I received my PhD in Science from the University of Durham in the UK. I lectured and researched for 14 years in Trinity College Dublin.
I started training as a birth mentor and doula in 2003 and have since supported many families in achieving healthy happy pregnancies. I am a certified Birthing From Within mentor and doula.
In 2006 I became a La Leche League breastfeeding counsellor and in 2014 I trained as a placenta encapsulator. I have done many CPD courses in rebozo work, spinning babies, aromatherapy and massage. In 2014 I started doula training with Midwife Bridget Sheeran and we did our first Birth Know How Training. In 2017 I trained as a Pregnancy Yoga Teacher.
I also work in a voluntary capacity as a birth advocate. In my role as the Chair of the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services (AIMSIreland), I represent the service user experience at various HSE and Department of Health Committees.
I have been practicing yoga regularly for more than 10 years having taken my first class while backpacking in India in my early 20’s. My first yoga classes were at sunrise in a palm frond covered yoga studio at the top of a spectacular cliff edge – I have practiced in a multitude of settings ever since. The image of the sun rising up over the cliff edge and the birds soaring by at almost eye level during the closing series still comes to me from time to time and makes me smile. It was such a peaceful and magical experience.
I have been drawn to yoga in its various forms ever since and throughout many years of travel, activism and volunteer work overseas in sometimes challenging and stressful situations. I tried other types of movement and physical activity but found nothing else created the same sense of peace and calm. Years later, while studying yoga philosophy and anatomy as part of teacher training course back home in Ireland I began to understand why yoga above all else brought me that ease and clarity and this has allowed me to appreciate its benefits even more.
I’m now a first time mum to a joyful and beautiful little girl who is teaching me more about life (and yoga) than I could ever have imagined possible. Becoming a mother has been a deeply transformative and life-affirming experience for me. It has also been challenging and exhausting at times. Yoga has and will continue to be my anchor on this journey into motherhood and every time I come back to it I can feel a sense of grounding and clear-headedness that I know benefits me and my daughter immensely!
I am interested in sharing this wonderful practice with mums and mums to be and am delighted to be joining the team at The elbowroom. I completed my prenatal and postnatal teacher training at this studio and am indebted to the teachers and other students on this course who not only supported me throughout my pregnancy but also empowered me during my daughters birth. The moment she was born it shook my world and cracked my heart right open – I feel so honoured to have had all of these wise women there with me supporting me from within.
Sarah Richardson is a Midwife, Reiki Master/Practitioner & Teacher & A Yoga & Meditation Instructor. She began her career as a Midwife – delivering babies. Then went on to specialize in Fertility and bringing a more holistic approach to a very medicalised time. Her passion is pregnancy and birth and bringing a holistic approach to birth – integrating yoga, energy healing, breathwork, affirmations and empowerment.
Sarah also teaches Yin Yoga. A gentle and powerful yoga style for clearing energy blocks. She is passionate about Woman’s health And bringing harmony to mind body and soul.
Liz Halliday has been working as a midwife with Private Midwives since 2014. Private Midwives is a Care Quality Commission registered and regulated service connecting expectant women and their families with experienced midwives, who provide birth support, antenatal and postnatal care at times and locations that work best for them.
After graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Midwifery, Liz went on to become a Staff Midwife at The Coombe Women and Infant’s Hospital, between 2010-2011. In 2013 she began working as a Nurse on Call Agency Midwife at the Midlands Regional Hospital. During her time at the Midlands Regional Hospital, she spent time in the antenatal, emergency room, labour and postnatal wards. This gave her experience in all aspects of midwifery, from early pregnancy through to postnatal care.
Liz’s passion for women’s choice, informed consent and evidence-based care have allowed her to flourish in her position as a midwife with Private Midwives.
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.
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.