About Gillian

Gillian Mooney

Gillian is the founder and main teacher of Ashtanga Yoga Ireland. She started studying at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore, India in 2005. She has made thirteen individual trips and she has recently returned from a Senior Teachers Course under the guidance of her teacher, R. Sharath Jois.

She is the only full-time Level 2 Authorised teacher in Ireland, qualified to teach both the Primary and Intermediate series. She is a dedicated practitioner and is currently learning the Advanced A series.

Gillian has also studied Yoga Philosophy under the guidance of Sri. M.A.Narasimhan and Dr. M.A. Jayashree at the Anantha Research Foundation Mysore, India since 2005. She received their blessings to teach in 2010.

Gillian has a deep love and passion for the Ashtanga practice and is dedicated to bringing authentic yoga teachings to her students.

Louise Leonard

Louise has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for just over a decade now. Having experimented with different disciplines of yoga over the years, the draw of Ashtanga was strong and it was and continues to be the practice that works, for her. She believes in the tristhana method and particularly the focus on breath which she would say has been her saviour in many challenging life situations.

Under Gillian’s careful tutelage, Louise has trained to teach the Ashtanga method as it’s taught in Mysore, India. She works regularly with Gillian and the other teachers at AYI to hone her skills, enabling her to work with each individual’s needs, on any given day.

She has been blessed to have had the opportunity to practice the Intermediate series with the modern guru of Ashtanga Yoga, R. Sharath Jois in London in 2015, and looks forward to fulfilling her dream of practicing with him at the KPJAYI in Mysore. Although, she understands that with three small children at home, she may need to wait some time to realise that dream!

Louise is currently learning Intermediate Series and feels lucky to have access to the practice and a teacher of Gillian’s calibre on our small island. She is grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to share the benefits of this life changing practice with so many at the Shala at Ashtanga Yoga Ireland. Practice, practice, all is coming!

Rory Hynes

Rory first started learning Ashtanga yoga from his Aunt and Uncle who learned from their teachers in Mysore, India. Together they introduced him to Ashtanga Yoga in 2012 in Barcelona. Since then he has been dedicated to studying under Gillian’s guidance at Ashtanga Yoga Ireland who he now considers his primary teacher.

He recently returned from a year travelling in Central America and Canada. During his travels he continued to learn about asana practice, yoga philosophy and pranayama under experienced teachers R.Sharath Jois. Mariela Cruz and Mark Darby. Since returning to Dublin, he has undergone intensive training under Gillian’s tutelage. Rory is currently learning the Intermediate Series and is qualified to teach both Mysore style and Led classes.

He has experienced first hand noticeable changes in his physical, emotional and mental layers. He firmly believes that the therapeutic effects of the practice helped him through certain challenging personal situations. His primary focus is always on deepening his understanding of yoga, while openly sharing all that he has received with anyone that wants to learn Ashtanga yoga.

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