I first understood the real power of yoga at l’Ecole Francaise du Yoga in Paris in 1997. I was so fortunate to find myself in a class taught by Philippe de Fallois, an extraordinary yoga teacher. To this day, I remember that class as a profound experience. It showed me that there was more to yoga than meets the eye, and I was eager to come back for more.
Back home in Ireland, I discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, developing a daily practice under the guidance of my first Ashtanga teacher, Marianne Jacuzzi. As my practice developed, I began to see how a day that started with stepping on the mat was always better. I eventually trained to teach and gave up the day job in advertising to open my own yoga studio.
I teach 200-hour Yoga Teacher Trainings, Workshops, Retreats and weekly classes. I have a great love for the Ashtanga Vinyasa system, and I teach it in an accessible, adaptive way, making sure that every student practises for their body and stage of life and not in the service of some idealised version of a pose. This is how to enjoy the life-long benefits and joy of this powerful and transformative method.
I also enjoy Yin Yoga as a complement to my Ashtanga Vinyasa practice, and I have trained to teach this method with the renowned Yin teacher, Norman Blair. I love the way the long, slow energy of the Yin Practice balances the more fiery energy of Ashtanga.
I know from deep, personal experience that yoga is a powerful tool to accompany you through life. Its physical benefits are wonderful, of course. Who doesn’t want a stronger, more flexible body? But the real benefit of yoga is the peace and clarity it brings to the mind. By stilling the chatter of the mind through practice, we cultivate a greater sense of awareness and find that enviable place of stillness and calm more regularly in our daily lives.
I am grateful to the Ashtanga Vinyasa teachers who have inspired and guided me in my practice and teaching throughout the years, especially David Swenson, Gregor Maehle and Lino Miele. The adjustments, technique and pranayama training I participated in with both Guy Donahaye at Ashtanga Yoga Shala NYC and Kia Naddermier at MysoreYogaParis has particularly informed my teaching in recent years. But my two original teachers, Philippe de Fallois in Paris and Marianne Jacuzzi in Dublin, will always hold a special place in my heart for being the first to show me the way with this practice that has enriched my life beyond measure.