I am a yoga teacher, massage therapist, intuitive bodyworker and personal development facilitator. People tell me they enjoy my authenticity, sensitivity, depth and creative playfulness.
I specialize in helping men and women relax, get present and feel more. I teach practical skills that empower people to reveal their innate balance, joy and authenticity and open up to their full potential in the world.
Inspired by yoga, massage, shamanism, energy-based bodywork and heart intelligence, my work is particularly valued by those seeking to know themselves better and live more joyfully; people seeking clarity and ease during transitions or challenging circumstances in life, or learning to navigate times of stress, anxiety, burn-out and feeling stuck or lost.
We do this through the experience of conscious movement and breath, deep relaxation, meditation, massage, sound subtle-energy, self-enquiry, group work and sharing.
Some more about me and my training
Originally from Ireland, Switzerland has been my home since 2000. Trekking, mountain biking, adventure travel and spending time in nature have been my passions, and yoga is a way of life. My work and interests have led me to experience many different places, peoples, and philosophies of life and these have deeply touched me. My personal journey has led me to an ongoing process of being inspired, healed and opened through yoga, shamanism, body work, heart circle and heart-centred community.
I am a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with the International Yoga Alliance and a holistic massage therapist qualified in Switzerland. I also hold a BA in nature-based recreation management and an MSc in International Environment and Development and spent 15 years working on nature conservation, national park management and social equity. I was even a white-water rafting guide for a few years!! For more than a decade I worked for an international nature conservation organisation (IUCN) focusing on sharing knowledge and influencing policy at the global level. Sharing my time between yoga, massage and nature conservation for a number of years, in 2012 I decided to follow my heart and dedicate my time completely to yoga and body work.
My personal path has led me through times of total exhaustion and burn-out, feeling lost, anxious, useless, depressed and totally disconnected from my heart and soul. It is this path that has allowed me to awaken to my heart and follow my inner wisdom.
I have been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2009. I am indebted to my first teacher Jessica Magnin at O2 Yoga, who to guided and inspired me through the 14 months of transformational teacher training. I continue to study with many great teachers including Judith Hanson Lasater, Seane Corn, Suzanne Sterling, Hala Khouri, Rod Stryker, Martin Kirk, Jean Lechim and Peter Clifford. I am certified by Judith Hanson Lasater as an Advanced Relax and Renew(R) Trainer in Restorative Yoga; a teacher of Yoga for Kids, trained by Rainbow Kids Yoga; and local leader for 'Off the Mat, Into the World'.
My massage journey started with basic training in 2004 and then a massage therapy diploma in 2010 under the guidance and inspiration of Cathy Tourinan at Ecovie. Since then I have continued my training with Louka Leppard, in floor-based Tula massage, François Nadler, in massage therapy, and with Arno L'Hermitte and Itzhak Helman of the Sunshine Network in Traditional Thai Yoga Massage. I am also a certified practitioner in Reiki I and II.
I am continuing my training through 2013 and early 2014 in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology with Dr. Jean-Yves Henry.
I am passionate about becoming or revealing all that I am and living my purpose. I am dedicated to continously learning, evolving and opening up to my potential. This is a never-ending joyful journey, a daily practice and a choice in every moment. It is only in this way that I can serve and support others.
In 2014 I am taking Leadership training as a Heart IQ Coach with Christian Pankhurst, as well as following a Private Mentorship Programme with Christian Pankhurst directly, involving direct coaching and a series of Deep Dive Accelerated Awakening Retreats. This work is supporting me to awaken to and truly embody my potential, and I am incredibly excited to share this with you.
In combining all my experiences and training, I aim to help people realize their full potential and find a sense of well-being, inner calm, compassion, authenticity and purpose in their daily lives.
Through stillness we can awaken. Through embodied awareness we can open our hearts to the world and the world opens to us.