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Inspirational Teachers for your teacher training Journey
Deirdre Powell has been teaching with Yago Yoga for over 5 years. She has a strong practice and teaches from the heart. She is honest and inspirational. Deirdre’s classes are classical Hatha with energy and subtle practice threaded into every class theme. She is a beautiful Yoga soul who is dedicated to a high standard of practice and teaching.
Judy Watkin >
Senior Tutor Yago
As a child I would walk my dogs for miles, I had no destination in mind, no person to meet just walking. I didn’t know it then, but this was my first experience of meditation.
In the 1980’s I moved to Belfast to train as a nurse, wandering around West Belfast without purpose wasn’t recommended, so instead, I taught myself to swim. The swimming improved length after length and I began to feel the sense of calm and peace that I had experienced when walking my dogs. I was not aware that I was meditating whilst repeating the strokes in the water. I continued to be restless, and a bit lost as a person. In 1992 I moved to London. The walking and swimming continued, and I also took up cycling, I was very active, restless, and anxious. My healthy habits began to be outweighed by unhealthy habits and I went from wandering to spiralling. After a major mental crash, I decided to run away again and relocated myself and my children back to Ireland. Before I left London, I attended a class called Body in Balance. After the class I knew I had found something that felt right, it allowed me to move without running or escaping. I could feel my nervous energy shifting, but I was safe and still. I was clueless at the time, but this was in fact my first yoga class. After we moved to Galway, I started to look for a class like Body in Balance, Pilates ticked some of the boxes, but it was only when I went to a yoga class (by accident) that I finally felt, I am home. The rest is simple, I stopped running and wandering and in 2011 I trained as a yoga and meditation teacher with the YTTC. I shadowed Roy Griffin for two more teacher trainings and qualified as a Tutor in 2014.
As a Yoga Teacher I am allergic to inequality or yogic snobbery that can be associated with yoga and I am passionate about yoga and meditation being accessible to everyone. I aim to build a strong safe foundation for students from which they can find space and stillness. I am a technical teacher with a strong emphasis on anatomy and physiology but once the root is established, the fun can begin! My joy as a teacher comes when I watch students step into their power, transform the space, expand and create, moving energy up and across in all directions. My meditation practice is strong and anchors my practice and teaching in a very practical way. I view myself as a student and a life-long learner of yoga and when I teach a group it is a unique journey with new wisdom gained each time.
To each Yoga Teacher training at Yago I try to bring humility, creativity, truth and wisdom, threading through a joyful heart, love and an irreverent lust for life.
What will you bring?