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Author: Denis Jackson-Wade

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Exploring relationships between us through the lens of yoga and meditation in Northern Ireland.
5 Episodes
In this fifth episode, Denis chats with Brónach Lafferty- a newly graduated yoga teacher, theology graduate & healer. Originally from a small village in Tyrone, Brónach has been practising yoga since she was 14 years old. We discuss issues that directly affected her growing up such as body image, disordered eating, diet culture and its effect upon our youth, veganisism and a return to wholeness and wellness without the need to control, using the principles and practices of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Recorded in February 2020 pre-COVID 19, we have a catch up to see how the pandemic has affected her and where she is at now. Thanks for listening!  --- Send in a voice message:
In the fourth episode, Denis chats with Grace Tempany- a yin yoga teacher & teacher trainer from Dublin. Recorded in February, we geek out on yin yoga and discuss its misconceptions people may have about it, it’s role in the yoga world and on the practitioner, how it can shift your perspective and lead to more discernment and analysis of yourself, our responsibility as yoga teachers and much more. You can visit Grace online at and follow her on social media at DubYin Yoga. Thanks for listening in advance, Denis. --- Send in a voice message:
In this third episode, Denis chats with Lisa Holmes from The Yoga Loft Carrickfergus. Lisa & Denis discuss opening a yoga studio in a small, costal, commuter town on the outskirts of Belfast where her passion for yoga inspired her build a yoga community that can serve as many local people as possible. We chat about the heart of the Yoga Loft (the students), gathering together as a community, communicating with each other, her unique approach to social media toward the promotion of The Yoga Loft and more. This episode was recorded before COVID-19 and I hope to be able to follow up with Lisa to check in with how she is navigating her studio in times of social distancing.  Recorded, Edited & Produced by Denis Jackson-Wade © Music composed by Purple Planet Music Connect with the Podcast online! Facebook & Instagram @SpacesBetweenUsPodcast Donate to the Podcast Twitter: @PodcastSpaces Email --- Send in a voice message:
In this second episode, Denis chats with Northern Ireland Health & Fitness Awards 2019 Winner of Yoga & Pilates Provider, Gary Milligan from Fitness Belfast. Denis has known Gary for a few years now and loves Garys laid back and fun approach to, not only yoga but personal training. We talk about introducing yoga to the fitness world, Gary's creation of Broflo Yoga for Guys, allowing yoga to be really practical for everyday people, yoga for mental health, his evolving approach to yoga and fitness with the new addition of his TRX Strength and Flo classes, as well as creating community through his new studio and teaching online.  Recorded, Edited & Produced by Denis Jackson-Wade © Music composed by Purple Planet Music © Connect with the Podcast online! Facebook & Instagram @SpacesBetweenUsPodcast Donate to the Podcast Twitter: @PodcastSpaces Email  --- Send in a voice message:
In this first episode, Denis chats with husband & wife team Julie Preston & Victor Tyrrell.  Denis has known Julie for many years as one of his first yoga teachers and thought it only fitting to have her and Victor launch the show. We talk yoga, bio-energy healing, leaning into the uncomfortable, being vulnerable, evolving as people through the practice of yoga and of course, celebrating the joy of life through the healing power of singing and chanting in kirtan. Recorded, Edited & Produced by Denis Jackson-Wade © Kirtan Recordings by Julie & Victor © Intro & Outro music composed by Purple Planet Music © TruYou Founder, and registered Yoga Alliance Senior Yoga Teacher, Julie Preston, has been practising yoga for more than 20 years and teaching since 2007. She has over 15,000 hours experience, sharing yoga with students ranging from 3 to 98 years old. Her passion lies in sharing authentic, accessible, holistic yogic practices adapted to meet you just as you are, with a focus on helping you come back home to your true self. For Julie, yoga is a way of life that goes far beyond the physical aspects of the practice.  She loves that yoga has given her a toolkit to help manage day to day life with more peace, grace and connection. Julie’s first taste of yoga was back in 1997 when her life had arrived at a crossroads and her health and wellbeing were at an all time low. Her experience of yoga at that time gave her a sense of inner peace that she’d never experienced before, and has kept her coming back to her mat ever since. In 2006 she waved goodbye to a high-flying London career and took off on an incredible journey of learning and self-discovery through Europe, USA, and Canada before arriving in India where she immersed herself in living a yogic life at an ashram in Kerala where she gained her first 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teaching Certification. Since then Julie’s dedicated yoga journey has taken her all over the globe, immersing herself in studying, practising, and gaining specialist qualifications. She has studied with many of the most highly regarded teachers in the world today, in a wide range of styles and approaches that have given her the necessary tools to meet students exactly as they are, as well as going deeper into her own personal development. Julie holds a 200 & 500 hour Yoga Alliance Advanced Teaching Qualification in Hatha Yoga, a 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Certification, as well as specialist qualifications in Yoga Nidra, Pregnancy & Post Natal Yoga, Chair Yoga, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and Nutrition and Children’s Yoga. Julie grew up studying music to degree level, and discovered Kirtan on her yoga journey - it's also how she met her musician husband Vic!  Together they lead the TruYou Kirtan Sessions - a musical call and response form of chanting for healing and meditation that quietens the mind, and opens the heart.  They've had the honour of performing several times with grammy-nominated international Kirtan artist Dave Stringer, and spend time annually with their Kirtan mentor, Jai Uttal, one of the most well-known and beloved kirtan artists in the world today. When Julie isn't busy practising and teaching yoga, she loves time in nature, pottering in the garden and growing her own organic veg, cooking healthy plant-based meals, and walking her rescued Bali street dog, Chani.  She loves nothing more than hanging out with her husband Vic reading inspiring books, or just catching a fun movie together, with Chani cuddles on the sofa. --- Send in a voice message:
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