‘Yoga is a mirror to look at ourselves from within.’B.K.S. Iyengar
Sophia has been practising yoga for nearly two decades and has been teaching since 2012. With a strong background in dance, yoga always felt very natural to her. Whilst studying in Trinity College, Dublin she was exposed to a wide variety of different styles of classes and teachers through her work on the committee of the Trinity Yoga Society. In 2010 she embarked upon a 500 hour 2-year training programme with Yoga Therapy Ireland. This YTT course has a focus on yoga’s therapeutic and mentally and physically transformative power. Sophia believes in the importance of inclusion in yoga and works to make yoga accessible to everyone regardless of experience, body type or physical condition.
Sophia is based in North Wicklow, Ireland, between the sea and the mountains. She has always had a strong connection with nature and the cycle of the seasons and weaves this connection into her classes.
Yoga for Mental Health
Sophia believes in yoga as a tool for building greater bodily awareness and connecting with oneself. Yoga can be a fantastic asset for improving one’s mental health if used in the right way. She has taught regular classes for patients in St. Patrick’s psychiatric hospital and has taken part in courses with Eat Breathe Thrive to manage and treat eating disorders using yoga and mindfulness practices.
Yoga for Kids
Sophia qualified as a primary school teacher in 2009 and has been teaching in schools in Ireland and abroad ever since. She believes yoga is a perfect tool for promoting well-being in the classroom and uses it with her students throughout the day. She also has been running after-school yoga clubs for nearly 5 years where she encourages exploring movements of the body, stillness and breathing in a playful way.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Sophia has been developing her mindfulness practice since 2002 when she first encountered the work of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh at his practice centre, Plum Village, in the south of France and in 2009 she set up the first Wake Up group in Dublin based on these teachings. She has gone on to do courses in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-based Self-Compassion and has participated in meditation retreats in Ireland, France, Germany and Nepal.
Having danced for many years, Sophia has always been drawn to the functional elements of strength and flexibility, the anatomy of movement and how to build solid, protective foundations in our joints and core muscles. In 2013 she completed a Pilates Mat Level 1 and 2 Teacher Training with Susan Church at the Pilates Teacher Training Institute, Ireland. This training has informed how Sophia teaches yoga and she also runs Pilates conditioning workshops for dance groups and sports teams.