Sandra Hayes

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What brought me to Yoga/Ayurveda was a culmination of different passions: My love for physical experience and expression (coming from a background of theatre and dance),  my love for eastern philosophy (I had previously studied aspects of buddhism and meditation), my interest in energy work and Shamanism (I had trained in Shiatsu early in life) and my passion for health & nutrition (having studied Nutrition & Health Sciences in the past). When I realised the source of all this is perfectly combined in the practices of Yoga and Ayurveda I knew I had truly found my path. I believe Yoga to be a lifestyle, a thread of wisdom that guides me through life with grace and authenticity.

YOGA TRAINING

 

After having completed an initial 200 hour teacher training with Ashram Yoga Ireland in classical Yoga and some shorter additional teacher trainings in Ashtanga Yoga primary series, Yin Yoga and Yoga for kids,   I have been studying the traditional system of Ashtanga Yoga in more depths with David Collins and Paula Herbert since 2014 and have completed another 200 hour teacher training with them in 2017.

I have also completed a 250 hour study course in classical Yoga philosophy with Brenda Feuerstein and a 300 hour Advanced yoga teacher training at the Elbow room in Dublin. I have attended many additional classes and workshops to further my knowledge of Yoga and related practices  with David Swenson, Manju Jois, Sudhir Tiwari, Gary Carter, Greg Nardi and more and hold additional certifications/qualifications as a Pilates (level 1 with balanced body) instructor, Barre instructor (Total Barre), Trauma sensitive Yoga (with Mandala Yoga Project) and TRE 1 (Trauma/tension relief exercises, NIBA institute Berlin). I have also recently completed my qualification as an ayurvedic Massage Therapist and Ayurvedic practitioner with the Ayurvedic Institute UK.

 

AYURVEDA

The study of Ayurveda, to me, has been like an important, missing piece of the yoga puzzle. Finding it has provided an incredible source of knowledge and insight into all areas of life, including my yoga practice. It has also brought healing and strengthening to my body and mind to an extent I can’t even describe.

During my time with the Ayurvedic Institute and through my own practice with clients I have learned so much and have seen incredible healing happening through harmonising our bodies and minds with our natural surroundings, which constantly reaffirms my faith in this incredible system.

PAST EXPERIENCES

In the past, I have been teaching in different areas of physical work (theater, dance and fitness/health related) since over 25 years. I have undertaken courses in Anatomy, Aromatherapy, Nutrition, Herbalism, Shiatsu, Meditation, Buddhism, Sanskrit, etc and am in no way finished learning about the fascinating complexity of our life. While I used to feel like a “jack of all trades, master of none”, when I was younger, I realise now that I have found a lifestyle that allows me to integrate all of it perfectly, so it may give strength to my teachings now.

 

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