Yoga has been around for many thousands of years and can be described in countless different ways. Physical benefits include increased strength, flexibility and balance, better lung capacity and improved health, fitness and wellbeing. It also helps lower stress levels and improves relaxation and focus. Beyond the physical and stripped of its many definitions yoga is essentially a way of life that allows us be in touch with ourselves in a way that can provide a calm state of mind, an internal happiness and a balanced life.
Clare has a very open-minded and anatomically focused approach to her teaching and has studied and been influenced by many different styles and traditions of yoga over the years. She is a fully trained and insured teacher and has also gained teaching qualifications in Yoga Therapy Techniques and Restorative Yoga. Her passion lies within a creative Vinyasa Flow style yoga with a strong focus on alignment, however she complements this with a love of restorative, yin and mindfulness yoga and is always happy to discuss personal needs. She currently teaches both privately and in studios across London, and can be contacted for corporate classes and workshops.
What is Vinyasa Flow?
Vinyasa Flow is a dynamic and creative style of fluid and flowing yoga that synchronises the movement and breath of the body through asana (posture). Clare’s classes are challenging yet calming, strong yet flowing and are designed to build strength, awareness and openness in the body, allowing the student to develop at their own pace and discover the inner teacher within them. Clare focuses her classes strongly on alignment but aims to create a freeness in the body while educating people about their own physical and mental potential. They are also good fun and a serious physical and mental workout!
Yin yoga is a slower, more calming practice designed to help you access the deeper tissues and musculature of the body, such as connective tissue and fascia that encompass the joints. Suitable for almost all levels of student, a yin practice is perfect for those looking to improve flexibility and joint mobility, and is also the perfect addition to a more dynamic or vinyasa practice. Clare structures her yin classes by working through a series of guided and supported poses, each one held for several minutes. The sequences are designed to help you cultivate a deeper awareness of your body, learn how to let go and find a deep sense of relaxation within the poses which will ultimately lead to the lowering of stress levels, greater stamina and a balanced mind and body. They are also the perfect addition to an urban city lifestyle as they give you the space to surrender for a moment from your busy life.
Yoga for Sports
Through her own personal experience with sport and through working with many athletes Clare has discovered that there are endless benefits of combining an active lifestyle with yoga. Not only does yoga bring about an increased awareness of the body but it also elongates the muscles and improves flexibility resulting in better alignment and posture, a quicker recovery time after activity and sport and a smaller likelihood of injury. In addition to the physical benefits students can also gain focus, more confidence, visualisation techniques and positive thinking making this an excellent tool not just for daily life but also for competitive athletes. To discuss Yoga for Sports with Clare please get in touch.
Clare completed her full teacher training certificate with The Life Centre and Yoga Campus in London, has completed a certificate in Yoga Therapy Techniques with the Yoga Biomedical Trust and is also a registered Restorative Yoga Teacher. She is accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and the International Therapy Education Council and she also holds a qualification in Sports First Aid & Emergency Action through the ITC and a HSE First Aid for Yoga certificate. She is currently undertaking an advanced teaching certificate in Yoga Medicine with Tiffany Cruikshank and has been lucky enough to learn and study with other internationally renowned teachers such as Richard Freeman, Kino Macgregor, Judith Hanson-Lasater, Sianna Sherman, Aadil Palkhivala, Meghan Currie and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli to name just a few.