Ruthe Burke

Ruthe is a tutor on the Mum and Baby yoga training module.

Ruthe started yoga in her teens in Galway and has been teaching women’s Yoga & Pilates in Dublin for 6 years. She is a 500hrs Yoga Teacher, Pre-and-Postnatal Yoga teacher, having trained with YTI. She is also a fully qualified Kids yoga teacher, Playworker, Outdoor School Skills, Infant Massage Instructor, Pilates Instructor, and Somatics Movement Coach.

Caitríona Cosgrave

Caitríona is a tutor on the YTI Yoga for Children course.

Catríona trained as a primary teacher and completed her M.Ed in St. Patrick’s College of Education. She taught in St. Colmcille’s JNS, Knocklyon for a couple of years before taking up a seconded position in Marino Institute of Education as a lecturer in Physical Education. Since 2003, Caitríona has been delivering professional development courses for teachers through summer courses and workshops in local education centres. Yoga became a component of these courses in recent years, with the growing interest among primary teachers evident. Since its inception in 2002, Caitríona has been an active committee member, former chairperson and Community of Practice leader with the Irish Primary PE Association (IPPEA). She currently teaches in Scoil Áine GNS, Raheny.

June Crawley

June is a tutor on the YTI Yoga for Pregnancy Course.

June completed the YTI Teacher Training Course (2006), Postgraduate Course (2009) and Yoga for Pregnancy Course (2011). She owns and runs The Yoga Room, along with The Fitness Factory (home of AntiGravity Yoga) in Ratoath, Co Meath.

Lucy Cullen

Lucy is a tutor on the YTI Foundation Course and the Journey through the Chakras Course.

Lucy completed the YTI Teacher Training Course (2004), Postgraduate Course, Yoga Therapy Course and Yoga for Pregnancy Course and has a further 500 hour qualification in Viniyoga with aYs. Lucy’s special interest is in the therapeutic benefits of yoga. She teaches adults, teenagers, Yoga in a Chair and Pre-Natal Yoga.

Helena Downey

Helena is a tutor on the YTI Teacher Training Course.

With a background in ballet and gymnastics, Helena started practising yoga in 1991. She is passionate about the power of yoga to bring balance, to support wellbeing and to counteract the stresses of everyday living.

Helena qualified with YTI, has been teaching yoga since 2003 and became a YTI Yoga Tutor in 2008. She pursued her interest in the psychological benefits of yoga and mindfulness, graduating in 2017 with an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Interventions from University College Dublin.  Her background includes a long career in consulting and training in the area of development and change management.

Carmel Flaherty

Carmel is a tutor on the YTI Yoga for Pregnancy Course.

Carmel is a registered midwife, paediatric/neonatal and general nurse and has further qualifications in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy (ICHP), Hypnobirthing, Aromatherapy and Reflexology, Sivananda Yoga and Yoga for Pregnancy (Birthlight, UK). She was instrumental in bringing yoga for pregnancy into maternity hospitals. She has in-depth knowledge and experience of the anatomy and physiology of the mother and baby during pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. She brings awareness and understanding of the changes that pregnancy brings so that you can best understand what yoga postures and movements are most suitable. She also prepares couples with hypnobirthing for hospital and home births.

Anya Kruger

Anya is a tutor on the YTI Yoga for Children Course.

Anya completed the YTI Teacher Training Course (2010) and further training in yoga for children with the Special Yoga Centre, London (2010, 2012, 2015). She is registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland and holds qualifications as a Special Needs Assistant and in Business Administration (BA Hons). She teaches yoga for autistic children in primary, post-primary and special schools.

Caitríona Leavey

Caitríona is a guest tutor on the YTI Yoga for Pregnancy Course.

Caitriona completed the YTI Yoga for Pregnancy Course (2007) and further training in yoga for pregnancy (British Wheel of Yoga), Yoga Therapy and Somatic Movement. Her classes are influenced by Janet Balaskas, Founder of the Active Birth Movement, Uma Dinsmore Tuli, Womb Yoga, and the teachings of Gentlebirth. Caitriona teaches Hatha & Pregnancy yoga classes, labour and birthing workshops and Mum and Baby Yoga classes.

Marie Lennon

Marie is a tutor on the YTI Teacher Training Course and Yoga Therapy Course.

Marie completed the Yoga Teacher Training course with the Irish Yoga Association (1994), the Teachers’ Awareness Diploma Course with Jenny Beeken (1996), the Yoga Therapy Medical Foundation Course with the Yoga Biomedical Trust (1999), further short intensives courses with the Yoga Therapy Centre (1997-1999) and is qualified in basic First Aid. Marie teaches adult yoga and meditation and sees clients for one-to-one yoga therapy sessions. She taught yoga in the prison service (Curragh Prison and Midlands Prison) and was the Irish Representative for the Prison Phoenix Trust for many years. She also facilitated workshops for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland and for Young Parkinson’s Ireland.

Mel Manina

Mel is a tutor on the Yoga for Children Course and Yoga for Sport Course and facilitates workshops on Yoga for Teenagers.

Mel completed the YTI Yoga Teacher Training Course (2006) and further training in Pranayama with Philip Xerri, Ashtanga Yoga with the Sushumna School of Yoga (India), Kundalini Yoga with Maya Fiennes and cancer conscious yoga. She teaches yoga to students of all ages and abilities and is interested in developing the practice of advanced yoga postures.

Tara O’Neill

Tara is a tutor on the YTI Foundation Course and the Journey through the Chakras Course.

Tara completed the YTI teacher Training Course (2010), the Postgraduate Yoga Therapy Course (2014), further Yoga Teacher Training (fitness-based) in the UK (2005), is an AntiGravity Yoga (Level 2) instructor and completed the QQ1 Level 6 Train the Trainer Certificate (2016). She has also studied “The Foundations of Yoga” (yoga philosophy) with the Traditional Yoga Studies School, “Awakening Bhakti” with Jai Uttal and Core Strength Vinyasa with Sadie Nardini. Tara teaches AntiGravity Aerial Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Mindfulness and Yoga Therapy at her studios in Meath and hosts several retreats annually throughout the country.

Elma Toland

Elma is a tutor on the YTI Yoga Teacher Training Course, Yoga Therapy Course and has tutored on the Foundation Course, Yoga for Children Course, Yoga for Sports Course and Chair Yoga Course.

Elma completed the Yoga Teacher Training course with the Irish Yoga Association (1993) and the Yoga Therapy Course with the Yoga Biomedical Trust (1999). She also holds a Montessori Teaching Diploma and Train the Trainer Certification. She teaches a diversity of yoga classes, tailoring yoga to suit the individual student.

Jakki Reid

Jakki is a tutor on the YTI Yoga Teacher Training Course and Yoga for Sport Course.

Jakki completed the YTI Yoga Teacher Training Course (2006), Postgraduate Course (2008) and Yoga Therapy Course (2009) and has further training in Yoga in Cancer Care, amongst many other supplementary courses and workshops. She teaches a wide variety of yoga classes, from general Yoga, Chair Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Mindfulness.