Dear Yogis, Due to the latest announcement from the Government in regards to the Coronavirus (Covid19), Sacred Lotus Yoga in conjunction with Castleknock Community Centre has decided to close its doors to the public and postpone all classes until further notice.


We value the health and well being of all of those who come to Sacred Lotus Yoga and feel that we need to take this precaution in order to safeguard our customers and those within the community. If you have booked a class during the next two weeks we will be in touch with regards to rescheduling. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

Namaste,

Sara

Updated: Apr 7, 2020


International Day of Yoga or as it’s more commonly referred to ‘Yoga Day’, is celebrated every year on 21 June to raise awareness about the benefits of Yoga in daily life. Today marks the 5th annual staging of the event and you can expect a wide variety of events and celebrations to take place, many of which will be free to attend and open to the general public.


The idea of International Day of Yoga was first proposed by the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), on 27 September 2014. During the address PM Modi suggested the date of 21 June as it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and shares a special significance in many parts of the world.


The draft resolution establishing the International Day of Yoga was presented to the UNGA by India's Permanent Representative Asoke Mukherji and endorsed by a record 175 member states.


International Day of Yoga has now been practiced annually cross the globe since 2015 and continues to grow in popularity. Each year the event carries a theme and this year the theme is “Yoga for Climate Action’.


In a speech at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, PM Modi said different paths to “economic wellbeing” should be explored by world leaders. He recommended yoga as one way of fighting climate change, as it offered people a sense of “harmony with self, society and nature” and could create a “social consciousness”.


PM Modi practicing yoga during the 2016 International Day of Yoga celebration in India.

“In India faith and nature have had a deep meaning since ancient times – for us the only path is a sustainable one,” he said.


To celebrate this years event, Sacred Lotus Yoga will be holding a free class this Sunday (23 June) in Castleknock Community Centre at 10:00am. The class will be open to people of all ages and abilities so book your place and join us in celebrating the 5th annual International Day of Yoga.

In this blog series we'll cover a number of core poses (asanas) that you can practice at home and help guide you along your yoga journey. In this post we'll take a look at Shoelace pose which is a variation on Gomukhasana also known as Cow Face pose.



Shoelace gets its name from the shape made by the legs when in position. It is most commonly practised during yin yoga and as this is a more modern pose it does not have a Sanskrit name. There are many wonderful variations to this pose which host countless benefits for the body and mind. You can find some of these benefits listed further down in this post.


Instructions:

  1. Start in an upright seated position with the legs extended out in front of you.

  2. Bend the right knee and cross the right foot over the left leg.

  3. Stack your right knee on top of your left as much as you can with your right foot relaxed by your side.

  4. Bend your left leg so your left foot relaxes at your side.

  5. Extend both arms above your head keeping your shoulders down away from your ears.

  6. Face both palms out to the side and cross the right hand over the left.

  7. Bring your palms to touch.


Benefits:

  1. Deep hip opener

  2. Calming for the body and mind

  3. Provides emotional release (we often store emotional stress in our hips)

  4. Stretches the lower back