My name is Mary Gunning. I’m a Yoga & Meditation teacher, Reiki practitioner, Sound healer, Aromatherapist and Expedition trek leader. I’m passionate about nature, travelling and lover of life.
My background is as an Outdoor Adventure Sports instructor – teaching mountain navigation, hillwalking skills, kayaking, rock climbing, first aid, orienteering, sailing & camp skills.
My aim is to get people to slow down from the fast pace life we live in – and to not be so hard on themselves!
Teaching is my passion, and to watch others learn a skill and grow in their their potential is very rewarding.
I teach because I want to share my experience with others.
Especially when they find something that they didn’t even really know existed and they excel at it -with a natural proficiency that’s astounding. Or to see people push through the boundaries that may have unknowingly set themselves and the realisation of their potential that comes with that.
There’s so much to do and so much to learn!
Every day is a learning day, whether you’re on the yoga mat, the water or on the mountain.
I will forever be an eternal student and I believe that you can learn something from everyone you meet.
I find that my outdoor teaching has influenced where I teach yoga from – understanding physical limitations from a lack of flexibility, understanding injury and maintaining your physical health. The yoga world has also influenced how I am in the outdoors both for myself and from a teaching point of view. I believe these worlds complement each other.
I set up holisticlife in order to help people live a balanced life.
People are getting busier and are losing their connection with nature and themselves. I believe that it’s important to pause and reflect in order to be able to reconnect. I hope to provide a physical time and space to do that and for this website to be a vehicle for information and self reflection.
As a Sound therapist and Yoga teacher, I love providing a safe space for people to ‘Just Be’ and to share in their journey to question, to nourish compassion, kindness and self acceptance.
My yoga journey started many years ago, but to be honest I drifted in and out of it & while it was just another thing I enjoyed, I didn’t have a regular practice.
Then about 6 years ago, I started a regular practice ending up being completely in love with it and practising 3-5 times a week. For the past 5 years I’ve pretty much had a daily practice, which lead me to yoga teacher training- which I loved. That was the start of it – I’ve done other teacher trainings since & have more planned! I believe that you always a student and I’m always hungry to learn more.
I teach Yin, Restorative, Hatha and Vinayasa Yoga. I’m not super bendy (it’s all that hillwalking!) and I can’t do lots of postures yet – or ever and that’s ok. Yoga is not about that. This is where I want to teach yoga from. I’ve already gotten so much out of my own yoga practice that I want to give back and share this experience with others.
I think that there’s a perception out there, that you have to be super skinny, flexible, fit, great balance…etc,etc to do yoga.
No! – Being the opposite of all that- is why you should practice! It’s called a practice for a reason – it’s not about the end result. It’s just you and your mat with no strings attached or expectations.
I regularly meditate and love the benefits this practice brings. The skills you learn with yoga and meditation work their way into the every aspect of your life.
The reason I teach yoga is that my yoga practice has fundamentally changed how I view life, how I live life and its for the better. It’s no longer something that I do – it’s a part of me and part of my lifestyle.
I don’t expect every one to want to do yoga- at all! – never mind doing it every day- but by trying it you might just open yourself up to something else within yourself. For me the yoga is no longer about the asanas (postures) on the mat.
I’m trained to teach Hatha, Vinyasa Yoga, Yin & Restorative Yoga which are all quite different – but I love them all. I’m also a practitioner of Ashtanga, Hot & Iyengar Yoga. The range of Yoga styles all bring something different to the foreground.
Try them all and see which one resonates with you. You can then specialise with one style, or if you’re like me – you could decide you love them all and incorporate a number of them into your own practice. I call that having your bread buttered on both sides!
I serendipitously found Reiki and loved it – to my surprise, as I would have been pretty sceptical before hand. I may be spiritual, but I’m a scientist at heart! It has really benefited me & I’ve seen first hand the benefits it can bring to others too. Reiki is now also part of my everyday. I don’t speak about it unless people are curious, as I believe that you are in charge of your own healing- when and if the time is right for you- you will find Reiki.
The Sound Healing is something I’ve been interested in for years – even before I first travelled to Nepal well over a decade ago and I love, love, love it! It is so interesting.
I live to travel and I permanently have itchy feet – I don’t think that’ll ever leave me. I won’t give you a list of countries, let’s leave some interesting conversation for when we meet & I bet you’ve also been to lots of places that I’d love to go to!
I’m proud to be a trek expedition Leader for an amazing Irish Company called earths-edge and that work allows me to combine my passions and travel to amazing places like the Himalayas, Africa and South America & to get ‘some’ of my travel bug itched!
If you’d like to find out more about any of these disciplines, check out my Learn page where there is more information.
There are so many styles of yoga -if it’s confusing (and it is!) – see my “flavours of yoga” article for more information.
If you’d like to practice with me check out Events
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Some of my qualifications include;
- Registered Yoga Teacher RYT200.
- Yin Yoga, Hatha, Vinayasa, Yin & Meditation teacher.
- Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga Teacher.
- Registered Restorative Yoga Teacher on restorativeyogateachers.com
- Reiki Practitioner Level & Advanced Energy Healing.
- Sound Healing Practitioner with Himalayan Singing bowls and tuning forks.
- Diploma in Aromatherapy & Holistic Studies.
- Registered Aromatherapist with the IFPA.
- Anatomy & Physiology QQI level 5 – Distinction.
- Remote Emergency Care Level 3.
- Certificate in Natural Sciences.
- Dip. in Centre management.
- Currently furthering my studies in Yoga, Meditation, Aromatherapy, Sound Healing and Reiki.