Pilates, yoga & qoya
Sandhill House is a centre of wellness. We aim to provide you with a sense of retreat, with an added touch of luxury during your stay. At Sandhill House, our ethos is to Breathe Move and Connect through the movement forms of Pilates, Yoga and Qoya. The owner of Sandhill House is a Chartered Physiotherapist, with experience in the management of a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. During each class, the physical workout is combined with a mindful focus on the breath, for an added element of relaxation and connection.
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In today’s modern world, we can try to juggle it all; leading our lives from our masculine energy of striving, pushing and achieving. This mostly leads to stress, exhaustion and burn out. Our feminine energy is the energy of receptivity and creativity and this can be accessed by allowing ourselves to slow down, rest and listen to our body and notice what it really needs. When we ‘exercise’ in a way that allows us to balance our energy, we can feel both grounded and energised. We can feel into the flow of our day, listen to our intuition, notice what feels right, trust what we hear and be more inspired to lead a more purposeful and connected life.
Combined into a seamless flow of breath and movement, there is the opportunity to feel into the body, calm the nervous system and re-connect with your inner wisdom and intuition. Yoga Nidra Meditation adds the element of rest and stillness to balance the energy. On this page we explain what these practices are and how they can benefit your health & wellbeing.
You do not need to be flexible or any particular shape or size to do yoga. The movements are calming, centring and grounding to soothe the nervous system. There is a balance of strengthening movements, combined with rest and relaxation, to create balance and connection within the body.
Yoga strengthens and tones the physical body However, it can also bring awareness to the emotions and can calm a busy mind.
Our yoga includes Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath work), Yoga Nidra Meditation and relaxation (savasana).
yoga nidra meditation
Through Yoga Nidra Meditation, there is the opportunity to slow down, be still and truly listen to the wisdom of the body. Yoga nidra meditation is “yogic sleep.” Through a series of guided instructions the body is led into a state of supreme relaxation. Initially, yoga nidra feels like a really nourishing nap, but ultimately it is a way to connect with much deeper parts of yourself, tapping into your inner wisdom, connecting with your inspiration. Forty-five minutes of yoga nidra meditation feels like three hours of sleep in the body.
Pilates improves the body's core stability by strengthening the deep abdominal and postural spinal muscles which can then improve posture and help to rehabilitate from pain and injury.
It corrects the many muscle imbalances which can develop as a result of the stresses and strains of modern day life and training.
While Pilates focuses on strengthening the body physically, yoga is a more holistic form of movement, focusing not only on the body, but also the emotions, the mind and the connection with all the deeper parts of ourselves.
Qoya is a form of movement, for women, that is based on the idea that through movement we remember our essence that is wise, wild and free. It is a mix of yoga, dance and free movement.
In every Qoya class we are constantly guided to go inward to access our wisdom, our creativity and the freedom to feel good in our body. Qoya cultivates a strong relationship with your inner validation system and your ability to trust your body’s wisdom and intuition. Qoya focuses less on how it looks and more on how it feels.
Sandhill’s owner, Lucille, is proud to be the first qualified Qoya teacher in NI and is excited to share the experience of Qoya with other women.