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Ashtanga Yoga Dublin is run by husband and wife David Collins and Paula Herbert and provides daily Yoga classes for all levels of student, from absolute beginners to teachers. This is their second decade of following their vocation to bring authentic Yoga to as many people as possible.
Ashtanga Yoga Dublin is different to most Yoga Studios in that David and Paula teach nearly all of the classes, allowing them to get to know each student personally. They approach Ashtanga Yoga in the most traditional way, as it is described in the seminal Yoga text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. They are both authorised by Manju Pattabhi Jois to pass on the traditional practice of Vinyasa Krama. View our authorisation.
With the depth of knowledge gleaned from over 30 years of practice and 25 years teaching experience, Paula and David work with each student individually, teaching them a Yoga practice that is tailored to their needs, helping them cope with the stresses and pressures of modern life and making the great benefits of this Yoga available to everyone, young and old alike.
The aim of the school is to help students to develop a personal Yoga practice to improve their health by increasing vitality and reducing stress.
About David Collins
David lives in Monkstown with his wife, Paula and their daughter Grace. Together they run Ashtanga Yoga Dublin. Here, David teaches daily Mysore, as well as chanting and philosophy courses and many workshops. In addition, he teaches workshops and retreats in other venues in Ireland, Germany and Portugal. Of his Yoga life, David says:
‘I have been practising Yoga for over 30 years now. In 2002, having been teaching yoga part-time since 1994, I decided to devote myself fully to Yoga practice and study, and opened the Shala, Ashtanga Yoga Dublin, in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.
Even, or perhaps especially, after more than 30 years of practice, I am in awe of the incredible benefits to health and well-being that Yoga has brought me. It has enriched my life in every way; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I feel a great sense of hope and conviction every day, that despite the undoubted difficulties that we all face in life, both personal and in the wider world, life can be joyous and filled with love if we work on making ourselves as clear as we can be.
Yoga offers a promise of health, happiness, compassion and awareness, which is what we need more than ever today. All we have to do is decide to take on the challenge of cultivating a Yoga practice to help develop these attributes within ourselves and to let go of those traits of selfishness, anger, greed and fear that do nothing but cause us suffering and alienation. This is certainly easier said than done, but even a little effort is rewarded in Yoga.
There are many lineages of Yoga, each offering a particular gem of wisdom and I draw from all of them in trying to steer a course towards understanding myself and this life we all share. From the line of Sri Krishnamacharya, and the lineages of Swamis Kuvalayananda Vivekanda and Sivananda, I am grateful to so many teachers (too numerous to list) who have helped me both directly and indirectly along my Yoga path, from my first teachers in Ireland way back when, to the teachers I am still studying directly with today, and to each of them I offer my thanks.
Most especially, I give thanks to Paula and Grace, who are my daily support and sustenance in life, and who daily teach me the true meaning of Yoga by allowing me to know love with every breath. Hari Om Tat Sat
About Paula Herbert
Paula started yoga in 1989, but it wasn’t until 2002 when she took her first Ashtanga class that she was truly captivated by the transformative power of this ancient practice. She began teaching with David at Ashtanga Yoga Dublin in 2004, and travelled to India on a number of occasions to deepen her personal yoga practice.
Prior to this, she spent several years in the Corporate World but always had a keen interest in Holistic Health. Paula studied Energetic Massage Therapy and Polarity Therapy/Counselling for a total of 4 years as well as completing a 4 year training in the Practice and Philosophy of Hatha Yoga. She now teaches daily yoga classes at Ashtanga Yoga Dublin, as well as teaching Yoga Philosophy, meditation and relaxation as part of the school’s two-year teaching training course. She also teaches private classes for kids, teens and also one-to-one pregnancy classes.
Since completing a two year training in Ayurveda at Satmya, Paula now runs an Ayurvedic Clinic at Ashtanga Yoga Dublin. Click here for more information on the treatments, consultations and detox programmes offered at the clinic. She is very passionate about passing on the authentic, traditional teachings of both Yoga and Ayurveda in a practical, personalised way to help others achieve vibrant health.
Paula would like to express her sincere gratitude for the inspiration and guidance received over the years from her teachers Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Manju Jois, Peter Sanson, Paul Dallaghan and Lino Miele. She is especially grateful to her teacher Sudhir Tiwari for his generosity in sharing his in-depth understanding and teaching of Pranayama and the Yogic texts. She would also like to thank Doug Hyde from Satmya for sharing so much of his Ayurvedic knowledge.
About Our Ethos
In Yoga the teacher/student relationship is key to one’s development. At Ashtanga Yoga Dublin we get to know each student and work with them on an individual basis, focusing on their specific needs and particular requirements. Everyone learns the same practice but at the level which is appropriate to them, as each body is different and each person’s breath is different, as is everyone’s experience and expectation.
Come and learn Yoga in a way that is designed to suit you, and in an environment that is calm and clear. Develop a practice that is appropriate for you specifically and which will evolve and change according as you need it to. Many of our students have been with us for many years now and have gone, in some cases, from being Beginners to being Yoga Teachers. Yoga can create the conditions for a healthy life, for less stress and worry, for more vitality and enjoyment, which especially these days, is exactly what we all need.