Sophia – Founder of Hot Yoga Studios
Sophia 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.
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 community where their members feel at home and have become their good friends. Their aim is to spread inspiration for joyful living and to share the yoga love.
Sophia teaches asana (postures) practice, vinyasa flow, pranayama (breath work), and mindfulness and meditation on our 200 Hour Teacher Training course.
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 I 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.
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 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.
Chris has a real passion for Yoga. After practicing for several years, he travelled to Goa, India, to get certified as a 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. Currently working in Google, he has given 100+ classes with a unique style combining meditation, the classical Yoga poses, breathwork and relaxation.
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.