“I attended a beginner’s course in Ashtanga Yoga over 20 years ago; although the pace was tough I was attracted by the connection between movement and breath. Initially I was mesmerised by the physical benefits of yoga, such as strength and flexibility – it took time and awareness to reap the subtle benefits from a regular yoga practice. I practice Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga; the practice sets me up to deal with what ever comes my way.
Over the years I have participated in a number of yoga training programmes; each one has added something to my practice and my teaching. I completed my teacher training over 10 years ago. As a teacher I venture to enable students to explore their practice respectfully; to work energetically with the breath; and most importantly, to enjoy yoga and the many benefits it offers.
I teach Ashtanga led and Mysore classes. To me, Yoga is a constant process of change and I love it.”
Laurence started Yoga 25 years ago (1991) in Kiltimagh, East Mayo through the attempted study of a book by André Van Lysebeth (1919-2004) called Yoga Self-Taught. However, he only took to seriously trying yoga in 2006. Teacher-wise, over the last 6 years Laurence has had the good fortune to be a student of Jiri “George” Alexa, Marese Cregg, Fiona Hynes, Luke Jordan, and Sonja Radvila, with his primary teacher being Éilis O’Regan. In March of 2016 he received his Certificate of Training by completing the Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training Program (RYT200/YAP Associate1) in Mysuru (aka Mysore), Karnataka, India with Ashtanga Yoga Mysore.
Teaching-wise, at the moment, Laurence offers two types of classes:
traditional aṣṭāṅgayoga (“yoga of eight limbs”)* both mysore-style and led (with count)
hybrid-style – classical haṭhayoga (“yoga of force”) and modern yīnyoga (“yoga of passiveness”), which usually includes posture (āsana), breath-work (prāṇāyāma), and relaxation (dhyāna)
Also, both types are accompanied by the simple idea of ayoga (“non-yoga”), which could be interpreted as the gentle dissolving away of all Yoga techniques.
In addition to the above, Laurence also enjoys, at times studying the history, philosophy, anatomy, and scandals of all forms of Yoga through written texts and art, and attending various lectures and workshops.
Yoga provides me with tools for my personal and communal growth and the more I immerse myself in my practice, not only am I aware of my physical body becoming stronger and more flexible but it’s the noticeable changes in my mental and emotional wellbeing that really affect the very core of my daily life.
Vinyasa flow drives my practice and my teachings. I love the freedom that a Vinyasa practice provides, allowing for intuitive sequences and creative transitions, in turn providing greater scope for all ages and abilities. Physiotherapy alignment principles developed by Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy form the basis of how I teach students to safely and intelligently create strength and grace in their physical practice and enable greater clarity, concentration and focus in their minds. I committed fully to my yoga practice in 2006 and graduated from The Yoga Shala Teacher Training Programme in 2012.
I find Yoga a tool that can help with personal wellness (mind & body) for everyone, whether just in physical movement, breath awareness, meditation, or a combination that can work for each individual. Moving further into Yoga logic also gives us a chance to look at our attitude to lifestyle, diet and generally trying to live life in a better way.
Vinyasa flow forms the basis of my individual practice and my teachings. Physiotherapy alignment principles developed by Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy form the basis of how I teach students to safely create strength and fluidity in their physical practice and encourage a state of calm and focus in their minds. I committed fully to my yoga practice in 2008 and graduated from The Yoga Shala Teacher Training Programme in 2012 and continue to teach a weekly. A weekly Tuesday evening class is taught at An Seomra Yoga Studio and is an intuitive Vinyasa Flow practice suitable for All Levels and practitioners that have some prior exposure to postural yoga.
She grew up in Seattle where she was in training to be a professional dancer. Throughout her years dancing she practiced yoga on and off as cross training for the intensity of ballet. After becoming seriously injured in 2013, yoga became a daily practice and helped to rehabilitate her after the injury. After recovering from the injury, Fionnuala continued to practice yoga daily as the physical and mental benefits were so great. She moved to Galway in 2014 where she began teaching dance for the University’s Dance Society as well as the Genevieve Ryan Dance Academy, while continuing to practice Yoga daily. In 2018 she completed a 200hr Yoga Alliance International teacher training in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga with Golden Glow Yoga College. Fionnuala is excited to now share her love of movement in the yoga studio. She is particularly interested in how yoga can help with rehabilitation from injuries, both physically and mentally.
Linda is a dedicated Kundalini yoga teacher and holistic health therapist. Linda started to practice Kundalini Yoga while she was recovering from an illness in 2008. The energy she received from that 1st class was so measurable for her it was the catalyst she needed to emerse herself in the practice and has done so ever since. She has studied under Guru Dharam, Darryl O'keefe, Har Kirat Kaur and Guru Dev Singh. She also travelled to India for a Hatha teacher training in 2012.
For me, the connection Kundalini Yoga gives me to myself is what I love the most. A simple mantra or pranayam combined can leave you in such a state of stillness it's hard to describe. I love how achievable it is as well. We use most of the standard yoga postures but we do them with our eyes closed and we move through them in combination with the breath. The whole focus of a class is to experience your body and that can be done no matter where your body is so anyone can do it.
Dermot is a Galway native who after many years of travel in India began his yoga journey 5 years ago. Having completed his Teacher Training Certification in 2016 at the Aarsha Yoga Vidya Peetham in India he then completed his Advanced Teacher Training Certification (RYT 500) in February 2018 at the Sivaananda Yoga Vidya Peetham under the guidance of the renowned teacher Swami Govindananda. Dermot practices and teaches Yoga in the traditional way as taught in the Sivananda Yoga Tradition. The five points of the tradition are, Proper Exercise, Proper Breathing, Proper Relaxation, Proper Diet and Positive Thinking/Meditation.His classes include the 12 Basic Asanas of the system with variations, short Pranayama and a sprinkling of humour and philosophy . Dermot's classes cater for all levels of practitioners. Beginners always welcome..
Lisa has been practicing and studying yoga since joining the NUI, Galway Lotus Society in 2010. As a health psychologist and yogi, Lisa is passionate about the potential for yoga to influence well-being at every level, supporting healthy bodies, healthy coping mechanisms and emotional intelligence, even healthy relationships and a sense of connection to others. A keen practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga, Lisa enjoys engaging in a wide range of practices, including physical and breathing practices, as well as meditation and mindfulness. Lisa trained to be a yoga teacher in 2017, with Heidi Sherwin of Moonbow Yoga & Wellness in Morgantown, West Virginia, during a two year adventure to the US. This in-depth 200-hour yoga teacher training was characterised by creativity, self-study and exploration, and F.U.N. As a result, Lisa's teaching style is caring and responsive to students, and aims to provide a warm and open space for students to cultivate physical and mental strength and flexibility.