If Elma Toland thought her move back to her native Donegal was going to coincide with her taking it easier, she was mistaken. The yoga teacher and yoga therapist is busier than ever and bringing her message of the benefits of yoga – at all ages of life – to a whole new audience.
Elma Toland’s grandparents owned the Spout and she and her husband Patsy have lovingly restored and renewed the place to make it their home now.
They spent five or six weeks of every summer in the cottage and when Catriona got married to a Clonmany man she met on one of her many summer holidays, it seemed fitting that they got married in the garden of the cottage.
She never knows how many will turn up to a class but the demand for yoga is such that she’s putting on a few different kinds of classes to suit everyone in the community, including a ‘men only class’ – which her husband Patsy recently started attending.
After qualifying as a Montessori teacher, Elma says she found the confidence to train as a yoga teacher through the Irish Yoga Association.