This coming Friday and Saturday (the 30th and 31st of March) Oscailt are holding  an open day (well two days actually). There is an extensive list of events scheduled, run by the various teachers and practitioners who use Oscailt as their base. The events include introductions to Mindfulness, Qigong, Pilates, Alexander Technique, Hypnosis, Tai-Chi and Yoga. It should be a great couple of days. See the full timetable for the two days at the bottom of the page.

We will be running two seperate events as part of the open days.

On Friday evening from 7pm to 8pm we will be hosting a screening of the documentary ‘Ashtanga New York’. For those of you who missed our screening of this in the Happy Pear a few months ago here is another chance to see this great film. The film follows our teacher, the late Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (the guru of Ashtanga yoga) and his family, as they hold two weeks of classes in New York City in September 2001. While there, they witnessed the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre. The film is both an introduction to the world of
Ashtanga Yoga and Pattabhi Jois, and a testament to the power of yoga in
times of great trauma. It was very well received the last time we showed it, so don’t miss it if you have any interest in yoga.

On Saturday morning at 10am we will be running a free introductory class on the fundamentals of Ashtanga Yoga. We will introduce all the main concepts involved in the practice including the specific breathing system (vinyasa), the postures (asana) and focusing the mind through the use of gazing points (drishti). You should leave with an understanding of the basics of Ashtanga, feeling relaxed and invigorated.

There are some yoga mats available at Oscailt but, if you have your own mat, bring it with you. Wear light, comfortable clothing which you are able to move in and be prepared to sweat. Ashtanga Yoga produces heat in the body which is said to purify the blood and bring all the toxins out.

Drop us a quick email through our contact page to let us know if you would like to attend either or both of these events.

For a full list of events at Oscailt’s open days click here.