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19/20 Academy St. Cork
Phone: +353 (0)21 427 9696
E-mail: info@yogacorkireland.com

Our Teachers


All of our Yoga teachers are trained to the highest standard at our Yoga Alliance registered¬†centres around the world. Our teachers partake in a¬†rigorous¬†and¬†¬†intensive 200 hour training with Lalit and his expert team of teachers ¬†gaining a well rounded education that includes Anatomy, Ayurveda, Pranayama, Yoga Asana, Meditation, Adjutments, Alignment, Modifications, Yoga philospohy and much more. Our teachers pass on these ancient teachings of yogic science through the traditional lineage of Lalit’s masters in India ensuring you receive a truly authentic ¬†and professional yoga experience. ¬†Our teachers are warm, welcoming and¬†committed¬†to sharing this¬†knowledge¬†with people of all backgrounds. We are passionate about sharing Yoga from the Source- with everybody!

Yogacharya Lalit

Lalit is the Founding Director of Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre and the Hon. Secretary for International Yoga Federation for Ireland & Dharamshala.

He has over 15 years experience teaching nationally and internationally. He is a prominent and established yoga teacher in the world yoga community who has graduated over 500 students from his Teacher Training Courses in India, Thailand and Ireland.

Lalit began studying at traditional Indian yoga schools known as Gurukulams at the age of 7. Lalit is honored to have studied yoga under some of the most well-known and respected yoga Masters in India. He has spent nearly a decade studying numerous traditional styles and disciplines at various Ashrams in North and South India. He studied Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Mysore at Ashtanga Yoga Nilaya and Shri Parakala Mutt, The Sivananda Centre in Trivandrum and Sadak Gurukulam in Rishikesh.

Lalit was initiated by Swami Veda Bharti at the age of 24.

Lalit’s popular teaching style blends traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Iyengar alignment techniques. He places a strong focus on to physical adjustments to improve alignment through a precise yet dynamic practice.

His unique light hearted teaching style is blended with expert knowledge which makes his classes inspiring for one and all. Lalit’s mantra is to increase awareness and knowledge of the benefits of practicing yoga, and to relay an understanding of the philosophy and yogic lifestyle of the Eight Limbs of Ashtanga yoga. Lalit teaches at the Cork Centre from May until October when after-which he teaches at his Himalaya Yoga Valley centres in India.

 

Lisa Fahy

Lisa started practicing yoga in 2007. She had been working in childcare and as a result had developed back issues which led her to take up yoga. She quickly began enjoying the physical and mental benefits and discovered new found energy and zest for life. It is now part of her daily life and she believes that practicing yoga is essential for dealing with the strains of modern living.

Her love for yoga deepened immensely during her time in India where she completed the Yoga Alliance Teacher Training course with Yogachara Lalit Kumar at the Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre.

Since returning to Cork, she has been teaching classes to a wide range of students. She also runs weekend retreats in Heir Island, West Cork.

Lisa’s previous qualifications include diplomas in Applied Social Studies In Social Care and in Holistic Massage. Lisa is also a qualified pregnancy yoga teacher and is passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with expectant mums.

Lisa loves teaching and she embraces the fact that yoga is something entirely unique for everyone so she offers props and modifications throughout the class. Her classes are dynamic, flowing and holistic with plenty of explanations to ensure safe and correct alignment in your postures, so you’re sure to leave feeling stronger, calmer and completely rejuvenated.

 

Tony Healy

Tony first encountered yoga while on a working holiday in Australia in 1995. Initially he was attracted to the physicality of yoga asana but after experiencing Teacher Training Courses and numerous trips to India his interest developed in other areas of yoga such as philosophy, meditation and pranayama. He completed a two year hatha yoga teacher training course in Ireland in 2006 and commenced yoga teaching from that point onwards. Further yoga study in 2010 brought him to Goa where studied with Lalit and in February of that year he graduated from Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre. He returned to Himalaya Yoga Valley Goa later in the same year to take part in the internship programme and subsequently managed and taught as teacher to the public at the Yoga Shala. He has spent time at a number of yoga and meditation centres across India. Tony works as a senior teacher on Himalaya Yoga Valley Teacher Training Courses.

He has also completed Reiki Level II and most recently a Thai Massage course at Wat Po in Bangkok. Other qualifications include a degree in Electronic Engineering, a Masters in e-Commerce and he is also a qualified high school teacher, although he has taught every age group from 4 year olds up to second year University students. Apart from teaching he has worked as a web designer and has also spent a number of years working in administration at an Irish university.

Tony is passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with a wide range of students

 

Ceara Sexton

Ceara first discovered yoga four years ago when she had lower back problems incurred from running.¬† She instantly connected with the practice realizing the many therapeutic and spiritual benefits it brought her. It was when she completed the 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training course in 2012 with Yogacharya Lalit Kumar at Himalya Yoga Centre that her love for yoga was truly sealed. Immersing herself in traditional practices, under the guidance of Yogacharya Lalit, Ceara explored the many aspects of yoga practices such as Kriyas, philosophy, Mantras and Pranayama techniques. Ceara’s previous qualifications include Diplomas in Travel & Tourism and Interior Design.

Ceara works from a place of inclusion respecting that each body type is unique and yoga needs to be customized for each individual.  To ensure that the individual has their needs met in an inclusive manner Ceara utilizes props and the different stages within each asana for students to get the most out of her classes.

Ceara loves sharing her passion for yoga with others to help them achieve and experience all the many benefits of yoga as passed on to her from her teachers before her.

 

Mary Kelly


Mary began her practice with Lisa Fahy & continued her studies with Yogacharya Lalit and has never looked back! Mary learned yoga within the lineage of Himalaya Yoga Valley from the get go of her practice and believes this has shaped her as a yogi and a teacher. She has practiced from early on with a deep sense of discipline & respect for traditional techniques in the field of yoga. Before finding yoga Mary had worked in a preschool and the service industry and she developed issues with her shoulders and lower back. Yoga helped her see a huge improvement in both of these areas and her general phsyical well-being.

Not only did Mary notice the physical benefits from yoga but it has also helped her become more relaxed, energized and content. She completed her Yoga Teacher training in 2012 with Yogacharya Lalit Kumar at Himalya Yoga Centre Cork. Since completing the training it has only made her become more passionate and dedicated to all aspects of yoga such as meditation, pranayama, anatomy and philosophy.

As a teacher Mary hopes to bring to her students the positivity and benefits that she has encountered throughout her own practise and training. Mary is excited to help people develop their own practise in a safe and enjoyable way. Mary has a down to earth teaching style that is popular with those beginning their yoga journey.

 

Bernadette Smart

Bernadette began practising yoga in 2003 whilst studying at university, and has found great stability and emotional strength through the practice and discipline of yoga.  She qualified as a Yoga teacher in 2012 after studying with Lalit and his team at Himalaya Yoga Valley. She is focused on bringing the joy of yoga to all students by teaching inclusive and adaptive classes, incorporating all aspects of yoga practice.It was during her time studying with Himalaya Yoga Valley that Bernadette was able to connect her love of health, philosophy and self inquiry with the mental, physical and spiritual practice of yoga.

Bernadette believes that we all have the power to heal ourselves, both physically and emotionally, and that it is through learning and self-awareness that we can connect to that healing power, and find the strength within.
Bernadette is a practising nutritionist, lifestyle coach and iridologist, with a particular emphasis on connecting a person with their innate healing power, and giving them the tools with which to heal themselves.
Bernadette has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and English Literature, and also holds qualifications in Holistic and Hot Stone Massage  She is working towards becoming a Master Medical Herbalist and  has a keen interest in the philosophical aspects of health and healing through knowledge and personal empowerment.

Hazel O’Sullivan

Hazel began practicing Yoga in 2010. Like many people, she was finding herself stressed out and exhausted and turned to Yoga to help. She found it benefited her both physically and mentally and helped her deal with daily stresses more successfully.
After completing two years of Beauty Therapy, she deepened her knowledge of the human body and developed a keen interest in anatomy and physiology. She is passionate about yoga in relation to how  the body works and exploring its abilities & strengths.
Having a strong interest in holistic living and an interest in helping others, Hazel completed a 200 hour teacher training with Yogachara Lalit Kumar in 2012 and qualified as a yoga instructor at Himalaya Yoga Valley, Cork.
Hazel hopes to spread the word and be there to introduce others to the world of Yogic living, including her knowledge on Pranayama, meditation, mantras and yoga philosophy, so her students can find out the endless benefits for themselves. She believes that everybody can benefit from Yoga and therefore her teaching style is relaxed, inclusive and suitable for all levels.

 

Sarah Lyons

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Sarah first discovered yoga in 2006 while she was studying Psychiatric Nursing as a method of stress relief. Yoga has empowered Sarah to take control of her health and happiness, providing an anchor of peace and stability in her day to day life. Sarah also found that yoga brought a balance to her training for the various runs & marathons that she has completed.

Her love of yoga has grown and become a central focus in her life which lead her to complete a 200 hour yoga teacher training with Yogachara Lalit Kumar at Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre this year.

Sarah is delighted to share the gift of yoga! She wants to pass on the benefits of yoga to her students to demonstrate the peace and stability it can bring to everyday life. Through her extensive studies, she has grown an understanding of anatomy and physiology which benefits her in understanding how the body works. She is committed to the inclusion of all in yoga regardless of age, flexibility or body type and has a focus on alignment throughout her classes.

Sarah has a BSC(Hons) in Psychiatric Nursing, a Diploma in Complementary Health and a Diploma in Sports Psychology. She is also qualified as a Reiki master and has other qualifications in aromatherapy, reflexology and various types of massage.

 

Jenn Melvin

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Jenn was introduced to yoga by her sister, and began practicing regularly in 2009 alongside a collegiate volleyball career in Ohio. ¬†She came to yoga for balance, both physical and spiritual, but quickly found the infinite benefits of yoga. ¬†Whether she needs a restorative yoga practice after exhaustive athletic training, or a dynamic and energizing practice to combat stress and fatigue, Jenn has learned that yoga can enhance anyone’s lifestyle.

During training at Himalaya Yoga Valley in Cork with Yogacharya Lalit Kumar, the studies of the 8 Limbs of Ashtanga yoga confirmed her experiences that yoga is not just physical.  She became convinced of the power of breath, and emphasizes the breath as a link between the mind and body.

Jenn is passionate that yoga is for anybody at any walk of life. Ensuring correct alignment, she shows how props can deepen a pose with integrity so that every student can find confidence and individualism in their practice.  She understands that people come to their mat for different reasons, and encourages students to respect and listen to their body, while benefiting from the shared energy in the room.

Jenn has a BA in French and French Education, therefore a teacher at heart, and loves teaching a variety of students with different learning styles.

Laura Heffernan

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Laura’s yoga practice began in 2008 as a way to bring balance to her body. An avid long distance runner since childhood, she found¬†that yoga helped release tight muscles, strengthen joints, and speed recovery after exercise. It wasn’t long before she saw the benefits of yoga seep into other areas of her life. With regular practice, she experienced a reduction in stress levels, relief from insomnia, and a calmer mind.

Attending yoga retreats in the U.S., Spain, and France, Laura began to explore the more subtle elements of yoga. Through the practices of breath-work (pranayama) and chanting, she has discovered a new lightness and joy both physically and mentally. With a career in nursing, Laura has always been enthusiastic about helping others lead a healthy life. Her passion to share yoga inspired her to complete the 200hr Teacher Training Course with Yogacharya Lalit Kumar at Himalaya Yoga Valley, India in 2014.

Teaching from her heart, Laura encourages students to trust their own bodies and celebrate their strengths. She incorporates a strong anatomical knowledge while guiding correct alignment. By emphasising the importance and benefits of linking breath to movement, she provides a space for students to connect to their inner selves. She understands that people are drawn to yoga for various reasons, and helps students explore the balance and lightness yoga offers for the body, mind and spirit.