Hi, I’m Cara.
Among many other things, I’ve been enjoying Instructing Pilates and Fitness classes for the past 11 years. It continues to fulfil my goal of being my own boss, allows me to create a sustainable work/life balance that suits my lifestyle and gives me the great pleasure of connecting with so many great like minded people through my clients(who are my greatest teachers) and my teachers.
In 2008 at 29 years of age I made a career change, to follow my heart and set out on a journey of self discovery. I took up rock climbing, bought myself a pair of roller blades, and retrained as a Fitness and Pilates Instructor.
Many bruises later, before I realised it, I was enjoying working for myself in an area I was passionate about, Fitness and Health. By 2010 I was teaching 14 classes per week, and enjoying a more relaxed pace of life in the country. I have never looked back.
Over the years I’ve developed a contemporary approach to Pilates being influenced by those professionals mentioned below as well as by Yoga , Primal Flow and functional fitness. Clients of all levels are welcome to my Pilates and Yoga classes. I like to work closely with local physiotherapists and other manual therapists so that I can to take into consideration the requirements of my individual clients within my classes, offering modifications where necessary.
Some recent courses and seminars I’ve enjoyed include:
I enjoy keeping up to date with current movement approaches and I continually update my training and build on my qualifications. Regularly attending national and international courses is one of my favourite aspects of work, but I often enjoy returning to the basics to allow myself to just play with the movement and forget the rules. That’s most often when things click into place for me or I discover those “ aha moments “ As I continue to explore movement in its different forms ,along with the introduction of meditation to my practice , I am enjoying the movement toward inner stillness, and the benefits it brings me.
When I’m not instructing classes you might find me on the climbing wall with my husband Richard and our daughter Rhea, hiking the Commeraghs or out for a run along Hook head.
Richie found yoga through a sports related back injury 10 years ago and has been pain free ever since. He enjoys the benefits of yoga both mentally and physically so much so that he decided to do his teacher training in the Yoga Room, Dublin 4 in 2015 and has been teaching a Hatha style class for the last 5 years.
He recently took part in a yoga for sport course with Yoga Therapy Ireland and is now teaching a class specifically for athletes. He is a keen cyclist and mountaineer and he enjoys competing in adventure races which keeps him fit as well as adding to his knowledge and experience to of how the body works in a physical capacity.