I first discovered Yoga in Australia in the year 2000 and though I had always engaged in physical exercise, I knew straight away that this was something different – something more than just physical movements. The connection I felt between body, mind & spirit was exactly what I had been searching for and it brought me home to myself. Since then, Yoga has had a profound influence on my life and I look for Yoga (Union of Body, Mind and Breath) everywhere – both on and off the mat.
Over the past fourteen years, I have practised a number of different styles of Yoga from classical Hatha to Iyengar and Astanga. Most recently, I have been exploring the world of Somatic Movement and in my own practice I find that gentle Somatic movements preceding Asanas (Yoga postures) allow for greater release of tension in the body.
Following a 500-hour Yoga Alliance-certified training over a two-year period from 2010 to 2012, I received my teaching qualification from Yoga Therapy Ireland (www.yogatherapyireland.com) where one of the core beliefs is that Yoga is for everyone, whatever their age or physical ability. This is something in which I whole-heartedly believe. I have seen the many benefits of Yoga practice in all aspects of life (physical, mental & spiritual) and this inspires me, both in my own practice and in my teaching. After my primary teacher training, I undertook an additional training with Yoga Therapy Ireland in 2013 and gained my certification to teach Yoga for Pregnancy.
I recently completed a 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training Course with Lisa Petersen (www.living-yoga.ie) and Dave Curtis (www.vinyasayoga.ie), which has served to deepen both my personal practice and my understanding of what it is to teach Yoga. I regularly attend workshops, retreats and classes with internationally respected teachers such as Amy Matthews, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Donna Farhi.
My practice has brought me to many wonderful teachers, each of whom has given me the gift of their knowledge and experience. I enjoy sharing this precious gift with others.