In 2009, I went on my first holidays on my own. Because I’ve never travelled alone, I booked a surf and yoga retreat. I’d never practiced yoga or surf before, so it must have been destiny, because I fell in love with both and when I came back to Dublin, I signed up to yoga classes straight away. I started with 1 class a week, soon it was 2 or 3… It became part of my life and almost 8 years later I practice yoga every day and I’m about to train as a yoga teacher!
When I was little I did gymnastic, dance, theatre. My body seems built for that and I found dancing a natural way of expressing myself. Then in my teens I started feeling very disconnected from everything. I lived in my head and became very critical of myself and my body. Gradually I stopped playing music, dancing, I found it difficult to relate to others…So I put all my focus on studying, going to college, getting a degree and starting a career.
It wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I went back to a dance studio with a dodgy back from years of bad posture and being unkind to my body! I wasn’t going to become a professional dancer, but it felt great to be back in my body, moving, breathing.
Yoga felt the same, a way of connecting with my body and getting out of my head. A way of being present, open. I’ve struggled with depression for most of my life. Yoga has taught me to be happy where I am at, without judgement, without comparing myself with others. To follow my heart and my path, and enjoy every moment on and off the mat.
Yoga is such an important element of my personal health approach, both physical and mental, that I want to learn to use it as a tool to help others.
So I recently graduated in naturopathy and acupuncture, and after a few months travelling, I quit my corporate-office job and I now work in a small health store and can’t wait to do the yoga teacher training.
Training with Sybille and Naomi was an easy decision to make. I have been going to Sybille and Naomi’s classes in Yoga Dublin for a couple of years, so training with them was an easy decision to make. I find their positivity contagious, their encouragement, and there is always something to take with me for the day in their classes: how certain poses help, how to use yoga to achieve your goals, to find clarity, to let go…
For a while my friends have been asking me why I didn't become a yoga teacher. I guess I had to be ready to take that step!
It is a bit daunting, but I’m really excited about the training and the opportunities that it will bring.
How it all began…
For a long time I wanted to have a more creative career and finally a few years ago I decided to follow that dream by becoming a graphic designer. That meant back to college for a few years while still working full time. Even though I loved being back studying, I realised very quickly switching off and relaxing was absolutely impossible and I needed something to keep a somewhat healthy work and study balance.
As it happens a friend of mine just came back from her yoga teacher training in India and introduced me to my first yoga experience. The practice with her released a lot of emotions and my body and mind just let go and I felt re-energised and much lighter afterwards. I was fascinated by the effect some simple movements and mediation had on me and I wanted more of that magic stuff.
So I started going to yoga classes weekly to feed myself with goodness. My newly found routine supported my body and mind to relax, recharge and unwind.
… a few years later...
I changed career and just landed a new job in the environment I really wanted to work in. I believe to get where I am now yoga played a big part. My regular practice helped me to learn more about myself, what I want and need, rather than focusing on what I thought I have to do.
Yoga keeps my curiosity alive and tickles my heart. I want to learn more about it and that’s why I have decided to do the Yoga Teacher Training this summer at Yoga Dublin with Sibylle and Naomi.
I picked that course because I go regularly to Sibylle’s classes and immensely enjoy the love, energy and care she brings to each of them. Also, I like the idea of staying local and being able to relax in the evenings in the comfort of my own home (and my cat on my lap ).
I’m super curious about what will happen when I devote a full month to yoga. How will it feel focusing every day on breathing, meditating and physical activity? How much can I learn about all other aspects of yoga? What will I learn about myself? How deep can I dig?
Yes, of course there is some fear and anxiety lingering in the background as it’s a big step from going to regular classes to do a full 200 hours intense teacher training (even writing those words freak me out a bit ) but that still doesn’t stop me!
For now I just want to trust myself and follow my curiosity rather than let fear and self-doubt overshadow the joy I get from yoga.
Yoga tickles my heart and the teacher training will help me to spread a few of those tickles around me. I can’t wait to get started this August.
See you on the mat