Sandra Hayes

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Hi there, nice to meet you! 🙂

In case you wanted to know a little bit about me and my yoga….

My own daily practice always centres around the Ashtanga primary series, which has truly been a form of Yoga Therapy (Yoga Cikitsa) for me. Resulting from a pretty gruesome Motorbike accident (and, due to youth and impatience, insufficient aftercare) I had and still have plenty of weaknesses and limitations in my body. Through the continuous practice of Ashtanga Yoga (with all the appropriate modifications), the guidance of a great teacher (David Collins) – and many other teachers and physiotherapists who helped along the way, I have literally re-shaped my body and with it also my mind.

I truly believe Ashtanga Yoga is for everyone. It is not a system where one should chase one posture after another but rather an amazing opportunity to heal body and mind and use the consistency of the sequence as a daily mirror through which we can see the ever changing fluctuations of both body and mind.

I have even come to believe that each and every obstacle on the way to “achieving” any outcome in Yoga is a true blessing, from which we can learn so much.

All we need to do is practice regularly, with awareness, mindfulness and a self observing attitude, without attachment or a goal oriented attitude and with faith in the practice. If we can manage to do this, Ashtanga Yoga is a truly magical, transformative method that doesn’t only heal our body and mind but helps us to transcend our ego centred reality to enter a new way of being that allows us to live happy and free.

I also practice Pranayama and meditation daily and love to occasionally replace or supplement my practice with a deeply nourishing Yin Yoga or Yoga Nidra practice.

My classes are a reflection of my own practice. I am trying to create a consistent flow using the traditional methods that nevertheless can respect individual needs and benefit most people by offering suitable modifications, so that every person in the class has an option to safely practice to their best ability.

I love Yoga as a lifestyle that extends far beyond the mat. Not only does it keep my body healthy and supple and my mind clear and better able to concentrate, but also, through connection with the breath and awareness, and the study of it’s philosophies, becomes my daily act of self care and internal awareness practice. It has helped me to access and experience a deep seated joy and a sense of gratitude which truly helped me to stay sane through some of life’s trials!

What brought me to Yoga 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 Buddhism), my interest in energy work and Shamanism 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 I knew I had truly found my path.

 

After having completed an initial 200 hour teacher training with Ashram Yoga Ireland 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 with David Collins and Paula Herbert since 2014 and have completed a 200 hour teacher training with them.

In addition I am also currently completing a 300hour advanced teacher training at the Elbow room in Dublin and a 250 hour study course in classical yoga philosophy with Brenda Feuerstein.

In September 2017 I also have begun studying for a diploma in Ayurveda with Doug Hyde and Yvette Sheridan.

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

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