Our Team of Teachers

The Yoga Lounge is a fabulous new studio that has opened in Clarinbridge. I look forward to going there every week. I have been going to Suzie for a long time she is an amazing teacher and has helped me in so many ways with back problems.

Mary Counihan – 5⭐ Google Review
Owner, Yoga & Pilates Teacher

Suzie Dodd

I’m Suzie – I’m a yoga/pilates enthusiast with 3 gorgeous daughters a doggy and 3 cats! Managing a busy home and a yoga studio is a challenge – but I love a challenge. My classes will give you an hour for you each week. Whatever your body needs – whether it’s yoga or pilates, stretching or core we will find it and make it fun. Having taught for over 15 years and been to a zillion trainings and workshops in Iyengar Yoga and Pilates I hope to inspire you to move .

I’ve been doing Suzie’s classes for a couple of years now. Suzie is an excellent teacher who caters for everyone in her class. She has a wonderful style to her teaching along with extensive knowledge. The new Yoga Lounge in Clarinbridge is not only tranquil but so well equipped with everything needed for yoga and props for adjustments when needed.

B. Mongan – 5⭐ Google Review
Yoga Teacher

OLGA

Hi I’m Olga, I’m mum to 4 kids. I’ve been a stay at home mum for the last 10 years. So I understand how important it is to create some time for social connection in a busy mums week. When I worked outside the home It was as an engineering technician, so I’m very practical, hands on and used to thinking on my feet. I believe movement is essential to our physical and mental well-being. No matter what level physically you are at I will meet you there & customise my yoga lessons to make them accessible for you.

I really enjoy Olga’s over 55 class. She is an excellent teacher who structures her class to suit her clients. Her warm personality always makes you feel welcome and I look forward to her class. I would highly recommend her class.

Mary Grant – 5⭐ Google Review
Pilates Teacher

Tracy

Tracy is a hairdresser, originally from Co Fermanagh. She has 3 lads, much bigger than her and 2 dogs, much smaller than her. She has been practicing Pilates for 10+ years and finds it highly effective for easing the tension in her back, neck and shoulders after working on her feet all day.
Tracy is now a qualified as a classical mat Pilates teacher. She enjoys teaching in small groups or on a one to one basis and has experienced first-hand the positive impact that Pilates can have on her clients’ posture, body awareness and sense of wellbeing. Whatever your age, skill level or time commitment, you will be welcome in Tracy’s classes, and don’t be afraid to be a beginner, nobody starts off as an expert.

I go to Tracy Valentine’s class and she give’s brilliant individual attention and focus to everyone’s needs. Tracy is patient and kind and such a wonderful teacher. I could see and feel the difference in my core after just a couple of sessions. It has to be the fastest hour., the time flies. I love it.

Mo O’Meara – 5⭐ Google Review
Yin Yoga Teacher

GABRIELLE

Hi, I’m Gabrielle. I’m a múinteoir Gaeilge, originally from Athlone, I moved to Ballinderreen in 2021.
I started practicing yoga when I was 21 as a way to get out of my head and over the past 15 years I’ve made my mat my home, no matter where I am in the world! I trained as a vinyasa yoga teacher in Bali in 2018 and started teaching straight away when I then returned to Athlone after living in Australia. I’ve been focusing on Yin recently, and I love the balance it brings to my days. Yoga has been really important to me throughout my life as a way to understand myself and also build a community. The Yoga Lounge is a special place and it’s our growing community that makes it!

I love yin yoga with Gabrielle on a Wednesday evening. It’s an excellent stress reliever mid week and I feel so relaxed afterwards. The stretches are only as difficult as you want them to be so suitable for anyone. I’m not good at yoga but I thoroughly enjoy this class !!

Aoife McElvaney – 5⭐ Google Review

Sarah Mcgloughlin

Chartered Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor 

Sarah received her BSc in physiotherapy from University College Dublin in Ireland and has worked in the health care profession for over 15 years in Ireland and the United Arab Emirates. While embarking on her career as a physiotherapist she became particularly interested in Pilates and the benefits of Pilates as a rehab tool within all areas of practice noticing how the practice assisted in helping clients to improve their quality of movement, to reduce pain, to improve flexibility and balance and to improve strength. As a physiotherapist, Sarah has lengthy experience in the management of acute and chronic conditions such as musculoskeletal and sports injuries, neurological conditions and care of the elderly. She has completed her training to become an APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) Matwork Instructor. In her practice as a physiotherapist and a Pilates instructor, she strives to provide personalized rehabilitation programmes to suit her clients needs.  

Over the past few years (since becoming a mum!), Sarah has developed an interest in the area of women’s health. She has completed training in teaching antenatal and postnatal Pilates.

Sarah’s classes start Wed 9:45 – enjoy

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