I came to yoga and coaching in my early twenties. Yoga came first. I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and was feeling very low about myself and my life. One of my consultants in my local hospital came to me and said if I wanted to get better I needed to make changes in my lifestyle and he suggested. I had always been interested in yoga and so when I was discharged I went to a local community centre in Dublin and signed up. I was hooked! The practice began to change everything for me and I became hungry to learn more. My illness eased and although I wasn’t cured overnight, life became more enjoyable again as I reduced my stress levels and was able to live without chronic pain every day.
Life coaching came along a few years later. My parents bought me a course with a wonderful coach, Trudy Arthurs of Dancing Leopards. I spent 3 months working with her to discover I wanted more from my life and I was committed to making it happen. During this time my professional career in PR was taking off. I was working with big brand clients in Ireland building their profiles, organising events & roadshows across the country and interacting with media on a daily basis.
I made a choice to travel and take some time out and in 2005 I left Ireland for Asia & Australia. It was while I was living in Australia and working in PR when I came to Power Vinyasa Yoga. What I loved about the Baptiste method was the transformational coaching that was a part of the practice. During my years practicing I fell more and more in love with yoga and I knew I wanted to train as an instructor. In 2008 I moved back to the UK and began my yoga teacher training with Yogacampus in London, UK.
Since that initial training I have completed intensives with Baron Baptiste and Shiva Rea. I have most recently certified as a Forrest Yoga Instructor with Forrest Yoga Creatrix, Ana Forrest and teach Forrest Yoga; Power Vinyasa Yoga & a Yin / Yang Yoga practice. I teach at various Dublin & London studios – INIT Yoga Dublin; My Yoga Body Dublin; Indaba Yoga; Triyoga UK; Lumi Power Yoga; Blue Cow Yoga & Virgin Active and I have had the privilege of sharing yoga in Holland, Spain and Canada. My approach is one of dedication and intention with an element of lightheartedness.
In 2012 I left my PR agency life for a role with lululemon athletica as their Community Connector for the UK & Ireland. Working with a company passionate about vision & goal setting and leadership development, I began my training as a life coach. I am passionate about individual growth and development and I believe in the power of vulnerability. Being vulnerable is to be authentic and my intention is to provide space for people to open up and to listen. In 2013 I trained with The Animas Institute and I now work as a Yoga Instructor, a Life Coach for individuals & a PR & Strategy Consultant for small businesses in the yoga & well-being industry. My commitment is to inspire people to live their best life through the practices of yoga and coaching.
I also have a ridiculous affinity towards shoes and chocolate & those of you outside of Ireland my name is pronounced “eefa” 🙂