Meet the team at Donabate's Community Well
Laura flynn, Yoga TeACHER
Laura is a certified Vinyasa Yoga teacher from Dublin. She has been practicing yoga for over six years. By day, Laura works as a Medical Scientist. Initially, Laura turned to yoga for the physical benefits. It wasn’t long before she realised that the physical asanas are only one aspect of yoga and started noticing the benefits of yoga on the mind, using meditation to find grounding in this hectic world we now live in.
For Laura yoga is about creativity and self-expression. It is a time for the mind and the body to come together and be present. It is a time to honour our bodies and nourish our souls. Laura believes that every body is different and she enjoys working with props and using modifications in her practice to make her classes accessible to all.
‘Yoga is the sunshine in my day, no matter what the weather.’
katarzyna hasnik - yoga & meditation teacher, artist & holistic therapist
Katarzyna is Enthusiastic Citizen of Planet Earth. You will immediately feel her positive energy as she spreads her love for life through her inner happiness and peace. She inspires others to cultivate positive attitude by observing thoughts, guiding our emotions and becoming the best version of ourselves. To make a change in our world, we first start with ourselves. As we start with ourselves, we inspire others by our own example.
By accepting constant changes and appreciating present moment, she learns how life can be beautiful and wonderful journey despite of all the difficulties, which are nothing but the lessons from which we learn the most.
She started her journey with yoga at very young age. She became qualified yoga and pilates teacher in her early twenties and she continues to follow never ending story of learning, exploring and developing herself by gaining education in holistic therapies, psychology, ancient philosophy, natural medicine and neuroscience.
She is empowering Yoga teacher of various styles, from which Vinyasa is her favourite as she experiences in it very powerful flow of Prana and reconnection with Kundalini life force. After her class you will feel empowered and at the same time deeply relaxed as Katarzyna pays great attention to mindfulness, meditation, pranayama and relaxation techniques. She believes that everything starts first with our thoughts.
She loves nature and promotes healthy life style by following diet full in greens which she tries to grow on her own. She really loves life on Earth and all it has to offer taking part in all outdoor activities like sailing, surfing, hiking and horse riding. All that she experiences is expressed in her paintings and drawings which she plans to exhibit in art galleries.
Katarzyna's teachings are meant to awaken healing power that lies within you. She believes that by bringing balance and creativity to our busy lives, paying attention to the present moment, our emotions, feelings and thoughts we can fully reconnect and transform our life into happier, much easier and more peaceful experience.
She transformed many lives by being there for others in non judgmental, honest and loving way. She realised that when you stop rushing and observe, you can choose wisely your thoughts and emotions and listen to your inner voice. In that moment with big honest smile you can live not there and then, but here and now.
To contact Katarzyna please email or call: 0871640071 email@example.com
linda culleton: Meditation instructor, Kundalini & special needs yoga teacher
Linda is a Kundalini Yoga, Special Needs Yoga Teacher and Meditation Instructor and her passion is promoting positive Mental Wellbeing. She specialises in treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Anxiety using specific breathing techniques to overcome these issues. She currently runs therapy programs for OCD and anxiety. She has featured on many radio stations to promote awareness of mental Wellbeing and she offers group classes. one to one consultations and corporate sessions. She is currently studying Neurobiology, Mental Health and Meditation.
Testimonial from 12 week OCD program:
"I heard Linda discuss her condition on the radio and was amazed to hear somebody with exactly the same problems I have suffered from for the past 40 years. I thought I was the only person in the world with such bizarre intrusive thoughts and was surprised to hear she had used a yoga breathing technique to heal herself. I contacted her and have attended her classes. After a short time of regular practice I noticed a significant improvement in my condition. I found that some of the techniques brought an almost instant relief to the anxiety and played a major role in helping me get a good nights sleep which was a problem for me previously. As a result of daily practice of these techniques my OCD has completely disappeared. I have found the support of a group with similar problems to be a very cathartic and also helpful to know you are not alone with this problem. I would hightly recommend these classes." Niall
Gillian Farrell: Shiatsu practitioner & massage therapist
Gillian is fully qualified Shiatsu Practitioner & Massage Therapist at Embody Health where she specializes in the area of women's health & wellbeing.
As well as offering one to one massage and Shiatsu treatments she also holds regular workshops in Baby Massage and labour support for women and their birthing partners. She also facilitates a monthly "Mam to Mam" breastfeeding support group from Community Well which is held the first Friday of every month usually from 11.30am -1pm. Please check the Community Well Facebook page for up tp date information.
Gillian trained in the U.K. with Suzanne Yates of Wellmother where she completed an advanced Diploma in Shiatsu for Pregnancy, Labour and the Post-Partum Period. The great thing about coming for some postnatal shiatsu/massage care is that you can bring your baby along with you. And if you breastfeed you can feed your baby as she works! Perfect for those early hungry baby days when you need some care the most.
Gillian is also a full member of ARCHTI so depending on your particular health insurance cover and plan you may be entitled to claim back costs for one to one massage and baby massage classes.
Gillian can be contacted on: 085 129 5707 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachael Jordan: nutritional therapist and herbalist
Rachael came from a world of art and photography but was always drawn to the natural health field. When circumstances changed at home in 2010 she was needed to care for a family member so she took this as an opportunity to change her career path and study natural medicine from home with an accredited American College, Kingdom College of Natural Health. She came top of her class and gained a Diploma in Holistic Nutrition. Rachael had her clinical training with the Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health over the course of a year and is a member of the Nutritional Therapists of Ireland Association. She continued studies in Herbal Medicine and has incorporated this into her practice since January 2016. She studied Herbal Medicine with Colaiste Luibheanna in Co. Cork and completed 500 hours of clinical training. She is a member of the Irish Register of Herbalists. Rachael has a real passion for natural and healthy living and believes wholeheartedly in the power of nature and the real healing ability of plants & the foods we eat and believes that by eating the right diet and living more in tune with our natural rhythms that we enhance our body’s natural healing abilities.
Rachael has worked with people with many different issues but in particular she has worked a lot with people with Eating Disorders, Hormonal Imbalances, Depression, Fertility & Pregnancy, Skin issues, Osteoporosis, Arthritis, Weight loss and Digestive disorders like IBS. She also offers food intolerance testing which can be a great insight for people and can help to pin point what particular foods have been causing disharmony in the homeostasis of their body. She also offers Herbal Detox Programmes.
You can find out more about Nutritional Therapy, Herbal Medicine, food intolerance testing & Detox Programmes on Rachael’s website www.biabeo.ie or contact Rachael directly on 0851345938 or e-mail email@example.com
Like her on facebook for lots of health tips & meal ideas: https://www.facebook.com/biabeonaturalhealing/
Emma Williamson, Chartered Physiotherapist:
Pilates Instructor with a Special Interest in Pregnancy and Postnatal Pilates
Emma Williamson graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science in 2007, followed by an MSc in Physiotherapy in 2009. She has worked as a Chartered Physiotherapist with the NHS in Scotland and the HSE in Ireland, covering a broad range of areas including paediatrics and treatment of musculoskeletal and rheumatological conditions. Emma has experiencing in treating antenatal and postnatal patients.
Pilates is often combined with physiotherapy to help people improve balance, strength, posture and flexibility. Emma has trained with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI), taking a particular interest in antenatal and postnatal Pilates following the birth of her daughter in 2015. Emma currently works in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy and regularly incorporates Pilates into her treatment.
CORA GARVEY, YOGA TEACHER
Cora is both wonderful person and yoga teacher. She was first introduced to yoga as part of a Health & Wellness program through her job in the Software Industry over 20 years ago. She felt the benefits from that very first class, and she has been hooked ever since.
Over the years yoga has not only helped her physically, but also as a way to manage stress, and to maintain internal balance.
In recent years she decided to become a teacher in order to deepen her practice and knowledge of this ancient tradition. She trained with group of amazing teachers at Yoga Therapy Ireland and she is truly honored to now share the benefits and practice to others who can also enjoy the inclusive nature of yoga. Come and join her on the mat!
MAGDA DZIECIUCHOWICZ: YOGA teacher, holistic Therapist
Magda is a Vinyasa Yoga Teacher and Holistic Therapist for children and adults. Her love for nature made her to choose the path of yoga, vegetarianism and holistic health. She is curious of the world and the nature of human mind and heart and that curiosity takes her on a never-ending journey of learning, exploring and studying the secrets of ancient yogic and mindfulness teachings.
Everything Magda learns she shares on her classes in a way that is simple and easy to understand. Through her classes, workshops and treatments Magda encourages to slow down, re-focus and re-discover deeper meaning in our everyday lives.
colm mcdonnell: Clinical somatic movement
Colm is a fully Certified Clinical Somatic Educator and Somatic Movement Coach. He also has qualifications in Massage Therapy (ITEC) and Sports Injury Therapy (NSRT). It is his mission to teach people how they can regain and maintain good quality, pain free movement through Clinical Somatic Education and a daily Somatic Movement practice.
A youth spent training in several different Martial Arts developed a keen interest in all things relating to human movement and health. He discovered Clinical Somatics (aka Hanna Somatics) through his own issues with injuries and pain. He has found Clinical Somatic Education to be the safest, simplest and quickest way to eliminate pain and restore good movement quality in all populations. Somatics uses neurological principles and simple techniques to take advantage of how the brain and nervous system controls muscle length and tension.
Colm is an avid practitioner of Somatic Movement himself and also enjoys Strength and Conditioning work. He believes it is important to apply the freedom of movement you gain from Somatics to an activity you enjoy doing, whatever that may be. He feels that good movement quality is the very cornerstone of a healthy, pain free life.
He is available for Private Hands On Clinical Somatic Lessons, Private or Group Movement Classes and Somatic Movement Workshops.
EMILY MCELARNEY: pregnancy yoga, mum and baby yoga, hypnobirthing
Emily McElarney is a mum of three, all of whom were birthed naturally in Dublin maternity hospitals, using Hypnobirthing.
She is a huge advocate of hypnobirthing and of promoting natural birth and of the normalcy of birth. Empowering mums and dads to be are hugely important to Emily and her goal in classes is always to empower couples to make informed choices around the birth of their children.
A qualified yoga teacher, Emily teaches pre-natal yoga and postnatal mum & baby yoga in locations around Dublin including in Rush, Donabate and the elbowroom in Dublin City Centre.
A former journalist, Emily currently contributes to media discussion on birth and normalcy of birth on a regular bases. She also writes for several publications on birth, birth preparation and infant bonding and engagement.
paddy Gowen: mindfulness based stress reduction
Paddy did his first MBSR in 2008 with his wife, which they both found transformative.
He found that once you get into the habit of seeing thoughts and feelings as mental events, you have created space which allows you some freedom of choice into how much you believe them, and how much importance or headspace to give them.
Its like the difference between being a dog that bites, and having a dog that bites! The former has no choice but to react and bite, the latter you can muzzle or put on a lead, or train!
Through meditation you can begin to see that you are not your thoughts, you are more!
Paddy saw that as you become more aware of your own patterns of thinking and feeling you can begin to question and challenge their validity.
Paddy is a dentist who has trained with the Institute of Mindfulness based approaches(IMA) which is affiliated with Sr Stan’s Sanctuary in Dublin city centre. He also holds a professional diploma in counselling and psychotherapy from the Tivoli Institute.
MÍCHEÁL O'dea, reiki teacher
Mícheál first experienced complementary healing in 2009. Following this he became interested in Reiki and has since progressed to Master level in both Reiki and Seichem.
Reiki originated in Japan and is a non-intrusive complementary therapy. When Ki (Life Force Energy) is free flowing, people are generally healthier and happier. There are seven main energy centres in the body that control the flow of Life Force Energy called Chakras. It is a form of hands on healing technique which helps restore balance and harmony to the mind, body and spirit. Reiki enhances the body’s own innate ability to heal itself on all levels. Generally, clients can feel a deep sense of relaxation, heat, tingling, coolness and energy flowing during a Reiki treatment. No two treatments are the same, as Reiki works on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels.
Mairead O’Keeffe, Mindfulness Facilitator
Mairead completed the 8 week MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) course in 2010 and found it changed her life. She has been practising meditation ever since, attending weekly drop-in meditation classes and going on retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, a leader in the area of Mindfulness. In her own life she has found Mindfulness very helpful for dealing with anxiety and an active mind.
In January 2016 Mairead resigned as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (her former profession) and commenced teacher training with The Institute for Mindfulness-Based Approaches, where she will qualify as an MBSR teacher in June 2017. There is a huge emphasis in the course on the teacher’s personal practice which Mairead finds challenging at times but essential for the teaching of Mindfulness.