Yoga Teacher Training Course Tutors

The Course will be taught by David Collins and Paula Herbert, the Directors of Ashtanga Yoga Dublin. Both are Authorised by Manju Pattabhi Jois to teach Ashtanga Yoga. Both are totally dedicated to the practice and teaching of Yoga, which they are delighted to have as their vocation.

David has been practising Yoga for 28 years now and teaching for 21 of those. Since 1999 he has practised and taught Ashtanga Yoga in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Paula has been practising for over 19 years and teaching for 13 of those. For them, the sharing of their experience of Yoga and its immense benefits, is one of the blessings the practice brings.

To see a student develop from beginner, to practitioner to teacher is wonderful. They believe that teachers are not trained, but rather, that people grow into being teachers when their own practice becomes deep enough. The depth of their experience, gleaned over many years of practice, makes them especially suited to tutoring ‘trainees’ in how to practice themselves and how then to relate their own experience to others as ‘teachers’. Paula and David are blessed to have wonderful teachers themselves, to all of whom they offer sincere thanks.

Yoga Teacher Training Experience

Both initially studied Ashtanga intensively from 2002- 2006 with Lino Miele, before going to Mysore to practice directly with Sri K.Pattabhi Jois between 2005 and 2007.

They established Ashtanga Yoga Dublin in 2002 as a traditional Ashtanga Shala, and continue their Ashtanga studies now with Manju Pattabhi Jois, Guruji’s son and the most senior Ashtanga teacher in the world. In addition, they study with senior certified teacher Peter Sanson. Since 2008 Manju and Peter both come annually to teach at Ashtanga Yoga Dublin.

Paula and David study Pranayama with Paul Dallaghan, who is certified by Sri O. P. Tiwari of Kaivayaldham, one of the few masters today teaching Pranayama practice with a classical technique, where the scientific outlook harmonises with traditional wisdom. Since 2016, Sudhir Tiwari, Sri O.P. Tiwari’s son has come to the Shala to do an intensive annual pranayama workshop, a highlight of the year for David and Paula.

They are also students of Vedic Chanting and Yoga Philosophy with Sanskrit Professor Dr. M. A. Jayashree and Prof M. A. Narasimhan of the Ananta Research Foundation, Mysore.

In addition, David has an Honours Degree in Biology from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, and has trained in Makko–Ho Shiatsu at the Natural Health Training Centre Dublin, while Paula is a qualified Energetic Massage Therapist and Polarity Therapist. These latter qualifications give them a special interest and insight into Yoga Anatomy, both physical and subtle, which is a very important facet of their teaching.

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