Teacher Profiles

Paddy Hamill

Position: Founder / Director / Owner


Paddy is the Director of `Santosha Yoga` and is responsible for the development, direction and delivery of the various yoga teacher training courses. 

He has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. A passionate advocate of the benefits of Yoga he brings a wealth of experience  to his teaching which is underpinned by student safety and is delivered with a down to earth approach. He teaches a range of classes and encourages every student to work at a level that is appropriate for them. His classes will help progressively build strength, stamina and flexibility. 

His teaching is characterized by precision, correct alignment and attention to detail. He believes that these fundamentals will lead to a sustainable, integrated and injury free practice. 

The Studio is also the head office of `Santosha Yoga Training` which provides various training courses for those students wishing to train as yoga teachers or who would simply like to enjoy learning more about Yoga. Many hundreds of yoga trainess have passed through our doors successfully completing a wide range of courses. Paddy has been training yoga teachers for over 15 years and as director of Santosha Yoga Training he oversees, promotes and continues to further develop courses, workshops and training so that students are provided with a long term, sustainable and integrated structure of support and development.


Ita Manderson

Position: Teacher

Ita`s first introduction to yoga began 12 years ago when trying to escape from the freezing temperatures of a Canadian winter. She immediately felt a sense of " having arrived ". Yoga was a revelation to her, the missing link in her understanding of body, mind and soul.

Having found her path she successfully completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Diploma in 2005, since then she has been teaching here in Santosha as well as in and around Belfast. As part of her on - going training and professional development she has completed her Yoga for Pregnancy Diploma as well as her `Yoga Buddies` Yoga for Kids course.

In her professional capacity she initially trained as a nurse and then a Midwife and has 25 years experience in this field. Through this background she has a strong interest in human anatomy and physiology and a particularly keen interest in womens` health and well being. She is also a trained Reflexologist.

Full of enthusiasm for yoga, she  continues to explore and apply her holistic approach in the many classes she teaches and keeps developing and furthering her own practice by attending many workshops around the country. She is well known for her strong and dynamic classes, sprinkled with humour, but teaches with great intuition and recognises the needs of each individual student to keep them safe in their practice. Her genuine down to earth style and engaging manner encourages her students to step out of their comfort zone and unlock their true potential.


Bruce White

Position: Teacher

Bruce's interest in Yoga began in his teens, snippets of information kindled his curiosity and connection with this age old practice. However it was the mid 90’s before he began a regular Hatha Yoga practice. Reading Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras around the same lead to the practical and philosophical aspects of Yoga becoming intertwined as his study and exploration of Yoga began in earnest.

In 2001 he undertook his first teacher training with the YTTC, and subsequently began teaching in 2002. This was soon followed by teacher training in Pranayama and Ashtanga Vinyasa.

An exposure to Vinyasa Krama ten years ago, radically changed his practice, and this led to many years of intensive study and training in this style of Yoga, which deeply informs his current teaching. In recent years he has undertaken and graduated from year one and two of the OM Kara Kriya, training in Yoga and Tantra.

He feels grateful and much indebted to have had the opportunity to study with teachers, lineages and traditions whom have conveyed yoga into the present day, and he aims to pass on the clarity and richness of these teachings in his classes.


Blanche Thompson

Position: Teacher

Blanche has been practicing yoga since 2005. She has completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Diploma, Yoga for Kids and Special Needs. She has also completed a 2 year Iyengar teacher training course and Diplomas in Pranayama and Meditation.

She travels regularly to India where she further develops both her knowledge and practice with local teachers, where there is a strong emphasis placed on the breath.  She teaches Yoga for Kids in the Studio and runs Family Yoga Workshop. Blanche is the only licensed Practioner in Ireland to deliver Yoga for the Special Child – The Sonia Sumar Method which supports children with disabilities

Blanche is an accredited Safeguarding (Child Protection) Trainer. It is in this role that she contributes to the Yoga for Kids and Yoga for Athletes courses to ensure good and appropriate practice in relation to child protection. 


Gill Henderson

Position: Teacher

 

 

Practising Yoga since 1991 and teaching since 2002 Gill is passionate about  Yoga as a way of life. She has been teaching at Santosha Yoga Studio since the doors opened in 2004 where she teaches, Pregnancy Yoga , Hypno Yoga for Birth and Postnatal & Baby Yoga. 

In 2003 she pioneered Pregnancy Yoga in Northern Ireland, having trained with Birthlight Perinatal Yoga in London under Dr Francoise Freedman and Uma Dinsmore Tuli. 

In 2004 she began to teach women Postnatally and in 2005 qualified to teach Baby Yoga and Smart Toddler Yoga with Birthlight and in 2009, she qualified in Baby Massage with The International Association of Infant Massage ( IAIM ).

She fell in love with Mantra Yoga in 2005 and bought her first harmonium and has continued to immerse herself in voicework and the ancient art of Mantra Yoga, under the discipline of Swamis and teachers of the Bihar School of Yoga. 

Her Yoga travels and studies are extensive and have taken her to many countries including, India, Hawaii, France, Egypt, Canada, Turkey, Greece and the USA.  She has been very privileged to train, study and be inspired by some of the world's leading teachers and Swamis - Paramahamsa Niranjananada, Swami Nishchalananda, Michael McCann, Donna Farhi, David Sye, Marlene Mawhinney, David Swenson, Kaustab Desikachar and Elise Browning Miller. 

In 2015/ 2016 she trained to teach Yoga for Scoliosis with Elise Browning Miller in California in the Iyengar Yoga tradition. The training released an old injury to her thoracic spine so that she could now stand taller and straighter. Her daily practice of Yoga for Scoliosis has relieved her back pain and helped to correct a structural Scoliosis she had suffered since youth. She has also witnessed first-hand the amazing effect of Yoga for Scoliosis on students' confidence body shape and pain management. 

Also in 2016 she trained to teach 'Yoga for Stress, Depression Anxiety and Sleep' , with Dr Hania Kramhund at Mandala Yoga Ashram . She has seen how Yoga counteracts such crippling conditions with the healing gifts of deep peace and restfulness.

Her intensive training in Hypno Yoga for Birth in 2017 has immeasurably enriched what she offers as a widely experienced Pregnancy Yoga teacher so that she can share with mothers and babies this innovative, deeply transformative practice. 

Yoga’s spiritual journey continues to uplift and inspire Gill, may you be equally transformed by this ancient path of self integration.


Ros Espey

Position: Teacher

Ros has been teaching at Santosha for 5 years. She initially began to teach Pilates and then progressed to yoga after the completion of her 200 hour Yoga Teaching Diploma and Level Two training courses in 2011 and 2012. She is currently a registered Yoga Alliance uk chartered level 1 teacher.

Ros teaches a number of classes in the Studio -  incorporating sun salutations, meditation in the asanas as well as a flow through varied sequences of asanas. Yoga aids balance and coordination, focusing on creating greater flexibility in muscles, mobility of the joints while at the same time building strength and stamina. This is all guided by awareness of the breath.   

The primary aim of the class is to reach out and find the hidden YOU - draw out all of your potential, release your fire from within and be happy!


Susan Reid

Position: Teacher

Susan Reid - Yoga Teacher, EFT Master Practitioner and Modern Stress management Facilitator; Motivation Therapist and Coach.

Susan  discovered yoga in the early `90s while juggling the responsibilities of caring for twin babies and full time work as a senior manager in Health and Social services. Building on her  experience of 23 years as a senior manager in health and social services and the not for profit sector  she retrained in 2014 as a clinical hypnotherapist and NLP coach. In August 2015  she  trained with Bridin McKenna to qualify as a Master Practitioner in EFT ( Emotional Freedom Technique)  and then in November went on to qualify as a Modern Stress Management Consultant. She is a 200 hr Santosha Yoga qualified teacher.She has a particular interest in stress and the evidence based therapies that allow us to not just remove the interference of stress from our mind and bodies but actually to feel, act and think better. She see’s yoga in all it’s aspects as an essential survival toolkit for 21st century living .Susan’s personal experience of yoga has fuelled her aim is to make yoga accessible to everyone who has an interest and a desire to “ get on the mat”.


Tessa Ann Greer

Position: Teacher

Yoga Teacher, Sound Therapist, DJ and Dance Fitness Instructor.

Tessa Ann has practiced yoga for many years on and off the mat.

The Yoga philosophy has seen her through many personal experiences and she continues to maintain this philosophy throughout her life and work.

She is naturally drawn to slow, explorative yoga through the mediums of restorative yoga, yin yoga, breath and slow, breath led movement.

Tessa Ann's overall delivery will include aspects of all of the above complemented by sound.  To encourage connection with the self, gain a deeper awareness of the body and liberation of the mind.

As an energy therapist and EFT Practitioner she also incorporates these techniques into her sessions.

Tessa Ann aims to facilitate a gentle, but strengthening practice.  Providing space for a powerful and empowering experience.


Kieran Megahey

Position: Teacher

Kieran`s initial introduction to yoga was by way of an invitation from his daughter to attend a Hot Yoga class (Bikram) to relieve niggling back and shoulder problems. Almost immediately he was hooked by the shear physicality of the practice and how good he felt afterwards.  He gradually increased the number of weekly classes and explored other styles of Yoga e.g. Ashtanga, Iyengar, Flow and Hatha Yoga.

His journey into Yoga continued with increased frequency for another 6/7 years, culminating in the successful completion of his 200 Hour Santosha Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course in 2015. Studying the origins, anatomy, ethos and philosophy of Yoga also awakened an important spiritual dimension in his practice and he realized that Yoga could also be an inward journey of body-mind sensitivity and self-discovery.

As well as the health benefits, Yoga offers self-reflection, the practice of kindness and self-compassion, connecting to what we already have ~ to who we already are. In Kieran`s Yoga classes you can expect an integrated approach with emphasis on flexibility, stress relief, health, and physical fitness.  All practitioners are welcome, from complete beginners to the more experienced.


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