Biography of Paul Bracken Yoga Teacher
I originally came to yoga through a love of martial arts. Having studied Kenpo Karate for six years, I started to take an interest in other disciplines from Tai Chi to Yoga. From my very first yoga class I realised that it could help me on so many levels, physically, mentally and spiritually. Before long I found myself enrolled on a teacher training program with the Irish Health Culture Association (IHCA). I successfully completed this training and started teaching in 2003. During the past year I completed further study with the IHCA as their training is now certified by Yoga Alliance in the US (RYA 200Hr).
Since 2004 my principal teacher has been Hanne Gillespie, Clonlea Yoga Studio. In addition to regular tuition with Hanne, I also completed Foundation training with the Association of Yoga Studies (aYs) (formally known as viniyoga). I then continued my studies in this approach and in March 2010 completed a further three years of Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy with Sadhana Mala in the UK. This training is based on the teachings of T Krishnamacharya as passed down by his son T.K.V. Desikachar. The course is accrediated by both aYs and British Wheel of Yoga.
I am deeply grateful for the tuition and knowledge that has been shared by my tutors Hanne, Ranju Roy, Dave Charlton and Ruth Gilmore. Your instruction and guidance will support me for many years.
Over the past number of years I have also experienced different approaches, focusing mainly on yin, vinyasa flow and anusara, and have had the opportunity to train with many wonderful teachers. These have included Kausthub Desikachar (grandson of T Krishnamacharya), Paul Harvey, Sarah Powers, Simon Low, Donna Farhi, Cindy Lee, John Scott, Matthew Sweeney, Duncan Wong, Tara Fraser, John Stirk, Howard Napper, Seane Corn, John Friend and Dharma Mittra.
I’m a member of Yoga Therapy Ireland, Irish Health Culture Association, Association of Yoga Studies (aYs), British Wheel of Yoga and the Green Yoga Association in the US.
I hold a current Occupational First Aid Certificate.
Most of the mats used in class are 100% biodegradable.
In addition to yoga, I still love to dabble in martial arts, from Kickboxing to Jiu Jitsu
(traditional and BJJ). And I’m a big Bruce Lee fan!
If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”Bruce Lee (Actor & Martial Artist, 1940-73)