Yoga originated in South Asia, it is a combination of physical and meditative practices with a joint goal, complete harmony. The purpose of yoga is to achieve inner peace and good general health.
"The ultimate goal of yoga is to always observe things accurately, and therefore never act in a way that will make us regret our actions later."
Below is a list of some of the health benefits of practising yoga:
- Regular yoga may reduce levels of stress - which in turn is good for your heart
- Yoga improves strength, balance and flexibility - if you're someone who wants to stay fit and healthy, but aren't into the gym bunny lifestyle, yoga is a great workout without running or lifting.
- Yoga relieves pain - yoga has been shown to ease some of the discomforts of tender, swollen joints for people with arthritis, it has also been reported to help with lower back pain as stretching can help ease the pain and increase mobility.
- A clear and focused mind - Yoga combines breathing exercises, meditation and poses proven to benefit mental and physical health. The combination of meditation and breathing can help improve a person's mental well-being.
Before we go dive into the list of great "classic" yoga classes in Dublin, I want to draw your attention to something a little different, Laughter Yoga.
What is Laughter Yoga and Where can I Find a Class?
This particular type of yoga involves a series of movement and breathing exercises to promote deliberate laughter. Without the use of jokes or comedy, laughter is simulated as a physical exercise while maintaining eye contact with others in the group, which leads to real and contagious laughter.
Laughter Yoga is a great way to let loose, have fun, and embrace the joy of laughing. So here is the big question is laughter the best medicine?
Benefits of Laughter Yoga:
- It Makes You Happy - Who doesn’t feel good after a hearty laugh? Although laughter yoga starts with a voluntary laugh, it soon turns into a real one.
- It Relieves Pain - Laughing can release endorphins, which can help ease regular pain.
- Your Abs Get a Workout - Laughter can help you burn a few calories, when you are laughing the muscles in your stomach expand and contract, do it regularly and for prolonged periods it will tone your abs and diaphragm.
- It's Good for Your Heart and Lungs - Laughter causes oxygen levels to rise and improves blood flow.
Now that you know the benefits of a good belly laugh, let's look at some places that offer Laughter Yoga classes in Dublin:
- Spring Into Life - Location = Sandyford Downs, D18 X4 K2
- The Irish Academy of Laughter Yoga - They come to you! For bookings, you can visit their website or phone 086 388 0044
Okay, now back to what this article promised, we will find you the best places to take yoga classes in Dublin.
Where are the Best Places to Take Yoga Classes in Dublin
Dublin may be small in size, but it is the most densely populated part of Ireland when it comes to population. With all these people living in Ireland's capital the demand for services is massive, and naturally, that includes a demand for health and fitness services and Dublin certainly provides, it at some of the most popular gyms and fitness centres in the country.
With so many options to choose from, where are the best places to go to for yoga classes? I'm going to introduce you to my top 3 yoga studios in Dublin!
1) Let's start with the one quite literally pops up first when you google 'best yoga classes in Dublin' and that's YogaHub. YogaHub have several locations across Dublin, which makes them one of the most accessible yoga studios in the capital!
Below is a list of the different locations around Dublin with a YogaHub studio:
- North Circular Road, Phibsboro
- Bridge St, Swords
- Junction 6, Castleknock
- Camden Court
- Frascati Rd, Blackrock
Not only are they found in five different locations across Dublin they also provide over 60 classes a week online. It's no wonder they pop up first in a search for Yoga when they're so popular and busy.
2) This place is only number 2 on my list because it only has a single location, but I mean it's pretty perfect because somebody had the ingenious idea to combine exercise and meditation with the two other best things in life food and coffee.
Where is this little piece of heaven in Dublin I hear you ask? Little Bird. Before we move on I have to mention that the food and coffee are extremely affordable you can get lunch and coffee for the littlest €12 or if it's breakfast you could get away with a scone and a coffee for around a fiver, great food and excellent coffee aside its back on the yoga train!
A little bird is located on South Circular Road, Portobello. The classes at Little Bird start very early in the morning, around 7:30 am and they go on till late in the evening after (6 pm). They also offer online classes and workshops and outdoor classes in the Meadow Pavilion located in the gardens of the Royal Kilmainham Hospital. For further information on Little Bird's yoga, you can phone 01 444 5995.
3) Next, we are going to look at Anahata. Anahata is based in Stephens Green, Dublin and they offer a wide range of yoga classes as well as massage & holistic treatments.
The Anahata website is by far the most friendly of all the ones I searched through (and there were many) I don't know if it is their use of language "Come as our guest, leave as a friend." or the overall calming colour scheme and easy navigation, but this website made me smile.
You can even read a short bio on all of the team members, as well as this, you can actually see the price list online, which is rare, usually, you have to phone or email, but all the information you could need is right there and easy to find.
Superprof Yoga Lessons
At Superprof there is a vast selection of Yoga instructors available to you, most provide both online and in-person lessons, which means no matter where you are there is a class available to you.
All you have to do is search 'yoga' and your location for a list of instructors in your local. Classes start at just €15 and some tutors even offer bundle prices if you sign up for courses, on top of all this great value and flexibility, most of our tutors offer the first class free of charge! This is perfect for anyone just starting out, as you can just take your couple of lessons to see if yoga is your thing, without the commitment of signing up to a 6 or 10week course.
Of course, if you're not sure what yoga involves but you want to give the whole mind and body balance thing a try, I recommend you start off with something short and commitment-free like the video below:
Just like starting any new type of exercise, it's usually best to start off slow, once you've tried 10-minute videos and then 30-minute videos you should be able to take on a full 60-minute class with one of our instructors or at a yoga studio near you.
“Yoga is the ultimate practice. It simultaneously stimulates our inner light and quiets our overactive minds. It is both energy and rest. Yin and Yang. We feel the burn and find our bliss.”
Beachbody Yoga Expert Elise Joan
Now that we have identified all the best ways to embark on your Yoga lifestyle all that's left for me to do is wish you happiness and light on your journey to physical and mental balance and prosperity. Namaste.
For information on Yoga classes in Ireland, check out the links to the corresponding places below: