Where is home?

The West of Ireland (Galway).

Can you remember your first class?

June 9th 2009. I took my first bikram yoga class. One year earlier, I had read a newspaper article about bikram yoga. However it wasn't until I had injured my hip from running that I decided to check out what it was all about. To be honest, I thought that it would be low impact when compared to running and wouldn't satisfy my need for aerobic exercise. How wrong I was proved in those thoughts! From my very first class, a connection was formed.

What are you doing alongside teaching yoga now?

Alongside playing yoga, I currently work in the financial services industry.

Why did you stick with the practice?

Gosh, this isn't an easy question to answer! I struggle to find the words to describe the connection that I mentioned earlier. I guess I can look back now and describe the connection as magical. Every time I practice, I am challenged on numerous levels - physically, emotionally, mentally - which is a good thing because it helps me re-focus, re-set and find balance. Apart from the countless physical benefits, it has helped me (and continues to) manage whatever life throws up. And I've become that little bit more tolerant, accepting, patient, as well as remembering to breathe when faced with any challenge or unexpected event, no matter how big or small. It's improved my focus and concentration, because I tend to have many thoughts running through my mind. When I am in a bikram yoga class and actively listening to the teacher's instructions, I am focused on that. Of course, my mind still wanders from time to time while in class - always scope for improvement! The yoga studio is my place to retreat and to tune in to myself. And yoga is my opportunity to slow down, recharge and tap into that inner peace that resides within all of us. It's as simple as that.

When did you go to training?

Fall 2014, Thailand.

What is your favourite thing about teaching yoga?

First off, I see myself more of a guide rather than as a 'teacher'. I'm a rookie, who has a lot of learning and development to do. When I lead a class through the same sequence of 26 + 2, my intention is to guide and give people the space to explore and find what they need every time they practice. It's a wonderful thing that bikram yoga is open to EVERYONE, regardless of age, physical ability, background etc. People make the decision to show up for class for numerous reasons and being a small part of helping people find space and relief is my favourite thing. And it's incredibly humbling. Completing the teacher training has been, without question, one of the best life decisions I've taken. It has opened up a new chapter and I'm incredibly thankful.

Favourite posture and why?

Standing Head to Knee Posture. Simply because I still haven't mastered it! On a good day, I can get to the third part of the posture. More importantly through, it's taken me years to accept that it's not just about mastering a specific posture and being okay with that. Having no reaction, not getting frustrated, letting go, and cultivating softness are the areas I need to be aware of and to work on. It's certainly not easy and every yoga class reminds me of this.

Bio

Since completing bikram yoga teacher training, Dorene has taught in Noosa (Australia), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Vienna (Austria). She currently teaches in Dublin and Galway. While in Australia, Dorene discovered Yin yoga, and in the summer of 2016 completed two Yin yoga trainings. Both styles of yoga give her what she needs to maintain balance and health.