Hazel Branagan

Email : hazel@thesamadhicentre.com
Moving to the rhythms of your body which is intricately connected to the rhythms of nature is the core of Hazel’s practice and teaching.  Hazel has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and teaching for 10.   Her practice intensified while studying Ayurveda and Yoga in Jaipur Rajasthan in 2004.  Having tried many different styles, she trained in Vinyasa Flow with David Curtis in 2008.  It incorporates strong alignment principles which allow the body to function at its optimum and ensure a safe yoga practice and body awareness which is integral to the beginning of the yoga journey.

She completed a second extensive teacher training course with Dave Curtis in 2010.  She trained annually with senior Iynegar teachers, the Chanchani’s in Dehradun, India and continued her Ayurvedic studies in Chakrapni Ayurvedic Clinic until the birth of her son in 2013.   Since then, Hazel has furthered her Ayurvedic studies under the guidance of Dr David Frawley and attending seminars with Dr Vasant Lad and continued to study Yoga with her teacher David Curtis and other visiting teachers primarily in Shadow Yoga.  Recently she had the privilege of completing a 30 hour training under the guidance of Ramaswami, the last long term living student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya.

Yoga is beyond a physical practice, it is a tool to enable us to experience our connection with nature and its rhythms.  Not only does yoga bring health and vitality to our lives,  it also helps us to find courage and strength to trust our own innate intelligence and live through it.  Although Hazel’s classes are strong and dynamic she has a keen interest in the powers of restorative yoga.  Ayurveda is incorporated into her classes and workshops through the yoga practice.

Hazel set up the Samadhi centre in 2005 where she does Ayurvedic consultations and teaches yoga.  While pregnant with her son, Hazel studied prenatal yoga with Uma Dinsmore-Tully in the UK.  After the birth of her 2 children, she believes even more strongly in the power of yoga and the powers of the body and what it can reveal to us in our deepest moments.


Eileen Murphy

Tel : 087 9927548
Eileen began practising yoga in 1997. Her experience of the benefits which came from practising yoga led her on to do teacher training with Yoga Training and Therapy Centre under Marie Quail (2005-2007). The emphasis in her classes is on developing a self-awareness and working towards experiencing the energy released by practising the asanas.

The students experience a rejuvenating and relaxing practice. Her commitment is to setting up a guarded safe space in which students can take time out to connect with themselves and to nurture themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Her aim is to share the wonderful, joyful experience of practising yoga. Students are encouraged to work at their own personal level while being challenged in a safe environment. Eileen completed a Y.T.T.C. Level 2 teacher training course under Paddy Hamill (Y.T.T.C. Lisburn) in 2010.

Peter Nelson

Tel : 083 4142944
Peter Nelson has been practicing Yoga for almost 14 years. As a serious runner he came to Yoga thinking it would provide a once a week good stretch, however it has become much more than that. It has provided him with more strength, flexibility and especially focus and stillness of mind that he has brought to not only to his running but also to his daily life. Because of this change Peter decided to become a Yoga Teacher and trained with The Yoga Shala, Galway.  Peter has been teaching at the samadhi centre for over 6 years.

Peter specialises in a style of yoga which is inspired by our teachers in Yoga Synergy, Australia. It is flowing style of yoga, suitable for those who have not tried yoga before and those with a regular yoga practice.  Peter’s synergy yoga classes can provide improved performance in other sports, increased flexibility and help reduce the risk of injury.  The classes can also increase focus and aim to bring a calmness and stillness to the practitioner that can be used in daily life.

Peter has taught yoga to different groups including and athletes, kids classes, kids with Autism and a program of classes with Croi: the West of Ireland Heart and Stroke Charity.

Aisling Milne

Tel : 087 2363187
Aisling has practiced yoga for over 10 years, completed 500-hour teacher training, in Dublin and New York, and also works as a nurse in Tallaght Hospital. After completing a 200-hour teacher training with Ciara Cronin in the Yoga Room, Aisling moved to New York to expand her yoga experience. She studied at Yoga Works Soho to complete a 300-hour teacher training but also completed specialist training in children’s and pre-natal yoga at children-only yoga studio Karma Kids.

Aisling uses her nursing experience to modify positions to make yoga accessible for everyone- regardless of fitness, flexibility or injury. Her Vinyasa-style classes focus on alignment, but with many variations they remain challenging and the mat becomes a safe space for the yoga student to enjoy practicing. The individual needs of Aisling’s students inspire her to evolve her classes – no two classes feel the same!

Sue Paffrath

Tel : 083 0063650
I discovered yoga over 15 years ago but did not start a dedicated and regular practice until I came in contact with the Ashtanga Vinyasa system in 2007. My main practice is Ashtanga but I also attend regular Vinyasa flow classes adding an experimental and creative perspective to my practice.

I have completed a 500 hour teacher training Diploma with Yoga Therapy Ireland, which is accredited with the Yoga Alliance. In addition to this, I have attended many workshops with some of the finest international teachers including Danny Paradise, David Williams, David Swenson, Brian Cooper, Ana Forest, Claire Missingham and Adri Kyser. I am a Renal Nurse, with an honours degree in Natural Science from Trinity College Dublin.

I whole heartedly believe in the incredibly transformative nature of yoga, a practice which has become an integral part of my life. As a practitioner, I have first-hand experience of the many enriching aspects of yoga including; stress reduction and relaxation, improved strength and flexibility, increased focus, concentration, clarity and equanimity, greater breath and body awareness, and in general, better coping skills with life’s stresses.

My classes are designed for mixed abilities. Classes start off gently from the floor, smoothly building to a flowing vinyasa practice which incorporates standing postures, balances and seated postures, finishing with relaxation, and time allowing some meditation and breath work.

Alex Delogu

Tel : 085 1496059

Alex has been training for over six years under the instruction of Jan Golden at Tai Chi Ireland.

He attained his Masters in Philosophy in 2012 at UCD. During these studies he began practicing Kung Fu and Qi Gong and was intuitively drawn to the more internal arts of Qi Gong. In 2012 he found Tai Chi Ireland and knew it was precisely what he had been looking for: a challenging practice for movement, awareness, and relaxation development. After two years training he took up an apprenticeship with Jan and has been developing his skills ever since. Jan’s approach is highly practical and this is a virtue Alex tries to emulate in his own style. He has been teaching for four years, doing classes and workshops across South Dublin. Alex has since qualified as a psychotherapist and this experience has a big influence on his teaching.