The Studio

About The Studio

The Studio in Blessington is the new home of This Is Yoga. I wanted to create a beautiful space for the local community to come and practise all types of yoga with a variety of teachers. Fully equipped and 70 square metres in size, The Studio has high ceilings, low lighting and a warm welcome. There’s plenty of free parking outside and in the adjacent Dunnes multistorey car park. We look forward to welcoming you into this little piece of tranquility very soon.

About Janine, founder of This Is Yoga

One of my first memories is of my mum stretching her legs out in front of her and folding forward to touch her toes in our lounge. I remember trying to copy her and asking what she was doing. “Yoga,” she replied.

It wasn’t until I was in my teens that I went to my first yoga class – and I was hooked. For all the sport I grew up with, yoga gave me another connection, another type of freedom. Vinyasa, astanga, sivananda, anusara, jivamukti, kundalini, bikhram, yin…. I bounced from class to class to get my yoga high when I worked in London. Finally I found my groove – a passion for the dance and rhythm of vinyasa flow contrasted with delicious restorative yin.

Teacher training was about a lust to learn more. As someone who loathed public speaking of any sort, I thought learning how to stand up in front of a room full of people when my tummy was in knots, and make them relax, was a big challenge and a very good skill to learn, not just for teaching yoga, but for life.

I qualified in 2005 after completing a British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance accredited course with the Yoga Academy and, despite having no intention to teach, I loved it. I loved the peace and the energy, but most of all I loved the way students left class with smiles on their faces, somehow lighter and taller. It provided a lovely balance to my work in a busy newsroom. I carried on exploring yoga, attending workshops and training with the likes of Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers, Sianna Sherman, Uma Dinsmore Tuli and Shiva Rea.

Since moving to Ireland in 2010, I have completed my prenatal and postnatal mum and baby yoga teacher training at The Elbow Room, my Womb yoga training with Uma Dinsmore Tuli, Yoga for Teenagers course with Yoga Therapy Ireland among others. Writing about yoga and wellbeing in a weekly column for The Irish Daily Mail as part of my day job also kept me busy. I’ve also had three babies.

Becoming a mum has changed my practice. Right now yoga is for protecting my back when lugging toddlers around, trying to help my six-year-old relax to sleep, teaching my seven-year-old a sense of body awareness and finding a sense of calm and stability in my body and mind when life is so very busy.

This is why I wanted to open The Studio in Blessington. I truly believe that yoga is for absolutely everyone and it should be accessible for all. It’s not about being able to throw crazy shapes; it’s about breathing and moving, moving and breathing, and finding that connection. Rooting down and going deep inside without judgment to find a bit of peace and space in our lives

Teachers at The Studio

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Janine

Janine has been practising yoga for over 20 years and teaching since 2005 after qualifying with The Yoga Academy. She combines many different styles of yoga into her classes, but ultimately she loves a good vinyasa flow. Janine is also an experienced, fully qualified prenatal and postnatal yoga instructor and has a background in hypnobirthing. She believes yoga is for absolutely everyone and especially loves teaching beginners. For Janine, yoga is about more than just the physical poses. It’s about moving and breathing, breathing and moving, and finding that connection that brings you back into your body. When she’s not on her yoga mat, Janine is hanging out with her three young children, writing for newspapers and magazines, riding her bike along the winding Wicklow lanes or trying to be green-fingered in the garden.

Jenise

Jenise started her yoga journey practising Bikram in 2002 after a serious running accident, which left her with chronic hip and back pain. Perseverance and commitment to her yoga practice not only cured her pain – it made her so much stronger and more flexible. Her experience has given her a passion and desire to help others take care of themselves through yoga. Jenise has spent many years working with students and teaching all over Ireland and California. She loves the inspiration and healing that yoga brings physically and mentally and wants to bring that to those she teaches. Jenise completed her Bikram teacher training in 2008 and yin yoga in 2016. She also recently completed the Untraining Hybrid 200hr Teacher Training.

Amanda

Amanda’s yoga journey started in 2012 when she took her first yoga class. Yoga quickly became a huge part of her life and a wonderful way to manage anxiety and depression. Through yoga she learnt to connect to her body and breath like never before

She undertook a 200 hour yoga teacher training with YTTC in 2016 and has been teaching ever since. She particularly loves teaching beginners and restorative style classes. Through practising self-awareness and connection, students will focus on gaining strength, stability and flexibility in a beautiful, safe environment. Oh, and laughter and smiles in class are encouraged! After all, they’re great for relaxation!

Sinead

Sinead has been practising yoga for around 20 years having become very interested while travelling in India. She finished her teacher training here in Ireland in 2007 in Hatha yoga and also in pregnancy yoga. She also teaches chair yoga. Sinead has attended various trainings, workshops and retreats through the years and find the practice of yoga to be of enormous benefit to people no matter what stage of life or level of health.

Reviews

I have been attending Janine’s yoga classes for over a year now and I can’t praise her highly enough. She puts a huge amount of preparation into each class and creates a very comprehensive and engaging programme every week. She is always aware of the strengths and limitations of each person in the class so that I always feel that I am being expertly guided. These are really the best yoga classes I have ever attended and I find them hugely beneficial.

Chloe Jenner

I have been going to yoga classes with Janine for five years and I cannot recommend her highly enough. She is an inspirational yoga teacher. The hour I spend at her yoga class is the most important and and enjoyable hour of my week. Consider yourself lucky if you get to join her classes!

Terri O’Sullivan

I cannot recommend Janine’s pregnancy yoga classes enough. She is absolutely amazing at what she does! I really looked forward to the classes every week! They were great both mentally and physically for pregnancy and delivery preparations. Can’t wait to try the Mother & Baby Yoga next!

Leighann Curran

Janine is a fantastic prenatal yoga teacher – she has an abundance of knowledge. She really cares and is so passionate about what she does. She helped me prepare for labour both physically and mentally. I highly recommend her class for future Moms-to-be!

Jayne Clarke

This is a brilliant yoga class. I started the class after hurting my back. Janine eased me into the practice and was very aware of my injury the whole time. The class has really helped me to recover and maintain my fitness and flexibility.

Grace Wills

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