Yoga breaks new ground

BREATH in, stretch, right mouse click — now relax.

A yoga teacher in West Cork broke new ground yesterday by becoming one of the first in the world to broadcast her classes live on the web.

Susan Ní Rahilly, who has been teaching gentle yoga at her Baltimore studio for almost 18 months, was inspired to reach out to more people following the death of her husband, Daryl.

“I know what yoga has done for me. And if I can reach out to more people this way, then maybe it will help people who are isolated,” she said.

Susan spent that last few months working on the IT and technical background to ensure the first live broadcast went smoothly yesterday.

And just after 10am, she began streaming her regular Wednesday morning class from her yoga room to the world.

Now anyone with a computer can log on from the comfort of their own homes and watch Susan, as if on TV, lead her ‘yoga–withsusan.com’ webclass.

Susan believes she is one of the first in the world to use the web to broadcast yoga classes. The webclass will be streamed every morning from Baltimore between 10am and 11.30am. The monthly fee is €9.99 and gift vouchers and special offers are available.

“I hope people will enjoy that this is very slow yoga, for those with limited flexibility, poor strength and stamina, or just lacking in the confidence to attend a regular class for whatever reasons — such as being overweight or depressed for example,” she said.

Susan is a highly qualified and experienced yoga teacher. She trained with Sam Singh in Yorkshire, in the north of England, training daily in the tough disciple of Iyengar yoga, Hatha Yoga as well as a weekly meditation class.

“From this I learned the gentle, passive and supported postures of yoga,” she said. “My own study gave me my love of yoga as therapy. And somehow I always had the luxury of being able to provide a class of Gentle Yoga which has been incredible experience.

“It’s calm, relaxing yoga with breathing, meditation and soothing relaxation together with some feelgood, de-stressing stretching and postures.”

It suits all ages, abilities or disabilities and it can ease symptoms of arthritis, MS, back problems as well as addictions.

There are also plans to archive all the webclasses so they can be accessed if someone misses a class.

www.yoga-withsusan.com


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