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.

YOGA

 

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 with the Ayurvedic Institute UK.

 

AYURVEDA

Currently I am completing my ayurvedic practitioner diploma at level 2 at the Ayurvedic Institute UK (after having completed a level 1 year long course with Doug Hyde at Satmya Ayurveda in Killaloe). This course also includes the study of Sanskrit and herbal medicine.

The study of Ayurveda has been, I believe, the last missing piece of the puzzle. 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.

During my time with the Ayurvedic Institute and through my own practice with clients I have learned so much and have seen incredible healing which constantly reaffirms my faith in this incredible system.

 

In the past, I have been teaching in different areas of physical work (theater, dance and fitness/health related) since over 25 years and there is nothing in the world I would rather do than to share with you what I have learned about these most transformative practices I have experienced so far.

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