Michael O Connor
Michael is originally from Skerries in North Co Dublin. From an early age he was always very active and grew up playing every sport that was going. Gaelic football was his main sport and he represented Dublin up to minor level. In his early 20’s he developed chronic fatigue syndrome and for someone who was always very active this created a big change in his life. Although, looking back now he says that it was the best thing that could have happened as it motivated him to explore ways to improve his own health and then to share this knowledge by pursuing a career in health and wellbeing.
Michael is delighted to have been appointed as the Sports coordinator for the Prosper Fingal Special Olympics clubs. He has a B.Sc (H) in Adapted Physical Activity (APA) which specialises in making sports and activities accessible for People with Disabilities and he really enjoys teaching APA and accessible Yoga at Prosper Fingal, a day service for adults with intellectual disabilities in North County Dublin.
Also, Michael currently teaches Yoga and physical activity at a number of mental health hospitals, older adult and disability centres. Having previously worked as a Fitness and Yoga Instructor at St John of God Mental Health Hospital in Dublin, where he helped many people improve their physical and mental health as a result of doing exercise and practicing Yoga. He worked with patients, both young and old, who had a variety of mental health issues and thoroughly enjoyed helping them progress to leading a healthier lifestyle.
In 2011 he graduated from the Institute of Technology Tralee with a B.Sc (Honours) in Adapted Physical Activity. During his time living in Kerry he developed a keen interest in the outdoors and trained to be a mountain leader. Since then he has been a huge fan of hiking and in 2009 he achieved one of his dreams when he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and more recently hiked along the ancient route of the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain.
With a great curiosity to learn more about the world Michael was involved with Irish NGO Development Perspectives for four years. He had the privilege of traveling to Tanzania and Zambia a number of times to work on different educational projects which opened his eyes to a different way of looking at the world and those experiences had a lasting impression.
Michael has a keen interest in a holistic approach to health. Over the years he has explored many complementary therapies such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Energy Therapy and Mindfulness. He qualified as a Hatha Yoga Teacher at the Yoga Therapy Training Centre in Dublin and taught Yoga at their studios. Also, he qualified as an advanced Bio-Energy Therapist with the Bio-Energy School of Ireland.
B.Sc (Honours) in Adapted Physical Activity
Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapeutic Studies – IICP
Yoga Therapist – Yoga Therapy Ireland
Advanced Yoga Teaching Skills Certificate – Yoga Therapy Ireland
Hatha Yoga Instructor – YTTC (200 Hours)
Bio-Energy Therapist – Bio-Energy School of Ireland
Children’s Yoga Teacher – Yoga Therapy Ireland
EFA Personal Trainer
NCEF Fitness Instructor