Who We Are
The School is run by husband and wife, David Collins and Paula Herbert, for whom Yoga is a way of life. Their teaching is based on their direct personal experience over many years of practice, of the transformative power of Ashtanga Yoga. They are the only teachers in Ireland to have been authorised by Manju Pattabhi Jois to teach the traditional system of Ashtanga Yoga, and be listed on Ashtanga.com.
Authorisation is part of the Indian tradition of Parampara, meaning the direct passing on from Guru to student of the knowledge and practices of Yoga. When a student is deemed by the Guru to be sufficiently experienced and proficient in their understanding of the practice, they are given his Authorisation to teach others. Manju Pattabhi Jois is the first teacher trained to teach Ashtanga by his late father, Guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. He has been teaching now for over 45 years and Paula and David are privileged to have him as their teacher. They are very happy and very humbled to have been given his Authorisation to teach. Sri Guruhbhyoh Namah.
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 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 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. Narashima 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 ‘
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 5 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 article on Ashtanga and pregnancy here.
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