Hello! My name is Carol Murphy. I am a SYT with Yoga Alliance U.K. I am crazy about yoga anatomy, Ayurveda, everything to do with philosophy; I also love (raw/) vegan cooking and Open Heart meditation !
I started Green Lotus Yoga teacher training school in 2007. Since then I have graduated over 200 teachers from my training throughout Ireland and abroad. Most of my work is in Ireland but I have also taught in London, San Francisco, India, South Africa, Morocco and Spain. I like to teach Vinyasa style yoga as mindful, strengthening, slow, breath-centered movement, creating various forms and threads to strengthen my body and melt the hard edges in my awareness into puddles of bliss.
I started dabbling with yoga when I was a really young age and started formal classes in 1989 (at age 19) in San Francisco with my sister who teaches Iyengar Yoga and have been practising ever since. I studied Iyengar yoga for 12 years and was very devoted to it. It taught me the importance of precision and structural intelligence. These gifts have served me over the years; the precision taught me the importance of self care and that the little things do matter and the structural intelligence has provided me with the base to practice deeply without injury and planted the seed for my fascination in yoga anatomy, which I continue today in my studies in Neuro-Muscular Physical Therapy.
In 2001, I started practising Ashtanga yoga and dedicated myself deeply to this practice for 8 years, travelling abroad to study with many leading Certified teachers and visiting my teachers annually in India. When I started Ashtanga, it was like waking up from a deep slumber. Working with breath energised my spirit and flushed new life through the whole of my being. Working with the heat of the Vinyasa practice also changed my body in a way that I did not think possible. However after 8 years of solid Ashtanga practice, something new in me started to stir, a seed of a new chapter where I could merge my Ashtanga practice with my desire for playfulness and creativity and move forward to create new forms and sequences.
I now feel very lucky to be able to play and create with all I have learned from my teachers. This new freedom in practice allows me space to integrate knowledge and practices in Ayurveda and Kundalini work and also to work on creative new vinyasa threads and forms which keep the inner flame of my practice burning bright. In recent months I have also been very lucky to have discovered The “Open Heart -Reiki Tummo” path, which allows me to open deeper to love in all aspects of my life.
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.
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!
Gary O Toole
‘Gary O’Toole is a Vedic astrologer, Ayurvedic lifestyle counsellor, and yoga and fitness instructor. He has two decades of study in Vedic astrology, yoga and Ayurveda and has been teaching and consulting for more than ten years. He trained as a yoga instructor with Green Lotus Yoga and as a fitness instructor with the University of Limerick. He is the author of ‘Cosmic Bodies: The Ayurvedic Astrology Guide to Exercise & Well-Being’. He combines all of these practices in his own daily life and in helping his clients come to a deeper understanding of their unique nature and lifestyle needs’.