ÁINE MC GOVERN
I've always been a fan of movement. I've been an Irish dancer for over 20 years, running my own school for 6 years, and have discovered what our bodies are capable of. I first tried yoga back in 2003 at my local gym and practised on/off for years, using it to supplement my dancing. After a few bumps along the way and spending 6 weeks in Bali - mostly on a yoga mat, I started practising daily and discovered how beneficial yoga can be both mentally and physically.
Yoga has helped me deal with chronic illness and regain mobility in my body. My aim is to help others retain and improve their mobility, to help their mind and body with functional movements - drawing on my experience with a variety of yoga styles, pilates and dance experience, melting them together.
Known to some as Laurie, and others Laurence and yet others still as Larry, he goes by many names. One day Laurence went to a Yoga lesson. Skip forward Nine exciting years (filled with drama, passion, laughter and more than a little Yoga, in the form of a montage if you like) and Laurence is now a fully certified Yoga instructor and massage therapist himself, and a registered member of the UK Yoga Alliance.
He has been teaching for 6 years and now currently splits his time between The UK and India. He loves to teach and massage when and where ever he can. He specialises in Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra meditation, and Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, but he also has a funky passion for a rigorous Ashtanga practice.
Laurence is also director of the Really Really Cool Yoga School - East of England Yoga Teacher Training
I started yoga by accident in the year 2000 while working on a cruise ship, attending classes in Florida and the occasional class at the Sivananda Ashram in Nassau, but back then I was mainly self-taught from books and an Ashtanga DVD. Between then and now I have tried and enjoy a range of classes and styles.
I appreciate the diversity of movement and insight yoga offers - and like everything else, my practice and teaching is constantly evolving. My practice and teaching incorporate an understanding of how the body is put together and moves, with the soft, light and stable approach of Scaravelli-inspired Yoga, which can be applied in everyday movement and also any yoga practice - whether that be Ashtanga, Kundalini or a gentler pace.
Meditation is something I cannot describe - it's profound and now I don't think life will be as good without it - perhaps life is this good because of it!
I love everything about nature, gardening, the outdoors, travelling and life in general.
My hope is that the time you spend looking after yourself on your mat will infuse confidence, grace and ease into your everyday movements. When you come to my classes, you’ll build strength and fluidity in a sustainable and balanced way and practice the skill of relaxation. Inspired by my most faithful student (my Mum!), I am passionate about helping complete beginners cultivate a yoga practice that works for them.
My personal yoga practice is a key thread in the fabric of my life. It steadily blossomed in the midst of my mental health recovery journey and, after interrupting a degree in environmental science, led to me pursuing multiple yoga teacher trainings. Permeated with themes of self-acceptance, compassion and discovery, my teaching is influenced by the Vinyasa, Hatha and Yoga Therapeutics styles of yoga and draws insights from my own experiences of injury and chronic pain.
Lymphatic Flow Yoga
My love of yoga began in my 20s and I am convinced that the practice of yoga back then helped me to have 2 very healthy pregnancies and deliveries.
I dipped in and out of yoga from that point and have always returned to practice during life's challenges.
I started working as a lymphoedema therapist 7 years ago and was interested to learn that yoga was one of the exercises recommended for patients with lymphoedema. The breath and movement of yoga has a direct effect on the lymphatic system and can prevent toxic accumulation and illness.
I decided to start teaching yoga, as I was very keen to learn about the practice and culture of yoga and explore it's hidden depths. I can honestly say that the training with Brenda has given me so much and has helped me to understand myself so much more.
I see yoga as a gift and an opportunity to help others. The current state of physical, spiritual and mental well-being is at an all time low and if we can just allow someone to take time out of their day to focus on themselves and let go I consider that a job well done.
I've been teaching yoga since 2009 and practicing for much longer...........I trained in India for six months to start with and have continued to develop my own practice and what I teach over the years. These days my main focus is on the body - building capacity to move well, freely and safely, understand any limitations we may be experiencing and gently work with them, learning to listen to the body and not over-rule it......and allowing ourselves the rest we truly require for health and well-being. I encourage awareness of the breath as a foundation - taking time to be with the body breathing naturally and letting that lead most other things. I am also experienced in using yoga therapeutically and am adept at observing my students/clients and seeing where they are, what they are more or less comfortable with and adapting things accordingly as well as suggesting things that could be beneficial.
I love growing my veggies on my allotment which I have had for 20+ years; spend a lot of time in the woods and taking photographs of the natural world; and find great joy in my work with sound and essential oils. I am very happy these days to have finally started painting too which is something I have been wanting to do for years - getting the creativity flowing.
I began my yoga journey nine years ago and completed BWYQ 500h Yoga Teacher Training in 2015.
It was then I had the blessing of meeting my Meditation teacher Alistair Shearer he has taught me so much, opening my mind, heart & world more than I would know. His teachings have bought me to where I am now. I look forward to Sharing workshops in ‘Yoga, beyond asana’. Using the beauty of Sanskrit Mantra to experience the moment. The Vision of the Vedic teachings is more than words can describe. Sanskrit Mantra allows us to feel and experience what can be and what is.
I also love sharing Cacao Ceremonies. I’m a Keiths Cacao Practitioner having completed their training and two other Cacao and Sacred Circle Trainings.
What is a ceremony? Well, for me, it’s a safe and sacred space. A pause in time to surrender. What is Ceremonial Cacao ? Mumma Cacao is a beautiful and gentle plant medicine, a tool to bring you to your heart. And as always your heart knows the way. We just sometimes need a pause and a chance to feel and listen.
I look forward to holding Yoga, beyond asana workshop and also Cacao Ceremonies.