Course tutors profiles

Paddy Hamill

Position: Founder, Director & Owner of Santosha Yoga

Paddy is the driving force behind the diverse array of courses offered at Santosha. With over 25 years of yoga practice under his belt, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role as director of studies, lead tutor, and main contributor on the 200-hour Diploma Course, Level Two, and Yoga for Athletes teacher training courses.

Paddy has meticulously crafted a comprehensive range of courses designed to support students in achieving their short, medium, and long-term goals in yoga. His approach is rooted in a highly structured and integrated framework of learning, ensuring that students can access and realize their full potential.

As a Yoga Alliance UK registered Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT), Paddy holds the highest accreditation available to yoga teachers in Ireland and the UK. This prestigious designation reflects his unwavering commitment to maintaining an exceptional standard of teaching. When you train under Paddy's guidance, you can rest assured that you're learning from a seasoned professional who is dedicated to providing a top-tier educational experience.

Paddy's expertise extends beyond traditional yoga training. He has pursued an ongoing program of in-depth study, delving into areas such as Anatomy & Physiology, Pranayama, and Yoga Assessment. He continuously seeks to deepen his understanding of all aspects of yoga through personal practice and further study, ensuring that his knowledge remains current and comprehensive.

Despite his impressive credentials, Paddy approaches teaching with a down-to-earth and easy-going attitude. His relaxed and welcoming demeanor creates a supportive learning environment where students feel comfortable and at ease throughout their training. With Paddy's guidance, you'll embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and growth, supported by a teacher who is not only highly experienced but also genuinely invested in your success.



Michael Mc Cann

Position: Senior tutor






Michael stands as a beacon of knowledge and reverence in the realm of yoga wisdom and philosophy throughout Ireland. His extensive dedication to study and introspection has endowed him with a profound reservoir of insight, which he generously shares with his students.

Having undergone rigorous training under the esteemed Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati of Mandala Yoga Ashram, Michael has honed his expertise in yoga philosophy, subtle anatomy, and meditation. His teachings have left an indelible mark on leading yoga schools across Ireland, where he has served as a pillar of wisdom and guidance.

At Santosha, Michael takes on the pivotal role of delivering the Yoga Philosophy module within the esteemed 200-hour course. As a seasoned tutor with years of teaching experience, he adeptly illuminates the intricacies of this captivating subject, leading students on a journey of profound exploration and understanding.

Michael's teaching approach is characterized by a blend of wisdom, compassion, and gentle humor. His ability to distill complex concepts into digestible insights fosters a deep sense of connection and engagement among his students. With Michael's guidance, learners not only gain a deeper understanding of yoga philosophy but also find inspiration to integrate its principles into their own lives and practices.


Paul Rutherford

Position: Course tutor

Paul is not just a qualified yoga instructor; he's a seasoned educator with a strong academic background. Armed with a degree in Health, Physical Activity, and Sport, along with a Master's in Education, Paul's expertise is unparalleled. He brings a wealth of experience to his role as the instructor for the Anatomy for Yoga module.

Paul's teaching philosophy is rooted in active learning. He believes that true understanding comes from putting theory into practice. In his module, students don't just learn about the human body; they experience it firsthand. With a focus on the breath-movement connection and the importance of mindful movement, Paul guides students through a journey of self-discovery on the mat.

Beyond his academic achievements, Paul is deeply passionate about yoga. With over two decades of teaching and coaching experience, he has dedicated himself to continuous learning and personal growth. Currently pursuing a Doctorate in Health Studies, Paul's research focuses on the benefits of yoga for children's physical and socio-emotional well-being, highlighting his commitment to using yoga as a tool for positive change.

Paul's dedication to his craft and his profound understanding of anatomy and movement make him an invaluable asset to the Santosha community. Through his teachings, students not only gain a deeper understanding of the human body but also develop a greater sense of mindfulness and self-awareness in their practice and in their lives beyond the mat.


Kay Scorah

Position: Guest tutor

Kay's journey is a fascinating tapestry of diverse experiences and unwavering passion for self-discovery. Graduating with honours in Biochemistry from the University of London in 1976, Kay's academic pursuits provided a solid foundation for her subsequent adventures.

Following a transformative stint at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysik in Frankfurt, Kay embarked on an unexpected detour into the world of advertising. Despite the unconventional shift, she excelled in the field, showcasing her innate creativity and strategic prowess.

In 1988/89, Kay's thirst for exploration led her to Los Angeles, where she delved into the world of acting at the renowned Beverly Hills Playhouse. It was during this time that her profound connection to yoga, ignited in 1968, deepened significantly.

Kay's journey with yoga has been a continuous evolution, marked by a relentless pursuit of knowledge and growth. Drawing inspiration from a diverse array of yoga traditions, she has immersed herself in classes and workshops led by esteemed teachers, enriching her practice and understanding.

In addition to her dedication to yoga, Kay has honed her skills in dance and physical theater, culminating in the attainment of her yoga diploma from Yoga Therapy Ireland.

As an instructor, Kay brings a wealth of experience and insight to the table. With a unique blend of creativity, focused awareness, and unwavering dedication, she empowers her students to unlock their full potential on their yoga journey. Under her guidance, students are not just practitioners; they are explorers, delving deep into the realms of self-awareness and transformation. Kay's presence is not just impactful; it's illuminating, nurturing, and profoundly inspiring.


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