Mindful Yoga Morning
May 26 2018 - Aug 25 2018
Glenariff Forest Park, Glenariff, County Antrim,
Ms Fiona Jones
T: (07518) 391 883
Enjoy yoga, mindfulness, walking, nature & food for a truly immersive experience
Get back to nature with a Glens of Antrim yoga tour.
Relax and restore in the beautiful, uplifting surroundings of Glenariff Forest Park. (Voted one of Sunday Times' Top Walks)
When yoga teacher Fiona Jones returned from Canada several years ago she was so taken by the beauty and peace of the forest on her doorstep that she organised her first yoga morning here, back in 2013. This mindful morning starts with a gentle hatha yoga class at the Laragh Lodge Restaurant situated at the base of the falls and overlooking the lush trees and flowing Inver River. Yoga is mood boosting and relaxing and sets the scene for the forest experience.
The class is followed by refreshments (tea/coffee and delicious homemade shortbread cookies) and a quick change into suitable clothing and we commence our walk. The pace is gentle (we stop to smell the wild garlic). Visitors are given an historical and cultural backdrop to the Forest Park however the emphasis is on Mother Nature. We take in the flora, fauna and keep an eye out for the native red squirrels. Somewhere along the way we stop for a mindful meditation and an aptly named 'tree pose' to ground and centre us.
Recent Studies have highlighted the many benefits both physical and mental /emotional of walking mindfully in the forest. It is said to lower heart rates and reduce stress hormones. We now know that trees emit essential oils which have been shown to enhance our immune systems. So, the forest walk is not just fun and enjoyable it is also a form of eco-therapy! Then it is back to the Laragh Lodge Restaurant for a main course lunch with a vegetarian option.
Mindful Yoga Mornings run the last Saturday of the month. Beginners welcome.
We also accept private parties and group bookings.
Bookings can also be made through Ballycastle Visitor Information Centre tel: (028) 2076 2024