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Síle Seoige tells us how yoga helped her cope with cancer and love split

NewsBy Eugene Masterson
Síle in her yoga class
Síle in her yoga class

TAKE a look at how Síle Seoige has turned her life around to become a fully qualified yoga teacher.

Along with big sister Gráinne, the pair are among the most famous siblings in Ireland and even shared their own RTE TV show together.

After the collapse of her marriage, a brush with cancer and the ending of her Newstalk radio show, Síle looked towards yoga to find inner peace and solace.

She is now a yoga teacher at the Olive 3 Studio in Bray, Co. Wicklow.

Síle (37), split from her husband Glen Mulcahy in 2009 after a four-year marriage.  

In February 2012 she spoke about her battle with thyroid cancer. She was diagnosed the previous September and had a gland removed before being dosed with radioactive iodine.

The Galway girl also parted ways as a presenter with Newstalk, but still occasionally pops up on TG4, where she first cut her teeth.

Speaking to the Sunday World, Sile said: “It has changed my life and for the better. I’m calmer and more content than ever.

“The great thing is I can do both media work and yoga and maybe even combine both at some stage in the future, which would allow me to explore the benefits of eastern philosophy alongside western beliefs, which would be brilliant.”

Writing on Olive 3’s website, Síle told users: “Three years ago I was presenting a successful radio show and I was in a happy relationship, or at least that’s what it looked like to the outside world.

“But when I first joined a yoga class, I was lost. I was physically, emotionally and mentally drained. I didn’t know who I was. I had just finished another course of treatment for thyroid cancer. 

“The long term relationship I was in also finished abruptly. Simply put, I was not in a good place. The break up was quick, aggressive and painful My world felt bleak.”

She said she then joined Lisa Temple’s yoga class.

“I stood on my mat in the hope that I would feel better,” she explains. 

“Yoga has helped me rebuild, reform and ultimately to transform my life for the better. I feel grounded, more rooted and connected that I’ve ever been.”

Síle also told the Sunday World that yoga has transformed the way she thinks.

“I qualified at the beginning of January. The course was a very personal experience, being able to recognise the difference between responding and reacting to a whole host of other discoveries.

“I teach on a Wednesday evening with Lisa Temple. The class allows me to do what I love, which in particular is chant meditation, and hold a space for others, so it’s a win-win.”