Education

Menchu teaches a variety of yoga styles and workshops in an inclusive, lively and caring manner, catering for all the students’ needs and abilities. She encourages students to practice self-enquiry, experiment and be playful with their practice. Her sessions are suitable for all levels

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, classes are currently being taught online…   

Workshops

A great way to explore new techniques and expand your yoga practice is through workshops. Not only will these workshops introduce new techniques and add to your practice, they will also help you de-stress, re-invigorate your body, release stiffness and pain, and there is even one that will make you laugh!

All these workshops are practical and suitable for everyone. They emphasise the self-care approach of Yoga, and the practices taught are intended for you to continue doing at home. There is a short handout for each workshop to help you remember the practices and any new techniques.

Menchu currently runs these workshops quarterly through yoga studios. If you would like to arrange one of these workshops for your family, social group, company or community group, then get in touch. The duration of these workshops can be adapted to suit your group’s needs.

Food for the Soul

Good mental health is vital for a feeling of well-being and inner strength, helping you enjoy life and cope with problems. Just as you may take care of your body by eating and exercising appropriately, you can do ‘mind exercises’ to protect your mental health. 

These workshops explore techniques to help befriend your mind and emotions, bringing them into balance. Some of the benefits associated with the techniques taught in these workshops may include: 

  • reducing stress; 
  • anxiety management;
  • improved emotional health;
  • enhanced self-awareness;
  • lengthened attention span;
  • reducing age-related memory loss;
  • generating kindness; 
  • helping fight addictions.

Meditation Techniques for Your Type

Meditation techniques help wind-down our minds, bringing clarity, focus and a sense of contentment. However, there are many different types of meditation and no one type of meditation works for everyone.

This workshop will give you the opportunity to practise several types of mindfulness, focus and concentration techniques, and see which type of meditation could be right for you. This workshop is suitable for all kinds of students, as it is:

  • an experiential introduction for anyone who has never meditated; 
  • a rekindling for anyone who used to meditate and would like to get started again;
  • a rediscovery for anyone whose type of meditation no longer works for them;
  • a broadening of your experience and knowledge of meditation for yoga teachers.

Duration: 3 hours.

Next scheduled date: TBC.

Laughter Yoga & Nidra

Laughter Yoga is a fantastic way of keeping fit and healthy whilst having fun. Laughter Yoga combines playful laughter exercises with breathing techniques. The effect is the release of endorphins, which helps reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, and improve your mood and outlook on life. As the brain cannot differentiate between spontaneous or fake laughter, whether your laughter is real or not, you will get the same physiological and psychological benefits. Even if you start with simulated laughter, it will not be long until your laughter transforms into genuine, hearty and contagious laughter. 

Yoga Nidra is the perfect companion for a Laughter Yoga session.  bringing the energy levels back to normal, and letting the body and mind ‘recalibrate’ itself. Yoga Nidra produces a wakeful state of deep introversion and connection with us that is not only relaxing and rejuvenating, but also has the power to transform our core issues. 

Duration: 1 hour.

Next scheduled date: TBC.

Move with Freedom 

The key to healthy aging is to focus on your body’s connective tissue, including its bones and facia. These workshops are the start of a lifelong investment in keeping your joints and fascia mobile and hydrated. In each workshop, you will be introduced to gentle, dynamic and therapeutic practices that anyone can do, which will boost your energy, and reduce pain and muscle tension. The workshops in this series will also help you: 

  • open up all the major joints of the body;
  • increase a healthy range of movement in the joints;
  • relax the muscles in the body;
  • stress the fascia and the meridians;
  • develop awareness of the body’s movements;
  • smooth the flow of energy throughout the body;
  • develop awareness of the subtle effects that these practices have in the body;
  • calm the mind. 

Freeing Your Joints 

This workshop focuses on all the major joints and connective tissues in the whole body, keeping them nourished, strong and supple. It is a practice that can be practised by anyone, regardless of their physical conditioning, yoga level or age. It can be practised alone at home, and it is also the perfect companion to your regular practice. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, the Freeing Your Joints workshop also helps: 

  • strengthen the muscles in the body;
  • release tensions in the internal organs and in the mind.
  • remove energy blockages from the body when practised regularly;
  • improve digestion;
  • tune up the autonomic nerves, hormonal functions and the activities of internal organs. 

Duration: 2 ½ hours.

Next scheduled date: 27.03.21.

Release Your Spine

This workshop focuses on the connective tissues of your back, shoulders and arms. It takes the spine-related aspects of the Freeing Your Joints workshop and blends them with self-myofascial release and Yīn Yoga.

Duration: 2 ½ hours.

Next scheduled date: TBC.

Release Your Hips

This workshop focuses on the connective tissues of your hips, legs and feet. It takes the hip-related aspects of the Freeing Your Joints workshop and blends them with self-myofascial release and Yīn Yoga.

Duration: 2 ½ hours.

Next scheduled date: TBC.

Yoga & the Five Elements Series

This is a year-long series of workshops, which draws from the Five Element Theory in Chinese Medicine, and blends Yīn Yoga, Qìgōng, acupressure and Yoga Nidra. 

The Five Elements Theory in Chinese Medicine is a poetic, as well as a practical, framework that helps us understand the internal relationships and potential interactions within our bodies. Each element (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water) is associated with a season (spring, summer, late summer, autumn and winter) and with a pair of body organs that represent the qualities of that element. An imbalance in one or more of these elements can give rise to physical or mental disharmonies. The importance of these associations is that the best time to strengthen an element is within the season to which it belongs. This, in turn, nourishes and strengthens the related body organs. 

The workshops are mainly experiential, giving you a variety of practices that will help keep your body and mind in balance in relation to the element in question. The handouts provided will help you remember the practices as well as expanding on the Five Elements Theory, and offer you relevant dietary and healthy habit tips.

Although this is a set of five workshops, individual workshops can also be taken as stand-alone.

Renewing Your Liver Energy — Wood Element

Wood is the spring element, and is about re-birth and growth. The organ functions associated with Wood are the Liver and the Gallbladder. Imbalances in the Liver energy may result in regular headaches, neck tension, stiffness, menstrual irregularities, and/or unhealthy frustration or anger. Nourishing the Liver energy helps manage those imbalances, as well as helps us flow with ease in life, create visions, and plan for the future.

Duration: 2 ½ hours.

Next scheduled date: February 2022.

Enriching Your Heart Energy — Fire Element

Fire is the summer element, and is about connection and healthy joy. The organ functions associated with Fire are the Heart and the Small Intestine. Imbalances in the Heart energy may result in poor memory, anxiety, insomnia, sadness, poor circulation, digestive problems, and/or heart disease. Nourishing the Heart helps manage those imbalances, as well as helps us open ourselves to connection with others and with our deeper self, and invite joy into our lives in a balanced and sustainable manner. 

Duration: 2 ½ hours.

Next scheduled date: May 2021.

Nourishing Your Spleen Energy — Earth Element

Earth is the late summer element, and is about groundedness and nourishment. The organ functions associated with Earth are the Spleen and the Stomach. Imbalances in the Spleen energy may result in excessive worry, obsession, emotional dependency, overweight, and/or body weakness. Nourishing the Spleen helps manage those imbalances, as well as helps us feel physically and emotionally nourished, grounded and centred.

Duration: 2 ½ hours.

Next scheduled date:  August 2021.

Expanding Your Lung Energy — Metal Element

Metal is the autumn element, and is about vitality and letting go. The organ functions associated with Metal are the Lungs and the Large Intestine. Imbalances in the Lung energy may result in lack of endurance, respiratory and skin disorders, allergies, and/or unresolved feelings of loss or grief. Nourishing the Lungs helps manage those imbalances, as well as helps strengthen our immune system and physical vitality, and boost our courage so we can let go with ease things that hold us back.

Duration: 2 ½ hours.

Next scheduled date: September 2021.

Restoring Your Kidney Energy — Water Element

Water is the winter element, and is about introspection and reflection. The organ functions associated with Water are the Kidneys and the Bladder. Imbalances in the Kidney energy may result in unchecked fears, tiredness, fatigue, back weakness, joint problems and/or urinary tract ailments, Nourishing the Kidneys helps manage those imbalances, as well as helps replenish our energies inviting for inward reflection and stillness, and work through our fears in readiness for the spring energy.

Duration: 2 ½ hours.

Next scheduled date: December 2021.

Training & Development

These courses are intended for yoga trainees and teachers, and provide a strong foundation to their own practice and teaching. They are delivered mainly through ‘contact hours’, with a small percentage dedicated to home study. The recommended readings expand on the information given in the courses and accompanying book manuals.

If you are a yoga school interested in embedding any of these courses into your programme, get in touch.

Experiential Anatomy & Basics of Biomechanics

This 20 hour long training complies with the Anatomy & Physiology teaching requirement  for yoga trainees. Its main objectives are to: 

  • identify and describe the anatomy and physiology of the musculo-skeletal system; 
  • identify and locate anatomical landmarks;
  • describe the difference between stress and compression, and their impact on connective tissues;
  • demonstrate healthy planes and range of movements for joints;
  • cue poses based on functional anatomy; 
  • define what fascia is and its role in health and well-being.

Yogic Management of Common Ailments

This 40 hour long CPD yoga and wellness training is aimed at advanced yoga teacher training, and its main objectives are to: 

  • understand the anatomy and physiology of the different body systems beyond the musculo-skeletal system; 
  • provide yoga teachers with a better knowledge and understanding of the different health conditions that students attending their classes may have; 
  • expand the techniques that may be appropriate to teach these students, as well as recognise what techniques may not be appropriate;
  • introduce teachers to research and evidence-based practices.

Regular Classes

Each yoga style taught has a different pace and flare to it, and you can find out more about it below. Regardless of the style, the common benefits of practicing yoga regularly are: 

  • correcting postural imbalances; 
  • improving focus and concentration; 
  • reducing stress and anxiety; 
  • increasing positivity and energy, and 
  • encouraging teamwork.

Classes outside studios and organisations run depending on a minimum of 6 students enrolled for a set of 8 classes. If there are no classes scheduled at the moment, then drop Menchu an email to be added to the waiting list for that class.  

If you would like to arrange a set of classes for your family, social group, company or community group, then get in touch. Style, times and duration of classes are flexible to suit your group’s needs

Yoga Styles

“Teaching Yoga postures is about teaching a shape or
a pose that is ‘perfect for your body’
rather than achieving ‘the perfect pose’.”
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Haṭha Yoga 

This is a non-flow practice that trains the physical body (through postures held for a short period of time), the breath (breathing techniques) and the mind (concentration and meditation techniques), promoting strength and flexibility. Menchu often incorporates some Qìgōng forms into the class.

Prenatal Yoga 

This is a gentle and dynamic posture and breath based practice, where the focus is on helping you connect with your baby, alleviate the common discomforts of pregnancy, lower stress levels, prepare you for the final stages of your pregnancy, and transition into the role of motherhood. Menchu currently teaches Prenatal Yoga at Yoga Dublin. 

QìgōngInfluenced Yoga 

This is a hybrid practice that uses deep breathing, meditation, and static or dynamic movements to promote greater vitality, health and efficiency to the body. Unlike the yogic postures, which emphasise linearity, Qìgōng employs slow, circular movements that improve the flow of Qì (energy) through the body’s meridians and organs. 

Slow Flow 

This is a gentle and dynamic posture-based practice whereby the rhythm of the breath guides the movement of the body through a repertoire of poses and transitions. It builds strength, flexibility and awareness of the breath. Menchu often incorporates some Qìgōng forms into the class. 

Yīn Yoga 

This is a non-flow practice where postures are held for longer periods of time in stillness and attention. It ‘stresses’ the connective tissue (fascia) in the body, making the tissues longer and stronger, and ‘opening up’ the channels of energy in the body.  Menchu currently teaches Yīn Yoga at the Yoga Hub.

Yoga Nidra 

This is a state of meditative consciousness, usually practiced lying down, whereby the body becomes deeply relaxed as the mind remains fully present and aware. Regular practice of Yoga Nidra can help relieve tension, stress and anxiety. Menchu currently teaches Yoga Nidra at the Yoga Hub.

Restorative Yoga 

This is a posture-based practice that deeply relaxes the physical body and soothes the mind. Each posture is held for long periods of time (often with the support of props such as blankets, blocks and bolsters), inviting the awareness to remain present. 

Laughter Yoga 

This is a fast-paced class, which combines playful laughter exercises with breathing techniques. The effect is the release of endorphins, which helps reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, and improve your mood and outlook on life. 

Chair Yoga 

This is a posture and breath based yoga practised sitting on a chair and/or standing using a chair for support. It is perfect for the office or for people with mobility issues as it helps them improve balance, lower limb strength, depression and vitality.

Office Yoga 

This is a posture and breath based yoga class designed specifically for the employees of a company or organisation. It has a therapeutic approach that caters for the students’ needs and abilities, and can incorporate various styles of yoga.