Geraldine Beirne discovered yoga in a library book when she was 11. She developed a short practice which saw her through her teens and a university degree in English literature. Later, after teaching English to adults in eastern Europe and Italy in my early 20s, she became a news reporter and it was not until 2002 that she tried a proper yoga class as an antidote to a stressful job as a subeditor at the Guardian newspaper in London.
She tried Sivananda yoga and other dynamic forms of yoga before settling on Ashtanga vinyasa, which is still her main practice. In 2005, a knee injury forced her to evaluate her attitude to the practice and brought her to the realisation that yoga is more than asana – it is a tool for awareness, a way of bringing us into the present moment.
She is qualified at the 500-hour level having completed two Yoga Alliance-registered teacher trainings – the first with Heather Elton and Emil Wendel and the last one at Brahmani in Goa with Julie Martin and Mel Cooper – as well as an advanced teacher training with Ana Forrest. She has also completed a yin yoga teacher training with Biff Mithoefer and studied with yin teachers Paul and Suzee Grilley.
She remains a curious yoga student and has been lucky enough to attend many workshops/retreats with inspirational teachers such as Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Petri Raisanen, Granville Cousins, Bo Forbes and many others. She continues to try other styles of yoga in order to deepen her practice and inform her teaching.
Currently, she practises with and assists Melanie Cooper at the prestigious Life Centre in London during Mysore self-practice. She also teaches dynamic yoga classes for colleagues at the Guardian and Observer and yin yoga at Greenwich Dance agency. Last summer she was lucky enough to teach on retreat in Ibiza and has taught retreats in the UK.
She has also assisted on Abby Hoffmann’s 200-hour vinyasa flow teacher training during the assessment of trainee teachers and adjustment workshops.
Although her main practice is Ashtanga vinyasa, she believes all forms of yoga are valid and that it can be made accessible to everyone whatever their body type, personality and situation in life.
Her aim is to provide clear instruction with an emphasis on safe alignment and the breath. Students are encouraged to own their practice, listen to their bodies and develop a compassionate and adventurous attitude towards themselves – on and off the mat. Above all, she believes yoga should be fun.