Please contact our professional and qualified teachers before coming to a class for the first time

– Teachers details are below

If you would like to book An Sanctoir for a workshop or a series of classes,

please see the BOOKINGS page for details.


Weekly Classes at An Sanctoir


18.15 – 19.15  –   Okido Yoga – Betty O’Toole  –  087 797 2059

19.45 – 21.15 – Iyengar Yoga –  Irene McCarthy  –  086 075 1632



9.30-10.30 – Tai Chi & Qigong – Mark VanDam – 086 1591881


Teachers at An Sanctoir

Irene McCarthy


Irene’s yoga journey began as a teenager when she went to classes with her mom. In 1998 she began attending classes taught by Iyengar Yoga teacher Laurence O’Toole. She was impressed by the level of precision and the commitment to proper alignment. The high standard of teaching also impressed her as well as the use of props. Through the skillful use of props B.K.S. Iyengar has made yoga accessible to everyone. From there on she has maintained a regular yoga practice. After being encouraged by her teacher, Irene began teacher training and became a fully qualified and certified Iyengar Yoga teacher in 2008.She has and continues to attend many classes and workshops both here and in the U.K. including a workshop taught by Geetha Iyengar. *Teacher certification Iyengar Yoga teachers devise sequences of yoga poses, which build skill and understanding, from posture to posture, and from class to class. They use their deep-seated knowledge of the asanas and anatomy to individualise corrections for each student, including those with specific problems. Students know they are observed and, if necessary, adjusted. Clear demonstrations of the yoga postures, keen observation skills, specific teaching points which awaken the body’s intelligence – these are the marks of an Iyengar Yoga teacher. Use of the certification mark indicates that an Iyengar Yoga teacher has completed at least three years of regular Iyengar yoga classes, two years teacher training and has successfully passed two or more rigorous assessments. Iyengar Yoga teachers are required to maintain their professional development each year to qualify for continued use of the mark. The Iyenger Yoga mark is a guarantee of excellence, clarity and dept of understanding. *M.I.Y.I.

Mark Van Dam

Mark-van-Dam Tai Chi and Meditation lessons with With over 20 years experience, Mark found that many of his students in our fast paced western world seek immediate benefits. That is certainly possible in his group and (semi-) private lessons available around Cork and County. The quick and easy to learn Tai Chi And Chi Gong Styles being taught by Mark van Dam mixes the benefits of meditation with healthy exercise. Muscles, sinews and joints are gently stretched. Through correct breathing maximum oxygen/blood/chi is circulated around the whole body. There is meditation at the end of the lesson.Wear loose fitting clothing and have an extra top and soft soled

Drop in lessons €16. 5 lesson course €60. Concessions available.

Contact Mark on 023 8857370 / 086 1591881