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LAURA SARAH DOWDALL

lllLaura Sarah Dowdall is a somatic movement, yoga and wellbeing expert who has been interviewed for articles in the Health Supplement of the Irish Times, Positive Life Magazine, International Blogs on Inspiration and Wellbeing, on TV3 and Irish radio for her expertise working with adults and children.

She believes in an integrated approach to wellbeing through her expertise in dance, somatic movement practices, traditional yoga, wellness coaching, bio-energetic healing and transformational change processes.

Laura trained and works as a contemporary dancer and choreographer. She integrates wellbeing and creative practice together to offer inspiring programmes that bring new vitality and an expanded sense of potential into peoples lives.

She works one to one, in group and workshop settings with adults and children in schools, health organisations and residential centres for adults with additional needs.

She develops bespoke programmes that empower clients with the practical skills to enable the release of tension, trauma, stress & anxiety. She assists those wishing to make positive life changes in any aspect of their life-enhancing their personal satisfaction, optimal health and realization of their true potential. These are the core intentions and indicators of success for the Healing Yoga organization.

Laura is the founder of Healing Yoga, Movement for Wellbeing and the Running Blind Accessible Dance Project.

The latter project gives people of all background, abilities and ages access to the wellbeing and social benefits of dance. It particularly invites people who are blind, deafblind and deaf to dance and feel more integrated into their communities. This programme has been recognised by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland as an initiative impacting social change in Ireland.

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Background:

Laura has had a previous professional career in marketing, communications, event management and business development working for the Irish international trade board in the USA, an entrepreneurial start-up in Ireland and an international legal firm in Germany provide her with strong commercial perspective and real-life understanding of the challenge to attain work-life balance, manage stress and achieve career satisfaction.

Laura studied international business and Italian in UCD and international negotiation, conflict resolution and cross-cultural change at Harvard University from 2007-2009. Laura has been teaching Yoga and Dance since 2011 and practicing as a Reiki therapist since 2010 and a life coach since 2014. She has an accredited diploma in Executive and Life Coaching, a higher diploma from Yoga Therapy Ireland, Dance certifications and continuous professional training in movement and somatic practices, energetic healing, tension and trauma release every year since. In 2018, Laura began her training as a Family Constellation Facilitator. One of Laura’s core values are learning and development, she continuously travels and researches her field of work in order to bring new innovation and research to her students.

Originally from Dublin, Laura has spent years living, training, working and experiencing the cultures of different cities such as Boston, Rome and Berlin. Through her continuous personal development, desire to learn, life lessons and broad experience she has discovered powerful processes to share and hugely benefit others. Laura continually evolves her approach by integrating new holistic elements to her practice through avid research and development.

Laura is an example of what self-belief, personal drive, positive psychology and affirmative practice can make possible! Shifting from a corporate role into full-time professional dance training involved huge changes on many levels, challenging normative behaviour and expectations.

Laura has pushed and tested herself through her international experiences, competitive dance training, artistic endeavours, holistic approaches to health and personal movement research, yoga and mindfulness self-practice.

To connect with her please email laura@healingyoga.ie or add her on LinkedIn.

I have tried many different treatments and classes, but none have made me feel so welcome and valued. Laura understands each client so well, the improvements I’ve made in my lifestyle since I started yoga/reiki with Laura has been amazing. She is good for your soul.

BRID

I believe in life that everything happens for a reason and coming upon Laura in a random internet search for help with back pain was true testament of this hypotheses…from my first phone-call with Laura and her intuitive ear, she had a plan to help that would go beyond the manifesting back trouble that I was having … Over the last few months I’ve practised with Laura in her beautifully spirited gentle yoga classes.  Her classes along with her Reki practise give truly self nurturing techniques and rituals that everyone should have the benefit of both knowing and practising.

MAUREEN

I am in awe of your healing concepts!

So happy to have found your class and am so excited to learn so much from you each week about somatic movement and healing exercises woven into yogic practices for my personal healing path.

I have already gained so much from the classes to help me on my personal journey, thank you!

BECKY

Laura is a unique teacher and therapist. She is whole-heartedly devoted to what she does and to all the individuals she is teaching or treating. Her yoga classes helped me to better understand my body, to realize what was going on inside me and notice things that needed more attention. Her classes helped me to relax and lift my energy levels. I also received reiki from Laura; it was such a powerful experience and I would recommend it to anyone. I am thankful that I got introduced to the world of yoga, reiki and meditation by this special person.

ELLA