I'm Caragh Egan. I grew up in the Curragh where I spent my time riding horses and doing gymnastics. Go Curragh Panthers! After school, I went to UCD to study engineering. My gymnastics was replaced by aerobics in the sports hall with about 500 others.
In 1999, while working as a mechanical engineer, I began practising yoga. I was lucky enough to cross paths with Erin Fleming, an amazing yoga teacher from California, who happened to be living at the time, as I was, in Chester. I will never forget the feeling of floating out of Erin's class trying not to move too much in case I lost it!
Over the next few years, while I travelled to Australia and then settled back in Ireland, I experienced lots of different classes and teachers. In 2002, my flatmate gave me a book by Donna Farhi which led me to do teacher training with her in Vancouver. I love Donna's approach and it informs a lot of my practice and teaching.
I continued to work as an engineer while I trained as a yoga teacher through Marie Quail's Yoga Therapy and Training Centre in Belfast. I began teaching in 2003 and I have been ever since.
Along the way, I opened Sunrise Yoga studios in Dun Laoghaire, I got married, quit engineering, had three kids and closed the studio, not necessarily in that order! Through all of this, I kept on teaching. I've been teaching somewhere around Dun Laoghaire since 2007. Now that somewhere is my front room and my students are on Zoom.
My teaching has evolved over the years. I've practiced and explored yoga on my own and with others, in particular with Shiva Rea whose flowing, creative practice, I love!
During the crazy challenges of 2020, I have been beyond grateful for all I've ever learned about mindfulness. Meditation and the philosophy of mindfulness, the very basis of yoga, have kept me sane and happy!
I believe yoga is for always, for whatever life offers, for everyone from toddlers to pensioners. No matter what your life story is, we all benefit from a little space to stretch, breathe and most of all, to reconnect to ourselves. This is what I hope my classes offer.