I have a BA Honours degree in Applied Psychology, UCC. I also completed one years training in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy with the Fr Matthew Centre in Cork. I trained in traditional Shotokan Karate for 16 years. I have undertaken several meditation retreats including an intensive ten day retreat in Vipassana meditation in Suan Mokkh Temple in Thailand. I have seen an array of psychotherapists, longterm and short term, one to one and in group psychotherapy. I have opened my own Pandora’s Box and sought out the dark shadows of my humanity. They were gracefully received with love and kindness by therapists until I learned to cultivate that same kindness for myself. I have spent most of my life journeying inwards seeking my truth and ultimately seeking freedom.
For a very long time I thought it was my vocation to become a counsellor, it turned out the Gods, or the Universe had other plans for me. While this felt like a devastating turn of events for me at the time, as always the universe brought the lessons that I needed to find. Through the body-mind practice of Yoga I now have the tools and understanding to hold space for powerful emotion safely, grounded in my own body, softened in compassion, steady in stillness.
There is so much I have learned by simply befriending my body, being kind witness to my experience, slowing down, becoming quiet and still so I might hear my hearts whispers. It is my passion in life to be able to share these lessons with others, to empower you to find healing, befriending your body, your experience and your self, re-membering all your parts, the shadow and the light, becoming embodied and whole, present and alive in the unfolding of your life.
I trained in Contemporary Yoga with Marianne Gabriel and Charlie Stephens. I will ever be a student, and I continue to study with Marianne and with Lisa Petersen of Living Yoga. I have studied the Breath, Skeletal 1, Psoas Muscle, (more affectionately known as the Muscle of the Soul), the Voice, and the Nervous System. I’ve recently finished training in Movement Meditation and I am also a certified Somatic Movement Coach.
On a more personal note I am mother to three beautiful children and a partner to one noble man. I love animals. I am at my happiest when I am being creative, or else just goofing around with my folks, furry or otherwise. I love dancing and I love music but I never seem to have enough of either of them in my life. I love the Sea and frequently swim in its cold & wild saltiness. I love to laugh. I think laughter is the medicine of the Gods and I think it is wise not to take myself too seriously. Although I love the idea of getting up at dawn for practice I find it incredibly difficult to drag my body from the bed, and when I do manage it I feel like an angry bear. I’m a work in progress : ) I want to be able to stand on my hands because the child in me lives on and its just a fun journey getting there.
Ultimately I believe that love is the only thing that makes sense in this all too crazy world, and so in my way I try to honour this in my thoughts, my words and my actions. Of course I am only human and in my humanity I often fall very short of this ideal. Hence all the practice : )
I come to this work with an open heart and with a sincere intention to work with people in a way that is supportive and kind. I will endeavour to support you in finding joy in moving your body, and peace in coming towards inner stillness, always guiding you towards home, returning to your Self and your own inner wisdom.