breathing & moving
I started practising Yoga back in 2001. As I was looking for a way to release tension and to do some gentle physical activity, I came across a Yoga class held locally and decided to give it a try.
I knew immediately that was the right choice for me. The passion for Yoga grew as I developed a daily self-practice, after 6 years doing Yoga I decided to go a step further and enrolled in a teacher training programme with the YTTC. I got a 200-hour teacher diploma with the YTTC in 2008 and completed a 500-hour training programme with the Yoga Room in May 2013.
Yoga allowed me to build strength and flexibility in the body, deepen the breath, develop a better body awareness and achieve more calmness in my day to day life.
About my classes
The style of Yoga I teach is strongly influenced by the Iyengar school of Yoga, where emphasis is given to precision and correct body alignment in all postures.
Yoga aims at balancing mind and body via physical postures (asanas), controlled breathing (pranayama) and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation.
The breath plays a major role in a Yoga class, proper breathing allows you to move smoothly between postures and keeps the mind focused. The minute you start to work with your breath, not against it, is when you will get most of the benefits from a Yoga class.
Yoga is a discipline that can be practised by people of any age and level of ability and you should remember that you are not being judged in a Yoga class.
We all have to work within our own limitations. My role is to make sure that you work within each pose in a way that is safe and appropriate to your body.
Don t focus on the people around you in the class, instead try to approach the practices with an attitude of openness and self-acceptance. Then you will be able to enjoy that feeling of being energized in your body and relaxed in your mind, that comes from practising Yoga.
Na mara comes from the Irish meaning of the sea.
I feel there is a natural affinity between the rhythmical movement of the waves in the sea and the natural flow of the breath, which is a key element of a Yoga practice. This imagery inspired the name of the website.
I have practised Yoga for many years and trained as a teacher with the Yoga Therapy & Training Centre and the Yoga Room in Dublin.
Breathing into wellbeing
"When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath."
Hatha Yoga Pradipika
I am an E-RYT500 registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Yoga Alliance standards are a measure of professional education and experience in the yoga teaching community.
This also means that I am a qualified instructor for continuing education, so if you are a teacher you can attend classes/ workshops with me to earn contact hours that meet Yoga Alliance's requirements for continuing education.
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