Sarah Hatcher Weekend Workshop

“Successful and Soulful Ashtanga Yoga Practice”

 Weekend Workshop with Sarah Durney Hatcher 

8th -10th July, 2022


  • Friday evening 6:30-8 pm: “Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga Practice: the Art of Successful Long-term Practice.
  •  An introduction to Ashtanga Yoga with a study of Surya Namaskar, the Art of Vinyasa and a look at the ujjayi breath and the subtle bandhas which support our practices. This class is an all-levels class, suitable for the newbie to ashtanga yoga as well as the seasoned practitioner.
  • Saturday 7.30-9.30am “Led Primary Series with Pranayama
  •  A counted Led Primary Series; modifications will be offered and alternative options for each vinyasa will be taught. Class ends with Pranayama and chanting.
  • Saturday: 12-2:30 pm: “Samastitiḥ Study: how to Build Stability and Longevity in Yoga”
  •  An investigation of what it means to practice with samastitiḥ integrity. With a look at Samastitiḥ, we will take this awareness further and move into the great twists and inversions in the ashtanga yoga practice. Bandhas and stability are required for both, and this class will look at how to stay safe when twisting and moving upside down. We will have a look at Marichyasana D, Ardha Matsyendrasana as well as Headstand and Shoulderstand.
  • Saturday 3-4pm: “Chanting and Bhakti: The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali and the Yoga Tārāvali
  • Sarah will discuss the philosophy that supports the practice of ashtanga yoga: these two texts, The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali and the Yoga Tārāvali by Ādi Śankāra. There will be a lesson on sanskrit pronunciation and the art of chanting. All students are welcome, no need for chanting experience before. Please bring your favourite Yoga Sutra book with you for this class.
  • Sunday 7.30-9am/ 9-10.30am: “Mysore Style of Practice
  • Doors open at 7 am for this guided self-practice class with Sarah. All levels welcome to come practice in the style ashtanga yoga is most known for: guided self practice in the group environment. Sarah will give hands-on adjustments as well as verbal cues and demonstrations to teach and share the method she has learned from her teachers David Garrigues and Dena Kingsberg.
  • Sunday 12-3pm: “The Backbends of Ashtanga Yoga: a Workshop on the Art of Mindful Backending
  • A look at the main backbends of ashtanga yoga. How do we backbend with stamina, stability, and freedom? Where is the foundation in your backbend? Explore postures like Urdvha Mukho Svanasana (Upward Dog), Urdvha Dhanurasana (Upward Bow) and more for this all levels class on how to maintain a safe and healthy spine through yoga.
  • All levels are welcome for the workshop; those new to yoga please attend Friday night’s session.


Payment and Bookings:

Full Weekend pass: £180  – can be paid in full or £50 Deposit to secure your place with balance to be paid by 31st May.  A reminder will be sent with payment details prior to this date.

A note on booking : Once you’ve made your payment please book each individual class on the schedule to ensure you’ve booked your space on each workshop. For the mysore class on Sunday morning choose either the early or later session. 

Individual Classes:

There will be a few spaces available to book individually for the mysore and chanting sessions. There are presently no spaces for any other individual workshops ( despite each one showing a price!)

Mysore Class £35; Chanting Class £15 .




Sarah Durney Hatcher grew up in Reno, Nevada USA and spent most of her youth skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Lake Tahoe. In 2000, Sarah began practicing Ashtanga yoga to heal her knees from skiing, and hasn’t stopped since.

Her first teachers were Nancy Gilgoff, Christine Hoar and Randa Chehab. Sarah practiced with the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Jois in 2002 and 2003; and again in 2008. David Garrigues and Dena Kingsberg who are her main teachers to this day. Sarah studies Sanskrit and Vedic chanting with David Miliotis at Ashtanga Yoga Orange County.

From 2008-2011 Sarah founded Ashtanga Yoga Boise in Idaho, USA. From 2011-2012 Sarah moved to Philadelphia to study and assist David Garrigues, assist him with the opening of the Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia, and teach while he was traveling.

In 2012 Sarah moved to Scotland where she began a Mysore programme in Aberdeen at Love Yoga; taught at Meadowlark Yoga and began teaching retreats at Ecoyoga Scotland. Sarah was the Director of the Morning Mysore Programme at Meadowlark Yoga from 2014-2019. Sarah is a Senior Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance.

Sarah has learned the third and fourth series of ashtanga yoga through David Garrigues and Dena Kingsberg. Her daily yoga sutra practice keeps her balanced and at ease to quiet the intensity of the physical practice: also motherhood requires her to have a seated practice so chanting and meditation have become just as important as the physical practice.

She has two sons, Dashiel, born in 2014 and Calvin, born in 2019. Returning to advanced practice after two children has been more than a challenge but a rewarding discovery of herself which requires investigation on and off the mat. Sarah is experienced and capable of helping mothers adapt their practices while pregnant and will guide mothers after birth in a practical post practice to get their bodies safely back into traditional ashtanga yoga practice.

Becoming a mother has given Sarah a sincere appreciation of the practice of ashtanga yoga even more: she is forever grateful for Guruji’s teachings which taught her to investigate her higher self; it is through daily practice that Sarah learns how to care for others in the most sincere way and teach in this same spirit.

Sarah Durney Hatcher currently lives in Dublin, Ireland where she runs a daily Mysore program at Little Bird Coffee and Yoga. She also teaches online and offers Mysore, led ashtanga and Sanskrit classes. She also offers weekend workshops and retreats in Italy annually.