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OUR TEACHERS

Our Teachers

Our teachers love teaching yoga! They are very dedicated to their passion and have extensive training with many years of teaching experience. They continue to be inspired themselves and regularly undertake new trainings and workshops to keep their classes inspiring and evolving for all our students. Some of out teachers also share their experience through teaching their own workshops in the studio at the weekends. More detail can be found on our workshops page.

Nikki Cousins

Nikki attended her first yoga class 17 years ago. A few year later years later was she drawn into an intense connection with the practice that became a life-long relationship. When she began to seriously immerse herself in the practice of Ashtanga yoga that she found a style that resonated with her deeply, a style that both challenged and rewarded her. She completed Paul Dallaghan's training course in Thailand in 2004 and her love and respect for the Ashtanga tradition was truly sealed. It was also here, in Yoga Thailand that she studied under Sri O.P.Tiwari and started a study of the science of pranayama, which now forms an important part of her daily practice.

She is a dedicated yoga student and teacher, studying with top yoga teachers in the world, including spending time in India studying under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore and Rolf and Marci in Goa. She is committed to studying with her main teacher, Paul Dallaghan every year.

As a teacher her classes are in keeping with the tradition of Ashtanga and are thus demanding. She believes that each student is capable of much more then they realize, and it is through steady, consistent practice that this becomes apparent.

Ashtanga Yoga, Hot Flow Yoga

Graham Daly

Graham first began using the physical practices of Yoga as a means to find more comfort in his body during seated meditation practice. The amount of positive change he experienced from Yoga led him to train as a Kundalini Yoga Teacher with 3HO under Sada Sat Singh and Sada Sat Kaur with Jai Katar Kaur of 'Well Within'. He continued his training in Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga with Lalit Kumar of Himalaya Yoga Valley and as a Yoga Nidra teacher with Swami Shantimurti Saraswati of 'Ashram Yoga'.

He has been sharing these wonderful health enhancing practices in Cork City since 2011 and continues to work and train with teachers from different schools and backgrounds to further deepen his understanding and practice.

His classes can range from strong and physical posture work to slow and steady breath and meditative techniques. He encourages all student to choose what practice they need at a given time, all while maintaining the same goal deep within.

Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Meditation Teacher

Kathryn Moynihan

Kathryn has been teaching for the last ten years and has been practicing yoga since 2004. She initially explored different forms of yoga and became interested in its therapeutic benefits while working in the IT/corporate design industry. Ashtanga yoga became her core yoga practice along with the influence of Iyengar yoga. She has studied with reputable senior Ashtanga Yoga teachers and travels every year to train abroad in India or Europe. She has studied under senior Buddhist teachers from Tibet, UK & US and has found that combining her yoga practices with Buddhist meditation's 'inner techniques' has allowed her to deepened her own personal practice & experience of both yoga and meditation.

When teaching she puts an emphasis on meditation and pranayama. She encourages students to develop their own personal yoga practice to use yoga to enhance their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Ashtanga Yoga

Fiona Tierney

Fiona started her yoga journey 20 years ago while living in USA when she serious sustained a back injury. After experiencing such amazing changes in her body, including healing her injury, she was hooked. She became an regular practitioner and 11 years ago she began to teach.

Since then her yoga practice has taken many shapes and form; from strong initial practices to slower more meditative practices as a means of adapting to her changing body durning pregnancy and after. She has studied with many wonderful teachers throughout her yoga life including Shri K Pattabhi Jois, Donna Farhi, Josh Summers and Uma Dinsmore Tuli. She has also practices many different traditions of dance including Tribal African dance, belly dance, contemporary movement, Tahitian hula and free movement. Here at the Yoga Loft, Fiona teaches Pregnancy yoga and Hatha Yoga classes.

Hatha Yoga, Yoga DJ, Yoga Fusion

Claire Osbourne

Claire has been practicing yoga and various forms of movement and body work for over 23 years.

She has been teaching full time since 200. Her style is influenced by studies with creative teachers such as Charlie Stevens and Marianne Gabriel, Angela Farmer and Victor Van Hooten, Judith Hanson Lasater, Uma Dinsmore Tuli. She is also inspired by the more traditional approach of Satyananda yoga which first lit her inner fire for the path of yoga. Claire has also practiced Amerta Movement (a type of mindful free-movement practice) since 1997, with world renowned movement practitioner Suprapto Suryadarmo from Indonesia. She specialises in facilitating women's groups.

Presently she is involved in a project bringing yoga to refugees and that trains yoga teachers in trauma sensitive yoga. She is also one of the student supervisors for yoga campus' yoga therapy course.

Her style of yoga is creative, light hearted, spacious and informed by her years of dedicated practice and study. She sees yoga as a way to come home to oneself, to experience ones true nature, as well as being a support in our daily lives; for healing, awareness and meeting whatever is there within ourselves.

Her training includes:Therapeutic Massage diploma, Contemporary yoga Teacher training 200hr, NCVA Community Dance, Pregnancy and post-natal yoga with Birthlight, London, Yoga Therapy 300hr Yoga Campus London, Womb yoga training with Uma Dinsmore Tuli, Yoga Nidra training with Uma Dinsmore Tuli.

Yoga Nidra

Eleonora Sapienza

She discovered yoga at the age of 17 during a workshop in school. During the following years her passion and curiosity led her to practice Hatha Yoga in different schools in Palermo, Las Palmas De Gran Canaria Parma and Buenos Aires, places where She lived for study and work.

It was only after her transfer to Milan in 2009 that yoga really became part of her daily life. There She discovered Ashtanga Yoga along with a new perspective: yoga becomes a useful tool to bypass, or at least recognize, all those mental rigidities and crystallized attitudes which are obstacles on the mat but even more out of the shala.

Thanks to her teacher, Marianna Borga, She learnt to live the mat as a personal and intimate space of self-knowledge, to unhook the practice from the results, and "Feel" rather than "Think". This is what she loves to teach her students today.

In 2014, She attended a 100hr teacher training in Yoga for Kids with the aim of sharing the experience of yoga with children. Children enthusiasm and curiosity are a source of inspiration: nobody can live the present like a child.

She studied with many international teachers including Eddy Stern, Lino Miele, Piero Vivarelli and Olop Arpipi, discovering different teaching methods that have enriched her practice and opened her to new styles and approaches.

In 2016, She completed her 200hr teacher training in Flow Yoga Alignment Oriented in Milan under the careful guidance of Simona Tarabini, Rosa Tagliafierro and Cristina Bazzanella. Their never ending desire to know and share has confirmed to her that a a good teacher can only be a tireless student.

Vinyasa

Amy Whitston

Amy discovered her yoga practice in 2012. She found it to be a space for the body and mind to rest, revive and release- a freedom from the daily grind. Amy continued her practice and exploration of yoga and completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training in 2015. Since then she has taught classes in Dublin, Vancouver, Mexico and now teaches back in her home city, Cork. Amy has continued to explore both the philosophical and physical sides of yoga, completing courses in the Chakras, Reiki, Pranayama and astrology, which she uses as a basis to develop and sequence her classes. In both her Hatha and Vinyasa classes, Amy strives to connect each student with their breath so they can strengthen and deepen their practice. Her classes are strong and smooth explorations of breath and movement guided with kindness and compassion. ...

Hatha and Vinyasa classes

Sinead McDonald

Sinéad has been practicing yoga and body work since her very early teens. Her interest in spirituality brought her to yoga, she was given a gift of her first yoga book at 15 from her mother and her love for yoga began. Sinead attended her 1st yoga class in her 4th year of secondary school , where she organised a yoga teacher to come in and teach a 6 week course, she knew then she wanted to be a Yoga Teacher. At 17 she met her Teacher Therese Tierney, where she practiced many styles of yoga, pranayama, meditation & mantras. She embarked on a journey to learn more about the body , the benefits of active living, energy work,  nutrition and ways to transform her life. She continued her studies and completing many forms of spiritual practices, Reiki Master, Body Talk practitioner, Rahinni Celestial Teacher, Angel and Tarot reader and mediumship, Mindscape, Accunect Practitioner & Raw food.
Sinead has been practicing continuously for the last 5 years in the Yogaloft where she completed her 200 hour Teacher Training in 2018  with Nikki Cousins and Kathryn Moynihan.

 

Detox Flow Yoga

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