Having heard rave reviews from colleagues and yoga friends, samadhi was on my list of studios to attend. I was not disappointed, the studio straddles two floors in Dublin's temple bar and is both intimate and inviting. I think it was 2013 or 2014 and I attended a Friday vinyasa class led by Elena, the class was strong yet balanced and what struck me was the tempo, the long holds and the attention to detail. It was only afterwards I learned that the studio was owned and operated by Greg an iyengar teacher. His particular style and his attention to detail permeated through into many of the classes held at the studio. This,coupled with the authenticity of the studio and its style is what drew me there to my teacher training in 2016. The training like the classes was detailed and authentic. The training was truly transformative and I am forever grateful to samadhi for providing such an oasis of calm in a bustling metropolis.
It helps me re-centre and let go of stress. The standard of teaching is very high. I would recommend Samadhi to anyone who is looking for a deeper quality yoga practice.
I had been practicing yoga on my own for a year or two by following online classes and attending the odd in person class in college. Once I finished my degree I knew that I wanted to use the extra time I had to dive into my passions outside of studying, and one of these was definitely yoga! I needed somewhere that looked like it had great teaching, wasn't too "om" and "namaste" (although I've since become fond of an aul om myself) and - most importantly to me - a place that offered a real sense of community. Oh also, a convenient central location was a practical concern.
Well, I certainly hit the nail on the head when I booked my first class at Samadhi! I found the studio through a fair bit of online searching and its charm and friendly presentation really appealed to me. The convenience of being able to book flexibly online was great, and it looked like the studio ticked all of my boxes. Once I came to the first class I was hooked, and I think I've been there (in person and online) almost every week since my first class in mid 2019. The quality of teaching is phenomenal. The acceptance and kindness that radiates through the Temple Bar studio and our Zoom sessions is unparalleled. Even when I was a newcomer who could tell that there had been yogis practicing here for years I always felt as if I was being welcomed into a special place.
Samadhi does some serious yoga, but doesn't take itself too seriously and I LOVE that attitude! There's a class for everyone, and even in more advanced classes there's a pace for you to work at. It's a sense of magic that's worth sharing. (Plus the classes are so physically beneficial ... you become stronger and fitter without even noticing because it's so enjoyable!)
Samadhi Yoga is my oasis of peace and serenity in the middle of the current pandemic that keeps me sane, balanced and focused during this tough time.
With yoga teachers who share their passion for teaching yoga and I am forever grateful that they enjoy passing on their knowledge and experience to likeminded yogis who take part in the classes Us yogis are treated as part of a large family of like-minded yogi people.
Due to the current health restrictions, classes are online via zoom – and passion for teaching yoga is still strong, if not stronger, interactive, and inclusive. All great for keeping our minds focused, our breath even and calming our sanity.
Because of the wide variety of classes of different disciplines and levels, 7 days a week, there is always a class on and something to suit everyone.
D. L.Samadhi Regular
I've been coming to Samadhi since it opened and Prana before that. What keeps me coming back?
Teachers - I think that it's very good to have a variety of teachers from different traditions - I've tried most of the classes, but like to stay with Iyengar, since it suits me best. But it's good that if that's not what suits someone, they can go to a flow class, Astanga or a Vinyasa class etc.
The atmosphere of Samadhi (when we can be there!). It's like a little oasis - when you're there you wouldn't believe that there was a busy city centre road a few yards away. And Greg has worked over the years to make it a more attractive space. Also the camaderie of other regulars in the class- missing that now.
Lunchtime classes: They don't suit everyone but as I work and live in the city centre I find them great. There was a short while when there were no lunchtime classes and I had to resort to lunchtime Pilates, not for me!
Greg: last and not least. I appreciate his dedication and commitment to yoga and to the studio, his friendliness and caring approach. There have been hard times, with high rents in the city centre, sometimes not knowing where the next studio will be but he has kept at it till Samadhi found a home - and of course now providing virtual classes when we can't be together.
I suspect when lockdown/covid is over I’ll settle into a routine (with Samadhi!) of 2-3 Zoom classes a week and then visiting the studio when I can for a workshop or a weekend slot that suits me or if I have a sneaky weekday off work (and I can double up and visit the Queen of Tarts etc! The darker side of life must be indulged in too!)
Being part of Samadhi is important to me for quality, continuity and yes- the social aspect – which is limited now of course – but compared to pre-recorded or one-way streamed classes etc. it is fun to be part of it all!
I regard your classes, Greg, as my ‘anchor’ class, where I make progress. Thanks to Caoimhe too!
I’m all about the LIVE INTERACTIVE CLASSES for the following 2 reasons:
1. I would never do as much Yoga alone or pre-recorded or one-way streamed etc. – NO WAY – I would fizzle off and Yoga would be another fad I didn’t get around to doing properly.
2. Live interactive classes include for the INTUITION of the teacher which in your case (Greg) almost defines your class? A ‘flow’ class doesn’t necessarily need as much interaction and one could probably snatch a miscellaneous class on Youtube here and there - but even at that, you would miss out on the week to week intuition of a specific teacher who is probably including for all sorts of clever things unbeknownst to even the regular weekly attendee? I also suspect that having the same class with the same teacher week in week out is good for Yoga as a general rule? For example I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Elena & Aine’s ‘Yoga-Personality’ over the past year or so and by now I look forward to specifically their class and not just the Yoga! And that goes for you too of course!
The Passes offer great value for money and incentive not to be lazy!
I could go on about you all for ages but I won’t!
- The level of expertise you bring to your teaching. The details of the guidance into poses, the tweaks and feedback make a big difference to my practice and I can immediately see the benefits. It also feels very safe. I find with some other teachers or schools there's no focus on technique and I don't feel I'm getting the full benefit or might be doing more harm than good.
- The classes are very interesting. There's so much variation and I feel I learn something new every time.
- Classes are delivered with expertise but with kindness and humour.
- Classes are challenging but also restorative. At the end of the more intense classes I feel at the end I'm like a towel that has been rung out. I sit at my desk a lot for work so this is really beneficial.
- I like going to the studio but have to say the Zoom classes have been a Godsend during lockdown and makes it much easier to commit to going to classes knowing I don't have to leave the house.
- I discovered a couple of your recorded sessions on YouTube recently which were excellent. I would be very happy to pay for access to more of these.
- The 1.5 hour classes are brilliant but I find the time commitment is often too much or after a long day at work 1.5 hours just feels like too much. I would love more 45-60mins options.
Thanks a mil. Love your classes and really appreciate the quality of teaching.
Why I attend Samadhi:
- knowledge and expertise are number one. I'm not doing to go just anywhere to further my practice - it's my body and well being here and I want to align myself with people and places that take the same care as I do (maybe a little blunt here and not saying other yoga teacher's don't it's just the approach is all) and reflect my practice values.
- the atmosphere has always been very welcoming. When you were in Dame Court there was something about the space I loved and the interactions (I remember flowing white curtains...!). And yes, the Cow's Lane location of course has another embracing and welcoming feel. This does extend beyond the physical space and to the people - both teachers and students
- the care. All the teachers give adjustments which is important to me, and treat each as individuals with individual adjustments. I found this in Liz's classes, when Chris would fill in too - so again it's particular to Samadhi and not one teacher.
So, when I talk about the care and attention, this extends well into online for all the teachers. Sure, I mostly take your classes at the moment, but I feel each teacher is committed to a student’s progress and learning - applied learning.
The big thing for me is Samadhi teachers aren't reciting a practice - if I wanted that I'd subscribe to an on demand platform!
Developing on from that, you have seen enough of us online now that you us, can predict what we will or won't do in an asana; with that you can give those individual cues or know how someone is progressing and let them work it out as they have the knowledge and tools to work it out in their body; then you can go back to them and give them another nugget to move them on some more.
- connection: I was trying to think of a way to phrase it and came up with You’re a studio in the heart of Dublin with a community that reaches locally, nationally and internationally. There is a strong community feel regardless of where you are. I was in Toronto last summer taking class with you at 5am and the time and location didn't matter - the interaction was still the same. It is the beauty of online that no one could have predicted.
And well, we know how in person works - be they passing through, returning or based here.
So this could be said of any online studio these days so what makes it unique to Samadhi goes back to the care and the connection you do make with people on for the first time - you give them something to work with; you find something specific to them that perhaps they didn't know or have heard before and they think, ok this person is here for my development.
I started yoga as a complete beginner with Samadhi six years ago.
Best decision I ever made!
The teachers are amazing and have a genuine interest in each student’s practice.
There is always a lovely friendly atmosphere in the class and no matter what your level there is a yoga practice to suit everyone.
I cannot recommend Samadhi highly enough!
M. O'N.Samadhi regular
Samadhi is yoga home for me. Met Greg just after he opened fifteen years ago. Life took me in a different direction but as with things that are good for us, we navigate back towards them. Greg is not only such a fine teacher, but also a very fine person, caring, super attentive, calm and authentic.
He is yoga.
Things I like about Samadhi:
- really challenging and interesting classes
- great variety of yoga and levels and times of day so that there is something there for everyone
- human connection element, jokes/celebrating events in lives of other yogis/shoutouts/spotlighting funny occurrences (usually involving pets making life harder for yogis!)
- I really like that Samadhi treats yoga with the great respect it deserves but also doesn’t take itself too seriously, the giggles are welcome instead of frowned upon.
- Super staff - Samadhi teachers that I’m familiar with are Greg(&Caoimhe!) and Mel. Very different styles but all very warm, encouraging and so so knowledgeable.
- I’ve really enjoyed the workshops and retreats, such a challenge but you feel amazing afterwards (and exhausted!).
The Samadhi yoga classes have been my saviour during the pandemic. I look forward to the classes each week and get immense satisfaction in seeing my practice develop. Greg is a fantastic teacher and I would encourage anyone interested in yoga to give Samadhi a try!
When I took up yoga properly a few years ago I dipped my toe in some workshops - not at Samadhi, sorry! The first few were at other Dublin studios and I found them impersonal and anonymous really - there were too many people for names to be used, let alone individual feedback. I was unsure if I was even doing the poses correctly.
I mentioned this to my friend Helen who said you need to go to Samadhi. And so I did. And she was right. At Samadhi there was and is a real sense of community, of expertise, and I felt that I was in safe hands. The instructions all felt precise and the individual feedback and encouragement was much appreciated. And also a sense of fun and enjoyment. So when it came to where I would do YTT there was only one choice.
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