34 Penrose Wharf. 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, Adjustments, Alignment, Modifications, Yoga philosophy 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

04Lalit 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. He annually teaches workshops, masterclasses and hold retreats in Switzerland, France, Germany, Denmark, UK, Italy, Spain and in his European home centre in Ireland and there is more information on www.yogawithlalit.com.


Lisa Fahy

Lisa is from Cork  where she commenced her yoga practice in 2007, initially to help with back problems. Following a yoga lifestyle is now an integral part of Lisa’s daily life and she believes that practicing yoga in all its forms is essential for managing the stresses and strains of modern living. Her love for yoga deepened immensely during her first time in India in 2011 where she completed her 200 hr Teacher Training course with Yogachara Lalit Kumar at the Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre in Goa and she has practiced and studied closely under Lalit ever since. On her return from her training in India, Lisa immediately took up her new teaching career in Cork and quickly developed to full time teaching.

In 2012, Lisa joined Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre in Cork as Senior Yoga Teacher where she teaches a wide range of classes including pregnancy yoga and assists Lalit with in-house training to the other teachers. In her spare time, she has corporate yoga clients and holds adventure outdoor retreats. Following her Internship and Teaching Assistant role on Himalaya Yoga Valley Teacher Training courses in India and Ireland with Himalaya Yoga Valley, Lisa’s role expanded to Senior Yoga Teacher for Europe based trainings giving her the opportunity to share her experience and knowledge with trainee teachers. Lisa’s other qualifications include diplomas in Applied Social Studies In Social Care, Holistic Massage and Chakra Healing.

Trish Hurley

profile pic 1Trish was drawn to yoga initially for the physical benefits and as a way to counterbalance the never ending demands of being a working mother of 3 children. From her first class with Lisa Fahy, Trish was amazed at how energised and centred she felt and it quickly became her passion. Yoga became a way to disconnect from the demands of everyday life and offered her the precious space and time to build mind and body awareness. She also enjoyed connecting with a welcoming likeminded community from all walks of life. Trish feels that through Yoga she not only gained increased physical strength and flexibility but an appreciation of the effects of stillness and quiet time on the mind.

To deepen her own practice and to share the positive effects of Yoga with others, Trish decided to train as a Yoga teacher with Yogacharya Lalit Kumar, Himalaya Yoga Valley in Cork. From here Trish learned to love and respect the finer and deeper elements of yoga practice, pranayama and yoga philosophy.

Trish endeavours to create a warm, relaxed and welcoming environment where people of every level can learn at their own pace, challenge themselves and see steady gains in their strength, stamina, balance and flexibility. Her classes consist of a balanced flow of yoga postures and you will be encouraged to be mindful of the breath while exploring form and alignment with emphasis on observing ourselves without criticism. Students are encouraged to make the practice their own, tuning in to what they need on any given day. Trish strongly believes in the power of breath as a controlled and safe method to go deeper into postures, increase concentration and channel positive energy through the mind and body.

Trish also holds a BSc Nursing and a MA (hons) Health Promotion. This strong healthcare background is evident from her classes, which have a strong anatomical focus and an appreciation of the various limitations people may have due to various medical conditions. Modifications and props are offered in her classes to ensure correct alignment, to maximise the benefit of the postures, and allow for progression. Trish believes that yoga is for ‚Äėeverybody‚Äô and unique to each individual. She is committed to guiding her students mindfully through practice, ensuring they honour the strengths and weaknesses in their bodies, to build stamina, balance and inner calm.

‚ÄúPracticing Yoga is something positive we can all do promote good health and well-being. No fancy equipment needed…..Just you and your mat‚ÄĚ.

 Sonya Clifford

IMG_0688Sonya began her yoga journey in 2001 stumbling into a class feeling stressed and exhausted from life in the corporate world. Looking for something new to try and not knowing what to expect, she left feeling lighter, stretched and calm! ‘I caught the yoga bug that day on the mat and it sparked something in me!’ Sonya believes that yoga is a powerful science that can be enjoyed by anyone at any stage in life and any fitness level. As a runner, she credits yoga with helping her stay injury free and strong. The beauty of yoga for her is that it is a practice that can be enjoyed for a lifetime!

‘Something special happens when you arrive on your mat and just breathe! Yoga encourages you to tune into your body, focus on your breath with the added bonus of calming your mind.’ To fuel her passion for all things yoga she completed her teacher training with Himalaya Yoga Valley in 2015. She hopes to encourage others to believe in their abilities and fulfill their true potential through a regular yoga practice. She has a warm welcome for all her students and likes to focus on alignment and the use of props in her classes. ‘Every day is different just as every practice is different, the important thing is just to show up.’

‘Yoga is my toolbox for living in a hectic world, I can take out what I need on any particular day whether it be asana tailored to what my body requires, meditation or pranayama.’ Sonya has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UCC and has spent many years working with customers in sales and marketing, manufacturing and research companies. She is a mother of two and dedicated to sharing the joy of yoga with others. For her yoga is food for your body, mind and soul!

Karen Barry

20151102_221939Karen’s interest in yoga was sparked many years ago but it wasn’t until she began to attend regular classes at The Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre that her true passion for and dedication to yoga became apparent. She came to appreciate and experience first hand the benefits of yoga in her own life and¬† went on to graduate¬† from a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Yogachara Lalit Kumar at The Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre in Cork in 2015.

As a secondary school teacher Karen feels very strongly that yoga can serve as a tool for the promotion of positive mental and physical health as well as building resilience in adolescents.

Karen considers yoga to be an investment in the self bringing good health, calm and balance to one’s daily life at any age.

Treasa Kearney

IMG_3684Treasa’s yoga journey began in 2014, it¬†was life changing experience for her.¬† She suffered a head injury¬†as a result of a fall in 2013. She joined Trish Hurley’s¬†class to help her overcome the severe fatigue associated with head injuries.¬† Treasa discovered the powerful influence that¬†yoga offers.¬† Her overall¬†health and confidence improved dramatically.

Her love of yoga inspired her to become a yoga teacher.  She completed her teacher training with Himalaya Yoga Valley in 2015.  Treasa is a primary school teacher and finds yoga helps her create a positive work Рlife balance.  She enjoys teaching yoga and looks forward to developing her skills and imparting the health and well-being benefits of yoga to others.

Jim Daly


Jim started his yoga journey at the age of 39 when he attended a class with his wife who had been recommended yoga as a means to alleviate her back injury.  Initially he continued to practice yoga for the physical improvements but in a very short period he also noticed the mental and emotional benefits of a regular practice.

His passion for teaching grew from leading practices, under the guidance of Himalaya Yoga Valley, to multi-national troops while serving overseas with the United Nations where the positive feedback on how yoga was influencing the well-being of soldiers convinced him to enroll on the HYVC Yoga Teacher Training which he completed in Goa in 2013. Since then he has taught in a variety of settings including the Irish Defence Forces and the Slí Eile Farm Project where he is a voluntary teacher.

He readily admits that having taken up yoga at a later age than most he finds some elements of poses challenging but through the exploration of his own practice and the teachings of Lalit and teaching staff of HYVC Jim has learned many ways to guide students to gradually and safely open the body.
In addition to teaching Jim also holds a Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy, is a Reiki Master, Integrated Energy Therapist (Level II) and an Ayurvedic Yoga Massage Therapist.

Anca Erena

IMG_20170325_104215Anca is from Romania and she fell in love with yoga in 2013. She practiced Hatha yoga in her home town under the guidance of her best friend before deciding to further her yoga journey and do her teacher training.

Rather than go to India to do her training, Anca decided to come to Ireland, a country she always wanted to travel to and do her training with Lalit at Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre, Cork. While here she fell in love with Ireland, Cork City and the Himalaya Yoga Family. She decided to make Cork her home and convinced her family to move here and join her. One and a half years later, her dream of being part of the Himalaya Yoga Valley team has come true.

The most important thing Anca has gained from yoga is self-confidence. Before discovering yoga, she struggled with low-self-esteem but as her practice has evolved her confidence has grown. Yoga has given her the freedom to be present in the moment, enjoy life to the full and find happiness in the little things.

Anca currently lives in Cork with her husband, beautiful baby boy, mother and sister. She enjoys her new life, taking every opportunity to take on new challenges and move beyond her comfort zone, gaining countless spiritual rewards along the way.

Bernadette Cronin

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Bernadette Cronin is a lecturer for Drama & Theatre Studies at University College Cork. She is a theatre-maker with GAITKRASH Theatre Company. Bernadette has always been interested in exploring the links between yoga and performance and qualified as a yoga teacher with Himalaya Yoga Valley in 2015. She is also a Voice Teacher for actors. She holds a Diploma in Translation from City University London and has published in the areas of adaptation and theatre practice.

Mary Breen

marybreen2I was in my early sixties when my daughter brought me along to my first yoga class.  Being passionately involved in competitive sport all my life I believed that yoga would be too slow for me, that I would not be able to spend a precious hour of my free time lying on a mat. It just took that first class to alter my whole way of thinking. Contrary to all my preconceived and naive ideas about yoga, that first hour was challenging and inspiring. It just took that one class! A week later I broke my ankle in a climbing accident. However, as soon as that healed I was right back on the mat again and have been on it every day since. My developing interest in everything to do with yoga led me to complete the Level One teacher training programme with Himalaya Yoga Valley in 2016 and then to a glorious yoga retreat in Goa in February 2017.

The most important life lesson that yoga has taught me is that age is no barrier to maintaining high levels of physical and mental fitness, flexibility, balance and contentment. Through regular practice you can learn to live cheerfully no matter what joys or sorrows you experience in life. Daily practice has proved to me that yoga can change both body and mind and that it is possible to develop a whole new outlook on life, no matter what age you are or how unfit you are when you begin.

I am retiring this year from a career spent in third level education. I have found both the research and teaching aspects of my work absorbing and fulfilling. Although I will continue many of my research projects after I retire I was anxious about leaving teaching behind. This is why I was so pleased and grateful to be asked to join the teaching team here in Himalaya Yoga Valley. As a very young yoga scholar I have so much to learn; with that in mind I hope to continue my student career with Himalaya Yoga and to complete the 500 Level teacher training next year. In the meantime I will continue to practice yoga and live cheerfully every day.

 Ken Hurley

Ken has overKen Hurley 10 years in the health and fitness industry he has a wealth of knowledge and is educated to an extremely high standard. Ken has a BA in Strength and Conditioning from Setanta College.International He has completed Powerlifting Elite Coaching Course.He is qualified as an IWA-Sport accredited tutor licensed by Coaching Ireland to deliver courses in the coaching development for Ireland Program.IPC Powerlifting National Referees Course.Higher Certificate in Strength & Conditioning. Physical Fitness & Conditioning for Sport.Strength & Conditioning Coach (IRFU) All levels.‚ÄúStott Pilates‚ÄĚ ¬†Beginners/Intermediate Certificate with Litton Lane Training.Certificate in¬†Resistance Training ¬†and ¬†Weight Training and Coaching (Irish Amateur Weight Lifting Association).Child Protection Awareness Programme Session 1 and Session 2 facilitated by Ogra Chorchai as part of the criteria to coach underage teams.

Last but not least Ken has been practicing yoga for 5 years now and loves yoga for the peace of mind that it brings him. He enjoys the atmosphere created in a yoga class and the clients that he gets to meet at our centre. Ken works as Senior Co-ordinator of the National Para-Power Lifting management Team and Athletes in collaboration with the Irish Wheelchair Association. He loves that he can do yoga anywhere, at any time, in any country for himself, with his team, international coaches and anybody else that wants to join in

 Emer Harrington

IMG_0126  Originally from Cork, Emer started practicing yoga in 2009 while living and working in London. She first attended a yoga class   that was held in one of the meeting rooms of her office building. After just a few classes she started to feel the physical and mental benefits of yoga. She found that yoga made her feel stronger, more confident, calmer and gave her a sense of peace in an otherwise busy life.
Emer continued to practice yoga, and it soon became an important part of her life. Her love of yoga continued to grow as she practiced regularly with the Rose School of Transformational Yoga in North London. After leaving London, Emer travelled in Asia, spending a month in Bali practicing with wonderful teachers and experiencing different styles of yoga.
In 2017, she returned to Cork to complete her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre. As a teacher, she hopes to help her students find the sense of balance and space she found through yoga, and help them to develop their own passion and love for yoga. She believes that yoga is for everyone, and everyone will find something different in their practice.
Emer has a degree in English and History and a Masters in the History of International Relations. She spent several years working in communications and marketing, and is dedicated to using her communications background to help spread the joy of yoga to others!

Doireann O’Mahony

IMG_2348It was a either a lucky coincidence or perhaps divine guidance that a friend gave Doireann a gift voucher for Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre Cork. There she discovered what would become one of her greatest passions.

She took her first class in the summer of 2016 and instinctively knew that yoga was something she needed in her life. She quickly became a dedicated practitioner, attending as many classes and workshops as possible, studying the philosophy of yoga in her spare time, and continuing her daily self-practice when on the move with work. A year later, in the summer of 2017 she completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Himalaya Yoga Valley in Cork.

Doireann is a lawyer practicing in personal injuries and medical negligence litigation whose work involves helping those with devastating and often life-changing injuries gain access to justice. She is particularly interested in the anatomy of yoga and recognises the amazing benefits of the practice for healing and opening both the body and mind in equal measure. Yoga helps her to be stronger - one breath at a time Рand this is something she also wishes for every sincere student.

Doireann is very happy to be in a position to share the precious gift of yoga she has received through the traditional lineage of Lalit’s masters in India with the community in her hometown of Cork

Jared Brueckner

image1 Originally from Cork, Jared found his passion for Yoga in 2015 while training Jiu-Jitsu in the United States. Over the course of 7 years, he suffered several injuries and yoga became essential for healing the body, preventing further injuries, as well as improving physical conditioning. He later discovered the meditative and philosophical aspects of yoga, which impacted his life greatly.
Jared went on to study meditation at the Burlington Shambhala Centre in Vermont which encouraged him to dedicate his life to yoga. In 2017 he moved back to Ireland to begin his teacher training with Himalaya Yoga Valley in Cork. Since completing the course he has fostered his passion for yoga and sharing the awareness, liberation, balance and empowerment that one acquires through a regular yoga practice.



Deirdre McCarthy

Website picDeirdre started practicing yoga in 2014 to help her to manage the stresses of everyday life. As Deirdre continued to practice yoga she found that it helped to relieve back pain that she had been suffering with for the last twelve years and had accepted as part of her life. Yoga has given Deirdre a different approach to life and the space to calm her mind and deal with stress in a more positive and constructive way.
In her teenage years Deirdre would often find peace and calmness while sitting alone by a lake in Killarney Co. Kerry. Upon starting her yoga journey in 2014 Deirdre discovered that she had actually been meditating by that lake. Deirdre now knows that when we make the time to be still the chaos of life dissipates. Realising that she had been meditating as a young teenager gave Deirdre the drive and determination to bring this gift to the younger generation, starting with young primary school children.
Deirdre completed her yoga teacher training with Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre in Cork in August 2016 and since then has been teaching yoga to both children and adults. Deirdre believes that if yoga can be thought to children at a young age that they will have the ability to cope with life in a healthy and non-stressful way, therefore leading them to have a more positive approach in life.
As a mum of three boys Deirdre enjoys teaching yoga to both children and adults. One of the profound things that Deirdre has discovered about yoga is that ‚ÄúEven when you roll up your mat, yoga continues‚ÄĚ. (Zubin Atre)

Ewa Skerczynska

introEwa is Polish and she started practicing yoga three years ago in Spain. At first she was attending classes on the beach in Valencia and that is when she started to see differences in her mind and body after every class. The lower back problems she had from overtraining in childhood, started to disappear. She simply loved it and decided to include yoga practice to her every day life. After few months, she travelled to Vietnam for internship to the University in Xuan Mai, little town close to Hanoi, where she continued her practice under the guidance of great, local teacher. Regular practice gave her a confidence that yoga can help anyone, despite of the age, gender, flexibility. As soon as Ewa finished the internship, she moved to Cork, where started to attend Yoga in the Park classes undertaken by Himalaya Yoga Valley. She loved the attitude of the teachers and their way of teaching so she decided to come to the studio and keep improving her practice with us. Ewa wanted to deepen her knowledge about Yoga and learn from the roots so in April 2017 she travelled to Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre in Goa, India and completed her teacher training with our school founder ‚Äď Lalit. The most important thing she has learned being in India is that Yoga is so much more than asana practice, it’s the way of life. Ewa believes yoga is the best medicine for your body as much as for your mind. Positive attitude, discipline and open heart is the key to success!

Hazel O’ Sullivan

hazel bioWe want to welcome Hazel back to the team.
Hazel has been teaching yoga for over 5 years. Starting in her hometown of Cork, she completed her 200 hour training with Himalaya Yoga Valley in 2012 and continued as a teacher there for 2 years in their first studio on Academy street.Since then she has taught in many studios across different countries, including New Zealand where she lived for 2 years. She has also trained with teachers in New Zealand in Yin and maintained a strong Mysore practice while abroad.Hazel initially began yoga to manage stress and realised quickly its endless, wonderful benefits.Hazel loves to see the transformation that a good yoga practice makes on a persons body and mind. For her, this is the most rewarding part of being a teacher, being able to share all the benefits that she has experienced first hand.She also loves to have a bit of fun with yoga and this brings an energetic and lighthearted energy to her classes. Hazel will teach a variety of classes in both studios.

Victoria Duggan

vic bioVictoria began to practice yoga in 2014 here with us at Himalaya Yoga Valley Center. Since then she has used yoga as a form of moving meditation and for her it is the best way to calm the mind, reconnect with the body and cultivate self awareness and development.

Her love for Yoga continued to grow and having  completed the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training course in August 2017, with Yogachara Lalit Kumar in Himalaya Yoga Valley, Victoria joined our team in December 2017. She brings a meditative quality to her classes with a focus on the breath and the enriching benefits each asana has to offer the body and mind.