives.

Yoga Teachers at Oscailt – Profiles

John McGuire, Yoga Instructor, Oscailt, Dublin
Yoga Instructor

John McGuire

John McGuire, Yoga Instructor, Oscailt, Dublin

Yoga Instructor

John McGuire

During his two decade yoga journey, John has practiced Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and more recently, Shadow Yoga with a number of inspirational teachers including Dave Curtis, Anthony Kearney, Yvonne Treacy and Karen Watson.

In 2013, he decided to participate in a three-year Teacher Training Programme under the guidance of Dave Curtis and was delighted to become a certified teacher in 2016.

Tel:087 255 1723


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