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Colm Walsh
Colm found yoga in his late twenties, for treating some back pain issues, he also found the benefits of stress reduction & noticed an overall change in this well-being after some time.

He completed training in the Iyengar method, and began teaching as a hobby. Then he explored yoga trainings, and travelled around the world, to work with other teachers, now in the Astanga system.
Years passed, his young family arrived, and a practice, and a teaching system embracing the classic alignment of Hatha ,but the flow of vinyasa emerged.
Colm is fond of hiking, cycling, swimming and dog-walking when not on a yoga mat. He also likes naps, and strong cups of Barry's tea in mid-afternoon.
Luna Dolezal
Luna started practicing yoga in 1998 and has been teaching since 2004. She trained in Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) in Santa Catarina, Brazil and has completed Pregnancy Yoga Teacher training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli in the UK and with Katie Manitsas in Sydney, Australia.
Luna currently teaches hatha yoga at Yoga Dublin Studios in Ranelagh and regularly teaches outdoor yoga in the beautiful Dartmouth Square. She also runs regular yoga retreats in unique locations around Ireland with the artist Fiona Hallinan 
Luna has been a dedicated Vipassana meditation practitioner since 2005. Influenced by her Vipassana meditation practice and her IYT training, Luna encourages students to ‘tune’ into their bodies in her classes, using asana, pranayama and meditative practices to develop corporeal awareness, inner sensitivity and an increased sense of physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.
Luna also works as an academic philosopher in Trinity College Dublin.
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.
Ross Cousens
Ross originally hails from New Zealand where he trained in Judo, Aikido and Kung Fu. A chance purchase while on holiday in the UK in 1997 led him to a Tai Chi Chuan class with Master John Ding, he ended up staying 10 years longer than expected.Since 1999 Ross has taught remote classes and regularly assisted Master Ding in classes at the two London JDA, (John Ding Academy), branches. Furthermore Ross has assisted Master Ding in instruction at single, two and seven day seminars/retreats, in the UK Ireland, Belgium and Germany. Ross is a fully qualified Instructor within JDA and is permitted to run classes independently.In March 2007 Ross decided to take his Tai Chi Chuan full time and has been running ongoing Tai Chi Chuan classes across Dublin. He has also been providing one to one training and running a series of one day seminars that explore the principles and concepts more deeply.Through retreats and personal instruction with Master Ding, Ross continues to train and so deepen his knowledge and skill in Yang style Tai Chi Chuan.Master John Ding is the 6th Generation of the Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan lineage and is the founder of the John Ding Academy. He is the first Disciple of the late Master Ip Tai Tak and is one of the few people to have studied under all three formal disciples of the late Grandmaster Yang Sau Chung.
Saffron Kirwan Hennigan
Saffron Hennigan teaches baby massage classes at Yoga Dublin. Her classes allow mothers to learn how to massage their babies and also have a fun morning out. Saffron tries to incorporate her knowledge of reflexology and her experience from her 3 daughters into the classes. She likes to focus on helping babies relax and easing colic and wind. Each class finishes with some baby yoga and a cup of tea!
13 years ago Saffron qualified as a reflexologist. She specialises in maternity reflexology but also sees clients for regular treatments. With each treatment Saffron tries to use her skills as a Naturopath, Homeopath and former Pregnancy Yoga teacher to advise her clients. As well as helping clients with the normal pregnancy complaints, she treats clients who have digestive issues, problems with the urinary tract, migraines, colds and sinuses and female issues. Or some just come for a bit of TLC!

Saffron has qualifications in Reflexology, Maternity Reflexology, Infant Massage, Naturopathy, Pre-Natal Yoga, Children's Yoga and Indian Head Massage. So whenever she is working in Yoga Dublin, she tries to draw on her knowledge from all or some of these therapies.
Phone: 087 991 2945
Michelle E Egan
Michelle was introduced to yoga while on a tennis scholarship in America in the mid 90’s. At the time yoga was largely unheard of in Ireland but she recognised its benefits to athletes in prevention of injury and also building up strength and confidence within. It was several years later while working in media in London that Michelle was reintroduced to yoga. She made the decision to train as a yoga instructor and completed her training in Hatha yoga in 2006.

Michelle’s teaching places emphases on a deep connection with the breath, stillness and clarity of the mind, strength, balance and a mindful flow of movement. She teaches dynamic and gentle classes depending on the needs of her classes Michelle is also a qualified prenatal, mum and baby yoga and kids yoga teacher. Her mum and
baby classes in Ranelagh are divided between mum and baby. For the mums we focus on rebuilding core strength, toning pelvic floor muscles and strengthening up the lower back and shoulders. We work with the breath and, when allowed!, even enjoy some quiet relaxation. The babies then enjoy some wonderful hip openers and stretching followed by songs and lots of fun.
This class is a great opportunity to meet other mums and babies and you and your baby will both benefit from this class. Suitable from 4 weeks on… All levels welcome. This is a drop in class. No booking necessary but limited numbers do apply 
Michelle is a certified baby massage instructor and has massaged over 300 babies in the last 6 years in Dublin. Her 4 week course runs regularly in Yoga Dublin, Dundrum.
Massage soothes your baby and is pleasurable for you both. Research has shown the respiratory, muscular, circulatory and immune systems all benefit from the positive effects of massage. Make the most of this special time and enjoy the sounds and smells that will help you to bond with your baby. Course cost 120 euro with up to 100 euro redeemable on some health insurance policies. FREE mum and baby class when you sign up for baby massage course.
Any questions regarding these classes call michelle 087 122 8619
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.
Cathy C Coughlan
Cathy Coughlan started her career as a dancer, studying full time in Britain from 95 to 98. Her qualifications include advanced examinations in RAD ballet and ISTD modern dance. On her return to Ireland she continued to work in the arts completing a Fine Art BA at the National College of Art and Design. After the birth of her first daughter in 2003 Cathy discovered the transforming qualities of yoga and pilates. She found it a safe and enjoyable way to realign the body, regain her muscle tone and find her center. She qualified as a Pilates mat instructor in 2005 and as a yoga instructor the following year. During and after the birth of her second daughter in 2009 she qualified as a pre- natal yoga/pilates instructor. Above all, Cathy believes that the way to achieve balance is to challenge and understand the physical body. Cathy's classes are precise with an emphasis on body awareness, co-ordination and control.
Rosie Begley
Rosie Begley RYT teaches Vinyasa Flow; completed her training as a Vinyasa Flow Teacher with Dave Curtis in 2010 at Yoga Dublin Studios.
She has been practicing Yoga for the past 10 Years. Her interest in becoming a teacher derived from her travels to India in 2004. She believes that yoga is a passion, uniting breath and postures to achieve balance and well-being. She believes that yoga is a lifetime of learning and is constantly continuing her yoga education by attending workshops, trainings and retreats continuously improving her classes.
In addition to teaching Yoga, she is a certified Reflexologist from The Academy of Reflexology, Limerick. Catch her enthusiasm for all types of yoga, music and dancing.
Olwyn Kearns

Olwyn has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and during that time has embraced how her style has evolved from Ashtanga to Vinyasa Flow. Now she is enjoying the wonderful complement to all her studies that Anusara brings both personally; to her practice and to her teaching.
Over the years she has had the good fortune to travel and study with some of the world’s best known teachers. After completing her teacher training in 2004 at Yoga Vidya Dham in India she went on to further her training with Shiva Rea, along the way doing classes and workshops with Pattabhi Jois, Baron Baptiste to name a few.
Now a mother to Maia, last minute trips to the US and India have had to end. She couldn’t feel more blessed that so many wonderful teachers are choosing to come to Dublin so her yoga journey can continue.
Anto Kearney
Anthony teaches Ashtanga Yoga according to the tradition of Shri K. Pattbahi Jois, his son Manju Jois, and respected international Ashtanga teacher Nancy Gilgoff.
Sinead O'Connor
Sinead has been teaching yoga in Dublin since, 2001. Since that time she has constinoulsy expanded her knowledge through continued learning such as; On going Yoga Teacher Training with well over 800 hours to date; Completing an ITEC Diploma in Diet and Nutrition & Anatomy and Physiology in 2004; Keeping up to date with development in optimum nutrition; Sinead also retreats to a 10-day silent meditation course once or twice a year. She enjoys sharing insights and knowledge she has gained with others through her work. She qualified as a Holistic Health Coach in February 2013.

Her style of yoga is a steady pace of Vinyasa Flow with an emphasis on a meditation that focuses, grounds and centres body, mind and soul. She also teaches pranayama techniques taught to her by Sri Dharma Mittra. Sinead is also a trained contemporary dancer, and this reflects in her style of flow yoga.

Having completed Dr Michael Arloski’s Wellness Coaching for lasting Lifestyle Change and Wellness Mapping 360º, Sinead also offers various forms of Holistic Health Coaching including; private one-to-one coaching; detox coaching; and health coaching in the workplace. She uses her wealth of knowledge and experience within the wellness field to guide people towards a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Sinead says: “I am most grateful to all who come to my yoga classes and wellness programs. The path of teaching yoga & guiding others in holistic health has been very rewarding. It’s the people I meet along the way that keep me inspired to progress. 
Through my blog I share with you philosophical reflections, physical yoga tips and personal experiences along my yoga-life path. 
I try do my best at all times guiding others warmly and from my heart in the understanding that a holistic attitude to health including meditation, self-reflection, optimal nutrition, yoga and exercise, improve peoples lives.”

Sinead’s blog and website is 
Kanta Barrios
Kanta’s first experience of yoga was at the age of six in her hometown Mexico City. She spent 12 years as a long term resident student of yoga, meditation, and philosophy in Siddha Yoga Meditation Ashrams in India, the United States and around the world traveling with her main teacher, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. She has also spent hundreds of hours with some of the world's leading yoga teachers and Yoga Schools: among them Ashtanga Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and is an Anusara-Inspired™ Teacher with over 500hrs credit hours towards Anusara Yoga Certification, one of the most professional and demanding programmes in the industry of yoga teaching. Kanta’s classes are creative and dynamic and have a strong emphasis on breathing and alignment though always with a flow to keep the pace invigorating. The intention of every class is to cultivate strength, develop awareness and help students find balance, light-heartedness and rejuvenation within themselves. In her teaching she expresses her deep love and gratitude for yoga and her teachers and joyfully shares her lifelong experience and practice with her students. She works with her brother Vidura in their company Inner Splendor Media, an international company dedicated to offering quality media products to support well being and deepen the experience of yoga and meditation.
Cara Sothern
Cara has been practising yoga for 9 years. She began her journey into yoga when she realised that working in the Corporate World was simply not for her and she wanted more out of life. Her love of exercise which saw her with many injuries over the years, led her onto a different path. She says she was the most inflexible girl in the class but dedicated practice and patience has heightened her awareness of postures and the breath.
Her interest in yoga has developed over the last few years as her pace of life began to slow down and becoming a Mum to a beautiful little baby girl, Darcy, has meant that her practice and teaching has changed.
She completed her Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Certificate with the YTTC in December 2009 and is currently studying the prenatal teacher training course with The Elbow Room. She is also studying Yin Teacher Training with Josh Summers and will have completed the course in June 2017. She completed her diploma in Eating Distress Practitioner Skills with the Marino Therapy Centre in June 2015.
She has been teaching yoga for seven years and is especially interested in "breath-synchronized movement," and the yoga she teaches offers sequences of poses that will move students through the power of inhaling and exhaling. Cara teaches a dynamic flowing style of yoga class but comes back to deep restoratives and yin monthly through each term cycle. Her classes are a balance of both physical and restorative but more importantly of fun!
She has studied with many inspiring teachers including Lois Nesbitt, Mark Holzman, Deb Neubauer, Sianna Sherman, Ross Rayburn, Bridget Woods Kramer, Deseriee Rumbagh, Betsey Downing, Melissa Curtis, Josh Summers and John Friend. She plans to attend more classes and workshops now that she is back teaching more one-to-ones, retreats, workshops and small classes in her Seomra in Bray.
Cara is also a secondary school teacher and works as a careworker with girls with eating distress. She loves to spend time outdoors in nature, in particular hiking with her husband and little toddler. Nowadays, she loves to get out walking by the sea, hanging out in the amazing cafes or attending many of the mum and baby groups that the area has to offer. She loves to cook and bake nutritious wholesome food and of course spend time with friends and family.
Cara is currently teaching small candlight classes from her Seomra in Bray, runs monthly yoga and hiking workshops, retreats and one-one private/tailored sessions.
Brenda Ward
Professional Background: Brenda qualified with an honors degree in Science(Biochemistry) from Trinity College Dublin. She then pursued her interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine by studying Acupuncture for three years with the Acupuncture Foundation, Milltown, Dublin. After achieving her diploma in Acupuncture she did further post graduate study in a hospital in China affiliated with Nanjing University. She studied under the professional guidance of Dr Lu. She has since completed a course in the UK on treating women during pregnancy with Acupuncture. This course was given by Debra Betts, the renowned midwife and acupuncturist from New Zealand.Services offered: Brenda offers treatments of Acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, Chinese dietary advice and can provide her patients with Western Herbs. Conditions treated: Brenda specialises in the treatment of infertility, menstrual disorders, pregnancy and menopausal syndrome as well as a variety of acute/chronic pain, sport injuries, migraine, chronic fatigue, stress, anxiety, insomnia and arthritis.Registered: Brenda is a fully registered practitioner with the Acupuncture Foundation Professional Association (AFPA) of Ireland. Her treatments are both recognised and reimbursement awarded by the following insurance companies: VHI, Quinn, Hibernian, HSF
Nessa O'Shaughnessy

Nessa O’Shaughnessy, Holistic Therapist

Nessa is a Holistic therapist with over 9 years experience in complementary therapies.
Nessa specialises in Massage for the Workplace. She also offers a range of services including:
  • Deep Tissue Massage 1 hr = €45
  • Indian Head Massage = €45
  • Reflexology 1 hr = €45
  • Massage for Schools
Her qualifications include a B.Sc. in Physiology from UCC, ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage, ITEC and AOR Diploma in Reflexology, Diploma in Seated Acupressure Massage from the European Institute of Massage, and a Diploma in Indian Head Massage. She is a member of the Guild of Complementary Practitioners, the Irish Reflexology Institute and the Association of Reflexologists.

To arrange an appointment or to discuss your particular needs, please contact Nessa O’Shaughnessy at (086) 8488442 or 

For more information on Nessa, please visit 
Michele Van Valey
Michele has trained extensively with master teachers in the Ashtanga, Iyengar and Satyananda traditions in India, Ireland and the U.S. The variety in her studies over the years has enhanced her philosophy that yoga is for every body.
She has enjoyed working with athletes, children, professionals and people with therapeutic or rehabilitative needs. Some examples of class styles...
Vinyasa flow– A powerful practice of flowing Yoga postures linked together by the breath. Encourages flexibility, strength and proper alignment. Experience greater clarity and a relaxed state of awareness.
Gentle Rehabilitative – Easy gentle movements enhance joint mobility, relaxation and encourage strength and flexibility in areas that may be weak, sore or tender due to chronic pain. Work toward restoring the body’s natural balance combining gentile yoga, pilates and deep relaxation.
Michele is also trained as a Pilates teacher, Prenatal yoga teacher and Mum & Baby yoga teacher.
Qualified as a Holistic Health Consultant by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Michele provides lifestyle and nutrition consultations. More information on her website 
Hazel Cazzini

Hazel Cazzini is a registered midwife and is currently working as a midwife in a Maternity Hospital in Dublin. She has been leading Antenatal Classes since 2004 and trained with experts in Natural Birth such as Andrea Robertson (Birth International) & Judith Schott. Her belief in Active Birth inspired her to train as a prenatal yoga teacher in the Elbowroom in 2009 where she gained a diploma to teach from a Yoga Alliance School. Hazel’s combined training as a midwife, antenatal educator and prenatal yoga teacher, make her a uniquely qualified Active Birth Workshop leader and prenatal yoga instructor. Hazel is the proud mother of two young children
Jan Duffy
Jan Duffy believes that yoga should be fun and lighthearted – a place to find peace and balance. Her philosophy comes from personal practice and from studying with great teachers.
She has studied internationally with renowned yogis including Tias Little (yoga meditation), Gary Kraftsow (Viniyoga therapy), Paul Grilley (anatomy intensive) and Sarah Powers (Yin yoga). Jan received her initial and post-graduate training from Yoga Therapy Ireland and has also trained in India. From 2006 to 2008 she lived in New York, and practiced regularly at centres including Kripalu and OM Yoga.
She is a trained prenatal teacher, and teaches a range of workshops for women: pre- and post-natal, pelvic floor and fertility. She recently studied to teach post-natal mom & baby yoga with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli in London.
Jan first practiced yoga with her mom when she was six years old, after the birth of her twin siblings. She relied on yoga to recover fully from neck surgery in 2000, and to deliver her baby daughters at home in 2007 and 2009.
Jan's style focuses on opening, releasing and relaxing, while building strength and remaining comfortable. She encourages her students to see how yoga can support us and help us cope with daily physical and emotional challenges, and bring a fresh and balanced perspective to our lives.
Ann Dempsey
Ann attended her first yoga class at the age of nineteen. It was some years later before she developed a more dedicated practice. She completed her teacher training course with David Curtis in 2010. Ann then did her pregnancy yoga teacher training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli in UK. Ann is a mother and has worked in Maternity Hospitals since the age of seventeen. Ann recognises that the cultivation and development of ones yoga practice is a lifetime job. She is committed to further training and is looking forward to studying soon with Veronica Larsson. Ann likes to integrate Somatic Movement into her classes and will be completing her training soon with Brian Ingle. Ann likes to approach Yoga with a gentle sense of humour and a lot of compassion.
Elaine H Hickey
"Elaine discovered yoga in UCD in 2004 while studying Social Work and playing sports. The physical and mental benefits were evident and yoga became effective self-care for working in the helping profession. She has a background in Anxiety Management and Mindfulness groups in her job. She has been practicing Ashtanga since college and discovered Anusara in 2008. This deepened her practice to the point where she wanted to learn more. She completed her Diploma in Yoga Teacher Training this year with Yogacampus at The Life Centre in London while practicing in YDS. She has studied with Bridget Woods Kramer, Sienna Sherman, Betsy Downing, Richard Freeman and Judith Hanson Lasater. Elaine teaches Hatha Flow and Ashtanga with a strong emphasis on honoring the Self."
Marta Bunikowska
Marta is a student of David Curtis. She says: 'My first love was Asanas but I am discovering all the other limbs of yoga. Recently completed the Heart of Yoga training in Krishnamacharya Yoga Foundation which remains a great inspiration. Strongly believe that The only journey is the journey within'.
Marie Angeline Lascaux
Marie Angeline Lascaux qualified as a yoga teacher with Yoga Therapy
Training Center in Newry in 1998. She has been teaching Healing yoga - combining the ancient wisdom of Yoga with Aura-Soma, and Pregnancy Yoga since January 1998. She is also an intuitive healer with over 25 years’ experience in the holistic field, and she works from an inner place of knowing leading people to their inner self with love, great energy, and sensitivity, guiding each person to their potential.
Cathy Pearson
Cathy Pearson has been involved with yoga since 1996. Since then she has spent the last 10 years living between Thailand, India & Ireland ( more recently Bali) deepening her understanding of the incredible depths of yoga. She is a qualified yoga instructor through Louisa Sear of Yoga Arts, who has been long established in Australia & South East Asia. Over the years she has studied various styles of yoga including Iyengar, Hatha, Ashtanga yoga & meditation, as well as qualifying as a certified Cellular Healing Therapist. Her workshops place emphasis on a deep connection with the breath, clarity and stillness of the mind, strength, balance, a graceful flow of moving meditation with the exploration of consciousness

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