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Taking Up Yoga or Pilates? Here Are Three Experts We Swear By

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If you’re planning to take up yoga, at last, or you have niggling back pain and hear that Pilates might help, the trick is to go to the right teacher. Pilates can be dull if not taught properly, while the right tuition in these practises can open up a whole new world of great posture and flexibility, and be a great complement to your cardio exercise. Here are three tried and trusted experts we really rate …

1 Ashtanga Yoga Dublin offers classes for all levels, from beginners to experts, as well as training courses and retreats. Teachers Paula and David have more than 40 years’ experience between them, so you’re in good hands. But there’s more than yoga here: Paula also runs an Ayurveda Clinic, and you can book in for a consultation, or do a new season detox with their nine-day programme, which includes a detox food kit, Ayurvedic treatments (including Shirodhara, the continuous pouring of warm oil on your forehead – divine), and yoga sessions. You can also add in sessions in the specialist Infrared sauna (exclusive to the studio, from €25), renowned for its beneficial effects for muscle pain, stress and stiffness, as well as boosting the immune system – this could be the best 20 minutes you invest in yourself all week, especially coming into winter. Ashtanga Yoga Dublin, Rear 16 Main St, Blackrock, Co Dublin.

2 I’ve been to Anna Franklin at Reform Dublin for Pilates and can testify to her expertise – she’s the person I recommend to anyone struggling with back pain or recovering from an injury. She even offers the Pink Ribbon Pilates Programme, for women recovering from surgery. Head to her eyrie up above the sea in Blackrock for group or one-to-one sessions. Or book in for the four-day October retreat in Lecce, Puglia, to approach the winter energised and relaxed. Bath Place (behind Blackrock Main Street), Blackrock, Co Dublin.

3 You can’t fail to fall for yoga if you join one of Lou Horgan‘s classes; she’s highly qualified, with over 15 years’ experience, and her enthusiasm is contagious. She takes a weekly class at Fumbally Stables, and also specialises in yoga for pregnancy, and active birth workshops, in Dublin 6. Book now for her next yoga retreat, a weekend at the Cliffs of Moher in October.

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