My own yoga journey commenced in 1999 as a Student, not a Teacher, when I was on the brink of having to have major back surgery as a result of disc and trapped nerve problems caused by a bad fall while playing squash. The chances of a successful outcome were not good and, as a last resort, the Sports Injury Consultant recommended a three month programme of intensive traction which luckily reduced the pressure on the nerves very considerably …. and to an extent with which I could live. The Consultant recommended that I practice Pilates intensively to strengthen my abdominal muscles so as to provide a corset of protection for my lower back and spine.
I attended Pilates classes at the Westwood Gym in Leopardstown and they worked wonders in terms of me building up a strong core. At around that time, the Gym started to offer yoga classes which I attended out of curiosity and began to practice with my very first yoga teacher, the wonderful Yvonne Treacy. For a time, I continued with the Pilates but then migrated totally to yoga. While working in Smithfield, I started to attend yoga classes in the Elbow Room where I came in contact with a number of inspirational teachers such as Dave Curtis, Anthony Kearney and Tanya Fitzpatrick.
Training as a Yoga Instructor:
In 2009, I changed my work place to South Dublin and joined Yoga Dublin Studios in Ranelagh where Dave Curtis and Anthony Kearney were also teaching. In 2013, I decided to participate in a three-year Teacher Training Programme under the guidance of Dave Curtis and was delighted to become a certified teacher in 2016.
During my two decade yoga journey, I have practiced Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and more recently, Shadow Yoga. I am delighted to be still practicing, week in week out, with Yvonne, Dave and Anto.
Dr. John Maguire teaches classes in Ranelagh, Dublin on Mondays and Wednesdays.