Growing & Training in India!

Michele leaves at the start of June for a solo journey to India- for spiritual growth and for more yoga teacher training.

Her trip will begin in Dharamsala (Northern India)- the home of the exiled government of Tibet, and of the Buddhist leader, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. In hopes of experiencing Buddhist teachings first hand, and learn more about the Tibetan culture, which she has been interested in for years, since beginning Buddhist meditation in 1999. This is a a visit of a lifetime!


Then she will travel to Rishikesh, the self-proclaimed birthplace of YOGA, on the mighty Ganges River. This is a holy city, the place the Beatles traveled to for their self-discovery in the 1960s and home of world-renowned Yoga ashrams and training centres. She will study for an intensive month, exploring yoga asana, philosophy and meditation practices with pros, where it all began. She will visit a variety of special places along the way— so follow her here on the blog or on our Instagram of Facebook feeds.

yoga by the Ganges

Transitioning to a healthier lifestyle... Skin Care

Yoga & meditation have been two massive steps to improving my health, my overall well-being and my daily happiness. As I have gotten deeper into my yoga practice, I have looked at my diet, my daily routine and the way I treat myself inside and out.

But, I am NOT a vegan. I haven’t even been a vegetarian for many years- though I used to be. I grew up eating a lot of processed food— I mean, A LOT. We ate instant and quick food, packaged food and fast food for much of my youth. Also, a lot of sandwiches… I still love sandwiches, but now prefer fresh options with layers of flavours and ingredients. I am always attempting to learn more about food, and feel thankful that there is such great access to farm-fresh, free-range, organic and LOCAL food here in Ireland. At times I have given up sugar, meat, alcohol & dairy— but cannot give them all up! What I am looking for now is BALANCE. More water, less caffeine. More veggies, less breads & crackers.

It is a work in progress. I still love comfort foods like cookies, breads & cakes on a cold day, but I equally love fresh veggie juices and salads & sparkling water in the summer, fresh olives and activated nuts! After 32 years of drinking Diet Coke daily… I gave it up full stop in 2018, and haven’t looked back. Small steps, but significant.

Changes in life need to be do-able.

This year, I have been investigating my skincare & my supplements. Are they benefiting me? Can I see the difference between pricier products, natural products and supermarket stuff? I am 45-years-old… will I ever develop a regular skincare routine that works? Can I gain control over breakouts??

I have had a number of deep facials to get my skin to a good starting point- were they full of harmful chemicals?? They may have been…. some really stung and felt uncomfortable, but recently a family friend sent me samples of a more natural skincare brand, LimeLife by Alcone. Fingers-crossed, but it smells & feels fabulous… is full of natural ingredients & is now available in Ireland! After a month, my skin is feeling and looking good— not a break-out in site, no redness or burning, and it is cheaper than the products from the facialist! This routine is do-able, and feels luxurious, because the ingredients really are that!

LimeLife also offers body cremes, scrubs & hand creams that are heavenly. These products are free from harmful chemicals, they heal, hydrate and rebalance the skin rather than strip it bare.

It takes less than a minute for chemicals in your skincare to get into your bloodstream, so this stuff really does matter!

If you’d like a sample- I will have some in the studio soon. No pressure!

If you’d like to order or have a look at the products online- there is a link below. For transparency, I will tell you that I have become a independent beauty guide, so that I can get discounted products here in Ireland, and can share them with anyone who is interested. I will never attempt to SELL you anything, but if you are interested, let me know! This skincare will sell itself! Have a look:

086-854-0023 Contact Michele

086-854-0023 Contact Michele

Freebies in February!

It is a long, dreary winter and now the rain is back. Time for a competition!

Here’s your chance to win some great yoga wear from Fabletics, my favourite brand of yoga leggings, and I have tried a lot! Lots of leggings look good on the hanger, or the website, but get them on, and they slide down, cut into your belly, crawl up your crack or you lean over and find that they are see-thru! This has happened to me in class and it is not good- especially when there are leggings selling for upwards of £100! I have tried top brands and cheap ones, and find that Fabletics are my favourite. I bought my first pair in the US five years ago, and still wear them regularly— they are that durable. They also have great variety of styles, sizes and other great athletic/leisure wear. I have 2 pairs of leggings & a sports top to give away.

What to do? 1- Like and share this post :) 2- Tag a friend who might be interested! That enters you for the on-line draw. There is a separate draw for those of you who attend class! (1 entry per class between now & Feb 13th). So— get in with a chance to win!

Here is a link if you are interested in ordering your own Fabletics clothing:


Intentions for a Happier Life

It is still January… what often seems like a dreary, long, sobering month after a season of celebration & overindulgence. Yet, this year, January has been pleasant, often dry and with more sunlight than normal- lending to better moods to start the new year.

The start of the year is a time for many to reflect on what worked (or didn’t work) in the past year, and set intentions or resolutions for the changes we desire in the upcoming year. It is a great time to re-set our behaviour, our mindset, or to commit to a new routine or hobby. As a teacher & parent, I have always found September to be a great time for this too— the start of a new school year, yet another fresh slate.

Intention is also something coming up more and more in discussions about mindfulness- both in meditation & yoga. Both are times where we limit our focus and commit to being in the moment.

But how do you pick??

Well, it isn’t a marriage or long-term commitment— you can choose an intention for as long as you want to focus on it— one class, one month, or until you notice a shift in your feelings. Our feelings are really where we find our intentions… how are we feeling about our families? our social life? health & fitness? How do you feel about the way we spend our time? The way we speak?

Focus on you feelings, and find your intention. If you are feeling lonely, create an intention of community. If you are feeling insecure, create an intention of Confidence. If you are struggling with sadness or loss, bring an intention of joy into your heart. Feeling fearful?? We all are, about something- it is the feelings that pushes human more than anything else… set an intention for safety, security or comfort. If you feel weak or ill, set an intention for strength.

Find your feeling, set your intention. You can focus on a single word, such as HEALTH, or a mantra or short phrase or positive affirmation, like I AM HEALTHY. Keep language in the present tense— the old adage of ‘fake it tie your make it’ stands true here. It is what we repeat in our minds/hearts, that we believe.








How do you want to FEEL? Focus on that. Forget goals, don’t set an intention to lose weight, or to be ‘healthier’ or walk 3x a week. Stick to I AM HEALTHY or I CARE FOR MY BODY & MIND.

So, try to set an intention for your next meditation, your next yoga class, or even your next walk. Keep it in your mind, repeat it and start to feel it!

Good luck!


Fun, at any age...

Monthly ‘Circus Class’ delves into doubles floor & hammock-based moves, along with trapeze & aerial hoop! 


The monthly class is plain fun! The group ranges in age from 17-55 years, and we all have our strengths 😂 and weaknesses! It is 2 hours of fitness challenges & belly laughs.  Our next session is this Sunday (Nov 11th) from 5-7pm, and costs a mere €20.  Booking REQUIRED.  086-854-0023

Season of Change

Autumn has always been a season of both excitement (as a child and adult it begets a new school year, new books, clothes, change of weather & routine after a long summer) and calm (settling in for the new ‘year’ beginning).  If you have kids, are a student, or a teacher like me... September is like January... a new year.   It is a fresh start... a new beginning.  A chance to shed bad habits & initiate new ones.  Autumn is a season of change & intent! 


Try some ‘new ways’ this month!  Just see if new doors begin to open for you😊🙏🏻 

Try some ‘new ways’ this month!  Just see if new doors begin to open for you😊🙏🏻 

Let’s commit to our intent between now & our next break (Christmas/New Year hols).  What do you really want to change, to acheive, or to gain control of?  There are roughly 90 days left in the year, and 90 days is more than enough time to create real changes- in our health [maybe adding exercise, curbing sugar, fatty foods or drink...]  or in our well-being [time for meditation, journaling, meeting with friends, self-care].  

SET YOUR INTENTION! Pick one or two things & commit!! Don’t try to change everything!  Then start! A little bit every day... make autumn your season of change😊🌥🍂🕸🍁🌾☺️ 

Pushing into power

Last week I climbed Croagh Patrick...


It was the hottest day 🌞🔥 in over forty years, I was wearing cheap runners & not enough sun screen... and we didn’t bring much water😫 BUT we pushed through.  My husband, always the optimist, was positive every moment, laughing and making jokes to keep our 12-year-old focused. They both moved at a swift pace, without fear, while I was calculating risk, noticing dangers... anticipating the next fall or near-miss while staring at every rough rock making up the ground.  When I would look up, the height & breeze made my legs shake as we approached the summit⛰.  I was scared.  I felt powerless.  Powerlesness is the absolute WORST feeling for me. I hated it! 

At the same time, I knew I wasn’t going to quit.  I knew it was going to end AND that I would be happy afterwards, proud.  I wanted the memories with my family, I wanted the experience, even if it mostly sucked (which it kinda did).  I was disappointed at the top and even more terrified and sore coming down.  But then there was a cool stream to dunk my feet & legs in, we got to the bottom & found water again💧😊 ... we got cooled off in the car & ate lunch.  Then we laughed😂💪🏼 And felt good about what we had done.  We felt power-full & accomplished.  It was good.  

Sometimes... most times, we need to nudge ourselves into doing things.  Push ourselves into our power, even when it first makes us feel powerless.  That is where the growth happens.  It’s where we make memories & build our internal strength.  So, this week, get out of your comfort zone!!

Start yoga if you haven’t yet😊🧘🏼‍♀️ Beginners is Tuesday @8pm or push yourself harder and try POWER 💪🏼 Yoga Monday @8pm.... or try a 2-hour workshop this Friday in Beginner Aerial Circus🎪😅 So much fun... if you just push into it.  Enjoy the week. 



Growing gratitude

School is out.  My daughter has just finished college. The sun has been around for nearly two weeks.  Life is good.  It is easy to feel grateful right now🙏🏻🌞 



We need to remember to relish these moments and all the good memories, meals & times we enjoy, and take a moment to feel gratitude. In recognizing these moments, we grow our gratitude. In less enjoyable times, we can look back, but also find simpler things to be grateful for— the roof over our head, our bed, hot shower, etc...

Take a few minutes sometime this week to list 25 things you are grateful for. Tuck it away or stick it on the fridge... have it for a rainy day⚡️☔️🌤 

Grow that gratitude!  

It’s May!

Time is flying! A few busy weeks in a row, and a bank holiday weekend is upon us once again🎉☀️😀 That means family & community activities (Cycle Against Suicide coming thru town) , rest (hopefully)  and a very special meditation session on Sunday, May 6th.  We will be welcoming Ava Brogan to play the harp in studio for a sensational mindfulness meditation practice🧘🏼‍♀️💗🎼💕🧘🏻‍♂️.  Booking is required, as space is limited!  7pm Sunday - €10.  Text or call 086-854-0023🙏🏻 Have a safe & peaceful holiday weekend!