Sophia Daly – 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.

 

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.

 

Dr. Lucy Weir – Philosophy Trainer

Lucy teaches the yoga philosophy module on all of our yoga teacher training courses and has a wealth of knowledge to share. Having started practicing yoga as a (very unhappy) teen in the Highlands of Scotland, Lucy trained with the YTTC (Yoga Therapy and Training Centre) in County Down in 2000-2002. She has done extensive further training, including with Donna Fahri, Christophe Mouze, and Julie Gudmestad, and is currently affiliated to YTI  (Yoga Therapy Ireland). She is also a writer and philosopher and has published work on ideas that changed the course of history, and on what it is to do good. She completed her PhD in Philosophy between 2010 and 2014 in NUIG, Galway and later in UCC, Cork.

She spent a number of years working as a volunteer (VSO) in Sudan, Indonesia and Kenya, followed by 17 years in Erris, in the far west of Mayo. She is now writing a book, and teaches yoga and yoga philosophy, as well as working with people who are deaf and blind, and mothering two teens long distance. As a marathon runner, Lucy recognises herself as having taken an endurance, tough love approach to most things. She is now focused, above all, on compassion and the ecological emergency. Her book will be titled Love is Green.

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

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.