Teachers

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Carol Murphy

Hello! My name is Carol Murphy. I love exploring yoga asana, anatomy, Ayurveda and everything to do with philosophy; I also love (raw/) vegan cooking and meditation! I live in Ireland and am happily married with a furry baby Molly.

It became evident that teaching yoga was my dharma after teaching my first yoga class. Straight away I felt like this duck had found her pond. I was studying in College at the time and acting and writing for theatre. I had thought I had wanted to be a writer. But the desire to teach yoga was stronger; I felt for the first time in my life that I had a really special offering to share with my community.

After teaching for 11 years, I started Green Lotus Yoga teacher training school (2007). Since then I have graduated over 300 teachers from my training throughout Ireland and abroad. I have also travelled with my work, teaching in London, California, India, South Africa, Morocco and Spain and I teach students from all over the world on my intensive trainings. The 200 hr training has been my main work focus and project for the last 10 years. Every year the TTC improves and grows. Every year there are developments and new insights. I imagine it is the equivalent of tending a huge garden or raring a child. I have loved watching it grow and continue to be inspired by it and the students I meet.

My background is in Iyengar, Ashtanga and Vinyasa. I like to teach Vinyasa style yoga as mindful, strengthening, slow, deep, breath-centered movement, weaving together various forms and threads to keep the practice creative and alive. Even though I feel my spiritual roots are grounded in the depths of Indian spirituality, I love the western approach to yoga asana and have explored western styles of self-development that I believe have also helped me grow and shine.

I am also a qualified Neuro-muscular therapist which is a form of physical therapy that works with kinetic chains and acknowledges the interconnected nature of the body, just like yoga does. In addition, I have 2 degrees in philosophy. I have studied Ayurveda and some yoga therapy in India. I have been a raw vegan educator (although not 100% vegan or raw), a qualified sports massage therapist, a trained Art of Being Tantra instructor and a qualified Kundalini Trance Dance teacher. This year, I am planning on training in Yin yoga and am also taking CPD training in yoga nidra.

These gifts created solidity and ground from which I can rise and fly, roots and wings, creating safety, balance, expansion and joy in my life and for this I am grateful.

 

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Josh Summers

Josh will be teaching Level 1 Yin Yoga in Navan July & Level 2 Yin Yoga in Spain in October.  He will also be teaching on the 300hr advance in 2017 

Josh is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine. He holds a Masters in Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University. Josh recently co-founded the metaMind Institute, a mindfulness-based strategy firm, and co-wrote The Buddha’s Playbook: Strategies for Enlightened Living, available here. He co-teaches a course at Boston University called Mindfulness and Performance.

Josh began studying Iyengar yoga in the early nineties with James Murphy. Since then he has spent several years living abroad in India, Taiwan and Burma where he has studied both yoga and meditation. As his interest in vipassana or insight meditation has developed, so too has his interest in more contemplative forms of yoga practice. With a professional background in Oriental Medicine and a personal passion for the dharma, Josh fell in love with Yin Yoga as a beautiful synthesis of these two interests.

Josh studied Yin Yoga with Paul Grilley and trained in Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers. His primary meditation teachers have been Sayadaw U Pandita, Ajahn Amaro, and Rodney Smith. Currently, Josh studies Pragmatic Dharma with Kenneth Folk.

Josh’s yoga and meditation classes emphasize safe alignment, the cultivation of moment-to-moment awareness and the potential for freedom in the here and now. For current class schedules and other resources, please check the Meditation and Yin Yoga pages.

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Gary O’Toole

Gary has had a love of movement from a young age. His early interest in dance instilled in him this love of movement and breath-centred awareness, but it wasn’t until his early 20’s that these became ‘practices’ in the form of hatha yoga and fitness training. He experienced his first connection to yoga – the complete release, and union of body, mind and soul the practice offers – by attending Kundalini yoga classes in Galway city in the early 90’s.

Since then he has trained in various hatha yoga schools throughout Ireland and in India, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Satyananda and, more recently, a mixed form of hatha yoga, dance and martial arts, called Shadow Yoga, which integrates Ayurvedic principles with astrological timing.

Now in his 40’s, his love of movement has not waned, but has become stronger – and safer – in its approach, as it has developed alongside movement techniques from various yoga schools, and within various fitness training modalities.

He trained as a yoga instructor with Green Lotus Yoga in 2007 and continues to work within the school, training teachers in the art of teaching yoga.

He has trained as a fitness instructor with the University of Limerick, and applies the very latest training techniques – as well as the latest scientific knowledge of anatomy and movement – in his classes for a perfectly balanced mind-body practice.

His classes integrate dynamic training techniques with hatha yoga postures to ensure a cross-training effect, balancing the yang of dynamic exercises with the yin of passive stretching and meditations. ​​​Each exercise builds on a firm foundation of exercises, with variations to ensure the body is put through a variety of movement patterns, keeping the mind and body adaptable; removing tension by straining appropriate parts at appropriate intervals.

​​If you attend any of Gary’s classes, you will find that no two are the same, as he believes a variety of movement patterns is fundamental to a healthy mind and body, eventually leading you from fixed styles of yoga to an intuitive, freestyle movement which cultivates a deeper connection. The common thread is always an unwavering presence during the practice, balancing the physical aspects of yoga with a connection to the Higher Self via the breath; the true ‘core’ in yoga!

A meditation completes the sessions, bringing balance to the mind-body; leaving you feeling completely relaxed and re-energized.

Gary is an experienced massage therapist, having obtained a diploma in holistic massage, deep tissue (sports) massage, and reflexology (ITEC), as well as training in Ayurvedic Full Body Massage and Indian Head Massage at the International Academy of Ayurveda in India. He studied Ayurveda with the American Institute of Vedic Studies, through which he was granted the title ‘Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counsellor’.

Gary is an internationally renowned and respected Vedic astrologer. He has lectured at the British Association of Vedic Astrology in London and is the author of ‘Cosmic Bodies: The Ayurvedic Astrology Guide to Health & Well-Being’. He writes a popular monthly astrology forecast and offers personal readings online at www.timelineastrology.com. He has been studying Vedic philosophy since 1996, combining these insights with Ayurveda and yoga in order to bring his clients and students into perfect balance – and a deeper connection with their true nature.

 

 

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Marese Cregg

Marese will be co-teaching on the Irish trainings

I attended my first yoga class in my early twenties and for years I practiced intermittently with various teachers; setting the foundations in my body for mindful, breath synchronised movement. However, I feel my real journey along the path began when I was fortunate enough to stumble into one of Carol Murphy’s classes. Her dedication inspired me to commit to a daily practice and that’s when the magic started to happen! In 2009 I completed my teacher training with Carol at Green Lotus Yoga and have been teaching and practicing daily since then. I continue to deepen my practice by attending workshops with senior teachers regularly and travel to India as often as I can.

As I delve deeper into yoga I continue to be amazed; observing as old blockages get released and new patterns in my body and mind begin to align. I’m passionate about teaching what I’ve learned and guiding others along their journey. Looking forward to joining the green lotus teacher training team in 2016!

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Medha Hernandez

There is no better teacher than experience itself; Medha wonderfully integrates her personal journey of healing the body and balancing the mind, with her constant curiosity for knowing about the true make up of being human, and her passion for sharing this knowledge and helping others improve their quality of life. 

Yoga Therapy

  • Womb Yoga Teacher Training, Yogacampus, London
  • Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Levels I and II, Himalaya Yoga Valley, Ireland
  • Yoga Therapy Diploma 800 Hours, Paramanand Yoga Institute, Indore 
  • Ayurvedic Reflexology, Panchakarma Ayurveda Clinic, Indore (India)
  • Yoga for Children, Paramanand Yoga Institute, Indore (India)
  • Pregnancy Yoga, Paramanand Yoga Institute, Indore (India)
  • Yoga Teacher Training 500 Hours, Paramanand Yoga Institute, (India)
  • Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hours, Himalaya Yoga Valley, Cork (Ireland), 
  • Going Deeper into Yoga 80 Hours, Yoga Moves, Utrecht (the Netherlands), 
  • Reiki Levels I and II, The Hague (the Netherlands)
  • Vipassana Meditation, Irish Vipassana Trust, Ennis (Ireland),

Complementary Training

  • Certificate in Vastu Science, Paramanand Yoga Institute, Indore (India), 
  • FETAC 5 Nutrition, The Open College, Dublin (Ireland)
  • FETAC 5 Anatomy and Physiology, The Open College, Dublin (Ireland), 
  • NLP Master Practitioner, Global NLP, Amsterdam (the Netherlands),
  • FETAC 6 Train the Trainer, Professional Development, Dublin (Ireland), 
  • FETAC 6 Coaching, Professional Development, Dublin (Ireland)

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Dan Morgan

Dan will be teaching on the Spain and Costa Rica TTC’s 2017

My journey in yoga began with the combined interests of developing a healthy body, but also a healthy mind. This interest developed from a young age, spanning across a multitude of disciplines including; rock climbing, gymnastics, calisthenics, mixed martial arts, meditation and music. Initially, these activities were practiced individually, but I then found my true passion in the study and practice of Yoga as a lifestyle – both on and off the mat. Having studied Yoga for Six Years, I qualified as a Yoga teacher at the Marianne Wells Yoga School (Yoga Alliance), training in Costa Rica. It was here that I decided to dedicate my life to teaching and sharing the life changing practice that I experienced.I believe that Yoga is for anyone and everyone, and that it will be beneficial regardless of a students current ability or their aspirations. I believe Yoga is a continuous journey of self study and practice

When I teach, I always ensure that there is a safe environment to practice, where anyone and everyone will feel welcome, happy and comfortable. I offer guidance, adjustments and alternative postures to students (when appropriate) so that regardless of their ability, each individual will be able to reach their full potential within each and every class. My personal practice is derived from traditional teachings in Hatha, Iyengar, and Ashtanga. I choose elements from the different schools of yoga, and incorporate them into my lessons to suit the desired intention of the class.Yoga, alternative physical / spiritual development, and the study of all aspects of developing a holistic lifestyle, provide an open ended journey of learning and discovery which I endeavour to deepen every day, and then incorporate into my teaching.