Therese Ryan

My self-exploration story has been intricately connected to my adoption story.

At the age of five weeks I was adopted from a mother and baby home in Ireland. Searching for my birth family has been the most important journey of my life and the most challenging. The difficulties and obstacles I faced along the way forced me to get to know myself in a whole new way.

It was on this outward and inward journey that I discovered Iyengar yoga and first learned how to bring awareness to my body. I went on to train as a teacher and I’ve been teaching weekly classes since.

The Enneagram is a big part of my life too.  Since I came across it first in 2001 I’ve been amazed by how accurately it reflects how we are in the world, and how it can guide us towards a more authentic way of being and also enhance our relationships.

In Focusing I discovered a gentle practice for listening to the wisdom of my body, a means of accepting myself compassionately and lovingly, and a way of knowing what is right for me. I only wish I had found it sooner.

In my work with others, both one to one and in groups, I use the tools that help me day in and day out.

It took me over two decades to find my birth mother. I found myself along the way too. All my life I’ve loved to write and writing my adoption story has been a powerful and healing process. In 2022 the Irish government finally introduced legislation which allows adopted people access to our birth information.

I live in beautiful Sligo in the North West of Ireland.


I can’t imagine my life without yoga. It grounds me, energises me and enhances my life every day. I’m a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and teach classes in Ballymote Co Sligo and Sligo town.

Please visit my Ballymote Yoga Facebook page or email me at for further information.

Qualifications and Certifications

  • Certified and accredited Coach
  • Certified Enneagram teacher in the Narrative Tradition
  • Certified Focusing Professional
  • Iyengar Yoga teacher
  • B. Education. M. A.