Yoga Festival

Galway Yoga Festival, September 9th 2018

Knocknacarra Community Center, 9:30am – 6pm

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Photography by Monkia Gonha

Nourish your mind, body and soul with a host of different kinds of yoga from the absolute beginners to advanced, to deeply spiritual, to mindfulness and meditation.  From embodiment and movement to breathing techniques.  From wild and free to calm and content and back again.  In a location surrounded by the beautiful trees and nature of Barna woods, with massage & holistic therapy available on site.  This is not a festival to be missed. We are bringing together a bunch of absolutely amazing teachers to share their knowledge and wisdom for this one day festival.  There will be a variety of yoga styles coming from traditions based in the North & South of India.  Including Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Satyananda, Partner, Kundalini, Gong Baths, Ayurveda, Mindfulness & neuro-plasticity, meditation, Secret garden teas and cakes & much more.  All of the teachers are highly trained and experienced and bring a depth of knowledge and awareness into their practice.

Namaste image courtesy of Shawn Perez under license.

Over the course of the day there will be 9 different classes/workshops and there is something for everyone.

Knocknacarra Community centre and park is in a beautiful location in West Galway City beside the stunning Barna Woods, creating a sense of being away from it all, immersed in nature.  There are huge & beautiful trees, expansive green areas and an all encompassing sense of being in nature. This one day retreat is a fantastic getaway to relax the mind, awaken the heart, restore and rejuvenate the body.

Due to weather considerations, we will have the workshops inside.  However, everyone is free to have a walk or sit and meditate in the woods or park at any time before, during or after the festival.


Eilis O’Regan Has been practicing Ashtanga yoga for over 20 years.  She practices the Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga.  She has been teaching since 2008 and runs the Galway yoga space in Galway City and Tuam which is dedicated to bringing highly trained Ashtanga teachers to Galway, training and supporting participants in Ashtanga yoga.  Elis also teaches restorative/gentle classes based on the Ashtanga primary series with principles to suit all ages and abilities.

Paul Hardiman  Has been practicing yoga since 1994.  With a martial arts background, he shifted his focus to yoga after being introduced to it by Katrina. He continued his practice of yoga in Los Angeles in a variety of styles having fun with teachers Steve Ross and Kathryn Budig, eventually leading to his teacher training with Yogaworks in Santa Monica under the guidance of Malachi Melville, Birgitte Kristen, Anne Van Valkenburg and Colleen Garrity. His yoga is inspired by the classical Ashtanga, Iyengar and Viniyoga schools, all in the lineage of Krishnamacharya complemented by Alan Finger’s deep knowledge of meditation and the subtle body.  He has expanded his interests to Thai Yoga Massage and his classes tend to be strong and energetic with a Qi Gong influence, and always with a light-hearted approach.

Lokesh Joshi Grew up in India within the yogic community and with the yogic traditional education.  He moved into the sciences and is at the leading edge of research into sugar and its effect on the body & mind.  Lokesh is very involved in the Mindful Way in NUIG.  He is still connected to his yogic roots and we are very lucky to have him come and speak about his understanding of mindfulness and how to bring this into our daily lives with ease.

Ellen Baggs Is a qualified Iyengar Yoga Instructor. Ellen originally started her yoga practice in the UK, studying different disciplines of Yoga before discovering Iyengar Yoga when she moved to Ireland. The importance of alignment, proper sequencing, safety and accessibility for all levels and abilities that characterise the Iyengar method, were fundamental to her decision to become a teacher.  The practice of Iyengar Yoga begins with physical awareness of the body. In each posture, every part of the body is acted upon with intent and precision.  The precision builds strength and stamina, balance and flexibility and safeguards against injury. The skillful use of equipment such as chairs, belts, blocks, etc. enables everyone regardless of age, strength, or flexibility to benefit from the practice.

Orna Canavan Founder practitioner of Ayurveda Galway, Orna has spent years studying in the UK, India and Sri Lanka and has participated in internships with Dr. Vasant Lad and Dr Sucheta Godbole in Pune, and has spent two winters working in retreat centres in Goa. She gained a deep understanding of Ayurvedic herbs while working for an organic Ayurvedic herbal company in UK Orna is the tutor for their distance learning course ‘An Introduction to Ayurveda’.BA (Hons) Ayurvedic Studies, Dip. Ayurvedic Medicine, Certificate in Ayurvedic massage (International Institute of Ayurveda) & ITEC distinction in Anatomy, Physiology & Massage.

Linda Martin  Has been teaching Kundalini yoga since 2008 and will do a session on Compassion based yoga.  Linda has recently started a social media group called the Kundalini Revolution. Her main aim is to make Kundalini Yoga more accessible to the masses.

Darkstar Philips Has been teaching Satyananda yoga for ten years.  She is highly trained and experienced in Satyananda yoga, meditations, and practices.  Darkstar ran the Sat Nam yoga centre on Domnick St for several years and is dedicated to the practices of Satyananda.

Sinéad McKiernan Sinéad has been practicing Yoga for over 10 years. She studied her teacher training in India and she is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has studied Meditation, Mindfulness, Pranayama , Philosophy, and Nutrition.  She has completed her Pregnancy Yoga Teacher training and extra online training with Sadie Nardini, Noah Maze & Erin Motz.

Gong Baths: These instruments have a special quality that allows us to enter deep states of relaxation, rest and feeling of peace. It is common to fall asleep during the session. It may be just what your body needs right now and you will receive the benefits of the sounds while you are having a good, refreshing nap.  This unique blend of sounds, different frequencies, harmonics, steady bits, takes our mind on the journey within ourselves.  Mind and body feel like being held in the peaceful space between the worlds of dreaming and reality.

Aisling Reidy Has been teaching yoga for over 15 years, having trained initially in India.  She is a fully qualified sports injury therapist, nutritionist, psychotherapist, mindfulness practitioner and much more.  Aisling runs recognised qualifications in Yoga teacher training, sports massage, massage, nutrition & counselling. With twenty years of meditation and practice, she brings an awareness of all her studies, practice and experience to her classes and sees yoga as a meditation in motion, focusing on the breath and the therapeutic aspect of the movements.


Massage, Head Massage, Reflexology, Sports Injury Therapy: Daryl Belmore –  started his career in health and wellness by qualifying to be a fitness instructor in 2001. In 2002 he qualified as a massage therapist, and then went on to study sports injuries. spending time training and treating various teams. From 2005 he started to work full time in the spa industry and has over 11 years experience working as a senior therapist, trainer and eventually spa manager.  His expert treatments include a luxurious deep massage, reflexology, sports massage and much more.

Acupuncture, sports massage & Shiatsu:  Mick Herron is a highly trained therapist with a strong backdrop in Acupuncture, Shiatsu, many other body therapies, Iyengar yoga and is a yoga teacher.  He brings a knowledge of many disciplines into his treatment of the body and can work in a variety of different ways to support the individual needs.

Secret Garden Cafe: Are here to tantalise your tastebuds and fill you with delicious cakes and energy balls.  Mara is also doing her special Tea ceremonies for those who would like to book in advance.

Woodland Walks: There are beautiful grounds, trees and nature in Barna woods and knocknacarra park.  There is also silver strand beech very close by.

Date: 9th September 2018 Cost: 80€ for the full day, €65 early bird. Spaces are limited. Location: Knocknacarra Community Centre and Park, West Galway City.

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Parking / Bus Timetable

Parking is shared with public amenities so spaces are limited. We advise Galway residents to take the bus when possible. We may set up a Facebook group for carpooling closer to the event.

City Direct bus company (Not Bus Eireann) stops right outside the building every half hour. 411/410 is the route/bus number. But they don’t start until mid-day. So while they’ll get you back to Eyre Square/Salthill after the event, they won’t be suitable for getting you here.

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Venue: Knocknacarra Community Center, Cappagh Road, Galway