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Teachers

Paula Flood

Paula Flood

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

Gregg Hartnett

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
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Back pain
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Heart Problems
  • Cold & Flu
  • Infertility

 

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.

Aga Chojnacka

Aga Chojnacka

Aga qualified as a yoga teacher in 2016. She studied under the guidance of Susan Church, Melissa Curtis, and Lisa Wilkinson, and previously qualified in Pilates at Live & Breath Pilates, Dublin in 2015. To further her knowledge, she travelled to India and trained in Ashtanga Yoga Shala in Mysore, as well as exploring other styles of yoga and teaching in India, Bangladeshi and Nepal.

Coming from an acrobatic background, Aga previously worked as performing artist, teaching acrobalance and contortion for many years before becoming a teacher.

She first turned toward yoga to deal with chronic pain and injuries derived from her hyper-mobile joints. Heightening body awareness and perfecting alignment became key in her personal practice and the foundation of her work as a teacher. She sees yoga and Pilates as complimentary arts –  the perfect way to maintain a healthy body and a focused mind. She believes in appreciating your own growth and progress, and that building a strong and mobile body is an amazing way to expand our freedom and happiness.

Paula Barry

Paula Barry

Paula has been teaching Pilates at Complete Fitness (formerly the Posture Centre) for 6 years.

She started her fitness career as a Personal Trainer Level 3 in 2009. She expanded her skill set to include Pilates to improve the balance and performance of her training. Pilates allowed new levels of strength, flexibility, and body awareness.

Pilates quickly became a passion and she pursued Pilate’s Instructor training at the Progressive Pilates Academy. She became a certified Mat Instructor in 2010 and is currently certified in all levels. She is also certified in Suspension Training.

She is very technique oriented with keen attention to detail with balance as a key component to her teaching. She uses self myofascial release techniques, foam rolling and stretching to help with mobility and flexibility.

Overall, Paula aims to improve the health and wellbeing of the participants in her classes and generally helps people live happier, healthier lives.

Melissa Curtis

Melissa Curtis

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.

Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson

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

Moya Shields

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

Aideen Macken

Aideen Macken

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

Karla Ballesteros

Karla Ballesteros

My name is Karla Ballesteros, I’m from Mexico and I’m a Zumba LOVER!!

Karla has been teaching Zumba at the elbowroom since late 2011 and she is licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Toning, Zumba Kids and Zumba Kids Jr.
Since starting teaching at the elbowroom, Karla has been attracting a loyal  group of followers, providing each class with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
Karla’s energetic fun filled Zumba classes will not only give you a full body workout but will also erase any stresses you might have, making you feel amazingly good!

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.