Cork Yoga Teacher Kathryn Moynihan
Kathryn Moynihan teaches Vinyasa yoga and also meditation full time in Cork city.
Her classes are flowing, and range from very gentle practices suitable for all ages, to stronger more challenging practices designed to remove energy blocks for more experienced practitioners.
Kathryn places a lot of emphasis on the breath and this is brought into all of her classes.
Kathryn began a daily practice of yoga in 2004 after attending yoga classes for a few years before that. Her own practice is based upon Pattabhi Jois’s tradition of Ashtanga and from the BKS Iyengar tradition.
She likes to teach from the heart while keeping the integrity of the yoga tradition but she does also like to keep a sense of humor.
She has trained with reputable teachers abroad in Asia and Europe such as Manu Jois, Michael Stone, Matthew Sweeney, Rolf Naujokat and Marci in Goa, Iyengar teachers in India, Dave Curtis in Ireland and his teachers Matzy and Chuck Miller.
She has under gone three teacher trainings with Dave Curtis, Matthew Sweeney and Manu Jois.
Like many yoga practitioners she found meditation a challenge at the start, but found over the years of practising physical yoga asanas, that this helped integrate her body and mind. As her awareness of being in her own body improved, she discovered that training her mind within meditation became more accessible.
In 2009 Kathryn came in contact with a Buddhist teacher Visu Teo, and began breath focussed meditation and also loving kindness meditation. She felt her heart jump for joy as these practices were the perfect balance for her heart and mind, and complimented her physical yoga practice.
She feels very connected with the Buddha’s teaching on the open heart, compassion, acceptance, the non judgemental qualities of these practices along with the very simple idea of just ‘being present’ with your breath
Kathryn teaches breath focussed meditation in order to train the mind to become more still, and when the student is ready, brings in the more contemplative side of loving kindness.
She is also a qualified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant and has studied and lived with Ayurvedic Doctors in Pune, in India. Ayurveda is a holistic medicinal approach to mind/body and spirit – similar to Chinese medicine. Ayurveda focuses on ways to prevent symptoms and treat the root causes of imbalance,
Due to individual bodies and various injuries, Kathryn recognizes that sometimes a yoga practice needs to be customized for each person’s needs, in times of therapeutic healing.
“My love for yoga also extends to creating a happy, safe environment for students to practice and to be challenged – encouraging students to have a yoga practice which promotes self-healing, allows growth and inner reflection.”
“Personally i feel that one needs to become present fully in one’s own body first before one can fully appreciate the mind and body connection. “
“Most of all I feel ‘ Opening to love’ is the key in both yoga and meditation practices. Simply living a life honouring and respecting others.”