Ruth O’Connor

I was first introduced to Yoga in 1996 at a Satyananda yoga class in Liberty Street, 3 floors above a noisy bar where I worked part time during University. The peace it gave me made the bar work tolerable!  Since then Yoga has been a central part of my life and it has been a necessary part of my physical and mental health throughout my twenties and thirties even when I worked abroad. Whether it was Japan, Corsica or Australia, Yoga was the thing that kept me grounded and more able to navigate difficult periods of my life. Yoga helps me to plug myself into myself and treat myself kindly, it gives me clarity and a profound sense of ease.

I am trained in Hatha Yoga and began a series of classes specific to Mums where I focus on some of the issues we all carry around with us, namely core weakness, or incorrect management of the core area. I find there is not enough awareness about the implications of a pregnancy on the abdominal wall and what we need to do if we have a separation of the muscles or diastastis recti. No amount of crunches in the gym is going to fix this and may actually exacerbate the problem.  Yet no personal trainer I have come across knows what to do for this problem. My classes therefore begin with a quick test to see if the separation is present. I focus then on re educating the muscles to come back towards the midline before any contraction happens. Implicit in this class is actually taking an hour out for oneself which is fully deserved and needed!

I am also a Reiki practitioner and offer Reiki sessions from my treatment room in my home in Carrigaline.  Reiki is a very relaxing therapy which takes us out of the ‘fight or flight’ loop we are constantly in and as a result eases anxiety and relaxes the nervous system. It is gentle and non invasive.

Over the years I trained in Beauty Therapy, Kinesiology, Massage and use these skills to offer Facial Therapy which include Lymphatic massage, Acupressure and Reiki as part of a full facial using organic hand made skincare from Killarney and Co Clare.

I currently teach Yoga in Glanmire, Carrigaline and Tuesdays at 6.45pm in Douglas Yoga Centre.

Contact me on 0868948855 or email me at