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Teachers

Joseph Devlin

Joseph Devlin

A keen rugby player in his 20’s, Joseph experienced many of the common injuries associated with this sport, from damaged and overworked muscles to broken bones. His interest in the body’s healing process was peaked after a fracture had required an operation and several months in cast and rehab. His mind was made up, he wanted to help others with their injuries…

After Graduating from the National Training Center of Ireland in 2006 with a National Qualification in Massage, Remedial & NeuroMuscular Therapy. He went on to complete two years of the physiotherapy degree at the Robert Gordon University In Aberdeen Scotland, graduating with Higher Diploma in Health Profession Studies. He followed on this training with qualifications In Sports First Aid, Dry Needling, Cupping and Advanced Soft Tissue and Injury Management.

He founded the Aberdeen Sports Massage Clinic whilst at University and over his seven years in Aberdeen, built up a solid reputation for his service to the sporting population of the shire, Including being contracted to the Aberdeen Football Club and the University Sports Scholarship

Athletes. He was a member of the Scottish Institute of Sport, Massage Providers Network and was invited to work with team Scotland at their home games in 2014.

He also worked with the Scottish and Irish, International Men’s Rugby Squads, travelling to Croatia with the Scottish Men’s Football squad. He was a part of the London 2012 Olympic support team, working with Women’s football.

His interest was opened after some time at a yoga retreat in his home country of New Zealand, He began dipping his toe into the world of yoga, shiatsu massage, Tibetian herbs, shamanic practice including sweat lodges and ceremony. He chose to undertake further training in Reiki & Chinese cupping.

Joseph quickly discovered that new therapists would come to him for advice and he genuinely enjoyed tutoring students and his employes in the balance between the science and art of delivering a quality therapy session. He was asked to become a teacher and has since tutored and lectured in Sports & Massage Therapy with the Scottish Massage schools.

After he left Aberdeen he spent some time travelling, during that time he again was asked to pass on his knowledge, this time to student yoga teachers. So he found himself some part-time work in the field of lecturing in anatomy, physiology and Yoga therapy and clinical practice in Goa, India.

It was then that his appreciation for yoga started to really grow, he was able to practice daily and really noticed the difference it had on his mind and body, he was also lucky to be able to learn the philosophy of yoga, all whilst enjoying teaching those who would ask insightful questions!

Since his return to Ireland, he has been asked to join the Sandymount NMT & Sports injury practice as a partner and senior therapist. where he looks forward to applying his knowledge and skills gathered around the world from a variety of traditions, while continuing on his yoga and teaching journey.

What you can expect in one of his workshops…

Always expect the unexpected – Oscar Wilde

Joseph hopes to share a blend of what he sees of value between the t science of what we know about the body from dissection and micro investigation and theory behind what happens in healing, with his personal experience of holding space for hundreds of clients as they go through a healing process.

Topics will range from the fight /flight nervous systems reaction to pain, gate theory and pathophysiology to advice he has had from the yoga teachers and healers he has worked with.

During practical elements, where self-release is concerned he sees this as an essential part of the practice of anyone who has any element of the disturbed movement pattern.

Joseph calls upon his years of experience to assess posture and movement, educate his clients on specifically what would be of great benefit for them to focus on outside of their sessions. And then working with pressure points, that are holding they’re overworked muscles into negative patterns of movement. He utilizes simple tools such as foam rollers and tennis balls to empower his workshop attendees to be able to do their own soft tissue release techniques and achieve a positive change in their movement.

Who is Joseph?

Outside the clinic and teaching, he loves music, dance, travel, adventures into the outdoors and unknown, walking and spending time in nature, and he is a big fan of sustainable music and movement festivals.

Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson

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.

Tanja Thomas

Tanja Thomas

One of the primary lessons of yoga is: Meet yourself and others where you and they are at.

I believe this to be an important principle when working with children with additional needs through yoga.

Meeting the children where they are at, trusting that all children are capable of learning to find a place of calm within themselves, providing a safe and loving space and giving them support that meets their individual needs through practicing yoga is central to my approach in sharing yoga with children with additional needs.

The use of song and sound, breath work, body awareness through tapping, massage and therapeutic yoga poses as well as self-regulation and relaxation techniques are some methods that I like to work within one to one sessions with children.

As kids yoga teacher and mother of a child with CHD (Congenital Heart Defect), I experience every day how yoga empowers children with or without additional needs and that as parents, teachers and yoga teachers we too feel empowered when we can support our kids to help themselves.


Tanja has been sharing yoga and wellbeing practices with children, additional needs children, teens, adults, and families nationally and internationally since 2014 in yoga studios, communities, preschools,  primary & secondary schools, children’s camps, libraries, at festivals, in independent classes and in one to one sessions.

When her daughter was born in 2005 with Congenital Heart Disease, Holistic Practices & Yoga became integral to both herself and her daughter as a way of life.

A qualified yoga instructor specialising in children’s & family yoga, yoga for the special child and trained in Three in One Concept, Kinesiology as well as Reiki and Sound Healing, Tanja has a special interest in meditation, mindfulness & visualisation practices, Chi Kung, and sound massage.”

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.

Kevin Boyle

Kevin Boyle

By age 25, I was overweight, anxious and pretty much lost in life.

I was the least athletic boy in school, partied heavily (but happily!) in my 20’s and lived for the weekends.

One evening, my Dad sat me down for a family intervention and I knew something had to change. Luckily for me, it was at this time that a good friend encouraged me to train for a triathlon (which I thought was some sort of chocolate bar) and that began my journey into health, fitness and wellbeing.

In the last 10 years, I’ve left the corporate world, trained as a yoga teacher (250-hour RYT), a Pilates instructor (Mat PTTI), a Personal Trainer and a group fitness instructor with the European Qualification Framework (EQF Level 4) – the highest fitness instructor standard in Europe.

In my classes, I love to share my experience of yoga, Pilates and strength training in a way that is accessible and fun for everyone of all fitness levels.

Mary Williams

Mary Williams

Mary has been passionate about music and movement her whole life. Her yoga journey began in 2010 initially been drawn to yoga by the sense of escape and very quickly grew to love the mind, body, spirit connection.

She began her teaching career in Miami in 2012 before moving to Dublin, teaching restorative yoga  Bikram yoga, children’s and additional needs yoga and Vinyasa flow.  She has enjoyed watching students of all ages light up from the practice of yoga ever since. She enjoys travelling and teaching yoga and sharing her love it.

Her mission as a yoga teacher is to help others see that Mindfulness can be achieved through a variety of approaches such as yoga, music, meditation and healthy living and being present in everything you do. While not flowing on her mat, Mary teaches music, plays violin in an orchestra, snowboards in winter and lies forever under the sun during the summer.

Sandra Lulei

Sandra Lulei

Sandra is a qualified Kundalini Yoga teacher. She trained with Jivan Mukta Academy of Kundalini Yoga in Cork. Yoga has been an integral part of her life for the past decade. She has explored many different styles of Yoga. Particularly, she felt drawn to Kundalini Yoga. It has had a profound effect on Sandra’s life and has helped her to live more joyfully and embrace acceptance and the challenges of life.

Sandra has works as an art teacher in adult education. She has worked with people of different ages and backgrounds as a social worker, a teacher and a workshop coordinator. She likes to inspire and be inspired by other people and share what she loves doing. She has had the opportunity to be taught by great teachers. Sandra carries the creative spark on to her students and delivers a heartfelt experience of Kundalini Yoga.

Bev Porrino

Bev Porrino

Yoga Teacher and integrates therapies ranking from Neuromuscular Physical Therapy, Neuroactivation And NLP.

With more than 25 years of experience as a teacher, 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.

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.

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.

Deirdre O’Connor

Deirdre O’Connor

Deirdre O Connor,  Holistic Sleep Therapist,  Yoga Dip, Craniosacral Therapist CST-T, CST Paedriatics DTR movement Dip, and Advanced

For almost 20 years Deirdre has been exploring, training, teaching and experiencing Yoga – initially with the Bihar School of Yoga in india where she trained and lived for almost 3 years exploring many different Yoga styles – Hatha, Bhakti, Jhana and Karma Yoga.

She trained further in Meditation and Buddhist Philosoply, and during that time undertook many intensive meditation retreats over the years, including several of over 3-months duration under the guidance of teachers of the Dalai Lama.

Her deep love of movement rests on her faith in our ability to foster a natural self-balancing and healing awareness in ourselves.

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.

Tanja Thomas

Tanja Thomas

Tanja Thomas, originally from Germany, trained at the elbowroom specializing in teaching Yoga for children.

One of the primary lessons of yoga is: Meet yourself and others where you and they are at. I believe this to be an important principle when working with children with additional needs through yoga. Meeting the children where they are at, trusting that all children are capable of learning to find a place of calm within themselves, providing a safe and loving space and giving them support that meets their individual needs through practicing yoga is central to my approach in sharing yoga with children with additional needs. The use of song and sound, breath work, body awareness through tapping, massage and therapeutic yoga poses as well as self-regulation and relaxation techniques are some methods that I like to work within one to one sessions with children.

As kids yoga teacher and mother of a child with CHD (Congenital Heart Defect), I experience every day how yoga empowers children with or without additional needs and that as parents, teachers and yoga teachers we too feel empowered when we can support our kids to help themselves. :)

Tanja has been sharing yoga and wellbeing practices with children, additional needs children, teens, adults and families nationally and internationally since 2014 in yoga studios, communities, preschools,  primary & secondary schools, children’s camps, libraries, at festivals, in independent classes and in one to one sessions. When her daughter was born in 2005 with Congenital Heart Disease, Holistic Practices & Yoga became integral to both herself and her daughter as a way of life. A qualified yoga instructor specialising in children’s & family yoga, yoga for the special child and trained in Three in One Concept, Kinesiology as well as Reiki and Sound Healing, Tanja has a special interest in meditation, mindfulness & visualisation practices, Chi Kung and sound massage.

Geraldine O’Neill

Geraldine O’Neill
Geraldine O’Neill started her yoga journey almost 20 years ago with Tony Purcell, one of Ireland’s original ashtanga yoga teachers. Initially she took up yoga to complement other sports and fitness programmes she participated in and improve her flexibility. Through time, she witnessed many other benefits, not just physical. In 2007, Geraldine O’Neill trained as a Vinyasa Flow Teacher with Dave Curtis and is a certified 200 Yoga Alliance  teacher. She began teaching immediately after, working in various studios in Dublin city. A firm believer that we never stop learning, Geraldine has continued to evolve her own practice, participating in teacher training programmes both here and internationally. Her inspiration is drawn from internationally acclaimed teachers – Shiva Rea, James Higgins, Jean Hall and Liz Larke.
Geraldine teaches a fluid vinyasa flow class with sometimes challenging sequences but always interspersed with quite meditative moments to focus on breath and integration.
She qualified as a gym instructor in 1997, under the NCEF programme. Geraldine has worked in the corporate world for 20 years and therefore, understands the stresses and strains of today’s working environment. She seeks to combine breath and movement to help uplift the body and soul.

Kathy Kinsella

Kathy Kinsella

Having studied yoga for more than 10 years with some of Ireland’s top teachers, Kathy Kinsella is a qualified 250-hour yoga teacher trained in Hatha and Vinyasa flow, she also incorporates elements of the heart-opening practice of Anusara yoga and meditation into her teaching to create and support the connection of body, mind and heart.

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.

Paula Flood

Paula Flood

My first experience of yoga was at Queen’s University PEC in Belfast where I attended classes with Iyengar instructor Marie Quail in the mid-90s. From the very first class, I was hooked on yoga and immersed myself over the following years in practice and training.’ Paula completed a hatha yoga diploma in 1999 and since then has trained in prenatal yoga, yoga therapy, anatomy, Buteyko breathing, mindfulness meditation and anti-gravity yoga. Paula has been a tutor on teacher training courses and also teaches at Om Yoga Dublin. Paula is accredited with Yoga Alliance UK, RYT 500 hours.

‘I am always inspired to share yoga with others and I try to teach in a way that is clear and accessible for everyone. My hope is that if you come to my class, you will leave feeling better

Paula Flood

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

Melanie Taylor

Melanie Taylor

Melanie began practising Yoga in London, and after moving to Dublin in 1996, started her training in Iyengar Yoga with Aisling Guirke & Elizabeth Connolly. Since then she has attended workshops and trainings with many senior Iyengar teachers, including the Iyengar Yoga Association’s 2009 Convention in London with Dr. Geeta Iyengar. As a holder of an Intermediate (Level III) Iyengar teaching certificate she has undergone continuous training both in her own practice and as a teacher. Melanie has been teaching Iyengar Yoga in Adult Education for the last 8 years, and also teaches at the iYoga studio in Phibsborough Melanie strongly believes that Yoga is for all of us – no one is too old, too young, too stiff, too large or too tired to practice! Her classes are designed to provide an enjoyable and progressive practice of Iyengar yoga for all abilities.

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.