Monday, 18 September 2017

Figure 8 Exercises


Here are some of John Kells great Figure 8 Exercises. I never tire of working with these exercises they feel so connected to something much bigger than my mind can grasp. Even watching them allows me to connect to the energy and recharge.


Figure 8 Exercise through the heart from ann on Vimeo.




Figure 8 Heart Exercise Connecting Heaven and Earth from ann on Vimeo.




Figure 8 partner work hands doing opposite 8s from ann on Vimeo.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Autumn Retreat in Dzogchen Beara





Movement in Stillness and Stillness in Movement
We will Dance with these mysterious dimensions of our Being,
 exploring T’ai Chi and Mindfulness, following our Hearts
 and connecting with our True Nature.


  Taking time to nourish body mind and spirit is never more important than now as winter approaches. Days are getting shorter and colder and we prepare to 'hibernate'. This is a great time to turn inwards and reflect on the year that is almost complete, to clear space in and around ourselves so we can be open to a fresh approach to our life. We all tend to repeat patterns in life and the only way to break free is by firstly recognising that we are stuck in the pattern. If we keep rushing around we never have the time to even realise that we are stuck.
In this weekend we will Stop the rushing and racing we will Slow Down as we move.
 We will Slow Down as we nourish ourselves with food, we will take the time to be fully present in each moment and allow this presence to awaken us to the wonder of life lived fully in each moment.
Take a moment right now to to Slow Down, notice your next breath and allow yourself to really feel it. Notice it in your nostrils and in your chest, allow it to nourish every cell in your body.
Giving yourself the time for even just one deep breath makes a difference.
 Now imagine giving yourself a weekend to breath in the fresh Atlantic Air,  to take in the vast expanse of ocean and sink fully into an experience of presence.

 Join us and give yourself the gift of TIME.

This weekend will be a unique opportunity for you to get to know yourself through stillness, movement, and connection. With T'a Chi led by Ann McIlraith and Mindfuness with Trisha Lyne.


 Fresh, locally sourced vegetarian cuisine by Maureen Fitzpatrick.

 This retreat promises to be a deeply restorative time for body and mind.


A Weekend Retreat
with Ann McIlraith & Tricia Lyne
November 3th-5th 2017
200 includes classes, vegetarian meal /snacks.
Wide variety of on-site accommodation options
available separately.
For details and bookings contact:
 Ann: 087 661 6800 / taichimcilraith@yahoo.co.uk  

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Welcome To New Beginners


A Big welcome to all our new T'ai Chi Beginners.
 What a great decision you have made for yourself.
T'ai Chi is such a wonderful Art, it has transformed lives all over the world, bringing awareness, health, peace and happiness to many who have embarked on a T'ai Chi journey. In this practise we learn to value and be present in our life. We learn to focus on the present moment rather than contemplate our past or our future, this ability to be present is (in my opinion) probably the best gift you can give yourself, because as you may have noticed already our problems are never in the present moment. Our problems are the minds way of keeping us occupied with the past or the future and in doing so the rob us of this moment . This moment is the space in which we can connect, connect with our inner self , connect with the people in our lives, connect with our life moment to moment.
So welcome to this fabulous opportunity to get to know yourself from the inside out. I am really looking forward to sharing this journey with you.
Here below is one of our Warm Up Exercises and if you scroll down to my previous post you will find another one.



Warm Up Exercise ; Stepping Like A Cat from ann on Vimeo.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Empowering Exercise


Here is the empowering exercise that is so useful in opening ourselves up especially when we are feeling reluctant. It has been shown is experiments that when we open our body physically for 2 minutes hormones are released into our blood stream that cause us to feel more empowered or courageous. How cool is that !!! This is exactly what this exercise will do for you so go on and give it a go you will be glad that you did.




Opening the body and heart to empower your day. ��� from ann on Vimeo.



For people who are getting into 'Pushing Hands here is a little exercise you can practise on your own that will help you when actually working with a partner.



Ward off - pushing hands exercise. from ann on Vimeo.


Here is a link to the Sedona Method Movie that I promised to share. Enjoy !
Sedona Movie

Friday, 11 August 2017

Welcome


Welcome to the great T'ai chi group at ARC House on Thursday morning. It was lovely to have the opportunity to share time, relaxation and some T'ai Chi with you all. Here is the ' Ball ' exercise that we 'played' .


Turning the ball exercise. from ann on Vimeo.



Here below is a link to  the movie about the Sedona Method of Letting Go ( or Releasing ). It gives an interesting overview of the work and how to use Lester Levenson's inspiring method of letting go of our feelings and discovering our true nature. Looking forward to seeing you all soon again.

Sedona Movie

Monday, 31 July 2017



Apologies for the delay in posting this for Thursday's group.


Short Form To Single Whip from ann on Vimeo.


Saturday, 29 July 2017

Time to Heal

Here is our baby crow enjoying his breakfast. I got him into eating from a syringe my next challenge is to teach him to eat solid food. Now he responds easily to this method but tends to spit the food back out if its not from the syringe. We will work on that tomorrow.


Breakfast time ! from ann on Vimeo.

We took him to see someone yesterday who checked out his injury and we are hoping that his wing will heal fully.


Time to Heal from ann on Vimeo.

So happy to have the opportunity to get to know this wonderful bird.