Dr Norah Nelson (PhD)

Dr Norah Nelson (PhD) – Teacher Profile

We are delighted to introduce Dr Norah Nelson who will teach structural anatomy, physiology and kinesiology on our Vinyasa Krama Yoga Practitioner & Teacher Training Programme.

Dr Norah Nelson has almost two decades of teaching experience in physical activity and health subjects, working with adults in further education, higher education and local community settings.  After completing a qualification in Massage Therapy (Institute of Physical Therapy and Applied Science, Dublin, 2001) and an honours degree in Sport and Exercise
Science (University of Limerick, 2002), Norah began teaching massage and applied anatomy whilst undertaking her PhD (Dublin City University, 2007). Her research sought to understand and facilitate positive physical activity behaviour among young people and led to a lectureship at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (2007- 2010) in physical activity for health. Norah subsequently taught sports massage and exercise therapies at the University of Derby (2010-2013) before moving to the South West of England to focus on family life.

Norah’s yoga practice and teaching are faithful to the teachings passed down through Krishnamacharya’s lineage. She has been practicing yoga since 2003 and has been a student of Stephen Brandon since 2010, completing teacher training in Vinyasa Krama Yoga with Harmony Yoga Academy in 2011. More recently, Norah completed a Yoga Gro Diploma in teaching yoga for pregnancy (2016) and postnatal yoga (2018). She teaches a variety of Vinyasa Krama Yoga classes in her local community – yoga for all, for over 50s, for pregnancy, for women and for postnatal mums – thus facilitating sustainable, optimal, self-sufficient, holistic health and wellbeing across the lifespan.

Norah has taught alongside Stephen Brandon on previous Vinyasa Krama Yoga practitioner and teacher training courses in Wells, Somerset and East Down, Devon. Her focus is on applying Western perspectives on structural anatomy and kinesiology specifically to vinyasa krama yoga. Norah is interested in helping yoga practitioners and teachers to understand the physical body in order to promote functional movement and holistic health. Having a living picture of how the body moves and works is paramount for communicating with students and other healthcare practitioners. Her teaching is applied, practical and linked with Vinyasa Krama yoga throughout.