AN EMPTY retail unit in the centre of the city has been turned into an oasis of calm and healing by voluntary holistic practitioners.
With much economic doom and gloom, and the consumerist pressures of Christmas approaching the group hope their centre “will get people out of depression, help them see the bigger picture, and give them another angle on life.”
The new centre, called The Limerick Vibe, is trying to get the public to leave behind the stresses and struggles of daily life and chill out.
Over 200 people have already availed of their free classes in yoga, tai chi, meditation, massage and singing. Located at the corner of Henry Street/Sarsfield Street, the premises formerly housed the Benetton clothing store, and now falls under the Creative Limerick banner, where vacant units in the city are let for creative purposes.
There is no cost to participate in the classes, but people can leave a donation if they wish. “We are not expecting to make any money out of this,” explained Nadine Buttery, one of the founders of the project, and a tai chi, chi kung and meditation teacher.
“All of these classes have the same goal and that is to bring a bit of peace, harmony, fitness and health into people’s day-to-day lives. Most of these crafts are in places outside of the city and we wanted to bring them into the city centre and available to anyone. The group of teachers we have is multiplying every day, so it’s not a big deal for us to donate our time for free. We hope the community will become part of this and use it,” she said.
A drop-in day will be held on December 17, to encourage shoppers to take time out to relax and appreciate the benefits thses classes can bring.
Among the classes on offer is sports yoga, run by Paulette Egan, from Clonlara, on Friday afternoons from 1-2pm.
She has combined both sport and yoga to further strengthen athletes’ abilities and endurance, which is being embraced by many rugby teams. Her programme is called the Missing Link, as she feels yoga is a key component to good health and fitness. See Limerick Vibe on Facebook for more details, as well as Sports Yoga.