Pavara is a native of Dublin, has been teaching Iyengar yoga since 1996. He did his initial training at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Cambridge, UK.
He has trained under the Iyengar family both in Pune, India, and in the UK. He gains his main yogic inspiration and instruction from Christiano Pisano, founder of Institut de Yoga Iyengar de Nice.
Pavara is also an ordained member of the Triratna Buddhist Order, having been ordained in 1999.