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Clonlea Yoga Studio

Clonlea Yoga Studio


Clonlea Yoga Studio was established in 1990 by Hanne Gillespie. Initially located in an extension to her family home, it has since developed into a purpose built building.There are currently ten teachers who teach regular classes and others who use the studio for specific workshops. It is situated in a tranquil environment in Blackrock, County Dublin.

Clonlea Yoga Studio aspires towards being a receptive and responsive environment. As the inhale and exhale of the breath, it lives through an ongoing process of exchange.


Clonlea Yoga Studio has evolved out from the Viniyoga approach. While many of the teachers have trained in and teach Viniyoga, the studio has grown to incorporate other aproaches Please see individual teacher profiles for more information.

Yoga at the studio includes :

Complementary Practices

Through the development of complementary interests among the individual teachers and the involvement of teachers from other inspiring backgrounds, the studio has grown out from its roots. The community of teachers now offers a variety of harmonious approaches towards strengthening the relationship between mind and body.

Complementary practices at the studio includes:

Upcoming Workshops

(Please see Complementary Practices page for further details)

Global Harmonies

with Rachel Dempsey

Saturday, 10am – 2pm

24th March

Be Here Now

with Lynn McCutcheon

Sunday, 2pm – 5pm

25th Mar

Sound and Chant

with Eleanor Dawson

Saturday, 10am - 12pm

14th Apr

Garret Cooke


Restorative Yoga Class

with Garret Cooke

Thursday’s 7.45–9pm


Connecting within and fostering a more compassionate relationship with oneself is central to my approach.  

I offer a gentle and restorative Yoga practice combined with meditative breath and body awareness techniques which are suitable for everyone. 

In my class it is not important whether we can touch our toes or bend over backwards. Rather it is an opportunity to ease into and nurture a way of being with(in) ourselves that is peaceful, fulfilling, empowering and liberating. 


In the out-of-the-way places of the heart,
Where your thoughts never think to wander,
This beginning has been quietly forming,
Waiting until you were ready to emerge…

John O’Donohue




Rachel Dempsey - Clonlea Yoga Studio

Global Harmonies

Saturdays 10am-2pm

€65 or €55 early bird (2 weeks in advance)

(Please see Complementary Practices page for dates) 

Open to all regardless of vocal experience, these workshops are a lovely mixture of:

  • healing the chakras through sound
  • exploring vowel sounds and natural sounds such as laughter and groaning
  • breathing, stretching and energy awareness exercises
  • deep meditative chanting from various spiritual traditions, followed by restorative silence
  • learning about musical cultures and wisdom from around the world
  • global harmony songs for change and transformation, personally and globally
  • indigenous songs with movement and percussion to connect to mother earth
  • sound baths for individuals to receive sound energy and love from the whole group
  • improvisation and exploring ourselves and our connections to others through free vocal expression

Rachel Dempsey has been running Global Harmonies workshops and events since 1997. Rachel is dedicated to promoting harmony in individuals, communities and the world, through singing and voice work. Rachel has a background in ethnomusicology and has also studied Sound Healing with Daniel Perret, and believes that we can harness the wisdom of cultures from around the world and use voice and sound to connect to ourselves, to others and to spirit. She has a very inclusive approach and has worked with many groups in Ireland and beyond.


Rachel Dempsey
086 309 7232


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Clonlea Yoga Studio, 28b Sydney Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland
For further information please contact relevant teacher