Fiona O' Donnell 'Sitting with our Experience'

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In this first episode of the second series, I sit down with Fiona O’ Donnell. We talk about her experience to date with Mindfulness practices and Meditation. We discuss how these practices can help people in their everyday lives and she guides us through a short Gratitude practice in this episode.

Fiona is a Lecturer on the University College Dublin’s (UCD) M.Sc. in Mindfulness Based Interventions and a Teacher Trainer on The Mindfulness Centre’s Professional Diploma in Mindfulness (MBSR).  She has a Masters in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin and a Bachelor of Social Science from Queen’s University Belfast. Fiona is a qualified Reflexologist (ITEC/AOR) and is trained in Occupational First Aid.

Fiona offers mindfulness courses to people with low mood and anxiety, young people in addiction, alcohol and drug dependency and specializes in mindfulness in the work place and mindful self-compassion. She also teaches mindfulness 1-to-1. Fiona adheres to the Irish Good Practice Guidelines for Mindfulness Teachers and has participated in a number of intensive mindfulness retreats worldwide.

You can find out more about Fiona on www.mindfulness.ie

Michael Ryan 'Unexpected Change'

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Michael and I first met through the Yoga community in Dublin. I attended a retreat in the Burren in 2010 where Michael taught and was inspired by his approach, his way with words and how he interweaved Yoga philosophy, life concepts and Yoga into his teaching. Michael is a seasoned Yoga teacher and practitioner with a lot of experience and wisdom to offer.

In this episode Michael and I chat about;

-The type or style of teaching Michael focuses on

-Western ways of holding our bodies and Sympathetic nervous system responses

-His experience with the Anusara method and the fall out following allegations against the founder John Friend

-Practicing to support the process of accessing our own divine nature

-Yoga is about change

-Meditation practice

-Meeting ourselves

-Pain and discomfort

-Teaching and Being of service