Pilates Beginner (Level 1)

This class is taught by:

Amelia Dunne

Amelia trained as a fitness instructor in Litton Lane and holds an NCEF (National Certificate in Exercise & Fitness). She is also a qualified Pilates Instructor with Bodyfirm in both Level 1 (beginner) and Level 2 (advanced) mat work.

Alison H Haughton


Alison, an experienced teacher for many years started her love for fitness during her school-days, taking part in All Ireland athletic finals. After studying health and fitness in Bedfordshire UK , her first job was to overview the exercise regimes’ of clients in Henlow Grange Heath Farm, now part of the Champneys group, U.K., following on to teach in Johannesburg South Africa, then returning to Ireland work in Slenderhealth, Stillorgan.


She became a Yoga teacher after being introduced to yoga by one of Ireland's leading Yoga teachers Orla Punch and has had instruction from international yoga guru David Swensen.


Alison qualified in PPI (Pilates Performance Ireland) Mat Pilates/International Balanced Body and has built on this knowledge with First Generation Pilates Elder, Mary Bowen who was a friend and pupil of Joseph Pilates.


Upgrading workshops in:

  • PPI Pilates for Pre/Post Pregnancy
  • PPI Flexion Pathologies
  • PPI Pilates for Children

She has taken further workshops in Somatic Movement with Somatic Educator, Lisa Petersen.


Alison is known for her accessible and welcoming approach to fitness, creating an environment where pupils learn their exercise principles correctly with enjoyment and fun.

Mich Piazza

Having trained in various forms of dance as a child and teenager, Mich discovered yoga after abandoning dance due to a back injury following a car accident. She was immediately attracted to its balance of mind, body and spirit and marvelled at the healing effects yoga had on her constant back pain.

During her yoga journey, Mich found herself attracted to the grace and precision of Pilates, in particular its focus on spinal alignment and the building of a strong, healthy core to help heal and alleviate back injuries.
Within a short of while of regular Pilates practice, all those remaining back pains from the car accident began to vanish until eventually she was pain-free. As a result, Mich became a devotee of the Pilates method and immediately after completing her yoga instructor training, trained to teach Pilates.
Mich has also trained in Pre and Post Natal Pilates, Pilates for Osteoporosis, Pilates for Spinal Injuries, Pilates with Props, Level 3 Advanced Matwork and Reformer 1 & 2.
In January 2013 she trained in BarreConcept which she found to be the perfect blend of all her great loves in life--ballet, yoga and Pilates. She went on to complete several other ballet barre training courses, including Pilates at the Barre.

Mich is also a qualified massage therapist, a Zumba Fitness Instructor and recently qualified in Pole Dance Fitness. She won the title of Pole Dance Ireland Princess 2015.

Caroline Downey

Caroline is an IYA 200 hours certified teacher. She completed her teacher training in Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Dave Curtis in November 2007 in Dublin. She has also trained in gentle Yin Yoga with Sara Powers in London. Caroline teaches a Vinyasa Flow style class with emphasis on correct alignment for individual bodies. She believes that yoga should always be enjoyable and fun and that we listen to our bodies and practice yoga and living with mindfulness and joy. Caroline is also qualified to teach Pregnancy Yoga, she completed her training in The Elbow Room, Dublin in 2008 and thoroughly enjoys helping women through the various stages of their pregnancy.
The Pilates Method is an exercise system focused on improving flexibility and strength for the total body without building bulk. It is a series of controlled movements engaging your body and mind,which aims to promote a feeling of physical and mental well-being.Benefits include toning the stomach, buttocks, thighs, upper body. Increasing strength, flexibility, improving circulation and respiratory function. Boosting immune system, improving posture and lowering stress.

Not suitable if pregnant.  If you have a regular yoga practice at Yoga Dublin and want to continue attending non ­prenatal class only some teachers permit students to attend when pregnant so please notify us when booking to check with the teacher.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon 21 Aug 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Amelia Dunne
    at Dundrum
  • Tue 22 Aug 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Alison H Haughton
    at Ranelagh
  • Tue 22 Aug 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Mich Piazza
    at Dundrum
  • Wed 23 Aug 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Amelia Dunne
    at Dundrum
  • Wed 23 Aug 7:10 pm - 8:10 pm with Mich Piazza
    at Ranelagh
  • Thu 24 Aug 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Amelia Dunne
    at Dundrum
  • Fri 25 Aug 10:15 am - 11:15 am with Amelia Dunne
    at Ranelagh
  • Sun 27 Aug 10:00 am - 11:00 am with Caroline Downey
    at Dundrum
  • Mon 28 Aug 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm with Amelia Dunne
    at Dundrum
  • Tue 29 Aug 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Alison H Haughton
    at Ranelagh
  • Tue 29 Aug 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Mich Piazza
    at Dundrum
  • Wed 30 Aug 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Amelia Dunne
    at Dundrum



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