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Meet Our Community: Niamh Dumigan Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Tribal UK

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Here we meet one of the newer members of the broader Blick community Niamh Dumigan who is starting to teach yoga in our Malone studios on Tuesday mornings and Thursday evenings from the 5th September.

 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your yoga practice and what inspired you to start teaching?

I grew up on the coast in County Down, and began working in the health and wellness industry after studying for a degree in International Spa Management. Working in the industry, I realised I was increasingly drawn to wellness from a holistic perspective, as Tribal’s motto says ‘Wellness from the inside out’. Yoga had always been a part of my personal exercise and wellness regime, but this was strengthened working in the Spa industry in the Middle East, running a clinic with staff from all over who had different approaches to wellness and yoga.,

 

You have spent some time living and practicing yoga abroad, can you tell us a bit about these experiences and what you learnt from them?

I spent lockdown studying teaching and practice in Yasodhara Ashram, Canada. This was the first female-led Ashram established in North America, and I lived, worked and learned from a diverse and fascinating group of people from all walks of life. I learned that everyone has their own individual practice and philosophy, and that yoga is incredibly inclusive. Anyone can experience the benefits.

 

What are the benefits you have found personally from your yoga practice?

I can’t overestimate the benefits of yoga to me personally. I find that practicing yoga gives me whatever I need  – whether that is centring my mind and finding stillness, or energising myself through moving my body. This is part of the concept of Tribal, yoga classes that are designed to give you what your body needs at any time.

 

You also practice and teach mindfulness and meditation, can you tell us a bit about this, how you got into it and some of the benefits of a regular meditation practice.

I’ve been a big believer in mindfulness for a long time, I found it a great way to tune out the noise when I was working in central London with all the busyness and chaos that comes with it. Now I can’t imagine a day where I don’t meditate or practice mindfulness to find a moment of calm, refocus or clear my mind. It doesn’t have to be complicated – it can be grabbing 2 minutes of quiet focus where you can, and I find it invaluable.

 

Apart from yoga, what are your other hobbies and interests and what brings you joy in life?

Like most of us, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, walking the dog or cycling. Over the last few months I have discovered sea swimming, a bonus of living on the coast I’m really enjoying that!

 

What are your hopes and dreams for the future?

I want to grow and expand Tribal – I truly believe that we offer a unique range of classes that have something for everyone, so I would love to bring classes to as many people as I can!

 

What time are your current yoga classes and where can people book them?

Niamh will be teaching yoga in our Malone studios on Tuesday mornings at 10am and Thursday evenings at 7.30pm Niamh also has other classes in Belfast and Bangor which can be booked through her website.

 

Where can people find you online?

You can find me on Facebook and Instagram  or on our website: www.tribal-uk.com

 

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The values of bringing creatives together are huge, particularly following the events of recent years when people are more isolated than ever. There is a lot of work to be done reconnecting and rebuilding networks and communities. Creative workspaces can be a very effective way of building these networks and communities. Working alongside other likeminded creatives gives you the opportunity to share ideas, collaborate, innovate and learn from each other as well as make valuable social and business connections. The challenge however is finding ways to run these creative workspaces sustainably. This is particularly difficult in the current climate with rising running costs and property prices and organisations still rebuilding following the pandemic so there is lots to learn from this podcast series, if you are interested in creative spaces its definitely worth a listen.

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Tell us a bit about yourself and your business?

I’m Alanna, the owner of Seaside Books. I moved to Ireland from New Mexico five years ago, looking for a change in career after years of working as a social justice campaigner. I write poetry and have always loved reading. When I became disabled in 2018, books and reading were an escape from long days in bed and trips to the hospital. As a bookworm, I had always dreamed of owning a bookshop, so I decided to give it a go during the pandemic.

Seaside Books is an independent online and traveling bookshop stocking books from Irish authors and/ or published by Irish publishers. We travel to markets and community events across the country. We also offer writing workshops and help authors prepare their books to be published.

Any projects you’re currently working on?

Seaside Books recently turned a year old. I’ve got a long list of ideas for things we could do to celebrate all the fantastic writing happening across Ireland. Currently, we are planning to start a magazine to highlight emerging writers from underrepresented communities. We have been working with local authors and lovers of excellent writing to bring it to life. We are still in the very early stages, but I’m excited to move forward.

What was the biggest hurdle for you starting out and how did you overcome it?

The learning curve for starting a bookshop was steep. I didn’t have anyone who had experience starting a business in my life, so I had to do lots of research to know where to start. Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing (I still feel that way sometimes). I started planning Seaside Books during the pandemic, which was sometimes isolating. Finding a community of other folks who were starting businesses was a lifesaver.

Full interview on our blog link in profile
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Did you know you can hire out the ground floor of our Malone Studios. We have two rooms available to hire. Both rooms are situated off our lovely glass roofed atrium which can be used to gather for events or classes or as a breakout space during classes or events. 

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Tell us a bit about yourself and your business?

Hey there! I am originally from Genoa, a seaside city in Northern Italy; my business was born there about ten years ago and bounced around a bit before moving to Belfast. My idea has always been to offer written communication for companies and individuals, but over time my core is moving more and more in the direction of a mix between visual and written communication. Although I still deal most of the time with content writing and copywriting (both in Italian and in English), I am developing some projects that can combine visuals and words, in the context of graphic facilitation, graphic recording and illustrated content.

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When I started as a freelancer ten years ago, the main obstacle was to convince companies and clients that remote work is still work: the mentality was very different from today and there was a lot to work to do on it. I always supported remote work and for long periods I have been traveling while working between the countries. Today luckily things seem to have changed.

How do you stay creative/inspired?

I pass pretty much all my free time reading books, drawing, and painting and when possible, I travel to see new places and meet new people. I love also to be around the city the more I can to listen to the stories of random people I meet. When I want to recharge, I go to the sea, which is my happy place.

What’s your top tip/piece of advice for anyone wanting to work for themselves/ start their own creative business?

Just make sure you are into it with all your energies and passion, and love every moment of it 🙂

You can read the full interview on our website (link in profile)
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