I was first introduced to yoga at the age of 16 but It was not until later when traveling in Nepal after college that I really discovered the true power of the practice. What started as a 3 day meditation Yoga retreat led on to a three week retreat and ultimately the beginning of a whole new journey and chapter in my life. I originally understood Yoga to be just about movement, but from studying the philosophy, experiencing the clarity and stillness of mind and developing the strength and openness of body, I knew these yogis were onto something! I was gripped.....
I went on to spend the majority of the next four years In India and Thailand. Here, I had the opportunity to study under different teachers, discover different styles and explore the various lineages. Many people believe that you should have one teacher but for me the power of Asthanga, the alignment of Iyengar and the energy from Kundalini is what truely inspired my transformation, practice and teaching. In March 2014, I completed a 200hr yoga teacher training in Rishikesh India with Tattva Yoga Shala.
From India I went on to spend the next year living and teaching yoga in a mindful recovery and self development community in Thailand called Newlife foundation. It was a place for people to learn ways to understand and deal with issues such as addiction, depression, anxiety and stress, based on Buddhist psychology and mindfulness. Here is where I really developed and grew not only as teacher but as the person I am today, learning to accept and love all the challenges, good and bad that life deals us.
Before discovering Yoga, I completed a degree in Criminal Justice in Waterford. At the time I saw myself working in rehabilitation and youth justice programmes. Although my life has moved away from this at the moment, I have a passion to work within therapy and hope my skills, experience and insights as a yoga teacher will allow me, in time to move back into this area (albeit in a different capacity than I had originally envisaged).
I have gone on many Buddhist based retreats in India and France and consider the Plum Village way, the teaching of Thich nhat hanh to be a huge influence on my life and practice. In 2017, I completed a 300hr Neuromuscular and advanced yoga training and Yin and Mindfulness with my teacher Josh Summers, In 2018, I competed a course in FRC (functional range conditioning) with Dr. Andreo Spina. I have taken hundreds of workshops over the course of my yogic life to enhance my skills as a practitioner and teacher. Yoga is not only my job but also my hobby, passion and lifestyle choice.
I have been extremely luck in 2019 to have studied under the guidance of Cecily from Yoga Detour and Jules Mitchel from Bio-mechanic's and Yoga.
I believes that the breath is the connection for calming the mind and staying present in each moment, cultivating an awareness to every sensation, breath, feeling and thought throughout our practice. This allows us an opportunity into the nature of the mind and to begin to see patterns which initiate the transformation for change. For me, this is the real power of yoga and a theme that runs through all of my classes.