HAYOKA YOGA TEachers 

Sarah Hatcher

Teaches the Ashtanga Mysore Program

Sarah Hatcher grew up in Reno, Nevada USA and spent most of her youth skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Lake Tahoe. When she was seventeen, she began to practice hatha yoga to strengthen and heal her knees from competitive skiing. Five years later in 2000, she saw an Ashtanga yoga demonstration while studying at the University of Oregon, and from that point on, she began to practice Ashtanga yoga as much as she could and she has never stopped since.

 

Sarah began learning from Nancy Gilgoff, Christine Hoar and Randa Chehab. Her interest to study more led her to Mysore to study with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in 2008 and finally, to her beloved teachers David Garrigues and Dena Kingsberg. She also studies Sanskrit with David Miliotis at Ashtanga Yoga Orange County.


Sarah practised for eight years before she began to teach in the Mysore method. From 2008-2011 she founded Ashtanga Yoga Boise in Idaho, the USA where she learned how to manage, own and operate a studio and a successful Mysore programme.

 

From 2011-2012 Sarah moved to Philadelphia to study and assist David Garrigues, assist him with the opening of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia, and teach while he was travelling. 


In 2012 Sarah moved to Scotland where she began a Mysore programme in Aberdeen at Love Yoga; offered workshops in Glasgow, retreats at Ecoyoga Scotland and later became the Morning Mysore Director at Meadowlark Yoga from 2014-2019. Sarah is a Senior Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. Sarah teaches workshops throughout Scotland and offers retreats at Yoga in Salento in Italy.


David Garrigues has taught Sarah the third series of practice and Sarah is currently working on the fourth series in which she is learning from both David and Dena Kingsberg. Her daily yoga sutra practice keeps her balanced and at ease to quiet the intensity of the physical practice: also motherhood requires her to have a still seated practice so chanting and meditation have become just as important as the physical practice. 

 

Sarah has two sons, Dashiel, born in 2014 and Calvin, born in 2019. Returning to advanced practice after two children have been more than a challenge but a rewarding discovery of self which requires investigation on and off the mat. Sarah is experienced and capable of helping mothers adapt their practices while pregnant and will guide mothers after birth in a practical post-practice to get their bodies safely back into traditional ashtanga yoga practice.

 

Becoming a mother has made her appreciate the practice of ashtanga yoga even more: she is grateful for Guruji's teachings for constantly making her investigate her higher self; it is through daily practise that Sarah learns how to care for others in a most sincere way and teach in this same spirit.


When Sarah isn't on her mat chanting or practising, she is playing with her sons and her husband Tim, often walking in the hills; cooking, or studying Sanskrit.

Amy Kokoszka

Teachers the Ashtanga Mysore Program and Magic Yin Montly Evenings

Amy is the founder of Rathmines Collective that began back in January 2018. 

She currently teaches the Ashtanga Mysore Program and Yin in the Hayoka Studio.

View Amy's classes on the Hayoka Yoga Timetable.

Amy grew up on Cape Breton Island, Canada, a place with beautiful woods and forest, wild animals and waves of the Atlantic Ocean.  She was strongly influenced by her surroundings and multi-cultured community of Cape Breton including the Mi'kmaq Frist Nations People, her father's people of Poland and her mother's strong French Acadian and Irish roots. These reflect in her own spiritual life and later showed itself through her yoga practice and teaching. 

 

She holds a Master's Degree in Community Economic Development, a Bachelor of Arts Degree, along with holistic training and alternative practices. She credits much of her creativity and joy to a regular yoga practice. "Yoga came before all of these it has keeps me grounded through life, giving me the ability to hear myself with much more clarity."

 

Hatha yoga certified through Sivananda yet Asthanga yoga her became her main practice. This is where she learned to challenge her boundaries of comfort and limitations, pushing herself past her minds idea of whom she thought she was.

 

Amy started studing  Ashtanga yoga with Susanna Finocchi in Copenhagen Denmark in 2006 and 2007, R. Sarath Jois and  Sri K Pattabhi Jois in 2008 in Mysore and her main teacher David Garrigues out of Philadelphia since 2013. 

 

Her practice has evolved over the years as does the desire to delve deeper and continue to learn."What I love about yoga is that you can recreate the idea of whom you thought you were every time you step on the mat, by utilizing the body as a guide for the soul. Once the body is cleared, cleaned and centred you can hear with much greater clarity, what the soul has been trying to convey."

Amy has been teaching since 2000. She received her first  Teacher Training in classical Hatha yoga through Sivananda in Val-Morin, Canada, after living in the ashram for 6 months. She went on to study different modalities of Yoga including Ariel, Yin and her main practice Ashtanga. She believes having a spiritual practice or repetitive positive, self-reflecting daily action will keep the body clean and the mind steady so the spirit can work its way easily through this world.

Currently Amy teaches Yin Yoga and has for the last 6 years. Her studies with various teachers have given her a unique style of teaching that focuses on self-reflection, kindness, and getting honest with the self. She draws on all spiritual practices and yet feels closest to Native American practices.

Sanni Weber

Beginners Ashtanga Teacher

Sandra did her first yoga class with her Indian host mum, Sanju, in Pune, India in 2013. It was
5 Indian women in Kurti (normal linen clothing) and herself and the class were about
community, laughing, and movement. She went back a few times with Sanju and knew there
was some magic.
Running used to be where she would find that blissful moment of headspace but that
changed once she found Ashtanga yoga in 2017. Sandra learned in a traditional Mysore style
shala from John and Suzanne Forde. The vigorous and demanding asana practice in
combination with the other limbs fascinated her and she started practicing regularly. She
went back to India twice, studied pranayama and philosophy with BKS Iyengar and dived
deeper into Ayurveda. She started assisting in 2019 and trained with Alyson Simone and
Simon Loughlin in the North of Spain to deepen and strengthen her practice.
“It’s been a challenging and wonderful journey so far and I would be thrilled to encourage
and support others on their way.”

Hannah Dabrowsky

Teaches Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative and Yin

Hannah is a qualified hatha yoga teacher. She started practicing yoga nearly 10 years ago according to Iyengar Yoga. With her practice of yoga many other changes occurred in Hannah’s life, including vegetarianism and a conscious, healthy and balanced way of living.


Her gentle flow class is focused on correct alignment and breathing. She gives each student a time to correct a pose. Hannah strongly admires yoga philosophy and fundamentals based on the 8 limbs of yoga.

Her knowledge of body and anatomy comes from studies of Complementary Medicine, which she has finished in 2017. She is holistic massage therapist, reflexologist, Chinese medical massage and Tuina Consultant. In her regular therapeutic practice she often combines all holistic elements for the benefits of clients.

Hannah holds BA in Sociology and Social Care from University of Adam Mickiewicz Poznan/ Poland. Hannah can read tarot cards and makes her own homemade, preservatives free, natural skin care products. Privately Hannah is a mother of two lovely girls.

View Hannah's classes on the Hayoka Yoga Timetable.

Sara Makdessi

Teaches Hatha, Restorative and Vinyasa Yoga

For Sara, yoga is a tool to explore, feel and connect. When teaching yoga Sara likes to guide people into a journey of physical and emotional sensations. Mixing her knowledge of anatomy and visual art skills, Sara’s cues are precise, detailed and full of images, while keeping a playful flow.

Practicing yoga since 2010 with teachers in Lebanon, Germany and Ireland, Sara brings a mix of styles into the practice inspired by ashtanga, vinyasa, iyengar, yin, buddhist meditation and also jazz dance and functional movement.


Sara’s practice and teaching methods are highly influenced by her teachers: Mareike Thies, Greg Walsh, Rohan Hennessey and Elena Moreo.

View Sara's classes on the Hayoka Yoga Timetable.

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RATHMINES COLLECTIVE

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183 Rathmines Rd. Lower Dublin 6

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