About Áine

Training & Qualifications:

  • 2010 – 2012: Diploma (YA 500 hours) – Yoga Therapy Ireland
  • 2013:   Yoga for Pregnancy (50 hours) – Yoga Therapy Ireland
  • 2013 – 2014: Advanced Training (IYN 500 hours) – Living Yoga
  • 2014: Training Intensive (25 hours) – Donna Farhi
  • 2014 – 2015: Somatics Exercise Coach (60 hours) – Somatics.ie
  • 2015: Womb Yoga Training (45 hours) – Womb Yoga UK
  • 2015 – 2016: Teaching Assistant (500 hours) – Living Yoga
  • 2016: Training Intensive (25 hours) – Donna Farhi
  • 2016: Womb Yoga Training & Yoga Nidra (45 hours) – Womb Yoga UK
  • 2016: Teen Yoga Training (30 hours) – Teen Yoga UK
  • 2017 – present: Clinical Somatics Training – Living Somatics Institute

Yoga Background:

I practised Yoga as a child though I did not know then that it had a name. I moved my body and engaged with life in the way a child does before she ‘learns’ how to do so. I discovered Yoga as a practice nineteen years ago and though I considered it a physical practice at the time, intuitively, I understood that there is so much more to it than that.

Over the years, I have practised a number of different ‘styles’ of Yoga though I have come to realise that Yoga is Yoga – Union of Body, Mind & Breath. It is both an art and a science of successful living, which applies equally both on and off the mat. This is why I no longer ‘subscribe’ to any particular style. My understanding of Yoga has expanded so that my practice is not confined to my mat. I look for union of body, mind and breath everywhere in my life. In effect, my life has become my Yoga practice.

My teaching journey brought me to the world of Body Mind Centering and the developmental movement patterns which can be observed in every human being from conception to death. Working with the developmental movement patterns has given me a wonderful framework to grow my practice and my teaching in a more fluid and natural way, with the freedom to explore and discover new ways of being in my body and of sharing my learning.

Somatic Movement in the form of Hanna Somatics, added another piece to the jigsaw puzzle and I find that Somatics exercises not only complement my Yoga practice on every level, they also enhance my well-being by enabling me to move with greater ease physically, which translates into more clarity on a mental and emotional level. Thus, I began to bring more Somatic movement into my practice and my teaching through what I call Yoga Soma.

On my path, I have come across many wonderful teachers, each of whom has given me the gift of their knowledge and experience through over 1200 hours of teacher-training in Yoga and Somatics. I am deeply grateful to all of my teachers for this gift and to my students also, who have taught me so much about what it is to be human. My own journey continues with passion and I enjoy sharing the precious gift of Yoga with others through my teaching.