Project Description

On 9th June 2009 I took my first bikram yoga class in Harold’s Cross, Dublin). I had actually read a newspaper article about bikram yoga in 2008, but it wasn’t until I had injured my hip from running (one year later) that I decided to check out what bikram yoga was all about. To be honest I thought that yoga was low impact when compared to running and wouldn’t satisfy my need for aerobic exercise. How wrong I was proved in those thoughts!

Bikram yoga has been life changing for me. Every time I practice, I am challenged mentally and physically, which is a good thing because it helps me re-focus and re-balance. Apart from the physical benefits, it has helped me (and continues to help me) in managing whatever life throws up. It has helped me to become more tolerant, accepting, patient, and to remember to breathe when faced with any challenge or unexpected event in life, no matter how big or small.

It has also greatly improved my focus and concentration, because I tend to have many thoughts running through my mind. When I am in a bikram yoga class and actively listening to the teacher’s instructions, I am focused on that. My mind does still to wander from time to time in class, so I’ve lots of scope for improvement! The yoga gives me tremendous clarity, calm and peace. The yoga room is a sanctuary, it gives me time for myself, time to chill out and really focus.

In summary, bikram yoga has been incredibly healing for me – healing for my body and also for my mind. Because of all the benefits I have experienced from practicing regularly I decided to do the teacher training, so that I could learn more about this yoga, challenge myself and share with others the benefits and beauty of this yoga. With the incredible support and encouragement of my teacher, Anne Leonard in Bikram Yoga Harold’s Cross, I completed the Fall 2014 teacher training in Thailand. And I have to say that undertaking teacher training has been one of the best life decisions I’ve taken to date. It has opened up a new chapter in my life and I am thankful of the opportunity I now have to share the countless benefits of this yoga with others through teaching.

Since completing teacher training, I have taught in Australia and I currently teach in Dublin, and on occasion in Galway. Being a Galwegian, it’s wonderful to teach in Galway of course! I’m thankful to Tracy in Bikram Yoga Galway for her support and guidance and to all the teachers there for their warm welcome. Bikram Yoga Galway is a great studio. Go check it out for yourself!.