About us 

Yoga Republic studio recently received it’s highest accolade when the Embassy of India acknowledged their Yogic work and nominated Yoga Republic to practise yoga with the President of Ireland and his wife on International Yoga Day. Teachers from the studio were overwhelmed and delighted by the honour. Some of the activities the studio has been involved in include introducing weekend yoga in public parks to Cork city and supporting and highlighting local animal welfare groups.
The studio has made huge strides in integrating Yoga to main stream medicine and building relationships with Ireland’s medical community. Yoga Republic has worked with third level institutes including Cork’s University Hospital, general practitioners and physio therapists in Ireland and the UK.
Many of the studio’s clients have been referred by medical professionals who have embraced it's  unique high standards.
Despite demand, the family run Yoga Studio devotedly retains it’s core values, small class sizes, personal attention from extremely knowledgable and passionate teachers and an enduring commitment to the Yoga community who have supported them through the last 13 years. 
The studio requires a minimum 7 week engagement from practitioners, so they can experience real progress and development. Studio founder, Sackies speaks to every potential student to ensure that the studio can meet their needs and they will have the best learning experience possible. Every student receives individual attention and Yoga Republic maintains a yogic relationship with everyone in their community. Popular, internationally recognised YTTC courses, accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals are run by Yoga Republic annually. 
Yoga Republic, in Cork city was established in 2004 by it’s founders Sackies and Diana Skalkos and has since become a treasured institution within the city..
It is Cork’s oldest yoga studio and is a hidden gem tucked away in Douglas street, just minutes from the city’s centre.



About Sackies

Sackies Skalkos is the founder of Yoga Republic est. 2004,a busy and friendly yoga studio in the heart of Cork city. He started practicing yoga over 20 years ago on his first visit to India and has been teaching worldwide for 15 years. A lifetime health enthusiast he began his career at the age of 12 as a semi-professional swimmer. Sackies worked in the U.K for the British Council as a health adviser and yoga teacher for many years. His students in the U.K varied from dedicated yogis, rugby players, cyclists, tennis and squash players, office workers, the visually impaired, students with mental illnesses and teenagers. 

His previous study of anatomy, physiology and bio-mechanics contribute to his deep understanding of posture and alignment and his years of experience have given him immense knowledge on how different physiques react to asanas (postures). He teaches a dynamic and fast flowing style of yoga: Kyma Vinyasa (unique to Yoga Republic).

Vinyasa yoga is an evolving form of traditional yoga that focuses on integrating breath and movement, awareness and alignment, strength and flexibility and your practice with your daily life-style.

Originating within the yogic teachings of Sri T. Krisnamarcharya and linked to a dynamic and fast flowing dance, asanas (postures) are connected through breath for a physically and mentally transformative effect.

Sackies’ teaching style reflects his studies in all the branches of Vinyasa (Ashtanga and Iyengar) – his studies of Ashtanga Vinyasa, contribute the dynamic and fast pace to his teaching, while his studies in Iyengar yoga contribute an emphasis on posture and alignment. He believes that yoga should evolve with modern life styles and the approach should vary day by day, month by month, season by season and student to student…everyone is 
different, each moment will never be repeated again.. Sackies links the postures to compliment each other with emphasis on physical balance and mental well-being. He believes in and teaches with the words of his native
Greek philosophers in mind: 

"Healthy mind, in a healthy body" -Hippocrates