“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi
Ruth came to yoga in 1998, its immediate impact was profound & quickly led to a sincere and dedicated practice. She studied in the Iyengar tradition for over 10 years and is a qualified Iyengar teacher having trained with Grainne Gilleece in Ireland. Between 2005 and 2010 she travelled annually to India attending courses and studying with Senior Iyengar teachers Rajiv and Swati Chanchanci. She spent extended periods of study there immersing herself in all aspects of the subject and is grateful to have assisted in the medical classes where the therapeutic effects of yoga and its benefits to those in discomfort became evident. In this period she regularly attended national and international workshops with senior Iyengar teachers including Geeta Iyengar and Birjoo Metha and has attended courses at the Iyengar institute in Pune India.
In 2008 she was introduced to Shadow Yoga and from 2010-2016 studied Nrtta Sadhana (Lord Shivas Sacred dance) and the prelude forms directly with Shandor Remete and Emma Balnaves. She attended intensive courses 2/3 times a year as well as monthly trips of study and practice to London. It was an invaluable period of learning where many new perspectives on the energetic body and self practices were opened up to her.
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Ruth continues her studies, travelling in more recent times to the sacred city of Varanasi, India where her broader understanding of Yoga continues to deepen.
Along with her personal studies in Ayurveda and Vedic astrology Ruth studies Sound Sadhana (devotional sound through the classical Indian music system of Drupad) with Natasha Nandini www.natashanandiniyogini.com . She acknowledges Dr Robert Svoboda as a positive and informative influence in her life.
Ruth is deeply grateful for the knowledge and guidance her teachers and mentors have shared. She is a student first and foremost and continues to enjoy learning, exploring and experiencing the twists and turns of life through the prism of yoga.
Since 2006 David (E-RYT 500) has directed the Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training program around Ireland training and inspiring over 150 potential teachers in that time. The two and half year course is considered one of the most comprehensive in the country and leads to a certificate recognised by Yoga Alliance. He is currently running an Advanced Practitioner Course in Gorey, Dublin and Ennis from 2019. Visit his website at www.vinyasayoga.ie for more details on trainings/courses.
David began a disciplined daily practice of yoga in the mid-90s when living in San Francisco. His main Ashtanga influences were the founders of Yogaworks in LA, Senior Ashtanga teachers Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty under whom he studied with between 2002 – 2010. They taught him how to practice dynamically yet with humility and with an emphasis on safety.
From 2010-2017 David studied directly under Shandor Remete, the founder of Shadow Yoga and Nrtta Sadhana; attending intensive courses twice yearly during this time. It is thanks to his guidance and instruction that David’s knowledge of the subtle anatomy and energetic system was awakened.
David is also a certified Somatic Movement Educator (SME) through the International Institute of Somatic Movement Education based in Tamil Nadu, South India. SME is a neuromuscular re-education system that facilitates sensory- motor learning to gain greater voluntary control of the physiological process resulting in freedom of ease and agility of movement.
David prostrates in gratitude to all his teachers, past and present. Any true knowledge he is able to pass on comes directly from their guidance, any mistakes he makes are purely his own. Om Namah Shiva.
Máire Ní G
Having travelled the world and studied many spiritual traditions, Máire finally found truth in the Tao. She trained directly with Grandmaster Mantak Chia in the Tao Garden, and became the first certified Universal Healing Tao Instructor In Ireland. Máire is the founder of Universal Healing Tao Ireland and organises Mantak Chia’s visits to Dublin.
Through dedication to her practice, Máire continues to experience huge shifts in energy and personal transformation. She is passionate about sharing these well preserved ancient practices with others so that they may experience the benefits too.
Máire teaches classes, courses and workshops year-round – Chi Kung/Qi Gong, Foundations of the Tao (basic Taoist practice), Healing Love, Tao Yin (Taoist yoga) and workshops on Female Sexual Alchemy.
My first experience with yoga was through home exercise videos. I felt immediately that it was for me. As time went on I later enquired as to how I could do more of it and the opportunity came up to study with David and Ruth. Since then, with the guidance of passionate teachers my practice has evolved and continues to do so.
Yoga and it’s teachings are present in my every day life and I could not imagine the life without it. Considering all that Yoga has given to me, I would like to give back to those that only are beginning to enquire.
I first experienced Yoga 6 years ago after completing a Mindfulness course and was looking to further the experience in my body as well as my mind.
I began taking twice weekly classes with Liz Richards in the Ananta Studio in Wicklow and found the transition to a home practice very natural.
Four years ago I completed a course on yoga for children and began teaching children from 3-12 and was amazed at how the mindfulness of movement benefited the children in their busy lives. I also had the pleasure of teaching a class of children with Cerebral Palsy which only furthered my faith in the benefits of the practice.
Looking to further my knowledge I embarked on the two year 200hr Teacher Training under the guidance of Dave and Ruth Curtis as I wanted a training that I could immerse myself in fully while allowing myself the time to experience and feel what I was learning.
In the ever busy world we live in, I believe Yoga and Mindfulness are necessary for me to give myself permission to stop and breath so as to enjoy the beauty of the world we live together in.