Ashtanga Yoga Dublin is different to most Yoga Studios in that David and Paula teach all of the classes, allowing them to get to know each student personally. They are specialists in Ashtanga Yoga, trained in the most traditional way and authorised by Manju Pattabhi Jois, the most senior Ashtanga teacher in the world, to pass on this traditional practice. View our authorisation.
With the depth of knowledge gleaned from over 25 years of practice and 20 years teaching experience, Paula and David work with each student individually, teaching them a Yoga practice that is tailored to their needs, helping them cope with the stresses and pressures of modern life and making the great benefits of this Yoga available to everyone, young and old alike. We are the only full-time, dedicated traditional Ashtanga Yoga school in Ireland.
The aim of the school is to help students to develop a personal Yoga practice to improve their health by increasing vitality and reducing stress.
About David Collins
David lives in Monkstown with his wife, Paula and their daughter Grace. Together they run Ashtanga Yoga Dublin. Here, David teaches daily Mysore, as well as chanting and philosophy courses and many workshops. In addition, he teaches workshops and retreats in other venues in Ireland, Germany and Italy. Of his Yoga life, David says:
‘I have been practising Yoga for over 25 years, and Ashtanga since 1999. In 2002, having been teaching yoga part-time since 1994, I decided to devote myself fully to Yoga practice and study, and opened the Shala, Ashtanga Yoga Dublin, in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.
I am lucky enough to have been able to study with some of the most dedicated Ashtanga teachers in the world and am deeply indebted to them; particularly to Lino Miele and Gwendoline Hunt, my first teachers and more recently to Peter Sanson and Paul Dallaghan (Paul particularly for the Pranayama).
But mostly I give my thanks to Manju Jois, whose teaching, friendship and very special energy is and has been such a great blessing to me and everyone at Ashtanga Yoga Dublin for so many years now. I feel greatly privileged to have Manju and his family in our lives.
I also study Yoga philosophy and chanting with Dr. M.A. Jayashree and Prof. M. A. Narashiman of the Ananta Research Foundation in Mysore. Again love and thanks to them, and also to my great friend and spiritual teacher, Jackie O Keeffe, who is helping me to see things as they really are.
Above all, I am eternally grateful to Guruji, with whom I had the privilege to practice in Mysore, and to whom I attribute all the good things that have come to me since I began to do this practice.
Lastly and most especially, I give thanks to Paula and Grace, who are my daily support and sustenance in life, and who teach me the true meaning of Yoga by allowing me to know love with every breath. Hari Om Tat Sat ‘
About Paula Herbert
Paula started yoga in 1989, but it wasn’t until 2002 when she took her first Ashtanga class that she was truly captivated by the transformative power of this ancient practice. She continued practising under the tutelage of David Collins, who she began assisting at Ashtanga Yoga Dublin in 2004 (and went on to marry in 2005!).
Prior to teaching at Ashtanga Yoga Dublin Paula studied Energetic Massage Therapy and Polarity Therapy/Counselling for 4 years as well as completing a 4 year training in the Practice and Philosophy of Hatha Yoga.
In 2005 Paula went to Mysore where she was blessed to experience Guruji’s teaching first hand. One of her most cherished memories is the first time she heard Guruji chant the Ashtanga Yoga Mantra in person.
In addition to this, Paula is honoured to have received teaching and guidance from senior ashtanga teachers Peter Sanson and Paul Dallaghan, with both of whom she has studied annually for the last 7 years. Before that, from 2002 to 2004, she travelled to India each year to study with Lino Miele and Gwendoline Hunt.
Since the birth of their daughter, Grace, in 2007, Paula has not travelled to India but feels incredibly fortunate that since that year, Manju Jois has come annually to teach at Ashtanga Yoga Dublin. Not only does Manju share his wisdom of the practice but brings the warmth of his family, his friendship and his cooking to her home, and for this Paula is deeply grateful.
Paula also teaches Yoga for Pregnancy. Read her recent article on Ashtanga and pregnancy.
About Our Ethos
In Yoga the teacher/student relationship is key to one’s development. At Ashtanga Yoga Dublin we get to know each student and work with them on an individual basis, focusing on their specific needs and particular requirements. Everyone learns the same practice but at the level which is appropriate to them, as each body is different and each person’s breath is different, as is everyone’s experience and expectation.
Come and learn Yoga in a way that is designed to suit you, and in an environment that is calm and clear. Develop a practice that is appropriate for you specifically and which will evolve and change according as you need it to. Many of our students have been with us for many years now and have gone, in some cases, from being Beginners to being Yoga Teachers. Yoga can create the conditions for a healthy life, for less stress and worry, for more vitality and enjoyment, which especially these days, is exactly what we all need.