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.
Classes at An Sanctoir
10.30am – 12.00pm Yoga: Corinna Fisher – 087 939 5571
19.30 – 21.00 – Qi Gong: Sam Muller – 086 892 8692
18.15 – 19.15 Okido Yoga: Betty O’Toole – 087 797 2059
19:45 – 21:15 Iyengar Yoga: Irene McCarthy – 0860751632
11.30 – 1.00 Dance Time: Patricia O’Sullivan – 0860604647
17:00 – 18:00 Kids Yoga with Lisa Lionheart – 0857838202
9.30 am – 10.45 Tai Chi, Qigong & Meditation with Mark Van Dam – 086-1591881
Teachers at An Sanctoir
- Corinna Fisher
- Irene McCarthy
- Sigi Berndt
- Claire Osborne
- Ellie La Trobe-Bateman
- Mukhande Kaur
- Mark van Dam
- Bella Hancock
- Clair Lalor
- Betty O’Toole
- Corina Thornton
- Ben Townsend
- Tara Brandel
Corinna Fisher started her interest in all matters of the moving body 30 years ago during extensive dance training. This included the Alexander Technique which she studied at degree level. Spirituality and self development have been ongoing over the years. Corinna has worked extensively in various community settings here and abroad, teaching and learning.
Injuries, stress and a desire to find ways of supporting body, mind and emotions led her to Yoga and all its many aspects. Yoga has been transformational and healing. She is also a professional masseur and body worker, carrying out her favourite techniques of Lomi Lomi Nui from Hawaii and Thai Yoga massage.
Corinna teaches Yoga regularly in West Cork from her home in Schull, and also the Yoga Diploma for new trainee yoga teachers in Cork City and Waterford. She works as a massage therapist at the Maritime Spa in Bantry and from home.
Corinna is a parent and active community member and feels that all her many experiences and trainings so far come together in her unique teaching practice. Her training is ongoing in all areas. She is working towards her 500 hour Advanced Certificate in Yoga and travels regularly to immerse further in the healing aspects of massage.
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.
Sigi Berndt is a certified FELDENKRAIS® Practitioner. She has graduated from the Feldenkrais Training of Petra Koch in Hamburg, Germany and is joining the International Feldenkrais Federation (IFF).
Decades ago Moshé Feldenkrais raised the idea that all movements we make are learned. And all the limitations we have are because they are learned, and not because we can ́t do something.
A Feldenkrais lesson is creating the conditions for yourself to learn about your potential.
“Making the impossible possible,
the possible easy
and the easy elegant”
(Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais)
“The Feldenkrais Method is at the leading edge of the emerging field of somatic education. Based on the work of Moshé Feldenkrais (1904 – 84) and influenced by his expertise in physics, engineering and judo, the Feldenkrais Method draws together both the science and the art of human movement. It is unique in that it is based on sound mechanical and neurological principles and yet is easily accessible through simple practical lessons.
Through its emphasis on experiential learning, the method offers a means to improve many aspects of everyday life from sitting and walking more comfortably to performing a highly developed
skill more efficiently, to easier interpersonal relations. Through exploring patterns of everyday movement, the Method encourages the discovery of new possibilities and choices. The Feldenkrais
Method can be experienced in group classes in Awareness through Movement as well as in individual lessons in Functional Integration.”
(from Sussex Feldenkrais Training)
Contact Sigi on 028-48260 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For people of all levels of experience. Asanas, Breath work, relaxation and meditation. Claire will bring you through a steady, nourishing class, focusing on awareness and being in the body, combining traditional practices with contemporary teachings. Adaptations for those with more limited movement or medical conditions.
Health and wellness for body, mind and heart throughout your pregnancy and preparation for a positive birth. Including asanas, Breath work, deep relaxation, meditation and practices for labour and birth.
• relieve tension, promote strength and ease the discomforts of pregnancy.
• promote vitality develop body awareness.
• balance and develop positive mental and emotional patterns.
• learn how to manage pain and anxiety.
Claire has been practicing yoga since 1994, and teaching since 2001. She has done specialist trainings in Yoga Therapy, Pregnancy and post-natal yoga, Womb yoga for women’s health, Therapeutic Massage, and experiential anatomy. She has worked with renowned teachers such as Angela Farmer, Victor Van Hooten, Judith Hanson-Lasater, Tias Little, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and teachers of the Satyananda Tradition. She has also studied for 14 years with her mentor, Suprapto Suryadarmo, from Indonesia, founder of Amerta Movement (an awareness through movement practice).
Contact Claire on 086 213 4080
For Ellie’s Alchemy Yoga: A powerful class working mentally, energetically and physically; through the mental, astral and spiritual body to alchemise towards our greatest potential. The class is made up of a 50:50 yang:yin practice. This includes higher intensity asana, pranayama, kriya, deep stretching and meditation. The class builds agni/fire within and use that to help alchemise any long standing / short term issue. This class is advised for people who have had an existing yoga / are physically-emotionally-mentally prepared for a higher intensity practice.
Ellie trained in raja yoga in 2009 & perinatal yoga in 2013. Her classes are light hearted, filled with meditative breath work, mindfulness and deeper reflections. She trained in India and continues to develop her practice and learning as an esoteric student and daily self practice and meditation. She has taught a range of yoga forms including vinyasa, upbeat yoga, hot yoga, 5 rhythms, and hatha. She is a big believer in people finding the right yoga for them at each point in their lives, and thus set up all roots,
which is now running yoga festivals across the UK working with local and regional teachers.
Ellie moved to West Cork with her husband Ruadhan at the end of 2013 to have their first child at the end of March 2014. Life has changed a lot and she loves living in Ballydehob for the people, environment and to be close to the sea. She loves swimming in the sea…whatever the temperature!
Contact Ellie on 086 084 3328
These sacred teachings were brought to the west by Yogi Bhajan, who spoke a lot about the shift into the Aquarian age, and particularly 2012, a time of profound universal change. He taught that at times people may experience “cold depression” which can manifest as apathy, numbness, a feeling of being unable to move through life, but these sacred teachings can help us build a strong yoga and meditation practice to give us many tools to develop our intuitive powers, a strong nervous system and clarity of mind enabling us to overcome any challenge natural or man-made!
Ongoing classes are suitable for beginners as well as people who have practiced yoga before. It will offer an opportunity to balance yourself, starting from wherever you (and your body) are. Adaptations can be made to all postures for people with different needs and abilities (Please inform me of your needs before the class). New comers are welcome to join classes at any time.
Mukhande has been practicing various types of yoga since 1988, After discovering kundalini yoga 5 years ago she was inspired to become a yoga teacher. She is certified as a kundalini yoga teacher KYTA. She is also a certified children’s yoga teacher (the Radiant Child Programme).
Contact Mukhande on 086 175 1580
Drop in lessons €16. 5 lesson course €60. Concessions available.
Contact Mark on 023 8857370 / 086 1591881
I first practiced Yoga as a child, when I was introduced tothe practice by a family friend. My interest in Yoga, dance and movement grew throughout my teens and early twenties. I was fortunate enough to attend classes in both Yoga and contemporary dance at high school, and then practiced for many years on and off until I undertook the commitment to train as a Yoga teacher and deepen my study of Yoga and meditation in 2000. I trained with Charlie Stevens and Marianne Gabriel in their school, Contemporary Yoga in Cork, Ireland (www.contemporaryyoga.ie).
From this foundation of classical Hatha Yoga, rooted in the Sivananda and Kripalu traditions, I went on to study and explore other styles of Yoga that inform my practice and my teaching. I have studied with Internationally renowned teachers Diane Long, Sophy Hoare, Donna Farhi, Uma Dinsmore- Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli and have a strong connection to the teachings of Swami Satyananda Saraswati and have practiced and studied with teachers of this lineage. I have also studied Iyengar Yoga, Scaravelli Yoga and other movement practices such as Feldenkrais, Somatic movement and Qi Gong .
I have trained in Yoga therapy modules- Yoga for womens health and Yoga Nidra with Yoga Campus UK. I am trained in Pre and Post natal yoga with YTTC Ireland and in teaching Yoga to children with Yogakids US. I have been teaching for 13 years, and have taught all kinds of people from ages 0- 90! I have worked with community groups, active retirement groups, adults with physical and learning difficulties, women’s groups, new mothers with their babies, children and teenagers. I work regularly for my local health authority.
I teach Restorative Yoga classes – offering stress management and deep relaxation through Yogic techniques, meditation and mindfulness. I have just returned from a two month trip to South America where I was fortunate enough to offer teaching of Yoga/ dance/ movement to disadvantaged women and teenagers.
I have studied dance forms such as 5 rhythms, contemporary dance, authentic movement, contact improvisation and Oriental dance (Bellydance) I began training intensively in the art of Oriental dance in 2001. I trained initially in Tribal style bellydance with Marius griffin and Dee Cotter, and then decided to explore the roots of the dance by travelling to Egypt and north Africa.
I have studied with teachers such as Beatrice Grognard, Leila Haddad, Wendy Buonaventura, Jane Wass, The Raqs Sharqi society UK, Hossam and Serena Ramzy, Karine Butchart and Myriam Szabo (Yumma Mudra).
In 2006 I joined with the project Danza Duende (www.danzaduende.org) and am a committed student and guest teacher of this project which was created by Yumma Mudra as a way to transmit the concept of developing our basic human goodness, discovering our natural inherent potential and offering joy through our art. “dancing life”. This training is connected with Tibetan Buddhism and the daily practice of meditation an integral part of it.
I teach regular classes to women and children in Ireland, of Oriental dance, gypsy dance and Danza Duende. At present I am working on a new project, Devi Dance. This is a fusion of Yoga, bellydance and Duende dance. Over the years, I have co- facilitated women’s gatherings, and a big part of my work has been facilitating sharings of dance as an offering .
I also worked as a doula for many years, supporting women through birth, and have three grown up children.My own practice and how I see yoga and dance in my life For me , Yoga, meditation and dance are constant daily journeys of discovery and renewal. Yoga connects me to the wisdom of the heart, to resting in the present moment, and to the river of life as it flows through and around us all. These practices bring a sense of freedom to body and mind, connecting me back to the heart of who I am. The alignment and opening in asana practice creating space and freedom in the body and senses, and quietening the mind in meditation offering space, peace and connection in daily life. Oriental dance and Arabic music are my passion..I love to share this dance with women and girls. In my experience teaching this form of dance, there is incredible joy and sharing between people, and women seem to just love this dance form, and find a deep resonance and pleasure in it.
When I step on to my mat to practice or put on music and dance, there is always a sense of coming home…Yoga and movement connect me more deeply to myself and reminds me of my connection to all of life..that I am not a separate being. Moving my body brings life and vitality to forgotten or neglected places. Every time I practice it is a different experience. Taking that time to stop, to listen with my senses to where I am and what I need, is always transformational. Whether I am challenging my physical body in dynamic practice, or resting in Restorative poses, sitting in meditation, or lying in savasana, or dancing…the end result is always that something shifts for me, and I feel more alive, more connected and more myself.
My Yoga teaching style
My classes are energizing and yet suitable for all levels of experience. Drawing on my own experience, from Iyengar, Scaravelli and the Satyananda traditions I offer classes that focus on alignment, personal enquiry, release and opening to what is there. My teaching has strong roots in classical Hatha yoga, and yet there is space for exploration within that. I readily adapt the practice to the individual, so that everyone can benefit from the experience. There is a strong emphasis on the breath in the practice, and I use Pranayama, sometimes combined with sound and Mudra, as a way to connect with ourselves and deepen our experience of life. I often incorporate Restorative postures and Yoga Nidra into my regular classes.
Please contact Bella on 086 8910099 for more information.