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FREE Yoga Classes in County Sligo

Added: 17/01/15 : 07:02:34

On Saturday 24th of January yoga classes will be offered free of charge in Sligo to celebrate National Iyengar Yoga Day.

This is the second year of the nationwide event which expects over 600 curious or aspiring yogis as well as regular practitioners of yoga to come together in local halls and yoga studios throughout Ireland to practice yoga.

“Aside from the basic benefits that any yoga practice provides, Iyengar yoga especially helps with correct alignment, puts less stress on your muscles and is helpful if you're recovering from an injury,” said Helen Gillan, Sligo Iyengar Yoga teacher. “We want as many people as possible to try out a free class to experience some of the physical and mental benefits of yoga.  In January many people make and break New Year resolutions, but this is one New Year resolution we’d encourage them to keep and start the New year on a healthy note.”

In August last year the founder of Iyengar yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar, passed away aged 95.  One of yoga's finest teachers, Mr Iyengar practised what he called an "art and science" for more than eight decades and ran one of India's top yoga schools in Pune, India. He continued to practice in his old age and until his 94th year he was still practicing the headstand for half an hour most days!  He is credited with his own brand of yoga, which includes using props such as belts and blocks, to help to align and stretch the body.

Iyengar yoga is now taught in more than 70 countries with 2,418 certified teachers worldwide, over 10 million practitioners, and Mr Iyengar’s books have been translated into 13 languages. In Ireland there are 84 certified yoga teachers and 6 teachers in Sligo and on January 24th Helen invites anyone interested to try out a free class in Sligo. For details email or check out the National Iyengar Yoga Day Facebook page.

Flu jabs for 'At Risk' groups urged by HSE

Added: 17/01/15 : 07:08:29

At risk groups urged to get vaccinated and public encouraged to ‘get advice and get better’ as flu now actively circulating in the community

The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has urged people in high-risk groups to get vaccinated against influenza, as the number of reported cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) in Ireland has increased in the past week.

ILI rates have risen from 15.5 per 100,000 to 29.0 per 100,000 population during the second week of January and are now above threshold levels which means that flu is actively circulating in the community, according to HPSC director, Dr Darina O’Flanagan. READ MORE HERE