A group of friends made their dream of working together come true, when the Lotus Yoga Centre opened on January 16, 2017.
Yoga instructors Mags McInerney, Pamela Enright, Julie Madigan and Caroline Kerley are united through their love of yoga, and have become such close friends over the years that they feel like family.
“It was my idea to open the centre. The girls and I had expressed an interest in working together and it just evolved from there. I feel everyone should do Yoga. Not because I teach it but the benefits I have got from it, I wanted to share with others. I also wanted my Mother to take up Yoga and I felt if I taught her in the right environment she would love it,’ said Caroline.
Caroline started practising Yoga under the direction of Michele Ryan of the Limerick Yoga Centre eight years ago, and quickly became so enthusiastic about it that she went on Yoga holidays and workshops.
“Pamela Enright told me that she was going to do a Yoga Teaching Course and would I be interested. I went along with the attitude that if it didn’t do anything else it would improve my Yoga practice, but, after the first day I knew I had found something that it would be remiss of me not to share with others. I started studying to teach Yoga over a year ago,” added Caroline.
With the help of Tony Wallace of Rooney Auctioneers, Caroline soon found a suitable premises and her husband Noel Kerley with help from Robert Simring within a month had the premises renovated, resulting in a bright, airy, comfortable, warm and relaxing space.
Caroline is delighted and overwhelmed with the response and interest in the classes, and
would encourage anyone at any age to seek out a Yoga class and give it time. In particular she enjoys seeing people improve their posture, self-confidence and to learning how to relax.
“Yoga brings us face to face with the complexity of our own being. It allows you to blossom in so many ways regardless of your ability. It’s not just about touching your toes or standing on your head, it’s about how you live your life on a daily basis. Yoga is not about self improvement it’s more about self acceptance. The improvement will come when you allow yourself to be where you are.
“My hopes are that it will continue to go from strength to strength and that people who never tried Yoga before will come and try it and feel the benefit of the changes that Yoga can make to your life. I love teaching Yoga as much as I love my self practice. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to share it,” added Caroline.
Lotus Yoga Centre
4C Shannonville Ennis Road