In addition to teaching yoga, I'm a yoga and well-being blogger, artist, children’s book illustrator for The Grub Tales, and I hold a Level 2 Certificate in Reiki Healing, which I have been practising for the last twenty years.
I grew up a cultural hybrid. Originally from Portugal, taken there by my British parents when I was just 3 months old, I attended a French school until I was 18, and studied Spanish at university. After a corporate career in financial services, followed by opening my own translation company, I moved onto fulfilling my passion of teaching yoga full-time.
With my partner, two dogs and two cats, I live in a little old cottage in the middle of the Wild West of Ireland in County Tipperary. When I'm not teaching or writing, I work with my partner on a small eco-project that we have here on the land around the cottage - #tountinnaecoproject. We are committed to living as sustainably as we can, and limiting our footprint on this beautiful planet.
My personal journey with yoga is my inspiration for sharing it with you - from the strength, stability and grounding energy of a flow practice, to the slower, restful and deeply meditative restorative practice - all with the aim of making it serve YOU.
I certified as a 200-hour Hatha Flow Yoga teacher. I then furthered my studies and qualified in Fertility Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga and Anatomy, moving into teaching with a more functional approach.
2008 is when my journey with yoga started, being introduced to an energetic ashtanga and vinyasa-based practice. From the time I first stepped on the mat, I felt deeply at peace when practising. I began my studies in yoga as I became more aware of the direct effects that the practice was having on my physical, mental and emotional well-being.
As the years went by, I turned to a more functional and restorative-based approach, as a result of how my body, and my connection to my body, changed and flourished with these styles of yoga.
Functional Yoga works with the fact that your body is uniquely shaped and constructed, from fascia, tendons, ligaments and muscles, to bones and everything in between. Practitioners are encouraged to adapt postures and movement to their body. Their unique differences, abilities and natural limitations are acknowledged as part of the practice so that the body flourishes from movement that suits it down to the little toe. The experience provides for more freedom, moving from resistance to acceptance, and finding a natural flow for body, mind and soul.
Struggling for years with body image, work-induced stress from a 10-year corporate career, injuries resulting from pushing myself too hard, and the physical and emotional trauma of recurrent miscarriages, I found myself on the path of self-inquiry and practising yoga to serve my body and my “self”. This led me to Functional Yoga, a practice that adapts itself to your body, and not the other way around.
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