Courses & Workshops
Mindfulness & Mythology - Aengus Óg
Mindfulness and Mythology starts with a Yin Yoga & shruti box session to drop us into our bodies, open our minds and create space. We'll use repetition of Irish language phrases as a mindful practice. The word mantra, taken from Sanskrit, has been defined as a structured formulae of thoughts, claims, prayers, sacred utterances, incantations or tools of manifestation. A simple definition is that repeated phrases are used as a verbal instrument to produce something. The Yin Yoga practice has 5 min and 2 min holds with the repeated phrases as an anchor for the mind.
We'll then find a rest pose that can support us while we are introduced to the characters of Irish Mythology and their lore. I will read an introduction to the story of Aengus Óg as an archetypal figure in myth.
The story I'm using is from the beginning of Tochmarc Étaíne (The Wooing of Étaín), partially preserved in the manuscript known as the Lebor na hUidre or The Book of the Dun Cow (c.1106), and completely preserved in the Yellow Book of Lecan (c 1401). It also appears in the Book of Leinster (c.1160).
Mythology may be seen as a source of understanding of the universal themes that have beset human beings throughout time. With an archetypal framework these Gods and we may deepen our experience of the world around us and within us. We will then move into a deep Guided Visualisation with connection to Aengus Óg in which we'll understand what it means to return to the light of our full potential . We may connect with symbolic aspects of our individual psyche and our unconscious mind, while providing insights into these aspects of our inner life and finding appropriate ways of relating to and integrating these qualities.
The price is €18 for a short time only as a special offer. On Monday evening (21st December) the price will be €27.
This prerecorded practice, to watch at your leisure, is yours to return to as many times as you like once purchased.
Please be gentle and compassionate with yourself. This is a long session with meditation and visualisation practices. It may not be for everyone and use your discretion for your own wellbeing and mental health. If you have a history of mental illness or trauma, please consult with your health care provider before practicing meditation and mindfulness.This workshop is not intended for psychological treatment. As this is online and not facilitated in person please be aware that you are responsible for your choice to listen to the recording, to perform the exercises and do the meditative practices and you are responsible for your well-being and mental health. Your experience will be unique to you, your background, your history and life situation. You may experience strong emotions when you listen to the Guided Meditation, which is not uncommon and totally normal. However, if you feel you cannot listen and stay safe, please discontinue. You may experience unusual sensations in your body, shifts, releases and/or movement as you follow the practice of Yin Yoga, Guided Visualisation and Meditations.This again is normal. However, if you feel extremes of any of these and unsure about your safety, it is your responsibility to consult with a medical professional or trauma-informed mental health practitioner. Of course, contact me with any questions you may have about the practice or the outcomes of the practice.
Beyond The Mist: Reflections On Irish Mythology - by Peter O'Connor
Early Irish Myths and Sagas (Penguin Classics)
Surya Namaskara Mantras with Shruti Box
This is a progressive movement meditation with traditional Sun Salutation mantras.
Surya Namaskar, Salute to the Sun or Sun Salutation, is a practice in yoga as exercise incorporating a sequence of some twelve gracefully linked asanas.
Please be familiar with the Sun Salutation including regressions and modifications that your body requires. This is not a led practice. The postures are guided by the mantra instead of taught. Attention to the mantra and linking the movement and the breath turns this practice into mindful movement, that is exercise performed with awareness.
If you are unfamiliar with the postures of the Sun Salutation then please visit the Sun Saluation Foundations videos in my Mindful Movers subscription. There is also a led practice called Sun Salutation Movement Meditation and Mantra which is free to watch and is a led practice to introduce the mantras.
Please take a look at the attached document. You could print it out and have it at the top of your mat.
Rotation of Consciousness: A Guided Relaxation
This is a short video practice for you to have in your toolkit for when you want to cultivate conscious relaxation, ease stress and anxiety, and feel your body release into a peaceful state of being. Rotation of Consciousness is a truncated version of the practice of Yoga Nidra, a technique for healing, deep transformation and relaxation.
This practice is a rotation of consciousness which involves taking your awareness to different parts of the body. The intention is to be mindfully aware while the body takes rest. You bring heightened awareness to the body, piece by piece.
Make sure you will be comfortable and warm, either in bed or on a yoga mat on the floor with blankets and and a small pillow if required and prepare to drop down into your body to ground the mind. This can be a standalone relaxation practice at any point of your day, or you can load it to play after any yoga practice video.
Táin Bó Regamna
I've been preparing for my next Mindfulness & Mythology for some time, reading stories from the old texts and connecting with deity for good council.
I feel a deep connection to the Morrigan in the dark of the year so I thought it might be apt to share a story of 'The Apparition of The Great Queen to Cuchulain' or the Táin bó Regamna from The Yellow Book of Lecan (Leabhar Buidhe Leacáin) from the 14th century.
Mindfulness and Mythology starts with a Yin Yoga session with shruthi box to drop us into our bodies, open our minds and create space. We'll practice for just over an hour.
We'll then find a rest pose that can support us while we are introduced to the characters of Irish Mythology and their lore. I will read the verses of the Táin bó Regamna, which is a prelude or remscela to The Cattle Raid of Cooley or the Táin Bó Cúailnge which is an epic from the Ulster Cycle of early Irish literature, which is often called "The Irish Iliad".
Ancient mythology can be seen as a source of understanding of the universal themes that have beset human beings throughout time. With these archetypal Gods and Fighting Men we may deepen our experience of the personal and collective unconscious.
We will then move into a deep Guided Visualisation with connection to The Morrigan in which we'll understand what it means to follow out intuition and trust our own power. We may connect with symbolic aspects of our individual psyche and our unconscious mind, while providing insights into these aspects of our inner life while finding appropriate ways of relating to and integrating these qualities.
This practice is 2hrs 15mins and is yours to return to as many times as you like, once purchased.
The price is €27.
Beyond The Mist: Reflections On Irish Mythology - by Peter O'Connor
HEROIC ROMANCES OF IRELAND TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH PROSE AND VERSE 1906 scanned at sacred-texts.com