Body and Movement
Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Alexander Technique and more.
We often consider the body and mind as separate but they reflect each other in profound ways. Engaging in body and movement practices gives us a greater sense of physical freedom. We will notice over a short time that we can access deeper states of relaxation, recognise our body signals and move through life with greater ease and lightness. Flexibility of body can lead to flexibility of mind.
At Oscailt we have a host of experts who can help us to cultivate greater postural alignment, balance, core strength and overall well-being.
Body and Movement Instructors – Profiles
Pilates is a wonderful form of exercise that can be adapted to suit anyone. As a physiotherapist, I have found Pilates to be extremely useful in rehabilitation, and in helping those with long term conditions or in persistent pain. My Pilates classes will be focusing on building your strength and flexibility through low impact movements, and a mixture of poses. I can adapt the exercises to suit people who would like to take their practice further and make it more challenging also.
Currently I work as a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist in private practice. I have vast experience in this area, and I have a special interest in persistent pain and conditions such as hypermobility spectrum disorders and hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I run classes specifically for these populations, as well as general beginners and mixed level classes. I also have an online membership for those who prefer to exercise in their own home.
I became an accredited Pilates teacher with the APPI in 2020, and I have completed extra Pilates teacher training in Pilates for hypermobility, Pilates for osteoporosis and Pilates for runners.
Faye McGarry has been practicing Yoga for over 20 years & fell in love with the practice immediately! Hailing from Southern California, living in Central America & now Dublin since 2016, she has an open mind to the different ways that Yoga can be shared & translated in our world. Faye has been been teaching since 2011 with over 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Training under the guidance of wise teachers like Nischala Joy Devi, Rolf Sovik, Kat Greene, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait and her master teacher Danielle Fowler. Her goal is to blend the many branches of Yoga to create a version of Yoga that can be applied to & enjoyed by anyone that walks into the room….to view Yoga as a healing modality, a work in instead of a work out. But, that doesn’t mean you won’t be challenged in her classes! She’s happy to offer active Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga & Restorative Yoga, as well as Meditation, Pranayama (breath work), Yoga Nidra & Reiki Healings.
Her greatest joy as a teacher is firstly to share the gift of Yoga but also to show that Yoga is for everyone! We all deserve to feel at ease in our body, mind, heart & spirit. Namaste.
Alexander’s work is often associated with posture, but how we identify posture is often limiting. Posture in its truest sense is not limited to sitting or standing straight, it is the shape of your body in any action you do. How you hold muscle tension determines your shape, and also your efficiency. Understanding this allows you manage your whole self in new ways. Alexander taught us to find our own power in how we choose to use our bodies.
My job is to teach and support people in understanding what holds them back and how they can free themselves for easier use and efficient management of their movement.
I’ve been teaching Alexander for 13 years, having run into trouble with pain and posture myself. It has helped me solve so many problems that it continues to amaze me. Currently I’m blonde and 5 foot 8 and a half, having gained an inch by freeing myself of muscle tension that held me down.
I am fascinated by human beings and how they work, inside and out, individually and in groups. This Alexander journey is learning about life for life. We are here to work and play together, to communicate and support each other. If we are to be kind and take care of others we must start with being kind to ourselves, our muscles and our mind.
I am a certified Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals.
I started my Yoga journey soon after I moved from Italy to Ireland in 2018, as a way to deepen my relationship with myself and relieve day-to-day stress and anxiety. Since I stepped into my first Yoga class, I felt I had the power to access a special place in my mind, body and heart. That place of peace, ease and calm that can at times be difficult to find, especially as we go through the constant challenges and changes in our busy lives. My breath felt so much more expanded as I left the class with an overall sense of calm and wellbeing.
Since then, I have spent the last four years practising with many inspiring teachers in the Dublin city centre and Dun Laoghaire area, exploring different styles including Hatha, Vinyasa, Forrest, Yin and Restorative Yoga.
Yoga is an ancient group of practices which encompasses different styles, as we know them today, and I believe the key for every person is to try and see what works for their body and mind, to find what gives them that “Oh yes!” kind of feeling.
One way I would describe the practice of Yoga is as a wonderful tool to keep in your box, to be used whenever you need to connect to yourself and your body by engaging in restful, playful, energising and rejuvenating time. In my classes I use a combination of meditation, pranayama (breathwork) and mindful movement, and I am committed to creating a safe and inclusive space for anyone wishing to explore Yoga, no matter if it’s for the first time or if they are a regular student.
I am looking forward to seeing you on the mat!
Voice & Movement Coach
Regan O’Brien offers embodied voice and breath work sessions.
I hold a Masters degree in Applied Drama and Performance and in Creative Process Facilitation and have 25 years of experience coaching voice, breath and movement work across a broad range of fields spanning corporate and artistic performance to health and wellness practices.
I have undertaken extensive practical research into the physiology of sound making, breathing techniques, traditional song and therapeutic practices relating to voicework.
My practice is distilled from deep, practical investigation into creative embodied voice and movement as relational, healing and creative process.
My clients develop the use of their breath and body-voice as a powerful tool in their communication, creativity, healing and self-expression.
I offer tailored sessions to meet the needs of clients who wish to:
- support their authentic singing and speaking voices
- negotiate anxiety
- express their trauma
- support respiratory issues
- develop creative compositions
- deepen their connection with their inner landscape
My work is about listening for the body-voice balance and providing technique to support a clear, honest vocal expression.
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Tai Chi Instructor
Grandmasters Lee’s education in the martial arts started at the age of 6 in Hong Kong with Wu style Tai Chi, followed by Hung Gar (Kung Fu) then Hung Sing Choy Li Fut (Buddha style, Kung Fu) . He is head of the Tai Chi /Kung Fu section of IMAC (Irish Martial Arts Commission) and has been granted 9th Dan status by the Chin Wu Traditional Martial Arts Association, China. He was granted ‘Grandmaster’ status, by the International Kenpo Karate Association. Grandmaster Lee is a level 3 coach under the Sports Councils National Development Programme and holds the advanced certificate of Sports Tutor awarded by the University of Limerick. He is particularly interested in the self healing aspects of Tai Chi and Qigong.
Stasys specialises in Holistic, Deep tissue, advanced sports and orthopaedic massage, nutrition, human performance and longevity. Received training and certification with some of the industry’s greatest minds – James Waslaski.
Greatly influenced by Paul Chek- a world-renowned expert in the fields of corrective and high-performance exercise kinesiology, stress management and holistic wellness.
Through his own path of resolving sport-related injuries, Stasys understands the importance of integrating the body, mind, and spirit as a means to foster high performance for the long term.
As a professional advanced sports and orthopaedic massage therapist, my mission is to deliver the highest level of information and treatment based on over 10 years of actual experience. A holistic approach to overall health and high performance always begins from inside-out. When you manage the foundations of health first – encompassing your thoughts, breathing, hydration, nourishment, sleep and movement, only then you will be in a state of pure potential. An accompanying deep tissue, advanced sports and orthopaedic massage will strive to get recovery and state of rest going via the realignment of muscle layers, loosening of connective tissues, myofascial release, combined with non painful passive joint mobilisation and relief of physical tension. This is a unique approach to optimising health, performance and longevity.