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.