Sara started to practice yoga in 2000 and is a certified Iyengar teacher since 2007. She trained in Dublin with the Iyengar Yoga Association UK, under Grainne Gilleece. Since then she has taught yoga part-time in various locations in Galway city and county. Sara has attended many intensive retreats and workshops with Senior Iyengar teachers, in particular Rajiv and Swati Chanchani - both in the foothills of the Himalayas in north India, and on their international visits to Europe.
Iyengar yoga has given Sara a passion for safe, alignment focused yoga and an appreciation for accurate and clear instruction. Iyengar training has also helped Sara’s understanding of how to use props to help students experience the benefits of a pose, whether to deepen a pose, help students access a pose or support a student to rest deeply.
As a naturally curious and enquiring yogini, Sara has also engaged passionately and critically with other schools of yoga. She has a Yoga Therapy Teacher Training certificate from Yoga Vidya Dham, South India where she had practical training in the tradition of Satyananda in various pranayama and meditation techniques including yoga nidra, mudra and cleansing techniques. After the birth of her first child, Sara trained as a pregnancy yoga teacher under the renowned Uma Dinsmore Tuli (of Sitaram Yoga) in London. She has also studied Yoga Nidra and Womb Yoga with Uma Dinsmore Tuli, and received a Yin Yoga Foundations Module Teacher Training in June 2018 from Josh Summers.
Sara teaches Iyengar Inspired Yoga in Salthill, Galway (Devon Park House Holistic Centre), Restorative pop-up classes and seasonal weekend workshops. Sara’s teaching style is clear and informed. Her weekly classes are always varied, and blend a strong and steady alignment based practice, with slower more restorative poses, pranayama and deep relaxation. She ensures that each student’s needs are met in a safe and comfortable environment.
Sara is also a Yoga for Kids teacher (trained with YTTC, 2011) She teaches Yoga classes as an after school activitiy in Scoil Bhríde National School in Shantalla, Galway. Kids yoga classes introduce children to yoga in a simple, structured and uniquely effective way that help children calm themselves and feel happy. Children learn the basic postures and concepts of yoga in a fun and supportive environment. She also runs Kids Yoga and Art Summer Camps.
Sara has been a primary school teacher in Galway Educate Together National School (GETNS) since 2006 and has several years experience teaching yoga to the children here. She currently works on the Special Education Team as a ‘floating Yoga teacher’ and contributes 9 hours to each class from 1st – 6th, ensuring each class from 1st-6th class will receive a weekly 90 minute allocation for a 6 week block during the school year.
Sara took part in Intensive Special Yoga for Special Children Training (The Special Yoga Foundation UK,2017) where she learned the benefits of yoga as a therapeutic intervention and how to adapt it for chosen populations. She acquired a toolset to set up a Special Yoga Therapy programme in her school. She teaches Special Yoga Therapy to individual children in the school with more complex needs in a one-to-one setting. She completed Part 2 of Special Yoga Training in April 2019 and is now a certified Special Yoga Practitioner.
As part of this programme, resource teachers, SNAs and parents (when possible) are empowered to use the yoga tools themselves to work with the children on their own.