Bikram InstructorGalway native, Tracy Dunbar introduced Hot Yoga classes to the people of Galway and indeed to the West of Ireland in 2005 when she opened up her purpose built Studio. The success of Hot Yoga Galway has resulted in Tracy being honoured with many prestigious awards including the Junior Chamber Outstanding Young Persons of the Year Award for Business, Economic and Entrepreneurial Accomplishment and the Business Professional Womens (BPW ) Most Innovative Business. Hot Yoga Galway has also featured on RTEs Nationwide and The City Channel. Tracy believes that the phenomenal growth in its popularity since it opened is due to the fact that Bikram Hot Yoga is the perfect lifetime fitness programme and is equally challenging for men and women of all ages and fitness levels.
As well as being a very experienced and qualified Bikram Yoga Teacher, Tracy has also trained with The Barkan Method of Yoga at Level 2. She looks forward to offering “Heated Yoga” classes in the very near future. A mother of two, Tracy has also trained in Pregnancy Yoga with Birthlight and Children’s Yoga with Yoga Bugs.
She looks forward to going to work every day and thoroughly enjoys meeting and having fun with her students and watching their progression in their practice
Fierce Grace Yoga InstructorYoga is never-ending. There is always more to explore as a practitioner and as a teacher.
March 2010, my sister posted (about my nephew) on Facebook ‘ Matteo is now doing down dog 🙂 ‘ – my reply ‘What does that mean?’. If Someone had told me then that i would end up becoming a Yoga teacher I wouldn’t have laughed at them, I would have thought they were cracked. My biggest fear walking into yoga for the first time was the fear of been the only man in the room, but after 15 minutes i didn’t care, I knew I was going to be doing yoga for the rest of my life. January 2013 I joined Bikram Yoga Athlone. Within weeks my average yoga attendance became 6 classes a week.
I started doing yoga simply because a friend said ‘everyone should do yoga’. I had no injuries, no health issues and no other problems at all. I couldn’t touch my toes but I still thought my body was in good shape. I really did. But when I started yoga I suddenly saw what my body couldn’t do. I looked at the people in the front row and was shocked and amazed. But, I liked how my body started to improve and even though I was improving I was still convinced I could still never match the flexible yogis in front of me. My body improved by a few inches each week then it became millimetre by millimetre. Every so often I would hit a plateau for a few months then the improvements would start again. My body felt great all of a sudden, toxins were out of my body now. I suddenly started matching the good yogis in the front row, something I figured would never happen. But it did.
But yoga is not about the perfect pose and looking fantastic, it’s about looking after your body. When I am an old man I want to be walking straight with no pains in my muscles, ligaments,, joints or any part of my body., that is why i am doing yoga. “Don’t worry about your depth, worry about your form”, Tricia would say to the class. Depth will come with time and thats great but looking after your body is top priority.
I also noticed how my diet improved, with all the toxins flushed out I craved better food and suddenly the bad foods tasted actually bad. By doing a regular Yoga practice I naturally wanted to eat better.
What is also beautiful about a yoga class is that it actually is an open eye meditation. I would be sweating and working hard in class yet I discovered that my mind was the biggest challenge in class. I was not and still am not into meditation but this open eyed meditation suits me.
March 2017 I decided to do Yoga teacher training. You have got to really love yoga to do this, it’s really so physically and so mentally challenging. From the moment you wake up till you go to bed you are studying, reading, talking, living, breathing and practicing yoga for weeks. But I loved every moment of it. The first thing I discovered was that standing in front of a group and teaching is really hard work, respect to all teachers out there, no matter what you teach. The next thing i discovered when teaching yoga was the room never changed, The mood never changed, the meditation feeling never changed. Been a practitioner or a teacher, the same thing happens in class. Yoga is never-ending, there is always more to explore as a practitioner and as a teacher. I am still in the early days of teaching but I love it. I am beginning to think that it’s the best job in the world.
The Yoga community has a great bunch of people and no wonder why we are all happy, we are doing something that is healthy for the body and mind. You don’t have to be in pain to start yoga, start before your body goes bad, make yourself stronger, work those muscles, joints and ligaments and keep every part of your body in good shape.
On 9th June 2009 I took my first bikram yoga class in Harold’s Cross, Dublin). I had actually read a newspaper article about bikram yoga in 2008, but it wasn’t until I had injured my hip from running (one year later) that I decided to check out what bikram yoga was all about. To be honest I thought that yoga was low impact when compared to running and wouldn’t satisfy my need for aerobic exercise. How wrong I was proved in those thoughts!
Bikram yoga has been life changing for me. Every time I practice, I am challenged mentally and physically, which is a good thing because it helps me re-focus and re-balance. Apart from the physical benefits, it has helped me (and continues to help me) in managing whatever life throws up. It has helped me to become more tolerant, accepting, patient, and to remember to breathe when faced with any challenge or unexpected event in life, no matter how big or small.
It has also greatly 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. My mind does still to wander from time to time in class, so I’ve lots of scope for improvement! The yoga gives me tremendous clarity, calm and peace. The yoga room is a sanctuary, it gives me time for myself, time to chill out and really focus.
In summary, bikram yoga has been incredibly healing for me – healing for my body and also for my mind. Because of all the benefits I have experienced from practicing regularly I decided to do the teacher training, so that I could learn more about this yoga, challenge myself and share with others the benefits and beauty of this yoga. With the incredible support and encouragement of my teacher, Anne Leonard in Bikram Yoga Harold’s Cross, I completed the Fall 2014 teacher training in Thailand. And I have to say that undertaking teacher training has been one of the best life decisions I’ve taken to date. It has opened up a new chapter in my life and I am thankful of the opportunity I now have to share the countless benefits of this yoga with others through teaching.
Since completing teacher training, I have taught in Australia and I currently teach in Dublin, and on occasion in Galway. Being a Galwegian, it’s wonderful to teach in Galway of course! I’m thankful to Tracy in Bikram Yoga Galway for her support and guidance and to all the teachers there for their warm welcome. Bikram Yoga Galway is a great studio. Go check it out for yourself!.