You may have heard of YogaHub, you may have not. Either way, I encourage you to check it out. With a sincere sense of fun, community and openness, everybody makes you feel welcome, whether they work there or not.  A little gem, tucked away from the madness that is Camden Street in Dublin, it offers classes for all levels and a vegan restaurant, HappyFood, where you can sit with your new found yoga buddies and munch on a breakfast chickpea burrito (trust me, they’re delish!). In addition to all this loveliness, YogaHub occasionally invites renowned teachers from abroad to offer their insights and teaching styles. Enter Dylan Werner…

Dylan Werner

Known as the master of inversions and arm balances, Werner is regarded as one of the world’s leaders in yoga strength training and body weight movement. In an increasingly female environment, Werner is a poster child for boys to try yoga. With a background in wrestling, rock climbing, martial arts and anatomy as well as yoga, his understanding of the body and its movement serves to create intense yoga classes.

On his latest visit to Ireland, I was fortunate enough to bag a spot on the Friday night class of a weekend of workshops focusing on balance, strength and stability in yoga. Two hours long, it began with a meditation during which Dylan played the hand pan or hang drum. A rare instrument that, when played, sounds similar to a steel drum.

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On starting movement, we were brought through dynamic transitions based on balance and strength, both challenging the brain and the body as in, how am I supposed to get my foot from here to there is one swift move?!

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We were challenged to push boundaries physically and mentally. Asked to hold Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II) for 2 minutes, I found I had to send my mind elsewhere. Physically, my thighs burned, mentally, my mind screamed STOP! I needed to go to my happy place, undo the frowny face of determination and sit back into it for 3, 2, 1, aaahhhhh – sweet relief. Apparently, he would usually ask the class to hold for 3 minutes. Knowing this, somehow made the 2 minutes a little easier.  

Practicing yoga in this way demonstrates the benefits that go beyond the class of physical postures. Giving us life tools. One of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and founder of Iyengar Yoga, B.K.S Iyengar, famously said “The pose begins when you want to leave it”. Just when you feel like giving up, relax, go with it.  From somewhere deep within, you find the strength to stay for just a little longer. Think about that in relation to your life and its challenges. Is it possible to incorporate this philosophy?

Is yoga both philosophy and fitness?

Werner’s intent was to bring us out of our comfort zone because sometimes, that’s what we need… to grow.  The end result, lying in the final pose of Savasana (Corpse pose), was a sense of achievement. A physical and mental achievement.  

I do hope Dylan Werner returns to Ireland next year to share more of his expertise. In the meantime, check him out online at www.dylanwerneryoga.com and be sure and try out some of the other great classes and workshops at YogaHub: www.theyogahub.ie

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