Mind, body, spirit and yoga

The Royal Dublin Showground once again hosted the twice-yearly Mind, Body, Soul and Yoga exhibition over the October bank holiday weekend.

This hugely popular event has been running for a number of years and attracts both visitors and exhibitors from all over the country and also many from abroad. This year’s event saw a record number of over 150 stalls, with practitioners coming from as far away as Japan and India.

The range of treatments and therapies was as diverse as it was large. Everything from Tarot Card Reading to Aromatherapy to Reflexology was on offer, and visitors could avail of home-grown Shamanic Healing if they wished to shop locally, or try Oriental Medicine and Feng Shui if they wished to travel further afield.

In addition to the stands themselves there was a schedule of lectures and workshops running through the three days of the event teaching such diverse subjects as Numerology & Your Soul Contract, How To Do An Angel Card Reading and Crystal Consciousness – The Power of Living Through Joy & Lightness.

There were also plenty of demonstrations. One of the most spectacular was  the Anti-Gravity Yoga Demonstration, presented by Tara O’Neill of Yoga Therapy Ireland. Meditative Yoga performed while swinging in a harness several feet above the floor looked to be really interesting to say the least.

By the end of the show the consensus among both exhibitors and visitors alike was that the event had been a success. Medium Patricia Weston said that she had been in constant demand doing Card readings and John Ellis of the Sunstone Trading Co said that it had been the busiest event he had ever attended.

To learn more about the history and ethos of the event listen to this interview with event organiser Louis O’Sullivan:

Photographs by Martin Phelan

About Charles E Heasman 7 Articles
Born in England more years ago than I care to remember. A working man all my life, I first came to Ireland in 1979 as part of the fixtures and fittings of the trawler I was working on when it was sold from there to here, and have pretty much stayed since. Married to an Irish wife and with three - now adult - children, I feel as much of an affinity with my adopted country as my country of birth. In early life I took my political leanings from my father and was centre-right all my life. This began to change when I gave up fishing (a young man's game, so time to get out and do something else) and went to college; Dublin Institute of Technology to be precise. A first class honours in journalism was the result. During my time at DIT the realisation began to dawn that I'd personally witnessed half a decade of the fastest political and social change in history - and that change is still accelerating. Back in the day Thatcher and Reagan's neoliberal policies, even though none of us had yet heard the term, looked like the bright way forward which would save the world. I voted for her twice; but not the third. I now fervently believe that neoliberalism combined with the ever escalating growth of corporate power and acquisition of wealth poses a huge and insidious threat to society and the planet. I am now a socialist. I am an active grassroots member of People before Profit and if some care to describe me as a political activist I have no problems with it. That said, the opinions expressed in my blog are my own; I do not subscribe to groupthink, irrespective of what one's particular ideology might be; we each and every one of us have a personal duty to think for ourselves. Happily we can often agree. Oh, and the profile pic? I’ve been around long enough to recognise a venomous snake when I see one. Thank you for asking.

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