I will never forget the day my mom brought me into a yoga class, I was 16 years old and throughout the years, it has been the practice I always went back to. Looking back, those classes gave me great support as a teenager attending an international school. It was during those 4 years of attending that school that I realised that everything related to music, drama, singing, dancing and physical activities involving all sports made me feel alive and fulfilled.
After completing Theatre School for 3 years in my home country, Portugal I decided to see what it was like to live in a different country on my own. I was 21 and Dublin was my choice.
Between acting work, dance and performing courses and workshops I ended up becoming a Gymboree Teacher for 4 years where I taught a wide range of classes from Music, Play& Learn, Sports to Drama. Music was my favourite class to teach as I find it fascinating how universal it is and how responsive babies and children are to it. It’s wonderful to find ways to express our feelings, creativity, curiosity and possibility through the world of sound, melody and movement.
From my acting background, love for physical expression through dance/movement and respect for Yoga practice, I decided to finally take the leap of faith and get my qualification as a Yoga teacher. I completed the 250hr Yoga Teacher Training with The elbowroom, studying under Susan Church and Melissa Curtis. Currently, I’m deepening my qualifications in yoga and Pilates while teaching Yoga and teaching Mini jam, baby jam at The elbowroom and facilitating this class.
Ciarán Aherne BSc, BA, MIAPT completed his BSc in physical therapy in the Institute of Physical Therapy in Milltown, Dublin. He is a member of the Irish Association of Physical Therapists and has a certificate in massage therapy.
Ciarán uses a range of manual techniques and “hands-on” therapy to assist rehabilitation from musculoskeletal injuries, back and neck pain, postural problems, sprains/strains and sports injuries among other issues. Treatments are individually tailored and can include; myofascial trigger-point release, deep tissue massage, mobilisation of the spine and specific exercise prescription. Ciarán has treated people from a variety of sporting backgrounds such as basketball, soccer, Gaelic football and hockey.
Prior to his physical therapy studies, Ciarán completed a degree in Leisure and Recreation Management and has worked extensively with athletes involved in the Special Olympics.
Emily McElarney is a mum of 3. She has been teaching hynobirthing for the past 3 years and also teaches prenatal and Mum & Baby yoga through her business naturalbirth.ie She is co-founder of Positive Birth Movement Dublin.
A former journalist, Emily writes on the subject of birth and post natal life here at the elbowroom and for various blogs and media outlets.
Emily also teaches yoga to children in playschools, creches and national schools around Dublin.
Melissa has been teaching women yoga for over 14 years and and is a Mother to 3 children. Having started yoga in her 20’s in San Francisco, Melissa’s yoga journey has been fairly colourful. She is a fully trained Bikram, Hatha, Pre and Postnatal Yoga teacher, Kids yoga teacher, Infant Massage Instructor, Cuidiu breastfeeding counsellor and recently completed level 1 Yin Yoga Training with Josh Summers.
Melissa is very passionate about birth which led her to start facilitating birth preparation classes, complete a doula and postnatal doula training and most recently has completed a Well Woman/Womb Yoga training with the well known women’s health advocate, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.
Melissa’s passion for women’s health is obvious in her classes due to her nurturing approach and being able to respond to the needs of women’s health issues. Whether in or out of the yoga room and knowing well how challenging life can be, Melissa loves to empower and support women from all walks of life.
Liz Walsh trained as a Prenatal Yoga Teacher here at The elbowroom. She has worked as an art teacher for many years, teaching both children and adults.
I left the corporate world in a blaze of glory 15 years ago after reading the idiots guide to managing stress. Idea Number 32 said – if everything else fails run away. And that is what I did. After being a director of marketing strategy for one of Irelands most profitable start up tech businesses, I ran away to teach yoga in the Bahamas.
Now I am a mum to Tuilelaith and Sean first and foremost. They are my pride and joy. I do however love working. And I love The elbowroom. I am very proud of what my amazing team have accomplished over the years and wish to share that with you.
My speciality is working with families. Through pregnancy, birth and child development. Using yoga, workshops and individual therapies I have worked with hundreds of families over the last 13 years.
The rest of my time is spent mothering 40 plus staff and teachers, being a yoga teacher, Pilates teacher, Cranio sacral therapist, Pregnancy yoga teacher, Teacher Trainer, Doula, Crochet Queen and playing the cello …badly.
Hailing from the real capital, Cork City, Aideen enjoys teaching Pilates in a good-humoured & relaxed way. Following a lifelong love of massage, she began her journey with an intensive 2 years of training in holistic therapies in 2001. This included Anatomy & Physiology, Holistic Massage, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage & Reflexology.
In 2006 she started an apprenticeship in Pilates with Susan Church of Pilates Teacher Training Ireland (PTTI) & qualified as an instructor In 2007. In 2013 Aideen completed her 250hr Yoga Teacher Training with The elbowroom, studying again under Susan Church, Tanya Fitzpatrick & Marianne Jacuzzi.
Her fascination with the body & how we move continues to grow. She is committed to developing her knowledge & to date has attended many workshops with internationally acclaimed Pilates teachers including first generation Pilates Master Teacher Lolita San Miguel, Anthony Lett & Rebecca Leone. And within the yoga world has attended yoga intensive workshops with James Higgins & Granville Cousins.
In 2015 she began assisting on the PTTI Pilates teacher trainings.
Disciplines: Pilates (including post-natal), Yoga
The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.