I began practicing yoga in 1994 while studying at the University of Amsterdam. I had been in a serious car accident the previous year, and had become quite affected by anxiety and PTSD. Over the years my yoga practice has allowed me dissolve deep-seated energetic and behavioural patterns, and helped me to move towards equanimity and integration.
I have always been more interested in questions than answers, and yoga has proven a fertile dancing ground for investigation. In 2001 I moved to Chicago from my hometown of Dublin to earn a Ph.D in philosophy, and I began teaching at Moksha Yoga in Chicago in 2003. I had no idea that my yoga practice would eventually take me away from academia into the realm of embodied enquiry. [For more on that journey click here] My love for philosophy has remained constant, and informs my approach to yoga as a multi-dimensional technology designed to lead us to self-knowledge and ultimately to self-mastery.
I am particularly interested in the intersection of yoga, philosophy and neuroscience. My writing has appeared in Yoga Journal, The Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, Origin Magazine and numerous other publications. My teaching marries the more esoteric credos of yoga with modern scientific insights and the practicalities of everyday life in a humorous and accessible manner. I have taught in a wide variety of forums to a diverse population including prison inmates, Navy Seals, war veterans with PTSD and children with severe physical disabilities. I believe that anyone can practice yoga and reap the benefits.
I have been I have been lucky enough to study closely with master teachers including Tim Miller (Ashtanga), Ana Forrest (Forrest Yoga), Saul David Raye (Vinyasa Flow) and Richard Miller (iRest/Yoga Nidra™). In Los Angeles, it is my honor to teach public classes at Yogaworks I also have a thriving private clientele and guest teach in several teacher trainings. Further afield I teach workshops, trainings and retreats worldwide. My yoga practice informs every aspect of my life, and I would love to share that with you.