Sophia – Founder of Hot Yoga Studios

Sophia, originally from Claremorris, Co Mayo, discovered Yoga in 2010 when she started practicing Bikram yoga in Dublin and after many years of practice and researching the market she founded Hot Yoga Studios Dundrum. Sophia initially trained as a yoga teacher in 2012 and then travelled to Koh Phangan, Thailand in 2017 to deepen her knowledge of yoga and mindfulness and expand her practice.

She has attended many workshops and retreats with some of the best international teachers including Josh Summers, Gypsyon, Jacob Manning, Bryce Yoga, Carson Calhoun, Adell Bridges and more.

The style of yoga that she is passionate about teaching is a dynamic hot vinyasa flow with an emphasis on meditation in movement and encouraging students to stay present throughout their practice. Sophia, along with their team of instructors, have built a warm welcoming studio and a wonderful yoga community. Sophia’s aim is to share the many physical and psychological benefits that yoga brings and to spread inspiration for joyful living.

Sophia teaches asana (postures) practice, vinyasa flow, pranayama (breath work), and mindfulness and meditation on our 200 Hour Teacher Training course.

Eimear Beardmore Lead Trainer on our 200hr Yoga Teacher Training 


Eimear Beardmore is the lead trainer for our upcoming 200 hour yoga alliance teacher training. She is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

Eimear’s first introduction to Yoga was at the age of 8, having maintained her practice throughout her teenage years she completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 and her 300hr with Bryce Yoga in August 2018. She also completed a Yin Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 and 2 with Josh Summers and a Chakra Mantra Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training with Shiva Rea in LA in 2014. She continued her studies as part of the Elbowroom Advanced Teacher Training. She graduated with a Masters in Dance from the University of Limerick in 2017. She had the opportunity to study with Yoga and Somatic Practitioners such as Lisa Petersen, Dave Curtis, Donna Farhi, BJ Galvan, David Swenson and Liz Koch to name but a few.

As a trained primary school teacher and part-time lecturer she is passionate about teaching and sharing the benefits physically, emotionally and psychologically that Yoga has to offer. She believe’s that connecting body and mind is at the heart of a yoga practice, practising in this way the opportunities for insight and self-reflection are endless providing fuel for a lifelong yoga practice that is adaptable and practical. She believes Yoga should be a creative and fun process.  Through her teaching of Vinyasa or Yin she aims to empower students to deepen their practice each time they arrive on their mat.


Sarah Lafferty

I believe the benefits of yoga are for every body, shape, size, age, gender and level of fitness. In every class I teach, I encourage you to listen deeply to your own body, and move and breath according to its whispers… It is from here, this quiet place deep inside all of us, that the magic of this ancient practice bears fruit.

I was first introduced to yoga by my mother when I was 8. I then dipped in and out of the practice before qualifying as a teacher in 2012. I immediately took a position as an assistant with the Awakened Life School of Yoga in Bali and devoted the next year to full-time study and practice. I have since studied with many teachers including international teachers Donna Farhi, Lisa Patterson and Brian Ingles. I am currently studying to become a Somatic Movement Educator.


Andrew Buivydas

Andrew started practising yoga 3 years ago, similar to many people, personal circumstances brought him into the practice. He completed his 200hr training in Init yoga in July 2017 and in August he started teaching in Boss Hot Yoga Studio and Init yoga. He also teaches corporate classes and covers classes for various studios in Dublin. Andrew is also a qualified quantity surveyor and works full time Monday to Friday.
Andrews style of teaching would be a strong power flow class building up towards a long final flow, which could include 2 flows combined together. His class would start with a slow flow and then building up to the main flow, peak pose or peak flow, depending on the student level and energy of the room.





Sue Paffrath

I discovered yoga over 15 years ago but did not start a dedicated and regular practice until I came in contact with the Ashtanga Vinyasa system in 2007. My main practice is mysore style Ashtanga Yoga.

I have completed a 500 hour yoga teacher training diploma with Yoga Therapy Ireland, which is accredited with Yoga Alliance. In addition to this, I have completed a 16 month training to become a Yoga Therapist, so that I can work one to one with people, or in therapy groups, using yoga to help with specific problems e.g. arthritis or addiction. During the day, I work as a Renal Nurse Specialist, and I have an honours degree in Natural Science from Trinity College, Dublin.

I have attended many workshops and retreats with some of the finest international teachers including Danny Paradise, David Williams, David Swenson, Brian Cooper, Laruga Glasser, Ana Forest, Claire

Missingham and Gingi Lee. I whole heartedly believe in the incredibly transformative nature of yoga, a spiritual practice which has become an integral part of my life. As a practitioner, I have first-hand experience of the many enriching aspects of yoga including; stress reduction and relaxation, improved strength and flexibility, increased focus, concentration, clarity and equanimity, greater breath and body awareness, and in general, better coping skills with life’s stresses.

Sue is the lead trainer on anatomy and physiology on our 200 Hour Teacher Training course.

 Veronica Vincenzi

Veronica comes from Bologna – Italy, where she started her yoga journey in 2010 at the age of thirty. Driven by the great passion for Yoga, in the summer of 2011, she achieved the TTC 200h Yoga Alliance certificate at the India Yoga School of Mysore – India with Bharath Shetty. In September 2011 she had started to teach in several places around Bologna, becoming a full-time hatha yoga teacher. In the meantime she continued her training with Jones Tonelli and other famous Italian teachers for several years, attending many workshops and courses on Pranayama, Mudras and Bandhas, Yoga Nidra techniques and Mantras study.

Veronica teaches postures workshops and asana practice and breaks down postures going into more detail with the alignment in each posture on our 200 Hour Teacher Training course.





AmyCharlie Savory 

AmyCharlie promotes positive mental psychology through Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation to make the world a healthier and happier place. She is originally from London and traveled to India  in 2015 for 6 months to qualify as a Yoga teacher and learn more about Ayurveda. Whist teaching in London she continued to study meditation when she returned. Amy Charlie uses a creative mix of Hatha, Ashtanga and mindful meditation leaving you feeling balanced, relaxed and lighter.