Dr Anu Gopalaiah
Holistic Therapist and Meditation and Yoga Instructor
Hi my name is Dr Anu Gopalaiah. I was born and schooled in Bangalore. As a part of culture, tradition and lifestyle, I was introduced to Ayurvedic way of life , Yoga, Meditation right from early childhood. Healthy eating habits, practice of mindfulness were taught at home and school. I practiced regular yoga and meditation as a part of school curriculum and was educated in self fullness, compassion and spiritual growth from the basic age of 5 and feel thankful to our gurus.
I did my Bachelor Degree in Ayurvedic Medicine in 1997, which is an intensive training in Government College of Indian Medicine, Bangalore. The syllabus is affiliated to WHO standards and the training is similar to western medicine in terms of learning modalities, subjects and training in western hospitals for the relevant subjects along with Ayurvedic syllabus alongside it including naturopathy, Yoga and meditation. I enjoyed learning the vast and variety in subjects and got to know good friends who are still a good part of my carrier life. Im a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga instructor with 21 years of experience in clinical practice of Ayurveda consultation, Therapies, teaching Yoga, meditation, Yoga retreats.
I learnt and believe that health is the balance between mind, body, senses, spirit and soul and it is a constant learning process of keeping our perspective stable and healthy. We need to be mindful of our choices in life and get the best out of everything. Think well, eat well, rest well and know our strengths and problem areas and correct them with the best of the available knowledge. Ayurveda is a complete comprehensive health care, which helps to its fullest when we approach with best intentions
I started my debut at my private clinic in Bangalore and joined the highly esteemed Maharishi Ayurveda group in 2000 and worked at the international clinics at Holland, Germany, Russia, Ukraine for 2 years. With the new baby arriving in 2002 I had to relocate to Bangalore where I worked in my own clinic till 2006 and then an opportunity opened up at Kinglsey spa for a Holistic Ayurvedic Spa and I got through to work here
In 2013 I started to work for myself and established clinics at Cork, Midleton and Limerick. I became founder, owner practitioner and senior therapist of Gita Ayurveda n Physical Therapy and started first at Midleton Park spa, Midleton & Savoy Hotel Spa, Limerick. Recently I completed Diploma Course in Remedial Massage, Physical Therapy, Manipulative Therapy, Cranio sacral therapy, certificate in dry needling.
Axial Reconnection Therapist, Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Kundalini Yoga is the science to unite the finite with Infinity, and it’s the art to experience Infinity in the finite.”
–Yogi Bhajan, 10/27/88
Intrigued by the many questions about love, the universe, and the meaning of life, Shama Kaur started her spiritual path when she was still a teenager. After exploring different therapies such as Reike, she felt the need to deepen her understanding about herself and was able to do so through Kundalini Yoga and Axial Reconnection Therapy.
Shama first moved to Ireland from Brazil in 2008. She was introduced to yoga at a young age but it was in 2012 through her love for music and mantras that she discovered Kundalini Yoga and soon developed a passion for it. Amazed by the experience of bliss, how energised and inspired it made her feel, and combining it with her love for children she decided to complete the Radiant Child Yoga Training in 2013 at the Well Within Yoga Centre in Cork.
She went back to Brazil later in 2013 where she started working as an English Teacher for children from 4 to 13 years old. Moved by her vision of sharing the benefits of yoga with children and realizing how much this could positively affect them she managed to introduce yoga in the classroom which helped her to build a strong connection with her students, improve their concentration, confidence and sense of well being.
To deepen her own practice and to share the profound effects of Kundalini Yoga with others, Shama decided to train as a Yoga teacher with Nanak Ashram Institute in Florianópolis, Brazil.
Feeling the call of the Emerald Isle she then returned to Cork in 2015. She now lives in Midleton where she works as a Kundalini Yoga teacher and also as an Axial Reconnection Therapist. In addition during the Summer she coordinated a number of kids summer camps in Ballincollig where she incorporated yoga, meditation and mindfulness into the programme.
Shama says her passion comes from the will of helping people to find that spark inside them, that deep understanding of their potential and how amazing they are.
When I was a child movement was very important to me and the body’s abilities fascinated me. As a child I spent a lot of my time on my hands doing cartwheels, handstands and playing around with gymnastics (although never officially trained) , I loved experimenting with what I could do. Affectionately called “bendy Wendy ” by my family.
So I naturally felt the benefits and enjoyed the asana part of yoga when I first experienced it while I lived in Italy in 1995 but it wasn’t until I returned to Ireland in 1997 that I really fell in love with it.
I did a course in Holistic health studies and Yoga was part of the course. It was during one of my yoga sessions there that something profound happened to me. While in yoga nidra ( final relaxation) I felt like a flood gate had opened and a rush of lightness flowed through my whole body, I felt this amazing tingling sensation and for the first time in my life felt really at home. It was quite magical and beautiful. It was in that moment where I thought “this is what I want to do with my life”.
I found myself a great teacher in Dublin and took one to one lessons with her and attended her classes too. I decided to train as a teacher and I loved her style so much that signed up with the same scho. I undertook my Yoga teacher training in the Sivananda Centre in Canada in 2001.
On my return to Ireland I start teaching classes straight away. I taught in Dublin for 2yrs mainly adult classes and the leinster rugby team. And continued teaching then in Cork when I moved here in 2003.
I have continued to keep my training up over the years, especially during the times when I stopped teaching (I took time out after having my two kids). I have done quite a bit of training in the Scaravelli style, yoga therapy, yoga for pregnancy, kids yoga, Iyengar yoga and also other body movement workshops in Alexandre technique and Feldenkrais.
I have fallen of my mat (metaphorically speaking) many times but no matter what happens I always come back to yoga.
I am passionate about the body awareness yoga can give you and how much you can receive from the final relaxation(nidra) , which to me is where to most benefit lies.
I am passionate about the body awareness yoga can give you and how much you can receive from the final relaxation (nidra), which to me is where to most benefit lies.