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Eleanor Dawson

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Eleanor has been connected with Clonlea since she first came there as a student of Hanne Gillespie in 2001. She completed the Sadhana Mala Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy programme with Ranju Roy and Dave Charlton 2010, and teaches regular group classes, workshops and individual sessions at Clonlea and elsewhere. Eleanor assisted Hanne Gillespie with the Sadhana Mala Teacher Training Programme (2011-13).

Eleanor continues to study with Peter Hersnack in France and has prepared a working English  translation of his book, La Chair Vivante. She has also taught at the aYs Convention and gives workshops in Ireland and the UK.  Through her personal practice and her teaching, Eleanor is exploring how the ancient wisdom of yoga can be felt and expressed in a simple, direct way that is fresh and alive for us today.


Many people come to yoga for strength, flexibility and relaxation, and yoga can provide all these, both on the obvious physical level, and in terms of energy and outlook on life. Yoga is also about simplifying: about letting go of or clearing out what we no longer need, so that we have a clearer sense of who we are and where we're going. We can use the conventional yoga postures, adapted in many different ways, to get a new perspective, and literally a new "feeling" about ourselves.

This approach to yoga could really be called 'Yoga of the Breath'. The breath connects us with our vitality, so we can use our yoga practice to soothe us if we're agitated, or stimulate us if we're feeling sluggish. Practising the postures with the breath can help to strengthen us, ground us, and open up more space and flexibility on many levels – physical, energetic and emotional, so we feel more connected to who we are in body, breath and mind.

My training is in the viniyoga approach, which has developed throughout the world from the teaching of TKV Desikachar, and his father, the great teacher T. Krishnamacharya, who himself never left India. This approach to yoga uses the "standard" postures found in most yoga classes, and works consciously with the breath within the physical practice. There is also built into the teaching the capacity for adapting specific postures to suit individual needs, so for people with stiff shoulders or knees, or dodgy backs, there is always a safe way of finding the essence of a posture.

Many of the concepts found in the ancient texts can become very simple, practical guidelines for living – for getting in touch with who we really are and what makes us "tick".


085 841 6800

Group Classes

Monday, 9.30-10.45 am
Working more deeply with body and breath: suitable for anyone, particularly those wishing to take their yoga practice a little deeper.

Monday,  8.00-9.45 pm
Ongoing, but beginners also welcome!!

Wednesday, 5.45-7.00 pm

Please see yoga schedule for dates.

My classes are open to people who are new to yoga and to those who may have been practising for a while already. Within the classes, we can go as deeply as we feel is right – each to their own capacity and comfort.

I like to link my yoga teaching to everyday life: to the cycles of our lives and of nature, so we become more in tune with ourselves and the world around us. I generally take a theme for the term, and develop it as the weeks go by, so there is a sense of continuity and growth through the term.

Yoga, Sound and Chant

Please see Complementary Practices for dates.

Before I became a yoga teacher, I was (and still am) a flute player specialising in early and contemporary music. I always had a fascination for the power of sound to open up energy within our system, and of the therapeutic potential of resonance within the body. I give workshops in yoga, sound and chant once a month on Saturday mornings, 10.00-12.0. We combine working with sound and movement (yoga postures), some seated work with sound ,and also use some seated Vedic chant. The sound work is accessible to anyone: my aim is to help people find their own "voice". Working with sound is potentially empowering and freeing – as well as very enjoyable! The workshops can help people who have lost confidence with singing or any type of performance. The aim is to connect more deeply with our selves from the inside in a safe way and to explore our own resonance and creativity.

Other workshops

Please see Complementary Practices for upcoming workshops.

I also offer one-day sound workshops and half-day, one-day and weekend workshops exploring various aspects of yoga practice. I'm also open to putting on workshops if there is something in particular people would like to work on.I'm currently developing workshops exploring yoga philosophy in practice, to see how the wisdom of classic yoga texts can be understood and felt though body and breath - rooted both in our practice and in daily life.

Individual Tuition

Please contact Eleanor for details of times and cost.

I offer individual classes for people wanting to develop a regular practice at home. This could be to address a particular physical or emotional issue, or simply from a desire to work more regularly at the practice of yoga. I work together with the student to develop a practice specifically for them, which they then take home to work on in between sessions. Sessions can be spaced either closely together or several weeks apart, according to individual needs. As we go along, the practice develops and changes according to the changing needs of the student. It can be a great support to everyday stresses and strains, and potentially a great and transformative journey!


Eleanor will be teaching a weekend retreat of relaxing yoga and meditation in The Burren Yoga Centre, 23rd-25th September.


Clonlea Yoga Studio, 28b Sydney Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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