Teacher Profiles

Paddy Hamill

Position: Founder / Director / Owner


Paddy, the Director of Santosha Yoga, oversees both Santosha Yoga Studio and Santosha Yoga Training, embodying over 25 years of dedicated practice and advocacy for yoga's transformative benefits. His teaching philosophy prioritizes student safety and accessibility, grounded in a practical approach.

Offering a variety of classes tailored to different skill levels, Paddy encourages students to honor their individual capabilities. His classes focus on cultivating strength, endurance, and flexibility through precise alignment and attention to detail, fostering a sustainable and injury-free practice.

Santosha Yoga Studio not only hosts classes but also provides comprehensive training courses for aspiring yoga teachers and practitioners seeking continued professional development. With a legacy of nurturing countless successful trainees, Santosha Yoga Training is renowned for its commitment to excellence and professionalism.

For over two decades, Paddy has been instrumental in shaping the next generation of yoga teachers. As the director of Santosha Yoga Training, he remains dedicated to expanding course offerings and workshops to support students at every stage of their yoga journey, ensuring structured guidance toward achieving their short, medium, and long-term goals.


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.


Susan Reid

Position: Teacher

Susan Reid is a multifaceted wellness practitioner, encompassing roles as a Yoga Teacher, EFT Master Practitioner, Modern Stress Management Facilitator, Motivation Therapist, and Coach.

Her journey into yoga began in the early '90s amid the challenges of raising twin babies while maintaining a demanding career as a senior manager in Health and Social Services. Drawing from 23 years of experience in this field, as well as in the not-for-profit sector, Susan pursued additional training in clinical hypnotherapy and NLP coaching in 2014. Subsequently, in August 2015, she advanced her expertise by becoming a certified Master Practitioner in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) under the guidance of Bridin McKenna, followed by qualification as a Modern Stress Management Consultant later that year. Additionally, she holds a 200-hour Santosha Yoga certification.

With a keen focus on stress management and evidence-based therapeutic approaches, Susan is deeply committed to empowering individuals to not only alleviate the impact of stress on their minds and bodies but also to enhance their overall well-being. She views yoga as an indispensable toolkit for navigating the complexities of 21st-century life. Inspired by her own transformative journey with yoga, Susan strives to make this holistic practice accessible to all who are intrigued and motivated to embrace its benefits by stepping onto the mat.


Lisa Tucker

Position: Teacher

Lisa's journey into yoga commenced approximately a decade ago, initially viewing it as a complement to her dance and fitness endeavours. However, a significant hip injury shifted her perspective, leading her to embrace yoga as a means of facilitating recovery and support. This transformative experience ignited a deep-seated curiosity within Lisa, propelling her towards a journey of self-inquiry and self-discovery, epitomized by the ethos of 'svadhyaya'.

This ethos serves as the cornerstone not only of Lisa's personal practice but also of the classes she leads. She perceives the yoga mat as both a platform and a gift, offering respite amidst the chaos of modern life. Despite the myriad roles and responsibilities vying for our attention daily, yoga simply asks for our presence.

Lisa's dedication to her craft is evidenced by her completion of the 200-hour Hatha teacher training under the esteemed guidance of Paddy Hamill, as well as her recent certification in Yin yoga. In Lisa's classes, students can anticipate a journey of exploration, delving into the intricacies of their own bodies and cultivating a deeper understanding of themselves. Through gentle yet profound self-inquiry, students are encouraged to challenge preconceived notions, embracing the fluidity of mind and body connection.

Lisa's teaching style embodies the essence of Hatha yoga, emphasizing the importance of proper technique, inner strength, and self-discovery. By intertwining breath with movement, her classes become a graceful dance of self-expression and growth. She warmly extends an invitation for all to join her on this enriching journey of exploration and transformation.


Collette Fee Gaffney

Position: Teacher

Collette's journey with yoga began in 2007 when she stumbled upon a local club in County Armagh and immediately fell in love with the practice. Fast forward to 2013, amidst major life changes including marriage, relocation to Belfast, and stepping away from her 24-year career in the Pharma industry to focus on her growing family, Collette's passion for yoga remained steadfast.

With her children settled into primary school, Collette embarked on a transformative path, enrolling in the 200-hour teacher training program at Santosha Yoga Studio. Reflecting on her training, she describes it as a "fabulous journey," culminating in her qualification as a Hatha yoga teacher in November 2017. Since then, Collette has been sharing her expertise by conducting yoga classes in the South Belfast area.

Dedicated to her professional growth, Collette has pursued various certifications as part of her Continuing Professional Development, including diplomas in Yoga for Athletes, Yoga for Children, Yoga for Pregnancy and Labour, First Aid, Yoga for Menopause Well-Being, and a 150-hour Diploma in Mindfulness for Children. Offering both in-person and online classes, she extends her reach to clients in the USA, catering to diverse needs and preferences.

Collette's commitment to the community extends beyond her classes. She volunteers her time teaching mindfulness and yoga to children at St. Bride’s Primary School in Belfast, recognizing the importance of equipping young minds with tools to navigate stress and cultivate relaxation.

In her classes, Collette emphasizes safety and inclusivity, welcoming individuals of all fitness levels and ages to embark on their yoga journey. She believes that yoga offers a unique opportunity for self-reconnection, echoing the sentiment expressed by Irish poet John O'Donohue: "Your body is your only home in the universe, it is your house of belonging here in this world."

Returning to Santosha Yoga Studio as a teacher, Collette finds joy in the reciprocal learning process with her students, noting, "every day I learn something new by observing and engaging with the people I teach." Her passion for yoga is not only evident in her teachings but also in her unwavering dedication to fostering a supportive and enriching community both on and off the mat.


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