Paula Mitten is an internationally recognised yoga teacher and yoga teacher trainer. She’s the creator of Durga Yoga Ireland and Yoga Teachers Masterclass. Paula is a teacher of teachers, teaching yoga for 18 years and facilitating teacher training since 2011.
Paula's passion is encouraging self exploration and inner belief in her students and is committed to building a yoga community of support, connection and generosity.
When she's not teaching yoga you will find Paula dancing in her kitchen to 90's old school music, or at the stables with the horses. In the stillness of the morning, before the rest of the world wakes, Paula enjoys sitting leisurely over a pot of fresh organic coffee and taking some quiet time to think.
Paula's first experience with yoga was while working as a costume designer in film and television. She found pranayama as a way to destress, and cope with anxiety and overwhelm.
She went on to take over 1,000 hours in Yoga Teacher Training, as well as training in Sports Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, Business and Marketing, Leadership and Transformation Skills.
Paula’s spiritual journey is never finished, and she considers herself a dedicated student for life.
Jennilee Toner is a student and teacher of yoga and human anatomy. Her story (so far) includes: practicing hatha and vinyasa yoga since 1996, teaching both disciplines since 2003, teaching experiential anatomy to yoga teachers in training—internationally—since 2010, as well as facilitating her own Hot Warrior Yoga and Inner Sanctum Yoga teacher training programmes since 2012 and 2016 respectively.
But that’s not all . . . she also wrote a book called The Perfect Chaturanga: A Comprehensive Guide to the Human Body Through the Practice of Vinyasa Yoga.
Her yoga journey began in 1996 while working as a deputy sheriff and training as a medic, military policewoman, and drill sergeant for the U.S. Army. Following the sudden death of her mother, she found herself wanting to make a change and be a more kind and compassionate person. Enter yoga. For the first time she became aware of how everything’s connected, and has been a lover and practitioner of yoga ever since.
Aparna is a Mindfulness and Philosophy Teacher, Health care professional, a qualified Nurse , Midwife with Masters Degree in Nursing and an Asana Yoga Teacher. Although a yoga practitioner from her childhood she started practising Raj Yoga by Swami Vivekananda in 2012. During this time she stumbled upon Mindfulness and decided to train in “Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness” with the Institute of Integrative counselling and psychotherapy in Ireland. In year 2016 Aparna studied “Reflective Practice” from University College Dublin [UCD] Ireland and her project was based on Mindfulness workshop she facilitates for The Richmond Education Centre.
Aparna was born in India but living in Ireland since 2002 and is in a unique position to understand Eastern and western philosophy and mindset. Aparna combines scientific knowledge with ancient wisdom, she practices and teaches Mindfulness, Yoga ,meditation and spirituality in her daily life.
Durga is a Hindu goddess of war, strength and protection, the female Divine aspect who was created to destroy the demon that could not be killed by any of the male Gods.
In the arrogance of the demon, he did not think it possible to be destroyed by a goddess, a mere woman!!
She is depicted holding the trishula of Shiva, and the conch and discus of Vishnu and rides a lion or tiger to symbolise her control over even the wildest of nature.
. Durga Yoga Ireland’s mission is to empower yoga practitioners to tap into their Durga energy and go out into the world as dedicated students and teachers.