about ashtanga...

Yoga is an ancient science for developing and maintaining health and well-being by bringing the mind, body and spirit into balance.

In the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, this balance is sought by practicing set series of postures that are linked dynamically to the breath in a flow of movement increasing strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration. Through regular practice, the set sequences of postures becomes familiar, the mind relaxes and the practice can become deep and meditative, yet still dynamic.  Central to the practice is the linking of breath with movement (vinyasa) as it combines the three elements of breath (pranayama), body (asana) and mind (drishti). These are known as the Tristhana, or the three places of attention. The breath is the means by which the body and mind are observed, purified and transcended.  By focusing on the flowing nature of the breath, the nervous system is soothed, body systems functions are improved and a peaceful sense of well-being is cultivated.

about me...

After a life of classical ballet and modern dance training, I was introduced to yoga in my last year of university. Though it wasn't until I was pregnant with my first child, many years later, that I began to establish a regular practice. I completed a 200-hr Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training with Larry Schultz in 2007 and have been teaching in North West Donegal ever since.  I have also attended many trainings and intensives with a variety of senior teachers, including qualifying to teach Yoga for Pregnancy through Yoga Therapy Ireland in Dublin in 2008 and Primary Series Teacher Training with Manju Jois in 2016.
I am a student of Joey Miles, KPJAYI level 2 authorized teacher, for many years. In 2018, I also began studying with Matthew Sweeney, learning his Vinyasa Krama and pranayama sequences, which have greatly enhanced my knowledge, experience and enjoyment of my practice. My intention in teaching is to share the practice of yoga and to hopefully guide others towards experiencing the strength, focus and calm that this practice can provide.

 

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