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.