In 2005 my brother took me to my first yoga class. I didn't know what to expect - I wasn’t very sporty and knew close to nothing about yoga. I was shaky and it was the hardest thing I had done in a long time. My body was being challenged in new and unknown ways. The final pose – savasana – left me with an amazing sense of calm. I left the class in a dream like state and couldn't wait to do it again.
My dedication to yoga has waxed and waned over the years. In 2010 I decided to take the 200 hour teacher training. At that time I had no intention of teaching; I just wanted to improve my practice. The dedication I put into teacher training further fed my addiction to yoga. I was intrigued not only by the practice but also the philosophy behind it.
Through my teacher training I met a teacher named Jodie Rufty who I was deeply inspired by. When I discovered she would be teaching soon in the States I dropped everything and moved to New York. I studied there for two and a half years with some amazing teachers as I completed the 300 hour teacher training in Yoga Works. Yoga Works brought a whole new meaning to yoga for me. The mentorship program allowed me to follow the lives of other yoga teachers and experience various teaching styles. I grew stronger in my practice and stronger as a person. Moving 5000 miles away on a whim is no joke! Adjusting to life in the hustle and bustle of New York was challenging but invigorating. It taught me what it really means to work hard. The diverse lives of my teachers and mentors opened my eyes and I began to see that yoga was for every body – not just the super clean-eating zen among us. While in New York I broadened my studies to encompass kids yoga, prenatal yoga, yoga for those with eating disorders and yoga for older adults. My time in New York was a period of intense education, enthralling practice and utter exhilaration. It was wonderful, though not sustainable. The call for home came eventually.
Since I moved home to Dublin in late 2013 I have been caught in a loop of constant juggling – making myself known as a yoga teacher, a busy career as a full-time nurse, my own yoga practice, socialising and making time for my friends, family and partner. I often felt like I was chasing my tail and one thing or another was always suffering. I was finding myself missing my own practice, or forgoing time with family and friends. Something had to give and, on a wing and a prayer, I have decided to take the plunge. I am giving in to my addiction to yoga and have decided to make it my life – my whole life. I am dedicating my work to teaching others yoga. Thanks to my training as a nurse I feel I can bring an extra dimension to my yoga classes. I have an in-depth knowledge of anatomy and am focussed on ensuring correct use of the body, paying particular attention to alignment and protection from injury. For this reason I hope that I can help those of all abilities practice yoga. I am excited and eager to help others reach the physical, mental and emotional highs I have felt through practicing yoga. That dream-like high after savasana is something that must be felt to be believed. It is this sensation that brings me back to my mat time and time again.
I hope to see you on the mat soon.