Part of Common Ground’s ethos is to help encourage people to invest in both physical and mental well being. As the great mindfulness teacher John Kabat Zinn pointed out – we must regain the balance in our lives (or homeostasis as he terms it) to bring us to full health.
For that reason we invite practitioners to run classes in various therapies and disciplines that support a healthy lifestyle.
We are also committed to providing these classes at competitive rates and on occasion for free. All Common Ground members get an automatic 20% reduction on class fees.
Here is some of what we provide – please scroll down to see all practitioners
The Heroine’s Writing Journey – A Writing Journey in to the Heart of Creativity
At Common Ground, Bray.
Starts Tuesday 7th Novmber 10-12pm for 6 weeks.
Please see here for more information.
Tai Chi – Dr. Beijung - is a qualified Taichi teacher. She started to learn Shao Lin, Long Fist when she was 6 years old and had high standard instruction from Master Song Zhi Ping - the holder of Hua Fist. Meanwhile she was learning Tai Chi. She continues to receive instruction from the Chinese Wushu Federation systematically. She is a Wushu 5 Duan holder.
Contact Beijung for times and costs. firstname.lastname@example.org
Aikido – Joe McHugh - Aikido was developed in the first half of the 20th century in Japan by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) a master of various traditional Japanese martial arts. It is a creative synthesis of various japanese budo arts combined with a specific philosophical perspective. Morihei Ueshiba who is referred to as O’Sensei initiated a reform of the martial arts, where the goal is not the destruction of the opponent but the steering, guiding and the neutralization of the aggressive attacking energy.
Sunday Meditation - We hold a weekly meditation session at our Loft Room on Sunday mornings at 11 am. All are welcome. The mediation is silent and is followed by Tea and a chat.
Sivananda – Slow moving Yoga – Joanne Breton is an experienced Yoga Teacher and Homeopath with an special interest in Pregnancy, Childbirth and working with Babies.
Contact Joanne for times and costs. email@example.com
Sunday Yoga with Alice Vignoles
Yoga every Sunday evening from 7pm. Working from head to toe for well being and relaxation, a gentle but active class focusing on the body-breath-mind connection and conditioning of the whole body. Beginners welcomed and encouraged!
Alice is passionate about sharing yoga and its ability to relieve anxiety and support the healing of the body. She is continuing her training as a teacher with Yoga Therapy Ireland on their 2 year, 500 hour course where emphasis is placed on anatomical understanding and inclusive practice of “yoga for all”.
Charity Yoga with Rob Hind
Rob runs a a charity event from our loft room with a class donation going towards a designated charity.
In his own words…
‘I have been practising the Jivamukti yoga method for 12 years. In the early days, I focused only on the physical practice, working alongside my gym sessions to help prevent injuries. Cat alip Douglas was my first yoga teacher and she is still my guru and mentor today. She has passed down these ancient teachings in an honest and beautiful way, embracing all of the yogic principles and practices.
In 2007 I developed a serious illness and this is when my practice deepened to incorporate the mindful and spiritual side, while the physical side had to take a step back. I am 100% convinced that my whole yoga practice was a huge factor in a speedy recovery from my illness.
In 2013, after many yoga retreats, I decided to follow this yoga journey to the next level and complete the Jivamukti 300HR teacher training in Costa Rica. I trained with the founders of Jivamukti, Sharon Gannon and David Life, as well as the inspiring Yogeswari and Jeffery (Rama) Cohen. This was the best experience of my life to date and I am deeply honoured to be able to pass down these ancient and beautiful teachings that have survived unchanged for thousands of years.
In my classes, the breath, mind and body are brought into harmony, while we sweat and we laugh.
The teacher will always be a student, the student will always be a teacher.’
Robs classes are usually on a Saturday – twice monthly – check our calendar for more details . To contact Rob -
Irish Cuddle Salon at Common Ground facilitated by Randy Ralston.
From birth through death, humans (and indeed all mammals) have a biological, neurological, spiritual and emotional and social need to give and receive loving, non-sexual touch and affection. It is crucial for our mental and social development and emotional wellbeing. Unfortunately, the pace of modern society has left us lacking, with little opportunity for quality connection with others.
Though touch is natural, the skills that make it welcome and enjoyable have to be learned. Skills of communication, boundary identification, asking for what you want, and saying ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ with clarity and kindness.
Nurturing, welcomed, consensual touch is good for you. Cuddles are especially good for:
* Lowering blood pressure
* Relieving pain
* Calming your nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety
* Lowering your risk of heart disease
* Boosting your immune system
* Stable and vibrant emotional health and overall wellbeing
* Enhancing your ability to connect and deepen trust with others
* Increasing your ability to respect and care for yourself, your creativity, sense of safety, comfort and belonging.
Cuddle parties will be organised on a monthly basis.
Meet new friends, have fun, be part of a Yoga community
Move beyond perceived limitations and feel strong, flexible and Fantastic!
Suitable for all abilities, men & women, great for sports people!
Liz has been practicing Yoga for over 20 years. She trains regularly in Ireland and abroad with Senior Iyengar Yoga teachers including the Iyengar family at their Institute in Pune, India.
Cost 12 drop in (10e for CG members)
Book 10 classes for 100e (90 for CG members)
ph Liz 0879314914
Payment for Classes -
Common Ground want to support those using our space to earn something from their skills by providing our rooms at a reasonable fee. However an emphasis is put on providing Events/Workshops/Classes at competitive rates to Common Ground members. Free skill sharing events are also encouraged.
Any financial transactions or bookings for Events/Workshops/Classes are between the attendees and practitioner/teacher/organiser.
A 20% discount is available on all class fees offered by practitioners to CG members.
Previous practitioners and therapists…
Yoga Sue - Hatha, ashtanga and pregnancy yoga.
Contact Sue for her prices etc. firstname.lastname@example.org