Q and A with Louise Tyrrell, Dublin, Ireland
“Life is like an ice-cream…enjoy it before it melts…”
Q: What are you passionate about?
A: As I contemplate this question, my eyes glance over the photo above. It was a cold day in Dublin when the women arrived for their Winter Wellness Retreat. Some arrived with the worries of the world on their shoulders, and you could see signs on a few faces that they really needed this well-deserved time out to let go of stress and strain so that they could relax and feel on top of the world again!
Following this fabulous day filled with gentle yoga, mindful meditations, soothing aromatherapy, and inspirational messages, everyone went home feeling refreshed, lighter, and peaceful. Even though I hosted the event, I felt totally energized and thrilled to see their transformations. That’s my passion! Empowering women to recharge and rise and shine for midlife success by sharing what I have experienced on my personal and professional journey.
While recovering from a car accident in the 1990’s, I discovered yoga, and it’s amazing healing powers that took me from waiting on a hospital list for spinal surgery to making a full recovery and training as a yoga teacher. Leaving my business analyst career in corporate Dublin to set up one of the first holistic health and well-being centers in Ireland was a great decision and sparked an interest for further training in stress management, psychotherapy, meditation, mindfulness, aromatherapy, and dietetics.
I absolutely adore working, and when the coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of all our wellness classes and events, it was time to pivot and go online. As anxiety levels escalated, I started sharing on social media; stress relief strategies to sprinkle through the day so that we survive and thrive through challenging times. Invitations to appear as a guest speaker on virtual events flood in and we continue to offer a Free 7 Day Beginners Yoga challenge from the comfort of home. Having spent time training on hosting virtual events, our yoga classes and Women’s Wellness Retreats are now available online so that you can continue to stay well. I never thought I’d say it, but another passion these days is access to the internet and being able to inspire women worldwide.
Despite many set-backs, at 53, I’m delighted to have the energy for life’s ups and downs and grateful for all the life-skills I learned from my mentors, most of who I trained with in person, including Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dr Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins, Robert Holden, John Assaraf, Bob Proctor, T Harv Eker, and Susan Jeffers.
Q: What were your younger years like?
A: Growing up in Dublin during the 60’s, 70’s, and beyond was wonderful. While we didn’t have a lot of the luxuries we have today, we had a great sense of family, friendship, and community. I’m the eldest of 5, and my sisters and brother sometimes remind me that I was very serious growing up. Thankfully, I lost that seriousness somewhere along the way, and nowadays, my focus is on fun and laughter. Looking back, I recall the excitement we felt when we got our first television with 6 channels! Apart from a few years being bullied at school, my childhood was happy. I loved singing, dancing, and acting, and one of my highlights was playing the part of the wicked step-mother in Cinderella in a big theater in Dublin.
Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?
A: After my dad passed away, I struggled with stress, sleepless nights, and time off work as my health started to slide down a slippery slope. Like a lot of women in midlife, I was also going through the menopause. My weight increased and my body ached a lot. One night, I lay awake tossing and turning, thinking about the possibility of a miracle to turn it all around. While I do believe in miracles, I also believe that the power to change how we feel is in our own hands, and it was time for me to take control and change the course of my health. So, I set about practicing what I teach, and in time, turned it around. Health is your greatest asset, a wonderful gift to be treasured!
Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A: During my lifetime and without going too deep into the matter, I observed that in the 60’s and 70’s when a woman got married, she was expected to stop working so that she could stay at home to look after the children, clean the house, and cook her husband’s dinner. When I was working in the 1980’s, most managers in the company were men. Thankfully today, things are continuing to change and it is more widely acknowledged that women and men should have equal rights and equal opportunities, but we still have a long way to go.
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