An active and healthy lifestyle has always been part of Kasia’s life as she’s coming from a sport loving family. Skiing, running and cycling dominated her childhood and early adult life.
After moving to Dublin she started exploring other sports and discovered many other disciplines that she cannot live without now – climbing, yoga and Pilates; with the last one becoming part of her professional life. She loves sharing her passion with clients and has a natural gift for teaching.
Coming from a corporate world, she understands the challenges of the modern lifestyle – lack of time, being too tired to exercise, stress. Through her teaching, Kasia is able to motivate everyone to maintain a healthy body and be able to enjoy life pain-free.
As manager of the elbowroom escape, Amanda loves spending her time between the bustling city of Dublin and the breathtaking views and tranquillity of the Wicklow hills. She welcomes everyone to the escape with open arms, giving herself the task of ensuring everyone who comes through the doors has a wonderful and relaxing time, taking away great memories and feeling ready to take on the world again.
Having come from the corporate world, and through her love for travel and wellness, Amanda took up yoga, training in India to become a teacher and is now working towards her 500-hour certificate. She is also a nutritional coach and is delighted to combine her two loves – Good healthy food and yoga as her career
Paula has been practising yoga since the mid-nineties and teaching full-time for over 18 years. She is a registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK and has studied various yoga and meditation styles including Hatha, restorative, prenatal, yoga therapy, anti-gravity yoga and mindfulness. She completed functional anatomy training with Susi Hately in London in 2010 and continues to update this regularly.
Paula has been involved in yoga training for over 15 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her teaching. She writes: ‘Training to be a yoga teacher will transform and enrich your life. It is a journey of self-discovery, at times intense but always rewarding. I am grateful to be part of this and share my love of yoga and meditation with students.’
‘Yoga is practical. We learn most when we engage with the material so my training sessions are lively, creative, interactive and fun! In asana practice, expect attention to detail, mindful movement and deep release.’
Paula meditates regularly and also teaches meditation at the Dublin Sri Chinmoy Centre. In 2013 Paula opened Om Yoga, a boutique studio in Dublin 7.
Gregg Hartnett is a Licenced Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine under Professor Thomas J Shanahan of The Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Gregg uses many different aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine to do a full Chinese Diagnosis of his Clients such as Pulse Diagnosis, Tongue Diagnosis, Looking Diagnosis to name a few and uses different techniques to treat his clients such as Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Lifestyle advice, Dietary advice and much more to treat many problems for instance:
- Sports/Gym related injuries
- Back pain
- Heart Problems
- Cold & Flu
Gregg has practiced and taught these arts in many countries such as Thailand, Australia, New Zealand. Gregg Hartnett is a Certified Instructor of Qi Gong, Shaolin Kung Fu under Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit of Shaolin Wahnam Institute of Malaysia since 2005 and is a co-founder of Wahnam Ireland and founder of Shaolin Wahnam Dublin and is currently teaching Qi Gong classes in The elbowroom.
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.
Melissa has been teaching women yoga for over 15 years 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, Yin, Pre & Postnatal Yoga teacher, Kids yoga teacher, Pilates teacher, Infant Massage Instructor and Cuidiu breastfeeding counsellor.
Melissa is very passionate about birth which led her to start facilitating birth preparation classes, complete a doula and postnatal doula training and 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 regardless of what style of yoga she is teaching 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.
Melissa has been teaching yoga since 2002, having started practicing in her 20’s in San Francisco. Her yoga journey started out as a Bikram Yoga Teacher and she is now a fully trained Hatha, Yin, Pre&Postnatal, Pilates, Kids Yoga teacher, is a 500hr qualified yoga teacher and is currently taking a second 300hr training with world-renowned Amy Ippoliti.
Melissa has always loved working with children, now has 3 children herself and after the birth of her 2nd child, she went on to become a qualified Kids Yoga Teacher in 2010 and then took another training in early 2014 before taking over the Kids Yoga Teacher Training at The elbowroom. Her experience from teaching through training brings us the highest of standards of quality teaching which is always confirmed by every trainee that trains with us. Melissa has been teaching on various trainings since 2007 and is passionate about empowering anyone that wants to embark on a new adventure of teaching kids whether they have teaching experience or not. This course is for absolutely anyone that loves yoga and wants to teach its benefits to children. Lots of fun guaranteed too!
Melissa’s knowledge, experience, gifted way of training and dedication to maintaining the excellent standard of manuals given means everyone will be ready to teach from the moment they finish this course.
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.
Moya Shields qualified fitness instructor and dietary coach. Has extensive experience within weight management one to one and group motivation fitness classes. Moya’s classes reflect her own blend of high energy and enthusiasm for life. Moya encourages her clients to find and follow reaslistic and sustainable fitness plans that they enjoy, because ‘life is too short
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
My name is Karla Ballesteros, I’m from Mexico and I’m a Zumba LOVER!!
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.