The college was organically grown and originally founded in 2006 in Co. Cork by Sharon O’Neill BCL. Sharon taught mainly in schools and for adult education programs and then opened a Yoga Studio in 2010. There she offered classes to the general public for all levels. That little cottage studio was a great success, so Golden Glow Yoga got bigger over time and we loved our years practicing weekly with amazing people. Eventually owning three different studios in Cork and Carrigaline in Cork county, Golden Glow Yoga College evolved and we headed to Cork city in 2015 and then also to Galway. Since 2013 we also focused on providing high quality Yoga Teacher Training from Foundation to Senior level. There was a growing need to have more classes with our signature styles and routines and we began assisting our long term and advanced students to become teachers themselves.
We have been privileged to be awarded the Best Contemporary Yoga College in Ireland Award 2018 and are widely recognised as one of the most established and professional Teacher Training Colleges in Ireland. The main office and Private Practice Rooms were moved to Cork City in Oliver Plunkett Street in 2016 and many of you would have met us there. GGYC went on to win the Best Yoga Studio in Cork award from the Luxury Travel Guide in 2017 and Best Contemporary Yoga Studio in Ireland in 2018. We ran our headquarters and a small studio from 2016 -July 2020 in Spiddal on the Wild Atlantic Way. In 2018 we also expanded to Galway City, working from a beautiful studio in Terryland House, The Galway Wellness Studio. Not only teaching our own classes and training but offering the studio to others.
In 2020 the college moved completely to its Terryland studio with great plans to continue to go from strength to strength. Sadly due to extended Covid restrictions the physical studio has now closed. The good news is the Online yoga college will continue operating and offering training online until we are able to meet again safely.
Golden Glow Yoga College Courses are inspired by Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, Swami Vidyanand and also the timeless teachings of Shri Krishnamacharya, an amazing healer and yoga teacher who was the inspiration behind many modern Hatha schools (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Viniyoga).
Our primary influences are Patanjali the Great Sage of Yoga, as well as the awareness of Ayurveda as based on the Samkhya cosmology. Golden Glow Yoga College courses are varied, interesting and challenging.
The ethos of Golden Glow Yoga College is a beautiful Yogic love story of loving kindness given and received; hard work and commitment. We believe Yoga Teachers can be ‘hard core’ in discipline, and yet loving and compassionate. This will always be an essential component of eligibility to train at our colleges.