I was first introduced to yoga at the age of 16 but it was not until I was travelling Nepal after college, that I really discovered the true power of the practice. After what started as a three day meditation and yoga retreat, turned into three weeks and ultimately the beginning of a whole new chapter in my life.
I have a degree in Criminal Justice and my intention was to come home and take a masters in Youth Justice, as I saw myself working in rehabilitation but I ended up spending the majority of the next four years between India and Thailand studying yoga and Buddhism.
I completed my 200hr in Ashtanga Yoga with Tattva Yoga Shala in 2014, in Rishikesh India and shortly after began my teaching career in NewLife Foundation Thailand. A mindful recovery centre for people to learn ways to understand and deal with issues such as addiction, depression, anxiety and stress, based on Buddhist psychology and mindfulness. This year was hugely transformational for me.
My teaching has evolved so much over the years and while I love the magic of yoga, my classes blend a more scientific approach to movement and the body, I incorporate strength, mobility, vinyasa and mindfulness. I returned to Ireland and took a 300hr in Neuromuscular Yoga Therapy at the same time CorkLotus Yoga was born. I have studied Yin, Chinese Meridian Theory and Mindfulness with Josh Summers. I completed a course in FRC (functional range conditioning) with Dr. Andreo Spina. My Mentor Cecily from Yoga Detour has been a huge inspiration for my teaching as of late. I am recently after giving birth and have spent the last two years diving deep into all things wombman related. I feel very passionately about menstruation awareness and postnatal work, as I have been on a serious journey with both.
I believe that the breath is the connection for calming the mind and staying present in each moment, cultivating an awareness of 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.
I attended my first Yoga class in 2010. It made me feel free, in my body & my mind. I remember feeling more myself than I had in years.
I pretty much decided that day that I wanted to be a Yoga teacher and spread that feeling to as many people as I could. My 200 hr TTC was in 2012 and had a strong focus on Ashtanga and Vinyasa practices.
Soon after, I moved to Wellington, NZ where I continued an Ashtanga Mysore practice in a beautiful studio. I also taught in studios across Wellington & in large corporations there too.
Since 2016, I have taught in Dublin & Cork, in studios & for a lot of large companies. I have worked with and assisted some inspiring teachers along the way who have all shaped me in some way or another.
My aim, as a teacher is to allow you to deeply connect with your body & mind. To not only learn Asanas (poses) but learn about yourself in the process. Yoga has taught me a lot about myself, my reactions, my unconscious thought patterns & habitual ways of being. Because of that awareness, I have learned (and am still learning) to make better choices for myself and lead a happier and more fulfilling life. I want to offer you the space to do the same.
I now love teaching a combination all that I have learned over the past 9 years.
My classes are lighthearted with a focus on embodiment, self awareness & breath.