Ríonach began practising yoga in Paris in 1997 at L’Ecole Francais du Yoga, where her primary teacher was Philippe de Fallois and the ethos of the school was to explore several different styles of yoga.
On her return to Ireland in 2000, Ríonach discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, through her teacher, Marianne Jacuzzi, who is a direct student of the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She developed a daily practice under Marianne’s guidance and subsequently trained to teach at Les Aisles du Yoga in Paris and with David Swenson in Edinburgh.
A certified (500hr) Yoga Alliance Teacher, Ríonach has studied with many leading Ashtanga teachers worldwide, including Richard Freeman, Lino Miele, Graham Northfield, Mark Darby,, Nancy Gilgoff, and Manju Jois, and she regularly travels to continue her yoga studies. Her style of teaching is non-dogmatic and she encourages students to maintain an open mind as they develop their personal practice in a way that works for their unique body and stage of life. As a teacher of Ashtanga, Rionach hopes to facilitate students to discover the life-long benefits and joy of this powerful and transformative practice.
Orla began practising yoga over 10 years ago and it quickly became an integral part of her life. With the help of a wonderful teacher, Marianne Jacuzzi, she developed a daily Ashtanga practice. It was through this practice that Orla experienced the truly transformative power of yoga. Along with health and fitness benefits, yoga helped her to find balance and tranquility in her everyday life.
As an acupuncturist and herbalist, Orla was aware of the body's ability to heal itself. Yoga, however, helped her to deepened her understanding of the importance of balance in body and mind. She is a certified Yoga Alliance teacher. Her classes are dynamic and flowing and with a focus on breath and cultivating awareness, she hopes to share the truly wonderful and unique benefits that yoga can bring to anyone who wants to practise.
I took my first yoga class about 6 years ago in my local gym. As an avid gym bunny back in those days I was not interested in the spiritual world but slowly and surely I began to warm up to the idea that as well as keeping you fit, yoga can have an extraordinary effect on the mind. The lovely calm that I felt after a yoga class and the way my stress levels reduced was simply magical.
At first, I tried different styles and studios but hadn't established a regular practice until in January 2010 I took an Ashtanga beginners’ course. I was instantly hooked! To my great delight, soon after I got started with Ashtanga, a beautiful local yoga studio in Greystones was opened, offering led Ashtanga classes as well as a 6 day a week morning Mysore programme.
I am always excited to attend workshops and grateful for the opportunity to study with a brilliant teacher like our own Luke Jordan; as well as Suzanne Brennan and world class Ashtanga experts David Swenson, Hamish Hendry, Manju Jois and David Williams. But teaching yoga would probably have remained only a sweet dream if it hadn’t been for the loving encouragement and support of my own teacher, Rionach O’Flynn.
I recently completed the Union Yoga RYT 200h Teacher Training course in France under the guidance of Brian Cooper, who has practised Yoga himself over 40 years. Brian encouraged me to be myself and to always remember it is one’s own practice which is the greatest teacher.
I try to keep my classes fun as well as physically challenging and relaxing. I hope to pass on my knowledge and the happiness I have gained from yoga to others and encourage my students to really enjoy their practice each time they step on the mat.
Emma qualified to teach yoga with The Elbowroom in Dublin. She is a passionate teacher and practitioner, with a real desire to pass on the benefits of yoga to her students. She has taught Vinyasa Flow and Hot Yoga at various Dublin studios, and also completed the Rainbow Kids Yoga course in June 2012. Emma is qualified to teach kids aged from 4 – 16, and completed a Meditation For Kids’ workshop in 2013.
Continuing her yoga studies, Emma completed an intensive Yoga Teacher Training course with renowned Ashtanga Yoga teacher, David Swenson in June 2013. His 40+ year knowledge of the Ashtanga practice was passed on to Emma and her classmates, helping them refine their teaching to encourage, empower and inspire their students in the practice of Ashtanga Yoga.
Emma adopts a compassionate and non-judgemental approach to teaching, helping each student get the most from their yoga practice by respecting the strengths and limitations of their individual body. She understands that not everyone can touch their toes and offers modifications to guide a student safely and with ease.
After some time teaching, Emma noticed how a body can hold tension and refuse to let go, particularly in the areas of shoulders, hips and the lower back. Her interest in why this happens led her to complete a Somatic excercise coaching course with Align Somatics in July 2013. This works with the principals of Hanna Somatics to re-educate the brain to release tension in the muscles and become pain free.
Emma is one of only 3 people in Ireland teaching this innovative and extraordinarily beneficial system. She integrates the techniques into her yoga classes with wonderful results. We are delighted to offer her expertise to our students at GYS.
As a fitness professional, I had often discussed Yoga with others and was wondering what all of the fuss was about. Could yoga really offer all of the benefits the enthusiasts talked about, I asked myself? So back in 2009, I went along to my first class....and was instantly hooked!
What really amazed me was, despite my other forms of training up to this point: I had never come across any other form of activity or class that so perfectly aligns the principles of a balanced fitness programme, namely flexibility, endurance & strength along with something very different that I had never really experienced before: mindfulness. So my yoga journey began and in 2012 I became a fully qualified (RYT) registered yoga teacher after completing my teacher training at The Yoga Room in Ballsbridge with the wonderful Ciara Cronin & Tony Purcell.
As a teacher, I try to pass on some of what I have gained from yoga to my students. I enjoy teaching those who may be at the very beginning of their yoga journey as well as those who are long-time practitioners. Because of my background in fitness, I have a particular understanding of those who may feel that after years of disciplined training, their body (and mind) just needs something a little different. I am particularly interested in athletes and sports enthusiasts using yoga to maintain and develop flexibility as well as strength.
I try to achieve a good balance in my classes: a balance between the dynamic and the subtle, between the relaxing and the challenging and between the functional and the fun.
Kim first discovered Yoga while studying towards her BSc. degree in Athletic Therapy and Training. A lover of all things physical from an early age she knew instantly that yoga was for her. The sense of calm, strength and balance that each practice instilled in her was something she knew she had to integrate into her life. After many years of Ashtanga and Vinyasa classes she completed her RYT 200hr Teacher Training in Kerala India in January 2012.
She furthered her studies in May 2013 completing a week long intensive Training under the wonderful David Swenson and Shelley Washington. Kim is truly passionate about continuously expanding and deepening her understanding of yoga. She has had the privilege of attending workshops and retreats with some of the world’s most inspiring yoga practitioners including John Scott, Matthew Sweeney, Tiffany Cruikshank, Hamish Hendry and Meghan Currie. She is also currently attending an Advanced Teacher Training course run by David Curtis and Lisa Peterson.
Kim combines this experience with a deep understanding of the human body, trusting strongly in yoga’s ability to invigorate every individual with health, strength and wellbeing. In her classes expect a physically strong but mindful practice, with a focus on body awareness, core stability and quality of movement.
She believes that Yoga is a truly transformational process, cultivating strength and grace and in the body while instilling clarity, vitality and stillness of the mind.