Sunday, 23 April 2017

Turning The Ball Exercise

Here is the turning the ball exercise for beginners. It is a nice simple exercise and a great one to practise so you can get a feel for T'ai chi movement. It is so soft and really helps develop one's awareness of the energy between the hands. It also give you the experience of allowing the arms to move because of the weight shift and this helps beginners feel flowin movement that happens as one practises T'ai Chi.

Turning the ball exercise. from ann on Vimeo.

Kenmare Bay this morning.

It was so peaceful and calm,

 I just had to stop,

 And feel the quiet,

 Of this still Sunday morning.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Welcome to new T'ai Chi Beginners in Blackrock and Knocknaheeny

It is always a great joy and privilege to share T'ai Chi with new beginners. I love having the opportunity to spread this fabulous method of calming the mind and strengthening the body and spirit. T'ai Chi enhances so many aspects of life, books have been written on the benefits of practising this ancient Art. I have found it to be a wonderful balm in times of distress. Time spent in practise always leaves me feeling renewed, recharged and re energised to face the world and all the daily tasks. I hope you too find the comfort and strength that this practise can bring.

Stepping like a cat exercise. from ann on Vimeo.

We worked on this Form in Knocknaheeny.

Parting Wild Horse's Mane for beginners. from ann on Vimeo.

We began the Mini Form in Blackrock

Beginning Posture of the Mini Form from ann on Vimeo.

And here is the Full Mini Form ( so you can have a preview of lessons to come).

Mini Form front view. from ann on Vimeo.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Space And Silence

Here above is one of the reasons I love my journeys West.
 I love the sense of space with the ocean and the big sky. 
Whenever we pay attention to space, when we 'feel' the space around our bodies, or when we really see the space or visualise it, our minds calm down.
The emptiness of space connects us consciously or unconsciously to that vast quiet ' empty' space that lies under the chatter in our busy minds.
Listening to the silence between the sounds around us also tunes us into that vast silent space inside of us.
Learning to listen to the silence in and around us also calms our busy minds. It helps us to recognise just how transient our thoughts and emotions actually are. This recognition can really help us deal with the ups and downs of every day life. 
We realise that we are not our thoughts and emotions but rather we are the space where thoughts and emotions can arise.
We become conscious of being conscious this is a great realisation and truly a liberating experience. We can no longer fully believe our thoughts and emotions are real, we recognise their transient nature and this helps us to let thoughts pass through without getting completely lost in them.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Welcome Peace and the The Mini Form for T'ai Chi Class

Welcome up a sense of peace, a sense of tranquillity into your body and mind. Allow yourself to relax into this sense of calm. Allow this sense of calm to expand in and around you, imagine this sense of tranquillity extending beyond your body to fill the space around you. Now bring to mind someone who you would like to help ( maybe they are sick or just having a hard time at the moment) imagine this sense of calm and tranquillity washing over them, imagine them being washed with this energy of peace and tranquillity. Notice how they feel to you now. Maybe you see their face relax or maybe you feel the shift in their energy. Notice how you feel when you become calm and peaceful and also notice how good it feels to extend this to people we care about . Lets invite up that sense of peace and calm again, relax into it notice how it gets easier and easier to feel this peace, it is always present we just put our attention on the 'noise ' in our heads and ignore the peace which is just below all that noise. with practise we can learn to pay more attention to this loving presence and allow it to direct our lives. Allow it to heal our bodies and our minds. We will focus on this peace over the Retreat weekend. will  allow our connection to its presence to expand and enrich our lives.
I would love to see you there and share this wonderful space where it is so easy to access this peace. Where nature expands our awareness naturally and our practises bring us home to our true nature. Much LOVE Ann
Here are the Mini Form videos I promised, Enjoy ! 

Friday, 14 April 2017

Just a few spaces left !

 Listen to what people have to say about our T'ai Chi and Mindfulness Retreats.

"I always come away feeling energised, calm and peaceful – ‘looking like the cat who got the cream’ (according to my sister!) after a weekend spent with wonderful people in a very special place.'
-Anne Heffernan

I was a bit unsure of what to expect when I went to the retreat last winter but have to say it was a enlightening experience. I had never taken part in mindfulness before but I have to say it was a perfect partner for T'ai Chi. I've never felt so relaxed and at peace before. The surroundings were spectacular, Gods beauty was everywhere from the rising of the sun to the setting of the sun. The accommodation was first class. The people who took part in the sessions were all so open to the experience and one another. The peace and serenity came home with me and I look forward to my next return visit.
 - Anne Kearney

I loved the sense of space and interconnection Practising T'ai Ci , mindfulness and meditation between vast seascapes and the barren hills enabled me to expand and connect to people, our amazing planet and The Universe.
 -Joan Neill

I found Ann and Tricia to be wonderfully calm, patient and inspirational facilitators. The combination of T'ai Chi, mindfulness and Dogchen Beara was like a holiday for the body, mind, and soul.
 - Riobnach Cantwell.

A Weekend Retreat
with Ann McIlraith & Tricia Lyne
May 5th-7th 2017
200 includes classes, vegetarian meal /snacks.
Wide variety of on-site accommodation options
available separately, contact us for details.
For details and bookings contact:
 Ann: 087 661 6800 /  
 Tricia: 086 081 2952 / 

Thursday, 13 April 2017

May Retreat In Dzogchen Beara

We are all set for another fabulous weekend in Dzogchen Beara.
There are just a few spaces left.

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.

 The whole place is so special with wide Atlantic views.

And silence, 

 The Care Centre is such a  beautiful space, 

 To work and rest,

 So many paths to explore,

 And time to deepen your self knowledge.

A Weekend Retreat
with Ann McIlraith & Tricia Lyne
May 5th-7th 2017
200 includes classes, vegetarian meal /snacks.
Wide variety of on-site accommodation options
available separately, contact us for details.
For details and bookings contact:
 Ann: 087 661 6800 /  
 Tricia: 086 081 2952 / 

Monday, 10 April 2017

Kinsale Town

We came home by the town , stopping for a coffee and a stroll.

There was plenty of activity,

And bright colours to draw one's eye,

Along these old narrow streets.

But still the sea,

 And the boats were what filled my heart with love and joy and made
        me promise myself to come back soon.