Teachers at Sankalpa

Kenneth Ryan 

Co founder of Saoirse Yoga School and registered Senior Yogi with Yoga Alliance Uk.  Nurture and discover your inner spirit, exploring the subtle arts of yoga, tai chi, deep relaxation and meditation with Internationally renowned Yoga ‘Mister’ Ken Ryan. Ken is from the wild west of Ireland. He has spent much time in India with extended periods of study and practice at remedial, spiritual and scientific schools of Yoga. His style has been described as strong, energetic, deeply grounding and non-conventional.  Ken’s major disciplines are in traditional and western yoga practice, tai chi, meditation, lymphatic breathing and many other

spiritual art forms that he has mastered out in India.  Given Ken’s frequent training trips to India and further East, the style of Yoga he teaches has evolved in its expression since his first qualifying as a Sivananda Yoga teacher. However energetic, deep or strong one practices a posture, a sense of ease is emphasised.  “Find the Crucial point of each Stretch”, Ken readily suggests to his students; this being that point of greatest Openness where the body has not yet reached any severe sense of pain or strain. Ken hosts Juicy Yoga Cleanse retreats in Ireland, England, France , and works alongside Juice Guru Mr Jason Vale in the Turkish mountains and also in Portugal.

 

Michael McCann

Registered Senior teacher with Yoga Alliance Uk and Vice Chair person of The Yoga Fellowship of Northern Ireland, Michael  brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and integrity to this position.  A teacher trainer for nearly Thirty years, Michael has studied the ancient yogic texts in depth since the 1970s. His satsangs, meditation, pranayama and philosophy teachings offer a wellspring of wisdom and experiential perspective on the ancient teachings.


 

Yasmin Khan

With over 18yrs experience with yoga,  Yasmin teaches Kundalini and Hatha Classes in Dublin and Wicklow. She is a qualified montessori Teacher and has intoduced yoga to montessori schools in Wicklow.  Studying yoga in all its different forms, she continues to attend intensive workshops with senior teachers all over Ireland. "I believe that we can change our state of being through the practice of yoga, which includes how we eat, breath, communicate and relate to the world"

Namaste
Yasmin

 

 

Liam Byrne

Liam is a qualified instructor of Sampoorna Hatha Yoga, recognised by both the American Yoga Alliance and the German BYVL (Bund der Yoga  Vidya Lehrer). He teaches group Hatha and Ashtanga Viniyasa style classes and one to one personal training sessions. His inspiration comes from various teachers at home and abroad, including Yogi Hari, Anthony Kearney and Jean Philippe Capiaux to mention a few. He is an independent teacher, preferring to teach in a free, traditional style, adjusting to the needs and capacities of students rather than following a modern mainstream style. Liam has completed David Swenson's Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training intensive. This intensive programme with the world renowned and highly gifted Mr. Swenson focuses on first series practice according to the latest instruction from Mysore and safety of adjustment based upon David's decades of teaching experience. Liam has practiced yoga since his early teens and had his first teaching experience in the early nineties. Liam is also a qualifed Pilates Matwork instructor and teaches classes in Gorey and Kilbride, Co. Wicklow. He obtained his Pilates qualifications through the Irish Pilates Institute. He has been practicing Pilates since the early 2000s and has been teaching professionally since 2010.



Aisling Plunkett



Co founder of Soairse Yoga School and owner of Sankalpa Healing Rooms.   For almost two decades now Aisling has been working with a variety of holistic therapies and practicing Yoga. She is a Master Teacher of Usui Reiki and is also an accredited Teacher with the Diana Cooper Foundation. Her passion is to help people open up to the amazing healing energy available all around us.  Creating and holding a loving and safe space for treatments, classes and residential retreats is something that comes naturally. After practicing yoga for many years she decided to go expand her knowledge by training as an Aquarian Kundalini yoga teacher with the Jivan Mukta Academy. Following this she also studied and qualified as a pregnancy and children's yoga teacher.  In 2013 she opened the doors to her studio "Sankalpa Yoga and Healing Rooms" based in Arklow.  Here she facilitates an array of classes, workshops, training courses and sharing circles.  She combines her wealth of knowledge on complementary therapies with her passion for yoga and helping people realize their true potential through positive thinking and attitude.  Although already a well established teacher, she continues her own journey as a student and this year traveled to Rishekish in India to celebrate Holi festival and explore the culture and traditions of this magical county.  She is currently undertaking a 200hr YTT  with an emphasis on anatomy, physiology and yoga philosophy with senior teachers Micheal McCann and Paula Flood.  Aisling has been awarded a Chartered level 1 membership with Yoga Alliance UK, Yoga Alliance Professionals.  Sankalpa workshops are now recognized as CPD with  Yoga Alliance UK, Yoga Alliance Professionals. 




 Aine Fortune 

I first discovered Yoga in Australia in the year 2000 and though I had always engaged in physical exercise, I knew straight away that this was something different – something more than just physical movements. The connection I felt between body, mind & spirit was exactly what I had been searching for and it brought me home to myself. Since then, Yoga has had a profound influence on my life and I look for Yoga (Union of Body, Mind and Breath) everywhere – both on and off the mat. Over the past fourteen years, I have practiced a number of different styles of Yoga from classical Hatha to Iyengar and Astanga. Most recently, I have been exploring the world of Somatic Movement and in my own practice I find that gentle Somatic movements preceding Asanas (Yoga postures) allow for greater release of tension in the body. Following a 500-hour Yoga Alliance-certified training over a two-year period from 2010 to 2012, I received my teaching qualification from Yoga Therapy Ireland (www.yogatherapyireland.com) where one of the core beliefs is that Yoga is for everyone, whatever their age or physical ability. This is something in which I whole-heartedly believe. I have seen the many benefits of Yoga practice in all aspects of life (physical, mental & spiritual) and this inspires me, both in my own practice and in my teaching. After my primary teacher training, I undertook an additional training with Yoga Therapy Ireland in 2013 and gained my certification to teach Yoga for Pregnancy. Over a two-year period 2013 / 2014, I completed a 300-hour Yoga Alliance-certified Advanced Teacher Training Course with Lisa Petersen and Dave Curtis, which served to deepen both my personal practice and my understanding of what it is to teach Yoga. I am now assisting Lisa Petersen on the current round of this training. I regularly attend workshops, retreats and classes with internationally respected teachers such as Amy Matthews, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Donna Farhi. My practice has brought me to many wonderful teachers, each of whom has given me the gift of their knowledge and experience. I enjoy sharing this precious gift with others.