Gillian Mooney

Gillian is the founder and main teacher of Ashtanga Yoga Ireland. She has recently returned from her 12th trip studying at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore, India 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 has recently returned from a Special Training Course for Senior Teachers and is currently learning the Advanced A Series.

Gillian has a deep love and passion for the Ashtanga practice and is devoted to teaching her own people in this great little nation!

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!

Megan Kuster

Meg has a passion for the practice of Ashtanga yoga and self-exploration. Having previously studied other internal energetic practices, she had the good fortune to be brought along to an Introductory Ashtanga Workshop many years ago. Immediately, she was captivated by the vinyasa system, in which breath and movement are coordinated, and this compelled her to return, and to keep coming back. Soon, she was practicing daily and experiencing many positive transformations and greater well-being, both on and off the mat.

She is grateful and honoured to be a long-term student and assistant of Authorized Level II teacher Gillian Mooney. Through intensive and ongoing practice and study with Gillian, and as part of Gillian’s team of knowledgeable and highly-trained assistants, Meg’s teaching is established in the traditional Ashtanga lineage and her training comes through the same method by which Gillian herself was taught by her teachers—the living guru of Ashtanga yoga, R. Sharath Jois, and the late Shri K Pattahbi Jois—in Mysore, India. She has also been blessed to have had the opportunity to practice with the modern guru of Ashtanga Yoga, R. Sharath Jois in London in 2015.

Meg considers herself first and foremost a student of Ashtanga yoga. Comprehensively guided by Gillian, she first learned the Ashtanga Primary Series and is currently learning the Intermediate Series.

She aims to share the teachings of Ashtanga yoga as she has learned them and to guide each student through individualized guidance that is safe and meaningful.

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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