Ashtanga, Bikram, Yin, whatever type of yoga you do, make sure it makes you feel-good!
Updated: Feb 6
By Irish Yoga teacher, Natalie Forrester. Member of Yoga Alliance Professionals.
After just a handful of classes, I knew I wanted to teach yoga. It just felt so good! My goal is to help people feel good in mind, body and soul through yoga.
My Yoga Journey
It was 2012, I was working from home, I spent far too much time in front of the screen.
Dandayamana Dhanurasana, Standing Bow Pulling Pose, Bikram Yoga Dublin, Harold's Cross, 2014.
A friend suggested I join her at a Bikram Yoga class in Harold's Cross, Dublin. Yoga was always something I wanted to try.
And BOOM! Just like that... I was bent over backwards in love.
Deep back bend, Bikram Yoga Dublin, Harold's Cross, 2014.
I love the heat (I had previously lived in Qatar), I loved the direction and the routine. I had a dodgy knee for years, soon the pain stopped, in the yoga room and out.
In less than 2 years I was a devotee and I signed up for the teacher training in Thailand.
But then the stories of Birkam Choudhury began to emerge, I thought the best decision was to see what other styles of yoga was out there.
Breathing excercise, Bikram Yoga Boss Studios, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, 2013.
I started exploring all different types of yoga: Hatha yoga, vinyasa flow yoga, yin yoga at Yoga Hub in Dublin.
In 2015, my then fiancé, László and I moved to Tenerife, and I booked in to do Hatha yoga teacher training in the north of the island, while we looked at restaurants to purchase in the south.
Floor bow. Bikram Yoga Boss Studios, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, 2013.
Then an opportunity too good to miss halted my plans, a chance to buy a gorgeous little restaurant, in Golf del Sur. We ran it together until August 2017.
László Orosz and I, outside our restaurant in Tenerife, 2015 - 2017.
I continued to practice yoga, keeping an ear to the ground for possible teacher training programs in my area. In 2016 we got married in Balatonfured, Hungary.
László Orosz and I, Balatonfured, Lake Balaton, Hungary.
Here comes the boy...
In 2018 I gave birth to our boy, Wolfe, in Dublin, and then finally, in January 2020, I started my 200 hours yoga teacher training at Greystones Yoga Studio.
My son, Wolfe Forrester-Orosz and I, 2021.
It was the first hybrid course of its type
As the pandemic hit in March 2020, we moved online, and we were amongst the first yoga teacher trainers to be taught how to teach in studio and online.
Ríonach O'Flynn taught me Ashtanga, Ingrid Jannisoo taught Yin Yoga, Anatomy was taught by Stu Girling. I had a very rounded education and was teaching yoga online all the way through.
Warrior I, Sugarloaf, Co. Wicklow, 2020.
All yoga types have their benefits
I have practiced hatha, ashtanga, vinyasa flow, yin, Bikram and Fierce Grace, I can see benefits in each style, so I carefully blended the best bits of them together for a well-rounded, feel-good yoga flow.