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Yoga is my passion and joy, a way I can help other people and help myself. My whole life meditation, buddhist philosophy and yoga have been in the background but my real yoga journey began 6 years ago.
When yoga became part of my daily life, I was at crisis point of anxiety and my body was taking the beating for it. I kept going to those early classes at first because the movement and breath helped me calm down, then I started sleeping again, I started to feel the pain in my muscles fade, until finally I was a back on track. I started to realise that yoga had the power to heal and if I could understand it there was nothing that couldn’t be overcome. After that I fell in love with yoga and with life. I realise now that everything I experienced in that time gave me invaluable insight and an ability to relate to people with understanding and kindness.
I chose to study with Yoga Therapy Ireland because I wanted to learn how to help people with yoga. Over the two years and 500 hours I trained with YTI, I was able to become and adaptable, safe and inclusive teacher. I’m greatly influenced in my approach to teaching by the experience of caring for my father after he became disabled from Parkinson’s and Dementia symptoms. Watching him continue to walk against the odds with the patience and dedication of everyone involved taught me a life time’s worth of lessons.
Alongside learning and developing in my own Hatha Yoga practice, I’m a practitioner of meditation and Japa Yoga (mantra meditation). In 2016 I traveled to India for the first time to meet my meditation master and visit a number of temples in the Himalayas, which you can read about here. Since then I continue to visit India regularly to improve my teaching skills and learn more about yoga and meditation.
When I’m not on the mat, I spend most of my time petting cats, dogs and bunny rabbits and on the road working as an Art Director in film and television.
“Yoga allows you to rediscover a sense of wholeness in your life, where you do not feel like you are constantly trying to fit broken pieces together.”
― B.K.S. Iyengar,