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Instructors

Bev Porrino

Bev Porrino

– Neuromuscular Physical Therapist
– Yoga Teacher Trainer
– Advanced Be Activated Facilitator
– NLP Practitioner and the Creator of Neuroconnective Therapy

With more than 30 years of experience in the wellness sector, Bev combines yoga with the latest techniques in Neuroscience and Neuromuscular Therapies. She is passionate about helping people to understand how amazing their bodies are and, with a few tools, how quickly they can change emotional states and override muscle tension and stress in their own body and mind.

Bev trained as a nurse, before holding several positions in local government,  from Operations Manager, Social Work Practice Teacher & Emergency Duty Team Support. She was also part of a 2 year UK Nationwide, Stress management focus team looking into the effects of stress and aggression in the workplace. She went on to develop stress management and health & wellness courses for organisations in the UK and in The Netherlands.

A career break gave her the time to combine two of her favourite activities, yoga and food. She went on to open a small boutique yoga & food space in Amsterdam, where she lived for 12 years with her partner.

In 2012 she relocated to Ireland and has since been busy delivering workshops, seminars, and retreats to the gorgeous population of Ireland.

Gary Carter

Gary Carter

With a keen feeling and study for the nature of Fascia he met and studied with Thomas Myers in Structural Integration and the ‘Anatomy Trains’ theory in 1998 and has co taught with him in the USA and UK which has led Gary to deepen his explorations in taking the understandings of complete functional integration into many practices. Gary has been teaching Anatomy and Movement for over 14 years to Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, and Massage schools in the UK and Europe along with Athletes and Personal Trainers.

He has studied dissection at the Institute of Anatomy in Vienna and now runs The Yoga & Anatomy training course all over the UK ,Ireland and Scotland. He is also principal lecturer in the “Science of Movement and Anatomy” on the Dance Sciences Degree course at Middlesex University.

Over the past 10 years he has run two successful yoga teacher training courses, from his centre, Natural Bodies, in Brighton.

Veronica Larson

Veronica Larson

After training teachers for many years, Veronica founded Yoga Energy Medicine & Vibrational Transformation; a Training for Yoga Teachers, to provide a space where teachers, healers, seekers and leaders can gain profound insight into the healing aspects of working with subtle body anatomy and energy, beyond concepts, cognition, conditioning and personality!

She now works worldwide with individuals and organizations; to facilitate the greatest expression and coming forth into physical form, of our Innate Nature; through sessions, programs, trainings and retreats.

She is Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500hrs with 2000+ Yoga Practice and Training, Vipassana and Sumarah meditation, healing and consciousness training contact hours over 15 yrs; also certified along the way; Journey Work Practitioner (2yrs, Brandon Bays cellular/emotional healing process work), Awaken your Lightbody Teacher (2yrs), Access Consciousness™ Bars Practitioner and Facilitator (3yrs) Raw Food Chef and Fasting / Detoxing Nutritionist (8yrs).

Coupled with Veronica’s exceptionally finely tuned ability to function much like an inter-dimensional x-ray, is her innate ability to perceive the seed of what creates dis-harmony within an ‘operating system’, and to bring that into conscious awareness for transformation and healing, in a space of kindness, honesty and no judgement.

She navigates and guides people in their adventure of remembrance of who they are, supports their reconnection to the expanding consciousness beyond illusions of personality, cognition, time and space. Emerging from lifetimes and years of direct experience and grounded in the physical body, this practice ultimately brings people into an embodied experience of their True Nature. Veronica works from a platform of experience that involves many years of training yoga teachers, holding transformational retreats, online programs and powerful one to one sessions, working with people from all walks of life.

Susan Church

Susan Church

With a personal practice of 20 years and with many years of extensive teaching practice, Susan brings a wealth of knowledge her students. Susan is the lead instructor at The elbowroom’s foundation Yoga Teacher Training Course. With many years of successful graduates she is now a key instructor with the 300 Hour Advanced Yoga Training Course this summer.

After a decade of dance training, Susan Church studied Theatre at TCD in the late 1980’s and dance with the National Theatre Institute in Connecticut U.S.A. It was during this time that she received her first yoga training, along with Laban, Alexander method and many other forms of dance and movement. Although, she eventually left the arts, she remained committed to yoga and Pilates.

In 1999 she completed her first yoga teacher training and one year later she qualified as a Pilates Instructor and massage therapist. She has completed teacher training courses and equipment certificates along with hundreds of master classes and workshops in Pilates and Yoga. Some schools attended are YTTC, Bodyfirm, Body Control, Stott, Balanced Body and Powerhouse.

Marianne Jacuzzi

Marianne Jacuzzi

Marianne teaches at Seven Winds Yoga and Jyotish, which she founded in 2000, www.sevenwindsyoga.com She leads retreats and workshops, both abroad and in Ireland. She has taught philosophy for various teacher-training courses. A spiritual counsellor and Vedic astrologer, she assists clients in understanding the unique karmic forces active in their lives and channelling that power to realise their highest potential.

Yoga Alliance registered at E-RYT 500, she trained for many years in the Ashtanga, Iyengar and Sivananda traditions. Her own practice and teaching have evolved with these influences into a practice she calls Shakti Rasa, a fluid approach adapted to the individual that incorporates breath, visualisation and moving meditation into powerful asana work. This year, she began training with the last disciple of Krishnamacharya, Srivatsa Ramaswami. She has studied in India with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, V. Venkatesh, Vinay Kumar, Yogi Manmoyanand and BNS Iyengar, and returns often to India to revitalise her yoga practice, which she maintains daily.

Marianne’s interest in Eastern philosophy began nearly 50 years ago in San Francisco, where she was born. In 1968, she began meditating with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. She studied Eastern philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. Initially, yoga was for her entirely a spiritual practice. Though with a strong background in dance, she soon discovered the power of asana practice.

In the UK, she became immersed in Buddhism through Dharmavidya (a.k.a. David Brazier) of the Amida Order, where she did many retreats, trained in Buddhist psychotherapy, and qualified with an Advanced Certificate in Buddhist Psychology. With eminent yoga scholar, Georg Feuerstein, she completed over 1000 hours of certified course work in yoga philosophy and history. She also studied Shamanic practices for many years with the Sacred Trust in the UK. A spiritual counselling practice developed out of these modalities. Seeking clarity both for herself and her clients, she discovered Jyotish and its power to illuminate the deeper cosmic patterns at work in our lives. At the NW Institute of Vedic Sciences, she studied under the mentorship of eminent Vedic astrologer, Dennis Flaherty, qualifying with the Council of Vedic Astrology in the USA. She has a BA and MA in English Literature from the University of California, and has taught at both secondary and third levels. Her novel was published in 2008.

In 2003, Marianne met her guru, Ramesh S. Balsekar, who accepted her as his disciple in 2005. Until his mahasamadhi in 2009, she travelled regularly to Bombay to the satsangs he gave from his flat. His teaching of Advaita Vedanta, so profound and at the same time so simple, transformed her. It informs her teaching, her practice and her personal life. A lifetime of seeking found its resolution at the feet of Ramesh, and to him she is eternally grateful.

 

Orla Crosse

Orla Crosse

Orla qualified as a Chartered Physiotherapist in 2006 from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy. She gained experience in the National Health Service as a Women’s Health Physiotherapist, and also travelled and worked in Australia. In 2017 she completed her Masters in Sports Medicine in University College Cork.

Orla has a worked in Dublin’s Sports Surgery Clinic as a Senior Physiotherapist and enjoys treating sports injuries, particularly runners and loves to help her patients improve movement patterns to reduce pain. She has also a special interest in Women’s health including yoga, pelvic floor rehabilitation and pelvic girdle pain. Orla also qualified in 2014 as a Yoga instructor and teaches weekly classes in Limerick and Clonmel and workshops in Dublin.

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.

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.

Sophia Pallaro

Sophia Pallaro

Sophia is an experienced yoga and meditation teacher and has been practicing meditation since her teenage years and yoga for over a decade. She has explored a variety of meditation traditions and in recent years has been consistently working with Mindfulness.

She has completed many meditation retreats in Ireland and abroad and has attended trainings and intensives with Donna Farhi, Michael Stone and James Higgins. She has recently trained in Yin yoga with Josh Summers.

Her teaching style places great emphasis on integrating mindfulness and self-compassion within the practice. Cultivating presence, awareness and kindness are paramount in both her practice and teaching. Over the years she has developed great deal of experience teaching restorative and mindful movement and meditation, bringing these practices to hundreds of students in an easy and direct way.

Sophia has been teaching Restorative and Mindful Practice The elbowroom Foundation Yoga teacher Training for the last two years.

Eimear Beardmore

Eimear Beardmore

Eimear’s first introduction to Yoga was at the age of 8, having maintained her practice throughout her teenage years she completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in 2012. She furthered her studies by completing a Yin Yoga Teacher Training Level 1 and 2 with Josh Summers and a Chakra Mantra Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training with Shiva Rea in LA in 2014. She completed her Advanced Yoga Teacher Training at The elbowroom as well as other embodied anatomy courses. Eimear has recently completed her Masters in Dance at the University of Limerick. She has had the opportunity to study with Yoga and Somatic Practitioners such as Donna Farhi, BJ Galvan, David Swenson and Liz Koch to name but a few.

As a trained primary school teacher and part-time lecturer, Eimear is passionate about teaching and sharing the benefits physically, emotionally and psychologically that Yoga has to offer. Eimear believes that connecting body and mind is at the heart of a yoga practice, practicing in this way the opportunities for insight and self-reflection are endless providing fuel for a lifelong yoga practice that is adaptable and practical. She believes Yoga should be a creative and fun process. Whether teaching Yin or Vinyasa Flow Eimear is a conscientious teacher who aims to empower students to deepen their practice each time they arrive on their mat.

Susie Murray

Susie Murray

Susie is a qualified Yoga, Pilates and Barre teacher, having trained in an eclectic array of teacher trainings including The elbowroom, Stott Pilates, and Yoga Vidya Gurukul.


She believes the breath is the key to the practice and designs her classes around the connection between the breath and movement. In each class, she builds an intelligent, purposeful sequence to become a moving meditation.  

Her classes are always to be practiced with a light heart, full commitment but also to be fun and feel good. Through everything she has learned, she hopes to inspire a confidence within her students to find an inner rhythm through their movement and to promote healing, strength, and flexibility.

Susie believes that yoga provides a nurturing practice physically, mentally and spiritually, and it evokes a sense of stillness in the mind allowing us to discover our natural peaceful state.

 

 

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.

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.