Aoife offers Restorative Yoga practices affectionately named "Abide in Stillness". She is a well travelled, expertly trained yoga teacher, dog mamma to Whiskey & Django, wife, cook and dinner-party enthusiast!
I was lucky enough to come across yoga in the late 90’s with a friend who had just discovered it and was doing her teacher training. I’ll never forget that first class, it was in a dingy gym in Queens, NY and I really wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about. I was there to support my friend and I certainly didn’t hate it but it also wasn’t an ‘aha’ moment. I went to a smattering of classes in NY around that time and enjoyed the feeling of calm that I found but again it didn’t move me.
I decided to move to LA in early 2001 and I think looking back I really underestimated the strain and anxiety moving my whole life had put me under. I was really missing my community in NY and trying to figure out what I was doing with my life. When I look back, I was definitely a little depressed, I wasn’t making the best life choices and I really had no centre. I luckily discovered this incredible donation based studio in Santa Monica called Power Yoga. It was run by this fantastic charismatic teacher called Bryan Kest, there would sometimes be 70 people in that room, it was a seriously sweaty initiation into yoga.
They say your teacher shows up just when you need them. I decided to check out an early morning class one day and that ultimately became my haven for many years. I practiced with Govind Das three days a week at 7am religiously. I finally felt like I wasn’t alone, that I didn’t need to have it all figured out. I was introduced to so many wonderful tools during those years that I have kept and used both in my life and now as a teacher. I hesitate to use the word teacher, I feel like i’m a guide helping people cut through the messiness of life and accept themselves in all their imperfect perfection. I will always remain a student and humbly sit in the seat of the beginner mind.
I studied as a student before becoming a teacher in LA for years under Bryan Kest, Govind Das, Ashley Turner, Eric Schifman, Jo Tastula.
RYT 500 Hour Jason Crandell 2021
200 Hour Teacher training Vytas Baskaukas & Patti Quintero 2016 Santa Monica
Yin Yoga Biff Mithoefer Kaia Yoga 2016
Thai Yoga Massage Shai Plonsky 2017
Reiki 1 & 2 Santa Monica 2012
Restorative Yoga Training Jillian Pranksy 2019
Sequencing Course on Yoga Glo Jason Crandell 2017
Yoga Psyche Soul online Ashley Turner 2018 - Present