Meet Your Yoga Teachers
Meet our lovely team of Yoga teachers, speakers and performers who are coming together to make Cork Yoga and Vegan Festival an unforgettable experience for you.
Miriam has been practicing yoga over the last 15 years. She tried different types of yoga and found that Kundalini yoga best suits her. She found the positive and transformational effect that kundalini yoga had on her compelled her to qualify as a yoga teacher in 2011.
Miriam has also studied counseling & psychotherapy and would recommend yoga as a valuable tool to bring balance and harmony to life. Kundalini Yoga integrates all branches of the yogic discipline combining kriyas (physical exercise), pranayama (controlled breathing techniques) meditations and mantras (chanting) resulting in an extremely powerful and transformational experience.
Miriam has a gentle approach and believes that everyone can do it. In teaching Kundalini Yoga, Miriam aims to inspire others to bring them to their personal best & to enable them to connect to their higher creative potential.
Adalberto Salles Mollica (Beto) has 16 years of experience with Shivam Yoga and 10 years with Ayurvedic Massage. He is graduated as Nutritionist as well at Federal University of Ouro Preto (UFOP) – Brazil. He has been practicing Traditional Shivam Yoga since 1994.
Traditional Shivam Yoga is named after a form of yoga founded on Shankhya and Tantra, some of the oldest philosophies of India. It is based on techniques such as balance, stretching, strength, rotation of spine, breathing exercises, meditation, relaxation, and mantras. These techniques from ancient Indian civilisation can be carried out on a basic, intermediate, and advanced level. All levels are welcome in the same class.
Founder of Kilkenny School of Yoga, Essie is a Yoga Alliance Certified Senior Teacher (500 hours) who has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and who has been teaching full-time for over 15. Essie is also qualified as a Yoga Therapy Ireland Yoga Therapist, and most recently as a Holistic Massage Therapist.
Essie is a dedicated and compassionate teacher with experience in many different fields of practice. However, it is the combining of Vinyasa Yoga with the deep healing benefits of Yoga Therapy that she has dedicated the last 10 years of her yoga teaching life to, and she is now very excited to incorporate Holistic Massage into her school of yoga. Essie is committed to using yoga in order to help people improve their day to day physical and mental state be they professional athletes, pre & post-natal women, or those with the aches and pains associated with the ageing process.
Essie has her own intuitive and knowledgeable teaching style and enjoys the patronage of many yoga teachers who continue to learn from her on a weekly basis. She teaches in a clear and anatomical way imparting knowledge with joy and enthusiasm. Essie is also the course director of the school’s Yoga Teacher Training program.
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Claire began her interest in yoga as a teen, attempting her first practice with the use of an introductory book. She has always believed in its benefits for a healthy life style and didn’t realise at the time that this small book would set her on a journey that would later change her whole life and career path!
After school, she completed an Honours Bachelors degree in Commerce and later became a Certified Chartered Accountant. While working in accountancy practice in 2008 she used yoga to help reduce the stress she was experiencing as a manager in a busy firm. She had begun to experience the negative effects that modern lifestyle and pressure can have on the body and mind. She quickly learned that regular practice of both pranayama (breathing exercises) and asana (physical poses) can not only help people feel better physically but also help to regain life balance and enable them to cope better with stress.
During a trip to Indonesia, she began to deepen her practice with various teachers and styles of yoga and decided to become a Yoga teacher. She has trained with internationally renowned teachers like Lalit Kumar, Kathryn Budig and Tara Stiles.
Claire is a firm believer that yoga should be made accessible for every individual regardless of age, size, strength or perceived flexibility. She also feels that our society has become disconnected with our bodies and in a world which is increasingly reliant on technology and medication it is particularly important to make yoga available as a tool for life. She is passionate that the practice of yoga can help us return to our natural state where we feel more balanced, our bodies function better and we live with ease.
She currently teaches weekly classes in Essential Wellness Centre, Ballincollig. Claire is co-owner of Essential Wellness, the centre for complete wellbeing, also home to a number of therapists and wellbeing professionals. Claire is also a co-founder of Prana Yoga Retreats where she leads retreats at beautiful locations around Europe. For more info on retreats with Claire see Prana Yoga Retreats website here.
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Scarlet is a yoga teacher who studied a yoga TTC 200 hour in Kerala, India and is registered with the Yoga Alliance USA. Scarlet has spent a lot of time over the last ears practicing both as a teacher and deepening her own practice in India.
Scarlet is a registered Nurse that is also a qualified Ayurveda massage therapist. Scarlet understands the complete benefits of yoga, body, mind alignment and the experience that she has combining in each of the skills that she has is to provide an overall mind, body and spirit integration for the individual to reach optimal health.
Jo is vegan and has been practicing yoga for over a decade and is passionate about health and well-being. She is very friendly and likes to help people.
Her classes are built around positive mindful energising movements. She focuses on building core strength and mobility. She incorporates mindful meditation into her practices helping to calm the mind after a busy week.
Imelda Lyons is co-founder of Lyons’ den along with her husband Dennis Lyons. The company offers Yoga, Mindfulness, Chi Running, Strength and Conditioning and Physical therapy. Imelda holds a Masters in French Psychoanalytic literature(2008), a B.Sc in Psychology (2013), a Higher Diploma in Education (2003) and a BA in European Studies (2000). She is a Yoga Alliance Registered Childrens Yoga teacher (2013) and a Yoga Alliance Registered Hatha Yoga teacher (2017). She has studied Mindful Eating with Megrette Fletcher of the Center for Mindful Eating (2017) and is a Professional member of the Center for Mindful Eating.
Imelda has experience leading adult workshops and courses on the topic of Mindful eating plus workshops in general mindfulness and meditation. She believes that the current obesity crisis is entirely reversible, when one employs the tools of conscious presence and intuitive action into ones eating experience.
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Sharon Quigley, originally from Australia, is the founder and Principal of Sacred Earth College of Sound Healing. Sharon began her professional career as a Computer I.T. specialist, and it was a successful International career in Software Engineering over some 14 years. Working up to 80 hours a week for many years lead to a serious health crisis which resulted in a stage 3 tumour. The tumour was successfully removed and the scare with death really shifted Sharon’s priorities and outlook on what is important in life.
Following her near-death experience, Sharon received a Divine message to follow her Spiritual path. In 2010 Sharon travelled on a pilgrimage to India, to attend a Spiritual retreat and train in meditation and spiritual healing. While in India Sharon was gifted with a Divine blessing from a living Saint, the leader of a Spiritual mission where Sharon also spent some time. The selfless work of the Spiritual mission greatly inspired Sharon to live a life of Bhakti and Karma Yoga.
In 2012 Sharon emigrated to Ireland, the land of her Ancestors with her Irish husband, where she pursued further study in Clinical Hypnotherapy. Seeing so much suffering of mind, body & Spirit presented in her clients led her to further study in Sound Therapy, Energy Healing, Pleadian Crystal healing and chanelled Psychic Healing.
Sharon is the founder of the Earth Sounds© technique for group sound healing and is now based in Cork City where she practises as Sound Healing and Energy Therapist, Meditation Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher conducting one on one treatments and group healing. Sharon also teaches a range of inspiring classes and workshops which she has developed including Meditation & Mindfulness, Mandala Art & Mindfulness, New Moon Sacred Womens’ Circles, Manifestation and Goal Setting, Gratitude Workshops, along with her Earth Sounds© group Sound Healing method for practitioners and teachers.
In her spare time Sharon also plays keyboards in her husband’s blues, rock & progressive rock bands.
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Louise’s yoga journey began in England in 1999 when she first attended Ashtanga Yoga classes to supplement a general fitness regime.
She is a qualified Counsellor and worked for over a decade in specialist Eating Disorders Services in the UK.
After moving to Ireland with her family in 2007 Louise began to explore the immense healing benefits that yoga has on the mind, body, and soul. She went on to complete a Yoga Teaching Diploma in Cork in 2010 and a kids yoga teacher training in 2011.
She has since also qualified as a Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms) with Dr Andreo Spina. Her classes are an interesting combination of classical Hatha yoga and mobility exercises….perfect for all levels and abilities and particularly good for strengthening and conditioning the joints.
Louise is passionate about yoga being for every body.
Since as far as I can remember I was interested in everything. World seemed such a fascinating place. So much to do, so much to explore! I have tried so many different things; from knitting to martial arts and all in between.
About 5 years ago I have been introduced to a rising movement culture that caught my attention. Body awareness was at the core of it. That quickly led me towards yoga. My very first Yoga class was a strong Power Yoga routine based on Rocket Yoga philosophy crossed with Ashtanga and a flavor of Pilates. It was exhilarating! I hated it a little as it exposed my weaknesses, but loved it even more!
Since then I’ve tried as many different styles and approaches as I could. Did my RYT 200 hrs teacher training and started looking for my own flow. It is still a work in progress and I don’t think I will ever settle on one style.
So if you have an open mind, want to explore your body’s abilities, challenge yourself, increase body awareness, find your breath – I believe my classes will help you to get there.
Rhonda has been a qualified Iyengar yoga teacher since 2014. She passed the Junior Intermediate 1 assessment in April 2018 which allows her to teach more advanced poses. She regularly attends weekend workshops in Dublin and Cork provided by visiting senior teachers such as Penny Chaplin, Eyal Shifroni, Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh and Uday Bhosale.
She continues to attend teacher training weekends in Dublin with Ireland’s most senior Iyengar teacher Aisling Guirke to keep up her skills and progress as well as maintaining a regular home practice. Rhonda’s focus is that every class is supportive, energising, rejuvenating and fun! The classes are suitable for beginners and more experienced students as she customizes each class for the group of individuals who are attending. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Rhonda for further information or to book a class at: 087 950 6951 or email: email@example.com.
Nikki is one of the most well-known Ashtanga Yoga teacher based in Cork, who has been teaching for over a decade. Besides teaching regular classes and workshops, Nikki also runs Yoga Teacher Training courses.
“I am a dedicatated Ashtanga student and teacher. I have studied under many of the top Ashtanga teachers in the world, including spending time studying under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. I commit to studying with my main teacher, Paul Dallaghan every year. As a teacher my classes are in keeping with the tradition of Ashtanga and are thus demanding, because I believe that each student is capable of much more then they realize, and it is through steady, consistent practice that this becomes apparent. In the words of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois,”Practice, practice, practice, all is coming”. I am truly grateful for all that this path has given me, the people I have met and the life that I now lead”, says Nikki
Mary Kelly is a yoga teacher based in Cork. She teaches yoga to adults, teenagers, children, special needs adults and children.
Mary’s journey to becoming a yoga teacher first began when it was recommended by a friend. It didn’t take long for Mary to feel and see the benefits that yoga had on her both mentally and physically. Prior to becoming a yoga teacher Mary worked in schools as a preschool teaching assistant and as a special needs assistant and in the service industry. Overtime she began developed issues with her shoulders and lower back. Yoga helped her see a huge improvement in both of these areas and also helped her become more relaxed, energised and content.
She completed her Yoga Teacher training in August 2012 with Yogachara Lalit Kumar. Since completing the training it has only made her become more passionate and dedicated to all aspects of yoga such as meditation, pranayama, anatomy and philosophy.
Mary is a very passionate teacher. She hopes to bring to her students the positivity and benefits that she has encountered throughout her own practise and teaching. Mary has a down to earth teaching style and is very focused on the needs of each individual student and does her best to make sure that her students feel comfortable and safe in her class.
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I’m Lenka and I love good food, nature and ballroom dancing. I used to think I could only enjoy these separately. But after I discovered the beauty of eating natural plant foods I saw that food, nature & dancing are all connected. You can dance through your life with nutritious foods on your plate honouring nature at the same time! It’s like a breath of fresh air and ….. a divine piece of chocolate. Once you try it, you can’t get enough 🙂
But if you think I was always about greens, beans and dark chocolate, it’s not true. As far as I can remember I’ve had a sweet tooth but with my mum around, I kept it under control.
Then, as I moved out of home in my early twenties I jumped straight into the sweet addiction. I used to eat chocolate bars for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In fact there were days I didn’t eat anything else but sweet junk. I was looking for ways to break the cycle but every time I tried to ween myself off, I went right back a couple of days later.
I admit, I’ve been very lucky with my health though. This roller coaster went on for many years but apart from fluctuating weight, low energy and indigestion, I seemed to cope just fine. At least in my body. In my mind, it wasn’t as easy. The more you want to quit, the more difficult it is and the constant failure isn’t exactly a self-esteem booster. I used to envy other girls who could have just 1 bar or even just one bite of a cake and stop eating! I couldn’t stop thinking there was something wrong with me but today I know better. I simply got stuck in a pleasure trap. In a trap of refined sweet junk.
It took me a lot of trial and error and a lot of studying until I slowly got control over my brain which was totally high-jacked by the addictive foods. I studied nutritional science, watched videos, read books until I finally understood why this was happening to me and how to break the circle.
What did I do? I crowded all the junk out! By eating natural plant foods, naturally sweet treats and cutting out my trigger foods (yet perfectly healthy for others), I started to become immune to the old frenemies of mine.
Today when I look back, I’m really grateful for going through the moments of weakness followed by rediscovered strength. It taught me that even when you think you can’t change, you still can. What you need is determination and the will to keep trying. The rest is only mechanics which can be figured out.
Your body wants to thrive and even if you slipped off the healthy path, it’s in your power to get back on it.
And the best way to do that? Natural plant foods! 🙂
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“I’m originally from Mexico, I moved to Ireland and Cork about 12 years ago.
My main physical training was a Contemporary dancer. I have been involved for more 15 years in dance and music performance. But at the same time, I’ve been practising Yoga, Pilates, Thai Boxing, Swimming and running.
I have always been fascinated and curious by the extraordinary things the human body can do. Also, everybody at any age can develop with the correct methodology. That fascination and curiosity brought me to become a Yoga, Pilates, Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and develop deep knowledge of human anatomy.
I have been teaching around Cork for more than 8 years and more than 10 years in Mexico and very happy to provide 200hrs Yoga Teacher Training courses. My passion is to share the knowledge to develop body mobility and mind/body connection and awareness.
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I consider myself a socially conscious activist (someone who consciously seeks out and takes into account all that could be impacted when helping folk solve their problems) with veganism holding a central focus, as the processes involved in habitual behavioural change effectively makes veganism the most progressive tool for rewiring bad habits and with that enabling peace or a socially conscious world. I am blessed to live in a small countryside village in Co. Wicklow in the company of those who love me.
I have three personal missions in this life, one is to prompt people to question the term ‘wrong’, another is to prompt people to question the word ‘equality’ and the last one, that’s to live a more purposeful life, for the subjects I give my time to, to serve what truly matters to me, whilst having a blast doing it!
Im happiest whilst my actions are aligning with my values and when the subjects i give my time to, serves what drives me (serves what matters to me). Although outside of this in a really simple way, what makes me happy is helping people smile and if possible to help them be better off than they were before, whilst being consciously concerned for anyone else that could be impacted. Oh and silly, I love a touch of creative silly. This is why my workshop/talk hits all notes, its playful, it helps us discover how we can do all of the things that really excite us and in doing so how help who ever we care about from being hurt.
I hold so much worth and care for our societies growing into a more socially conscious world, that I have chosen to dedicate my life to help make this a reality. If not a fully socially conscious world in my life time, it will be a reality in someones else’s, lets help it get there faster by passing around these batons of no bias, so folk can keep on going from where we left off!
Born in Austria and trained and worked in Hospitality as a chef made me aware how stress can effect your body on all levels and your surroundings.
Travelled to New Zealand in 2004 and started training in Tai Chi to balance my work live, and in 2007 I took on the Qi gong theacher and therapist training in 2008 and be growing and deepening my understanding of live since then. In 2016 started training in Amatsu what works well with Qi Gong together
Yuan Gong is a modern Qi Gong system looking on all levels of life and the law of the universe.
Approaching my personal path in a joyful and light way and looking at the fundamental heart qualities of Trust, Openness, Love, Gratitude and True Respect, to share my knowledge and support others in there path of growth, to get a better understanding of live and freedom.