Unity Yoga (formerly of Cork City) has set up home in a charming space on Spiller’s Lane in Clonakilty; next to the Olivebranch Natural Food Store, two floors above Cafe on the Lane. The studio itself is warm, bright, and spacious with wooden floors and skylights providing an extra layer of natural light. Mats, blocks, bolsters, and blankets are also provided.
Owned by Jeff Gonet, Unity focuses on the Kundalini style of yoga, which improves flexibility, tones muscles, calms the mind, and strengthens the nervous, glandular, circulatory, and immune systems. Other types of yoga and movement classes and workshops are also available.
The practice of Kundalini Yoga allows energy to move more freely throughout your entire body and specifically balances the energy flowing through the chakras, energy vortexes from base of the spine to the crown of the head, plus the aura chakra that surrounds and protects the body. Classes explore a variety of asanas (postures), movements, mantras (chanting), mudras (hand positions), pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditation.
Kundalini literally means ‘the curl of the lock of the hair of the beloved’, similar to the more popular definition of a ‘coiled snake’. What both definitions refer to is the yogic life force that normally lies dormant at the base of the spine. Kundalini Yoga activates this energy and moves it safely up the spine so the other chakras can utilise and enjoy this abundant, joyful, unlimited source of energy, making it available for our daily lives.
There are 5,000 different kriyas or ‘completed actions’ in Kundalini Yoga. Each kriya is a sequence of actions for a specific purpose. Some kriyas are meditative, some are vigorous, others are both. There are some general, whole being wellness kriyas, others are specific — for particular chakras, organs, glands, and conditions — depression, insomnia, and addictions to name a few.
Kundalini Yoga was taught in secret until 1969 when Yogi Bhajan challenged its secrecy by openly teaching Kundalini Yoga in the West. The yogic scriptures state that anyone teaching Kundalini Yoga publicly would not live to see their next birthday! However, Yoga Bhajan lived decades past 1969 — until 2004. Jeff has enjoyed quite a few birthdays since he began teaching as well.
Classes are open to all levels, from complete beginners to those who have been practicing yoga for many lifetimes! Kundalini Yoga has the flexibility to push past your comfort zone, as well as offering the ability to go at your own pace.
Please visit www.unityyoga.ie for additional types of yoga available at the studio, upcoming workshops, and pricing.
Please see the advertisement on this page for class times.
Jeff Gonet, a certified Kundalini and Sivananda Yoga teacher, has been practicing yoga since 2001. He describes his classes as encouraging, positive, life affirming, light hearted, and authentic. “I enjoy having fun and laughing while teaching,” says Jeff. Besides teaching classes and workshops in Ireland, Jeff has also taught yoga in the USA, Bahamas, Portugal, and Croatia.