Yoga and mindfulness as Gaeilge is a great way to start learning the Irish language this holiday without adding to the stress of the season.
Life is hectic and while there are many things that remain on your "to-do" list for years too long, learning the Irish language no longer has to be one of them. While we've already plenty of recommendations for how you can learn Irish for free online, there's now a new option that is essential with the busy nature of the holiday season upon it.
Yes, Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 (The year of the Irish language) may be almost over but there is still time to start on that New Year's resolution to learn the language before it's time to dream up the next batch of promises for 2019.
Irish company Suí Mindfulness (suí means to sit in Irish) has created some free tracks that will allow you to lie down, make yourself warm and cozy up, while you take in the beautiful sounds of the language. The tracks are available completely in Irish or bilingually and are about as magical an experience as learning your cúpla focal come.
"For many people, the Irish language appears too complicated, and difficult to navigate, therefore it can feel overwhelming. The only way forward is to come back to basics, take one step at a time, that way we can achieve things we never thought possible," state the founders of Suí Mindfulness, Derval Dunford and Mick Hogan.
Having a pretty basic grasp of Irish but with a real grá for her native language, Dunford initially declined an invitation from an international yoga trainer to create the world’s first Yoga Nidra relaxation.
She quickly changed her mind because the challenge really appealed to her, and was delighted to get support from Gnó Mhaigh Eo, an organization supporting and encouraging businesses in Mayo to utilize the Irish language as a valuable and profitable resource.
In her heart Derval really wanted to create something beautiful to connect people to the language, to make learning effortless. The Nidra track is called "Well of Wisdom," based on the concept that the well is your heart, and connects with the healing power of Ireland’s wells. The mindfulness practice is called "A Slice of Time" and connects with the stability of trees.
Both tracks are now free to download on the Suí website, and on the International renowned Yoga Nidra Network site. Free downloads are available at www.sui.ie.
Have you tried out mindfulness in Irish? Let us know what you make of it in the comments section, below.