Yoga Classes For Everyone!

Strength • Flexibility • Inner Peace

Make yoga a part of your daily routine! We offer classes for any age and any fitness level.We are located just 5 minutes from the beach in Lahinch, Ireland known for its great surf, golf and music scene.

Helen Rich Lahinch Yoga Studio Pose


All yoga classes are held in the purpose built yoga studio on Station Road, Lahinch, Co. Clare, Ireland.Option to take your yoga outside weather permittingPrivate groups can request yoga on the beach.

Beginners Hatha Yogo in Lahinch Studio

Beginners Hatha Yoga

Suitable for beginners or those recovering from injury.

  • "Drop In" Class €14

  • 6 Class Card €80

Intermediate Hatha Yogo in Lahinch Studio

Intermediate Hatha Yoga

Suitable for those with at least 1 year of experience or more.

  • "Drop In" Class €14

  • 6 Class Card €80

Yoga for Seniors at Lahinch Yoga Studio

Yoga for Golden Years

Hatha Yoga for seniors. Please contact me to check suitability.

  • "Drop In" Class €8

  • 6 Class Card €45

Restorative Yoga Pose at Lahinch Yoga Studio

Restorative Yoga

A practice that is all about slowing down and opening your body through passive stretching. Suitable for all levels.

  • "Drop In" Class €30

  • 6 Class Card €80

Gentle Yoga People on Mat at Lahinch Yoga Studio

Gentle Hatha Yoga Therapy

Suitable for beginners or those recovering from Injury.

  • "Drop In" Class €14

  • 6 Class Card €80

Downdog Pose for healthy low back at Lahinch Yoga Studio


"Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs" programme is a 12 week course that gently and progressively gets people back to being more active. This is an evidence-based, fully-resourced and regulated yoga programme. Contact for more details.

Prenatal Yoga Pose at Lahinch Yoga Studio

Prenatal Yoga

Yoga is increasingly recommended to pregnant women because it is a gentle way of maintaining or gaining fitness while reducing anxiety with breathing and relaxation techniques. Helen uses yoga practices that are safest and most suitable for pregnant women. Yoga breathing techniques have been selected and adapted to expand women’s breathing capacity in gentle and effective ways that carry through to labour and the postnatal period to promote physical and emotional wellbeing.
I believe in addressing the needs of each woman and baby in supportive small classes.
Benefits of Prenatel Yoga include;
• More Energy
• Increased Strength, confidence and stamina
• Improved posture, stability and balance
• Better breathing
• Improved Sleep
• Relief from physical, mental and emotional tension.
• Bond with baby (babies)

  • "Drop In" Class €14

  • 6 Class Card €80

Mother & Baby Yoga

Offering continuity from pregnancy to the postnatal year has been greatly appreciated from new mums. Original sets of yoga practices, many of which are now mainstream, are uniquely suited to help you regain your core-strength, your figure and overall fitness after birth by restoring tone to the deep muscles of the pelvis and lower back.‘Steps to postnatal recovery’ can be started at any time after birth. They are easy and can be done in bed or on a carpet in a few minutes daily. Each step ‘closes’ the body and re-knits abdominal muscles using yoga breathing, with the additional effect of inducing deeper sleep and reducing postnatal fatigue. Babies are included in postnatal yoga classes: interactive mother and baby yoga moves promote ‘active bonding’ in age appropriate ways through the first weeks and months.More dynamic yoga poses and moves are also offered to make a safe transition to general yoga or other forms of exercise with long term benefits for women’s health.

  • "Drop In" Class €14

  • 6 Class Card €80

Mothers and Babies doing Yoga at Lahinch Yoga Studio
Kids doing Yoga at Lahinch Yoga Studio

Kids Yoga

Yoga is a fun way for children to develop important skills in a supportive, non-competitive environment. In yoga for kids classes, there is a balance
between spontaneity and structure, so that kids learn to listen to each other as well as express themselves creatively.
Benefits of kids yoga ;
• Improves strength and flexibility
• Increases self confidence and builds positive self image
• Increases emotional strength
• Nourishes creativity
• Increases sensory awareness and body awareness
• Helps build concentration

  • "Drop In" Class €8 per class €14 for siblings

  • 6 week class card €40 per child


Changes to times and location happen often due to COVID-19. We also offer zoom classes when we can not meet in the studio. Prenatal and Post Natal Yoga postponed till next term due to COVID spike.
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Monday10:30 -11:30 AM : Yoga for Golden YearsAvailable For Private Sessions6:30-7:30 PM Prenatal yoga
Tuesday-Available For Private Sessions7 PM : Hatha Yoga Level 2
Wednesday10 am-11 am : Hatha Yoga Mix-LevelAvailable For Private Sessions7 PM : Gentle Yoga, Injury, Golden Year Mix
ThursdayMother & Baby Yoga 11AM-12PMAvailable For Private Sessions7 PM : Intermediate Yoga
FridayAvailable for 1-2-1 Session All DayAvailable For Private Sessions-
Saturday10:30 am-11:30 am : Hatha Yoga--
Sunday-2:00-3:30 PM Restorative Yoga-

Teacher Helen Rich

Helen Rich Lahinch Yoga Studio

Qualified Teacher B.W.O.Y
500 hours since 2000
continued professional development over 21years.
26 years practitioner

Teacher Helen Rich qualified with British Wheel of Yoga in 2000 and has been teaching ever since. Her passion for yoga is evident in her teaching." I like to run my yoga classes bearing in mind the motto from Krishnamachary" (master of Hatha Yoga) "Adapt the yoga to the individual that you serve."

Why Yoga?

'Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannotbe cured.'
~ B.K.S. Iyengar

Time out

In our hectic modern world many people are taking ‘time out’ to practice yoga - a system of philosophy that originated in India 5,000 years ago. Everyone can practice yoga, regardless of age, sex or ability.My aim whilst teaching students is to increase flexibility, mobility and strength whilst bringing the student in tune with their own body and focus inward.When teaching, I encourage students to learn to feel their own bodies, to respect them, to breathe and to develop a sense of inner integrity. We need to work with what we have, where we are, the conditions in which we are practising (it’s no good doing a Greek beach practice in a cold village hall), our state of mind, the time of the month, the amount of stress we are under - or not. There are many ways of working.

a holistic approach to body, mind and spirit

Yoga can provide us with the ‘tools’ to cope with the challenges of daily life. Yoga can also complement medical science and therapy for specific conditions. The muscles of asana are informed by the breath of pranayama, and the breath itself is, if uncontrolled, fed by the mind. And the mind is a tricky monkey. In Patanjali’s Raja Yoga system, the moral observances of the Yamas and Niyamas are mentioned first, as if they are the first two rungs on the ladder of progress. However, in reality they can all be recognised as operating on a self-supporting system: by doing asana we regulate the breath which returns us to a calmer state of mind in which the practices of non-stealing and self-restraint are part of a far more natural order than we, when caught up in the daily inconsistencies of modern life, can comprehend. Dharana (sustained concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and yes, even a glimpse of Samadhi (enlightenment) can be experienced in the sincere practice of Trikonasana.

health and fitness

You may be drawn to yoga simply for health and fitness, or be seeking relief for a specific physical condition. You might want help with managing stress, or would like pregnancy yoga classes or exercises suitable for the less able-bodied. Whatever your objectives, there are yoga classes that can meet them. Yoga is for everybody, my father began his journey with yoga at the young age of 79 years and my 3 girls all began their yoga at the tender age of 6 weeks old.By making yoga a part of your daily routine, you may become aware of subtle changes in your approach to life. In your yoga class you may well begin to glimpse a state of inner peace...your true Nature.

Hen, Stag, Birthday
or Pre-Wedding

Fed up of rowdy Hen or Birthday Parties? Maybe just not your scene anymore, maybe never was your scene. Why not do something completely different and let me calm your mind, revitalize the body and energize your spirit ready for your special day.I can be invited to your home / hotel or the group can come to the purpose built studio which can take max 20students.

Monthly and Speciality Workshops

We offer various workshops either on a monthly basis or with visiting expert teachers. Book early for all workshops to avoid disappointment. Cheques payable to LahinchYoga Studio or bank transfer.

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Monthly Restorative yoga

Release and Relax

Last Sunday of Each Month.
Next Date To Be Announced

Release unwanted tension in the body.Centering your breath and body, aligning the physical and mental by practicing stillness and gentle movement for extended periods of time. It is important from time to time to slow down, to have time for yourself, and simply be.

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Inspirations for the Path Inward


AUGUST 28/29/30

Doug Keller has been teaching workshops and trainings in the therapeutic applications of yoga for a decade, and is known not only for his effectiveness in communicating this ever-evolving approach in these trainings, but also for his extensive writing on the topic in magazines, journals and his two-volume work on Yoga As Therapy. He is also, in addition to his travelling and teaching, a Distinguished Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health in their Master’s Degree programme in Yoga Therapy. This programme is state-approved and accredited for granting a Master’s degree in this field, and is fully accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.Doug has degrees in philosophy from Georgetown and Fordham Universities in the United States, and taught philosophy at college level for several years. He also spent a total of 14 years in Siddha meditation ashrams worldwide. He has produced three highly-respected books on asana, pranayama and yoga philosophy. Doug’s teaching is focused on the yoga of ‘Swatantrya,’ the yoga of one’s own inner expansion and awakening, and is rooted in a vast and inclusive perspective of study and practice that honours the insights of the many streams of wisdom that flow into the river of yoga.

Workshop Schedule

Friday Evening Asana Practice | Aug 28th 6pm-9pm. 50Euro

Our Flexible, Spiraling Core
This will be a practice-oriented session that will explore the experience of the ‘Core’ in asana, and how it empowers our poses. At the heart of this, we find the sacrum, and a central benefit of this experience is to learn how to take good care of our sacroiliac joints — to move with greater fluidity, stability, and less low back pain. We’ll look at the relationship between the health of our sacral joints and low back — and how to recognize imbalances between the two sides of the sacrum which so often make the two sides of the body work so differently!

Saturday 10am-1pm. 60Euro

Timing is Everything
Understanding the Firing Order of Muscles Along Functional Lines in Asana Practice‘Sequencing’ is how we string poses together into a ‘flow’ or vinyasa that makes sense, makes the body feel good, and takes us deeper into the poses. But it is more than how well poses fit together: the inner wisdom of sequencing has to do with teaching the muscles to work together in the proper order in the body, to best support and protect the spine and joints of the legs and arms.Pain or injury often results from ‘skipping over’ or not using a key muscle — such as, for example, the gluteals — and relying too much on other muscles.This session will be an experiential exploration of the functional lines of movement that provide the core of effective asana practice, and a clear understanding of the ‘firing order’ of muscles we need to recruit along those lines to keep our asanas ‘firing on all cylinders!

Saturday 2-4pm. 40Euro

Fine-tuning the Shoulders
We’ll cover the main actions of the shoulders in simple terms as they work in the fundamental asanas, and then go on to explore the shoulders in greater depth, fine-tuning their actions.We will break down the fundamental muscles involved in all ranges of shoulder movement (and relate them to all types of poses), as well as exercises for improving their function and coordination, and applications and variations in poses. We’ll also look at some of the most common types of injuries and common types of movement patterns that interfere with freedom of movement — and how fundamental principles for shoulder work in asana can help us work through them.

Sunday 10-1. 60Euro

A Complete Practice — with Love for the Psoas
Hips and Hamstrings! This practice session will pull together the ideas from the weekend, and also explore issues of the psoas, hips and hamstrings more deeply.Why are hamstrings important, and why (and how) do we ‘open’ our hips? What is the role of the psoas in this, and how do we recognize pain problems stemming from the psoas? We’ll look further at the relationship between the health of our sacral joints and low back, the strength and flexibility of our hips and hamstrings, and the central role of the psoas.Our main emphasis will be on practical ways to balance strength and flexibility in these muscles in asana, especially for the sake of low back health — and we’ll be tying in the role of the arms and shoulders in low back health, to make it a well-rounded practice!

Sunday 2-4 40Euro

Fine-tuning the Neck — and Applications in Pranayama, Meditation and Yoga Nidra
Much of the subtlest and most profound work in yoga — in breath and meditation, as well as in asana — has to do with the neck in connection with all of the actions of the senses: gaze. tongue, breath and so on. We’re only beginning to understand the implications for health and well-being in terms of the effects upon the principle cranial nerves and the vagus nerve in particular. In simple and accessible ways, we’ll explore these subtleties with the help of simple exercises joining small neck and shoulder exercises that incorporate gaze and breath, which can then be expanded into principles for centered breathing/pranayama, meditation and Yoga Nidra.

Full 12.5 hours for 250 Euro. Early Bird Offer 225 Euro paid by June 15th 2020

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About Us

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The Studio

Lahinch Yoga Studio is fully equipped with mats, blocks, belts, bolsters and eyebags. It is a walk from town yet when you are in the yoga studio all you look out to is greeen fields, it is the ideal atmosphere for yoga, the soft lighting, and just the right temperature.Maybe you are planning to come to Lahinch, (Leacht Ui Chonchubhair) Co.Clare, to play golf on one of the 2 courses, world famous Lahinch Golf Club. Or maybe to surf, Lahinch is world renowned for its surf and has become a popular resort for surfers from all over the world. Or you just want to enjoy the seaside. I want you go away relaxed and energised after a visit to one of my yoga classes in the bright and airy purpose built yoga studio. Situated en route of the Wild Atlantic Way.Lahinch, Co.Clare is so close to many wonderful attractions we have the infamous Cliffs of Mohers just 3km, the magnificent Burren region 10km, the Aran Islands, Ailwee cave and if tis music ya want just a few minutes in the car for Doolin and the famous Willie Clancy Festival in Miltown Malbay just down the road.

My Story

Hi my name is Helen Rich. I was born Helen O'Sullivan in Lahinch, Co.Clare. After finishing school in Lahinch & Ennistymon I then went to work in London. I took up yoga classes in 1996 the effect was electric: optimism and energy. I went on various yoga retreats and yoga workshops all over the world, experiencing many styles of yoga. Yoga has been a sustaining and integral part of my life ever since. Newly energised but still naive, I went on to study yoga further in 2000, I did my 3 year 500 hour teaching diploma with British Wheel Of Yoga who are recognised and respected worldwide, where safety of students is first and foremost.

Helen Rich Lahinch Yoga Studio Pose
Helen Rich Lahinch Yoga Studio Pose

I married my husband James in 2006 and became Helen Rich. In June 2007 my daughter Milly was born, in October 2008 my daughter Siabh entered the world and in March 2010 I was blessed with another girl Ellsie.During my time in England, I spent a lot of time travelling abroad, I ventured high and low, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Dreamflight (a charity which gives kids with terminal illness the trip of a life time). I travelled down to New Zealand and lived in my station wagon admiring the beautiful country as I went, I have been very lucky to see so many beautiful countries. One of the places, which inspired me to yoga, was South India. Still living in the hustle and bustle of London I found myself drawn back to Kerala -India to do more yoga.

Before doing yoga I found myself with constant lower back pain, which doctors could not cure. The only thing that worked for me was yoga, so I started to attend regular classes whilst in London. My love for yoga grew. I wanted to get more knowledge of yoga, I began to go on retreats in various countries around the world, I got interested in the different styles of yoga. I do not believe in the supremacy of one style of Yoga over another: different styles suit different people, temperaments, body-types and conditions. The practice of Yoga - Hatha Yoga, Karma Yoga, Raja Yoga or Bhakti Yoga - means nothing if it does not develop the basic qualities of consideration, compassion, self-knowledge and a recognition that there is a higher force than we can contradict at work within the play of this world.

Helen Rich Lahinch Yoga Studio Pose
Helen Rich Lahinch Yoga Studio Pose
Helen Rich Lahinch Yoga Studio Pose

I decided to do my teaching diploma with British Wheel Of Yoga as they are recognised world wide and a major part of teaching with BWOY is safety for your students. After completing my 3-year diploma in Yoga, with Monica Burton - British Wheel of Yoga , I began teaching in the U.K. The demand for my classes was quiet high.I found a large mix of people wanting different things, some students wanted to be more challenged in Asana's (posture work) while some students wanted more meditation, I also had older students which preferred a slower pace. I decided to cater for individuals needs and go onto study further i.e.B.W.O.Y Yoga for the 3 Age module(Monica Burton) and B.W.O.Y. Pregnancy Yoga module, I did this with Wendy Teasdill and also went to workshops by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.A few years later I went of to do Yoga For Kids Diploma,in Dublin with Rainbow Yoga For Kids, and Mother and Baby module. I have been very lucky to have attended workshops with John Stirk, Peter Blackably, Gary Carter and Dr. Ruth Gilmore. In 2011 completed Yoga & Anatomy with Paul Fox and Dr.Ruth Gilmore.In 2012 I completed my training for Yoga For Healthy Lower Back. In 2013 it seemed like natural progression to go on and do the Tutor Training for Foundation Courses, so I can now offer serious students BWOY Foundation Course which is compulsory if you wish to go on and become a BWOY Teacher. I can now specialise in the various fields to suit all my clients as I continue to grow.

All the places I have been there is no where like home, the lovely Cliffs Of Moher just a few miles away, the Burren right on our doorstep. I returned home to Lahinch, Co.Clare, by the sea after baby Siabh was born and starting teaching privately and in various gyms around the county. I then set up my own yoga studio Lahinch Yoga Studio, the first and only yoga studio in Lahinch, I teach classes daily catering for visitors and locals alike.

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Lahinch Yoga Studio

Contact us with any questions about classes, workshops or private classes and events. If you do not get an email reply in 7 days please call.

Your Private Retreat in Lahinch

This is a flexible retreat to suit you and your guests needs option to add on extra days and extra classes

CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE Please cONtact For Inquiries & Future availability

The Package

4 People - 3 Days 2 Nights
Cost €179 Per Person
1x Twin Room. 1x Double Room
Private Accommodation at the studio, in the heart of the village.
Discussion of Your Needs and Wishes
4 Yoga Classes
Healthy Breakfast
Unlimited Tea/Coffee/Herbal Tea/snacks
You Choose the Dates

Restorative Yoga Pose at Lahinch Yoga Studio
Restorative Yoga Pose at Lahinch Yoga Studio
Restorative Yoga Pose at Lahinch Yoga Studio
Restorative Yoga Pose at Lahinch Yoga Studio
Restorative Yoga Pose at Lahinch Yoga Studio

A typical 3 day retreat

FRIDAY - Check in after 3pm
Free time to walk beach/ surf/ visit local shops
6 PM - Discussion on your needs/ wishes
6.15 PM - A Exploratory practice on where you are.
8 PM - Your free to visit the local restaurants and bars
Enjoy your evening however you wish
SATURDAY 8.00 AM - Wake up and Glow Yoga Class
9:45 AM - Healthy Breakfast
10.30 AM - You time / take a swim /surf / visit the cliffs your choice
Enjoy your day your way
5:00 PM - Hatha Yoga
6:30 PM - Relax /Eat / Rest & Enjoy our evening
Sunday 8:30 AM - Wake Up and Glow Yoga Class
9:45 AM - Healthy Breakfast
11:00 AM - Farewell chat / discussion