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Jeff Gonet

Jeff attended his first yoga class in 2001, loved it, and knew after that first class it was something he wanted to continue doing on a consistent basis. In 2003 he began to vacation (or holiday as is said here) at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. In 2007, after feeling a calling for several years to change his vocation, he said fare thee well to a career as a Certified Public Accountant and Financial Controller. He earned his certificate to teach yoga from the Sivananda Yoga Ashram. He later completed Kundalini Yoga teacher training in Cork City. He has also attended workshops by Gurmukh, Richard Freeman, Seane Corn, Ana Forrest, and Desiree Rumbaugh. He met his (Irish !) wife to be at the Ashram on Paradise Island and made the move from Boston USA to Ireland in the name of love ! He teaches Hatha and Kundalini Yoga at Unity and also offsite under the Unity banner. He likes to be encouraging, positive, life affirming, light hearted, authentic, and have fun and laugh while teaching.

Bairbre Crowley

Bairbre began teaching Iyengar yoga & meditation in 2012 after a regular, strong practice for 7 years with her teacher Pavara, Buddhist order member & senior Iyengar teacher in Dublin. She loves the depths of where Iyengar yoga can reach & it is a solid base of her practice & teaching. Her latest teachers & influences in yoga have led her down a new path with teachers such as James Higgins from California, these practices have added fluidity to her teaching from a place of the heart. She spent between 2016-2018 in the Amazon rainforest, teaching & working, living & learning from the Shipibo tribe, working with their many, varied powerful ancient medicines along with newer modern methods of learning body practices to release trauma which can get trapped in the body, often from childhood or before. She has recently begun her work with the Native American tradition ‘La Camino Rojo’ in Ibiza with elder & teacher, Maria Valdivia. Her classes aim to empower & encourage self practice with a mix of strong Iyengar base, fluidity & felt sense through movement & stillness to access deeper levels of consciousness, working with the power of sound/voice through mantra, pranayama/breath work & whatever a particular day & time may bring.

Bairbre has been practising Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine since 2009 & was one of the founding members of the Acupuncture Childbirth Team(ACT)in Dublin(now AFPI).

Clodagh McGuirk

Clodagh teaches mindful, breath-led movement, cultivating self-care and compassion. She believes yoga is a way to connect with the body and breath, and release physical and mental tension. She aims to share the benefits of yoga – including openness, awareness and balance – with her students through careful cueing and thoughtfully planned sequences. Clodagh teaches vinyasa yoga, restorative, and ante-natal, and post-natal yoga.

Clodagh has practiced yoga all her life, beginning as a child with her mother who taught yoga since the 1980s! Clodagh began to deepen and develop her own yoga practice over 15 years ago and has found it an invaluable tool in supporting her through all life stages, including pregnancy and motherhood. She trained with Naomi Annand and Adam Hocke at Yoga On The Lane, London in 2016 (RYT 200 Yoga Alliance).

Lisa Hodnett

Lisa has been facilitating Meditation groups in West Cork since 2010. In her classes, participants explore various methods that bring them to stillness, strengthening the connection to that part of us which is beyond form, beyond personality and is boundary-less, that is to say our True Self our Essence. Learning and practising these methods gives us tools for every day living that can create our world, where we live with greater awareness and responsibility for our thoughts, actions and way of Being. Where we get to choose Love over fear time and time again.

Lisa has a background in Psychotherapy and Energy Healing. She has been practising meditation since her mid twenties and this practise deepened and expanded as she delved further into the esoteric wisdom teachings, under the guidance of enlightened Spiritual Master H.H. Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi, and other spiritual Masters such as Amma, Pema Chodron, Sogyal Rinpoche, Mooji & Sadhguru.

Amy Russell – SoulStar Yoga & Healing / Agent of Change

Amy is passionate about giving people tools to aid them on their path and journey through life. She teaches traditional Kundalini Yoga as well as Kundalini Global, Meditation and Mantra classes, workshops, and retreats. Her training also includes Yoga for Addiction & Anxiety, Pranayama (Breath Work), Non-Violent Communication, The Architecture of Postures, Life Styles & Cycles, and Group Facilitation work. Amy creates a safe and nurturing space for her students, to have their own unique individual experience on their sacred island.

Amy’s classes are geared towards all levels and abilities, and she feels yoga is accessible to everyone. Its application is not only for on the mat but in becoming an integrated part of one’s daily life as well. She has taught yoga since 2011 and her practice is rooted in a deeply holistic approach incorporating mind, body, and spirit guiding and supporting students to develop a regular daily yoga & meditation practice as the benefits are a hundred-fold into one’s life.

A Holistic Therapist for over 20 years, Amy is a Shamanic and Self-Worth Practitioner, with her healing work influencing her classes, workshops, and retreats. She has a background as a Visual Artist and worked as a Community Artist and Community Health Worker for many years. Amy has a deep passion for community, health, and well-being. Her belief is that anything is possible within this human experience once we take responsibility for ourselves and are committed to our own path and healing journey.

“Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope” Maya Angelou

Lorraine Dufficey

Lorraine has been teaching Pilates (and happiness !) since 2005 enabling human beings of all ages and abilities to connect and flow with their own bodies in the true spirit of Pilates. She has trained as a secondary level school teacher, fitness instructor, Pilates Instructor and neuromuscular therapist. Lorraine is a continuing student of the Diamond Approach, a path of realization that integrates psychotherapy and spirituality. A mother to two young children, she has lived in West Cork since 2002.

Fiona Loughran

HealthyFiona is a Holistic Yoga + Pilates Teacher, Intuitive Massage Therapist and High VIBE – Private Chef (super yachts + Retreats).

“My intention is to create a deeply nourishing and uplifting S P A C E for like minded people to breathe, move, connect, rest and be inspired to live in a way that creates a web of support and magic for the mind, body and soul in reaching the individual. Using a combination of yoga, pilates, massage, essential oils, herbs, nature immersion/hikes, vibrant food, rituals, ecstatic dance, breath, wild sea swimming + laughter. This is where YOU can REdiscover your potential and how glorious you truly are.”

Fiona has many years experience as a teacher, trainer and therapist working on-site as a Corporate Wellness Coach at European HQs of two IT companies, hosting/facilitating workshops, retreats, & wellness days from Ireland to Balearic Islands to Bali. Running retreats and having been working onboard super yachts attention to details and creating a heartfelt experience is essential.

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