Sandra Doherty Healy (E-RYT 200, RYT 500) discovered yoga in 2000 when the challenges of juggling a career & graduate studies prompted her to explore pathways to alleviate stress. Sandra’s yogic journey began at the NYC Sivananada Yoga Vedanta Center & since then Sandra has studied other forms of yoga to include Yin, iRest® Yoga Nidra, & her personal favorite Ashtanga Vinyasa.
The peace Sandra gained from her daily Ashtanga practice proved essential during her multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. While engaged in her own personal practice at the gym, soldiers, often yoga novices, would ask if they could join her and quickly an informal yoga community emerged. A few times each week these gatherings offered participants a tranquil respite from the stress and tension of life in a war zone. Inspired by those who joined her on the mat, Sandra obtained her 200 RYT (Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher designation).
After her return from Afghanistan in 2011, Sandra continued her work with military personnel & became particularly interested in the benefits of yoga for individuals coping with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat-related injuries. Sandra is both a certified Level 1 iRest® Yoga Nidra & Yoga Warriors® teacher; both yoga techniques designed specifically to help release negative emotions, calm the nervous system, & develop a capacity to manage the stresses of daily life.
Sandra, along with her then fiancé Tim, decided to forgo a “traditional” honeymoon in 2012 & instead sojourned to India where she completed her 500 RYT with a focus on the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. Sandra has continued her yogic studies with Ashtanga teachers David Swenson & Kino MacGregor, as well as Vinyasa teachers Seane Corn & Dana Trixie Flynn.
Off the mat, Sandra is a former business strategist turned anthropologist & holds graduate degrees in Arab Studies and Anthropology from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the City University of New York.