Bella Hancock ( Saraswati)
has been teaching Hatha Yoga for 17 years in West Cork and beyond. She trained initially with Contemporary Yoga, Cork, and has completed trainings in Yoga Nidra, Restorative Yoga, Pre and Post natal Yoga and Womb Yoga for women’s well-being (Uma Dinsmore- Tuli). She is influenced and inspired by the teachings of Swami Satyananda, BKS Iyengar, teachers of Scaravelli Yoga and the tantric and structural Yoga of Mukunde Stiles, and the Tantric Yoga teachings of Chinnamasta Stiles. Bella has also studied and taught bellydance for 14 years, and has explored different movement practices such as Feldenkrais and Qi Gong. She holds regular classes, workshops , retreats and women’s gatherings. She fuses Yoga with her love for Oriental dance, creating Devi Dance – a movement practice that honors feminine energy and the energy body with dance, Yoga, breath, mudra and sound. Bella is a long term student of Danza Duende- an international network of teachers, artists and practitioners dedicated to ‘dancing life” and the open hearted expression of ourselves in our basic goodness as human beings. She is the director of the Yoga Mandala Project- a growing global community of teachers that are committed to offering Yoga as seva in refugee communities.
Her teaching style is light hearted and open, offering freedom within the form through breath and delight in movement. She infuses Asana and Vinyasa practice with tantric teachings, mantra, mudra and devotional awareness.