At a Jageshwar Temple in the Himalayas
Puja in Haridwar
Whatever experience has guided you to read this page, I hear you, I see you and I understand. I understand because I've lived through all sorts of rock bottoms, overwhelming experiences, shame, sadness and anxiety myself, and I've learnt how common that is. Despite how disturbing any of these hardships we all experience are, mine led me to the most unshakeable belief and inner strength I now rely on and help to uncover in others.
Anytime someone asks me how I ended up here, I have to answer honestly that I've been on a very long, meandering and often up hill journey home.
I grew up surrounded by soul guided, seeking people, thinking nothing of spending Saturday at a Buddhist Sangha, only to turn up at Mass the next day. Teaching myself yoga postures from the myriad of spiritual, health and eastern philosophy books that littered my family home and following my mum to Native American wisdom talks and healers was all quite natural to me. But despite these many beautiful experiences I was gifted, I knew the dark side of life from a very early age too.
Full of unhealed trauma and overwhelmed with negativity, I bottled it all up and turned away from what I knew. I found myself approaching life with a forceful and cynical attitude that got me so far but only resulted in unhappiness and stress. As it built up, my body did everything she could to stop me, manifesting all sorts of drastic and inexplicable ill-health.
Just as I hit that proverbial rock bottom, my dad was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. My dad's diagnosis acted a catalyst for me to rebuild myself when I was left with no choice but to grow the emotional and physical stamina to be there for him. Yoga and meditation became the foundation of this, giving me the inner resources to not only survive but thrive in such a challenging situation.
As I focused on healing, Source sent me everything I needed to break through. I encountered healers, teachers, mentors and angelic friends and strangers along the road. Life became a training in itself, calling me to travel to India and completed several pilgrimages across the Himalayas and to the Ganges. When my dad finally passed in 2018, we had reached a point of unconditional love and understanding. In his honour, my mum and I converted part of the family home into a centre for yoga, meditation and healing, Macha Yoga.
Since opening Macha Yoga, my work has blossomed from drawing on all the experiences, tools and insights of the last 10 years and every new day.
On Pilgrimmage with my Mother in India
Organising a Summer Solstice Yoga Festival in Killruddery with Helen Bourke and Yasia Leiserach
In 1997 and 1999 I was introduced to meditation with Sister Jina of Plum Village Monastery in family retreats. My first practice of breath and movement was Japanese martial art Aikido, which I practiced for 7 years.
11 years of consistent personal and group practice in Yoga and Meditation, personal interest in Buddhist meditation, Taoist practices and Kundalini yoga.
2 year 500RYT certification from Yoga Therapy Ireland in facilitating yoga and guided meditation for health and healing.
4 years weekly tuition and spiritual mentoring with voice and mantra teacher, Colm Nolan.
Pilgrimages to India: October 2016, April 2017, August 2018, February 2019.
2 year Mantra Meditation teacher certification.
Golden Tera Mai Reiki Level 1 and 2 with Alvagh Cronin.
Certified Spiritual Life Coach.
Cacao Practitioner with Keith's Cacao
B.A. Hons 1st Class in Design followed by 8 years professional experience in the film industry. 2 years experience lecturing at 3rd level at IADT, Dun Laoghaire.
Currently pursuing an M.Phil in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies at Trinity College, Dublin.