Meet Your Yoga Teachers
Meet our lovely team of Yoga teachers who are going to share their gift of Yoga and meditation with you. We are glad to tell you that these kind-hearted teachers are going to teach for free at the fest so that we can raise more funds for our partner charities and spread some Yoga love. Thank you, dear teachers.
Ravi was born in India into a family of many generations of astrologers and spiritual teachers and from a very young age he grew up with a yoga practice as part of his daily life.In his early twenties, he moved to Rishikesh and lived at the Mahatma Yoga Ashram where he studied Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga with well-respected Guru Yogendra singh Negi (Yogi ji).
During the past 10 years, Ravi has been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach to thousands of students from all over the world at Ashrams and Yoga retreats across India.
Up to recently, Ravi worked as the resident teacher at Little Cove Yoga, voted as one of the best yoga schools in Goa and has been leading workshops in UK, France, and The Netherlands. He is currently living in London.
He combines asanas (physical poses), pranayama (breathing techniques) meditation and ancient Indian mantras in an accessible and playful way. His classes have a focus on connecting breath with movement and can help with stress relief, anxiety, injury or illness recovery, and bring harmony to body and mind.
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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.
Sophia discovered Yoga in 2010 when she started practicing Bikram yoga in Dublin and after many years of practice and researching the market she founded Hot Yoga Studios Dundrum. Sophia initially trained as a yoga teacher in 2012 and then travelled to Koh Phangan, Thailand in 2017 to deepen her knowledge of yoga and mindfulness and expand her practice.
The style of yoga that she is passionate about teaching is a dynamic hot vinyasa flow with an emphasis on meditation in movement and encouraging students to stay present throughout their practice. Sophia’s aim is to share the many physical and psychological benefits that yoga brings and to spread inspiration for joyful living.
Jason Moroney (Speaker)
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!
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.
Felicity Ananda is a multilingual devotional singer, Kirtan & Heartsong leader, yoga & meditation teacher and homeopath based in south Dublin. In her Kirtans and Sacred Mantra gatherings, she gently weaves together influences from traditional Indian Bhajans, her Celtic roots and South Amercian folk music, to inspire and co-create an uplifting & intimate connection to who we are and why we came here. Felicity Ananda will gently guide us through some simple mantras, meditations and chants from around our globe, whilst accompanying us on guitar and harmonium. She offers monthly Kirtan gatherings in Glasthule/Sandycove, on the last Sunday of every month, 6:15-8pm.
Kirtan is a style of chanting inspired from the ancient tradition of India. It is non-denominational. It is the universal language of Spirit, the song of our Soul. No singing or meditation experience is necessary, just a deisre to enjoy the soft whispers of our hearts, as we weave the magnificent tapestry of devotional sound together.
Felicity Ananda is a fully qualified and registered Yoga and Meditation teacher, Homeopath, Usui ® Reiki Practitioner and secondary school teacher. For over 15 years she feels blessed to be offering Yoga and Meditation in schools and in communities around the world.
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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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Áine Kerrigan aka “The Yoga Bear” is a 300-Hour certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, a 500-Hour qualified yoga teacher with Yoga Therapy Ireland and has completed Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with The elbowroom. Áine teaches yoga with an emphasis on safety and alignment with hands on assists, offering students a safe and supportive environment to explore their personal yoga practice while moving mindfully.
First introduced to the world of yoga in 2005, her interest derived from the desire to balance out a busy lifestyle. Finding a new level of stillness, Áine is now on a mission to share the benefits of yoga with everyone! Excited to have discovered the path of yoga, she will continue her studies by attending various teacher trainings, workshops and retreats in an effort to continuously improve her classes.
Iyengar yoga teacher and owner/director of Samadhi.
Greg Walsh set up Samadhi in 2005, having run Prana Yoga Centre for 3 years. He is at heart a yoga practitioner, and has taught yoga all over Ireland, Europe and the USA. He loves providing space for good yoga.
I was introduced to yoga in my mid 20’s whilst traveling in Nepal. I didn’t think it would be for me, but in fact I really took to it straight away. I initially practiced Satyananda yoga, but on my return to Dublin I was introduced to Iyengar yoga. Its strong physical challenge, focus on strong body awareness and attention to detail appealed to me immediately. I had found my yoga style!
I was awarded my Introductory Iyengar Teacher Training Certificate in 2002 after 2 years of intensive teacher training. In April 2005 I was awarded my Intermediate Level 1 Iyengar Training Certificate, in May 2006 I received my Intermediate Level 2 Certificate, and in March 2016 received Intermediate Level 3. I have trained with many Senior Iyengar teachers, and continue to train; I am committed to ongoing studies for the foreseeable future.
For me, yoga goes beyond the physical practice. I see it as a tool for transformation: physical transformation, and also inner transformation. I attempt to bring to my yoga classes an awareness of the deeper reasons for practicing yoga, to overcome physical and mental blockages, and to become more alive, awake and aware in everything we do, in yoga practice and in life.
Rani Sheilagh ( yogarani ) is a Feel Good Guide & Joy Generator who has been teaching yoga, meditation and mindfulness, and facilitating whole-health & wellness for over 17 years.
Her contemporary mindful approach and Dynamic Rasa teaching method has evolved over many years of deep practice, ongoing study, self-enquiry and experience to meet the diverse and unique challenges of navigating through modern-day life.
Her sessions require physical effort, mental focus, and facilitate diving into experiencing the deeper aspects of our emotional, spiritual and soulful life to feel good!
Rani teaches with passion, playfulness, creativity and enthusiasm to gently guide you deeply into the dynamics of yoga posture practice (asana), mindful movement and awareness (yamas/niyamas), core sequences (tapas), yogic breathe (pranayama), meditation, mindfulness, compassion, gratitude and loving-kindness (metta-panna.)
In 2014, Rani became recognised as a ‘Yoga Elder’ by the Independent Yoga Network (IYN). ‘Yoga Elders’ are required to have 6,000 or more hours of documentable teaching experience and this qualification is considered comparable to a Yoga PhD.
Contact : Website
Born and raised in the southern part of India, my yoga journey began on of off since my teens. A sudden back injury brought me back on my mat for recovery and since then, yoga has been a strong part of my life. Not only did the physical aspect of it bring my body back on track, but yoga became a cure for a lot of my emotional outbreaks. Ever since, I have loved being on the mat carrying along my beliefs of commitment and “it is possible”. I now teach classes with the intention of co-creating and sharing all this knowledge.
My classes are focused on the rhythm, power and flow of Vinyasa. This helps in understanding the physicality, meditation and self inquiry required to open up to the power of yoga. My classes typically start off slow and then gradually shift to being quick and powerful so your body gets to feel the full array of possibilities, from hips to heart to feeling an emotional release that you leave feeling light in body and mind.
I have been teaching since 2016 in London at Lumi Power Yoga, Hammersmith, London and have recently moved to Dublin and have started teaching in wonderful studios in and around the city. Being a mum and a teacher, my personal practice is my way to keep my sanity on and open my mind up for more learning.
Maura is driven by a passion to help others find the joy and benefits from yoga that she herself found. Her classes are full of energy, positivity and humor. Maura’s extensive training in sequencing and anatomy will help you leave balanced, energized and healthy.
William is a serial event organiser and adventure traveller who brings a playful energy to all of his projects, including Yoga Disco and other ventures such as Morning Gloryville Dublin.
Hi , my name is Christina.
I teach yoga with adults, children, teens and families, both privately & publicly. My background is in education , with my yoga teaching approach being mindful, therapeutic , interactive & fun, as well as being relaxing. I love bringing yoga to communities & sharing its wonderful health and well-being benefits through breath/mind/body connection ,that reaches all ages.
Look forward to meeting you at class.
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Oh Sarah Jane loves yoga! She has been playing exploring, experimenting and conversing and practicing the beautiful art of attention that is Yoga for ten years.
It has allowed her experience herself her body, breathe and soul very deeply and she wishes to facilitate this deepening for others, and hold space for light, joy and ease.. simplicity and power, to emerge from the shadows.
She has practiced many styles, both dynamic and meditative. Her commitment always lies with the breath.
She feel utterly privileged to have wandered into the yogic path as the mysteries are constantly renewed.
The opportunity to share her daily explorations is a continual source of delight and gratitude.
Her wish is always to create a safe space for people to feel honestly and connect deeply, so perhaps to aid in the ever changing quest to live ones truth and joy.
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Aparna is a Mindfulness Teacher, Health care professional, a qualified Nurse , Midwife with Masters Degree in Nursing and a Yoga teacher. She has completed her studies on “Preparation for Birth and Parenthood Facilitation” from Cork University in 2012 Although a yoga practitioner from her childhood she started practising Raj Yoga [“”chief, best of yoga””] in 2012 as a mental exercise and thought management. During this time she stumbled upon Mindfulness and decided to take up a course “Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness” in 2014 from the Institute of Integrative counselling and psychotherapy. In year 2016 Aparna studied “Reflective Practice” from University College Dublin [UCD] and her project was based on Mindfulness workshop.
She has also completed MBSR [Mindfulness based stress reduction course] in 2017 and continuing to learn mindfulness with various courses provided by Padraig O’ Morain”Self Compassion” in 2017 & “Working Well Mindfully” in 2018. She is currently undertaking advanced yoga teacher training with Rama Krishna Mission. Aparna regularly facilitates Mindfulness workshops for Professional Development Centre of INMO [Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation] and for other HSE training programs. Aparna also had the opportunity to facilitate Mindfulness session for Banaras Hindu University (Asia’s largest residential university), Varanasi.
This session was organized and delivered at Malaviya Center for Peace Research situated in the University in August 2017. Same year Aparna also conducted a session of Mindfulness for National Sugar Institute in India. As a Mindfulness teacher Aparna has trained Nurses, midwives, HSE staff, INMO staff, Administration staff, IT professionals and Industrial relation officers, Physiotherapists, Health Care Assistants Elderly care workers, PHD students in University. She enjoys teaching Mindful Yoga in her spare time.
Aparna is vegetarian from birth and is in a unique position to combine scientific knowledge with ancient wisdom, she practices Mindfulness, Yoga and meditation in her daily life.
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Sarah Kennelly and Stephen Whelan
Stephen and Sarah are a married couple living in the north Dublin countryside. They have always been passionate about the environment, and started in earnest on their zero waste journey in 2016.
They have a holistic approach to caring for the environment, encompassing diet, biodiversity, GIY and zerowaste. They believe that everyone has the capacity to make small changes which have a big impact, and they have some simple tips to show you how.
Sharon Merriman is YTI trained yoga teacher currently studying nutrition with IINH. Sharon works full time as a Catering Manager and loves nothing more than to combine her love of good food and yoga!
My love for yoga began in 2008 when I lived in NY and went to a studio called the yoga room. I just felt the stress leave my body once I even entered the studio. Ever since I’ve been practicing. In 2015 we moved back to Ireland and I set up a yoga class. My passion for Teaching yoga grew enormously and Seeing others grow their own self belief through yoga is my natural high and my passion!
After leaving home to discover the internal and external universe in 2005, it took almost 4 years to discover the healing energy Reiki. One session was all it took to instil curiosity and a desire to seek out masters of energy and awareness. Once attuned, the energy flowing within led me along many paths, always subtlety altering the decisions I made in life until I arrived ar this life free from alcohol, animal products, and anything else which I feel keeps me from maintaining a high vibration. It’s this vibration which I now channel through my instruments to the benefit of those who decide to be present during the innerflow___ Sound Healing Meditations. Come, be still, it’s time to be good to you.
Yoga has been a part of my life for more than 10 years. My practice had helped me to overcome injuries and to become stronger and more flexible. I love the sense of peace, connectedness and joy that it gives me. I completed my 200 RYT with the Crown Centre in Dublin. I like to help my clients find a sense of connection within themselves. My hope is that they step off the mats feeling refreshed, balanced and free.
Years teaching: > 5years
Years practicing: >10years
Favourite yoga style: Vinyasa Flow or Power Vinyasa
Studio: Pure Yoga Sandyford
Sheila began practicing yoga after moving to Canada in 2009, at which time she joined an energy exchange programme at a Moksha Hot Yoga Studio in Victoria, allowing her to help out at the studio and receive unlimited free yoga in return.
Sheila continued to practice yoga while travelling across Canada, USA, South and Central America and Australia, Sheila loved practicing the different types of yoga and she became more aware of the positive effects yoga was having on her life.
Many people think that yoga is just stretching. But while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. The poses are a constant—linking together the disparate branches of the yoga family tree. The amazing thing about yoga is that although the poses themselves do not change, your relationship to them will. Your practice is always evolving, so it never gets old. Yoga is also a breathing practice – a unity of your mind, body & breath to create mental calmness & clarity!
Sheila began practicing Hot Yoga once she moved to NZ in 2011 and she completed her 200Hours Teacher Training with Hot Yoga Auckland in 2013. She started teaching at Hot Yoga Auckland in 2013 and continues to teach and learn from a place of humility everyday. Sheila is working towards completing 500Hours TT, by completing various advanced modules with Power Living Australia (PLAY) such as Vinyasa: Level 2 – Mind Blowing Sequencing & Theming, Vinyasa: Level 3 – Next Level Teaching & Leadership Skills and Applied Anatomy’, she has trained with some of the best known teachers in the world such as Duncan Peak, Noah Maze, Eoin Finn, Shiva Rea, Les Levington & Rocky Heron. Prior to moving back to Ireland in July 2016, she studied under the guidance of Nikki Ralston and completed the first 50Hours Teacher Development Programme with The Ralston Method (TRM)! All of which, have introduced Sheila to the practice of self-studying (svadhaya), understanding and uncovering our ‘Personal Beliefs Systems’ and how to balance our “Beliefs System” during yogic practice – focusing on your essence and character.
Sheila practices yoga on a daily basis as it makes her feel good! “”Yoga has taught me to honour my body, have compassion and accept the things in life you cannot change.””
Sheila is a firm believer that yoga is to be enjoyed and never endured, so when she looks around the room and most of the students are laughing with you in the most challenging of postures – it makes her happy. When there is total stillness during the final Savasana, she knows the students are being nourished. She perceives people come to yoga to feel renewed and inspired – “”I want my classes to meet those needs!””
She has been a featured Yogi on The Yoga Connection, New Zealand’s Yoga Guide, click on the link to read more Here
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.