Yoga Essence is a dedicated space for yoga and meditation and is run and owned by Sonya Harnett, a fully qualified yoga teacher with Yoga Therapy Ireland, a certified Yoga Alliance Course (RYS 500hrs). Sonya worked in a corporate environment for many years and was seeking a change. Along the way, yoga had been a constant in her life and has been practising for over 13 years guiding her through the cycles of life.
Her love of yoga brought her to study a 6 month Yoga Foundation Course with YTI. This led her to undertake the Yoga Teacher Training Diploma Course also with Yoga Therapy Ireland with a total of 500 training hours to include a strong emphasis on Anatomy & Physiology. She has to date up to 1000 hours of to include extra training through attending regular in service training days, seminars and weekends to maintain her ongoing learning. She has a a particular interest in an embodied approach to mindful movement. Sonya is also qualified to teach Pregnancy and Post-Natal Yoga both a YTI certified course. She attends regular updated additional training seminars. Having two young children herself, she has experienced first hand the wonderful benefits of a Pregnancy Yoga and the general support that these classes offer to women at their very special time.
Mindful Meditation plays an very important part of her daily life of which she continues to deepen her learning and awareness through on-going personal study. She also facilitates these courses at the studio and continues to deepen her own personal daily practice and attends regular training days.
She is very grateful to have experienced teachings from Leslie Kaminoff from The Breathing Project and YogaAnatomy.org, Julie Gudmestad, (Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Physical Therapist) Tara Fraser (Yoga Junction London), Zoe Knott (British Wheel of Yoga) and Michael Ryan.
Sonya is also a Reiki Master & Practitioner (Usui Tera-Mai) and is grateful to be offering healing appointments from the studio. She is currently undertaking studies in Sound Healing Therapy of which is she has completed Level one and will completing to Sound Therapist Level early next year 2020.
Her classes include a fluid practice using the foundation of breath centred awareness. She is influenced by the teachings of Leslie Kaminoff and Donna Farhi to include a deeply mindful approach to all movement. She also has an interest in Body Mind Centering that she blends together in her own yoga practice and offers a creative, fluid and grounding practice catering for a complete beginner student to the more experienced student. Her classes also offer a deeply therapeutic approach offering modifications to students whom are recovering from injury or illness.
She continues to attend regular training, seminars, workshops and Yoga Days to further develop her yoga journey and believes that we are all students for life of yoga. She is very passionate about yoga and her mission is to introduce its wonderful therapeutic benefits and self care to everyone in her surrounding community along with the excellent support of the wonderful yoga teachers based at the studio.