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Burren Yoga Experience June 7, 2008

Filed under: Travel,yoga — emccan2 @ 2:44 pm

Following my trip to Connemara and Galway City, I headed down to Cappaghmore for a Bikram Yoga retreat.  I haven’t practiced much Hot Room Yoga; I usually do Vinyasa Flow/Ashtanga yoga, so I wasn’t sure how I was going to be in +100 degree temps.  When the cab driver pulled up to the location, I could tell this was going to me an amazing experience.  I was greeted by the owner of Burren Yoga, David, who showed me to my room.  Right away I was enthralled with the woodwork.  There were three bunk-beds in my room, each handcrafted with these unusual wood panels that enhanced the pure and back-to-nature but also very comfortable feeling of the whole place. 

 

Friday night was very restful, but come Saturday, we had two pretty intense yoga sessions with a lovely hike in the middle of the day.  I won’t drag on about the details of the yoga, but will sum it up by saying that I don’t think I ever sweated that much in my life.  When they say hot yoga, don’t misinterpret that for ‘warm’.  It is going to be hot – really, really hot.  My warning for anyone thinking about doing Bikram yoga – don’t sit by the stove oven – it will just make it that much hotter for you.

   

In addition to the fantastic yoga and incredible vegetarian meals (don’t worry my Midwestern family – I haven’t turned vegan), the afternoon hike up Abbey Hill was a bonus to the whole weekend.  You can see from the pictures below.  It was a little difficult getting back into school mode after such a fantastic weekend retreat, but I only have one more week to go!

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