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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 in 2011.
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 life long practitioner of meditation. As a child I started learning meditation and mindfulness in the style of Thich Nhat Hahn. With my mother, we regularly attended family sanghas led by Plum Village buddhist nuns, along with other local Sanghas and a regular home practice. I rediscovered meditation for myself as a wound up, anxious teenager and now practice traditional yoga meditations such as the recitation of sanskrit mantras (japa), and breathing practices (pranayama). My study of meditation has brought me to India on several occasions where I learnt more about the practice and visited many temples and holy sites of the Hindu tradition.
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,