Hi, I’m Niamh Daly
I’ve been teaching Hatha Yoga since 2004.
My passion lies in making Yoga accessible, safe, useful and achievable for all.
After many years of striving (and believing, despite warnings from my body, that to be “good” at Yoga you should be pushing towards the “advanced” postures), I found that I was starting to doubt the wisdom of my habitual Yoga practice. This took me to a huge crossroads in my teaching, especially while becoming aware of a global trend of injury to long-term Yoga practitioners.
So I set about educating myself in anatomy and the Bio-mechanics of movement and stretch, more than had been available in most Teacher Trainings. This has lead me to teach a practice I would describe as Functional Yoga, bio-mechanically intelligent, and “non-lineage”, with a leaning towards “biotensegrity”, the principle that every part of us is aware and responsive to every other part (and the world around us), via the body-wide system of Fascia, and that mindful movement is central to our comfort and health. I also teach that rest, especially conscious rest, as found in Restorative Yoga, is hugely healing, and essential, especially in the stressful society we currently inhabit.
I hold nothing dearer than the safety of my students as I help them to find a way back to the natural wisdom and comfort of a human body relieved of some of it’s unnecessary tensions and habits. By using unique ways to help you become intimately connected with your magnificent organism, I help you understand your body’s needs and desires, while furnishing you with ways to give it the nourishment it needs.
Movement is medicine, and all you need is some help to find the kind of movement that will take you as freely as possible through life.
So, with a joy found in aspects of Yin Yoga, embodiment dance meditation, and the softening that came with menopause, came Yinstinct Yoga, a unique practice that flows from intimate attention and response to our body’s calling.
As each of us is the greatest guru of our own body, nothing gives me a greater sense of achievement than to see my students (albeit with a basis of Yoga as a safe starting point, and rich resource) in completely different energies and shapes from mat to mat, and class to class.
My training was in India (Sivananda), and with Marlene Ffrench-Mullen (one-year mentorship), and Sarah Lo, and I have pursued my Continued Professional Development; “Embodied Anatomy with Lisa Petersen and John Sharkey”; Sacro-Iliac clinic with Donna Farhi; Anatomy with Gil Hedley, as well as embodied dance practice with David Mooney, and in 5Rhythms, and study of the Alexander Technique. As well as being a yoga teacher, I also enjoy working as a Thai Massage therapist and actor.