In addition to teaching, 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 over 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 managing my own translation business, I moved onto fulfilling my passion of teaching yoga full-time.
With my partner, two dogs, two cats, and six hens, 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 - #tountinnaecoproject. We are committed to living as sustainably as we can, and limiting our footprint on this beautiful planet.
My current programme of group classes and private coaching
I certified initially as a Hatha Flow Yoga teacher. I then furthered my studies and qualified in Fertility Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga and Anatomy.
2008 is when my journey with Yoga started with an energetic Ashtanga and Vinyasa-based practice. I then came across Yin and Restorative Yoga and deepened my studies as I became more aware of the direct effects that these practices were 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 and movement.
Yoga is a journey that constantly evolves, which means that I am the eternal student of it. I owe my start on this journey to my first teacher, Esther Ekhart, with whom I still learn from today. In addition, I am continuing my studies with accessible movement and anatomy with Yin Yoga teacher Paul Grilley, and Yoga Therapist Gary Kraftsow.
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.
Initially, I came to Yoga seeking support from stress. My 20s were filled with an intense caffeine-fuelled corporate career, and body-image problems. I would often push myself too hard physically and mentally, and found it particularly difficult coming to terms with unsuccessful IVF attempts and the heartbreak of miscarriage.
I had been practising Yoga for a few years when I discovered Functional Yoga, a practice that I found wholly nourishing and fulfilling, helping me to connect with my body on a level that I hadn't previously experienced.
The practice of acknowledging the uniqueness of a physical body and its in-built wisdom gave me the courage and space to re-connect with my own body with love and acceptance, and trust the journey that it is on. Re-enforcing the partnership between physical body and "self" was and continues to be deeply impactful.
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