As many of you know, in the last 12 months I have made some pretty epic changes to my life… moving overseas and getting back into marketing and consultancy to name just a couple of the changes.
And now, another change is on the horizon! Many of you know already that I changed all my social media links already, but I am now excited to announce that a rebrand is on the way for me. Clare Dobson Yoga will be phasing out, and Journey with Clara will be taking over very soon! My new website is currently under construction, and once complete this site will link into it and claredobson.com as we know will become no more. Journey with Clara will continue all the same great things as Clare Dobson Yoga did, but with the added edition of hearing about my consultancy and travel work plus exploring culture and style – both yoga and otherwise!
I’m so looking forward to sharing the next stage of the journey with you all! Follow the journey on Instagram with me @journeywithclara and see it unfold!
After countless requests I have finally got around to putting this recipe online… there are still hundreds more to come and I promise that one day they will all get here. I wish I had more time to update my website but alas, I find myself grabbing at random moments and ending up doing ‘maintenance’ instead of the good fun stuff, like this! Now I’m not sure that this recipe is technically a Rocky Road, but regardless it’s what I refer to it as! I also refer to it as my Paleo Rocky Road, however my favourite version of it does have sprouted buckwheat in it so technically it could be argued that it isn’t paleo. For me sprouted buckwheat works nicely in my diet once in a while, but if it doesn’t suit you it can easily be left out or substituted with something else.
The Rocky Road process…
One of the nicest things about this recipe is that it genuinely tastes delicious, I find myself going back for more (and more) every time! It’s also extremely easy to make and can be adapted to suit whatever you might find in your cupboard. My kitchen cupboards are never without a bag of raw cacao powder, coconut oil, chia seeds, linseeds and cacao nibs so these tend to be my staple ingredients each time, but the rest changes almost every single time I make it. The only things you absolutely cannot substitute are the cacao powder and coconut oil as rocky road without chocolate is never worth considering, and you need the coconut oil to help it set in the fridge. Other than that, feel free to play around and create your own version! Here’s the one I made today, along with some helpful substitutes… Continue reading
April is nearly here and with it, the fourth of my yoga pose clinics! This time around it’s Trikonasana that takes centre stage…
Our good old friend triangle pose might well be one of the first poses you were ever acquainted with, but whatever tradition of yoga you practice the chances are that you’ve been taught it in a few different ways. I know I have been, and it’s led me to explore this particular pose in great detail over the years. The fourth yoga pose clinic will take a good hard look at the pose in a functional way; how can we practice the pose in a way that supports our bodies today and avoids injury both now and in the future? How can we make it strong, safe and accessible for all?
We will build the pose from the ground up before exploring some variations, including Revolved Trikonasana and binds, before moving into a flow that will allow us to explore coming into, and out of, the pose fluidly and with ease.
The clinic takes place at Down To Earth London in Tufnell Park on Sunday 17th April, from 3.30pm – 6pm.
Hope to see you there!
It’s almost time for the second of mine and Clive Fogelman‘s Spring Yoga Retreat in Italy! Last year we had an absolutely amazing time with the most fantastic group of yogis and we can’t wait to return this year. From the 7th – 14th May 2016 we’ll be staying once again in the stunning Masseria della Zingara, a place that offers the perfect escape from a busy life and the ideal opportunity to re-energise and reconnect. It’s a charming 18th century farmhouse with a private pool, set in 20 tranquil acres of olive, cherry and almond groves only 7km from the unspoilt Puglian coastline.
Led by Clive & Clare, the retreat offers a truly dedicated teaching experience with a variety of yoga styles including; vinyasa, alignment-based flow, yin, restorative, candlelit meditation by the fireside and yoga nidra. A variety of massage treatments will also be available on request (given by Clare).
Every morning we will meet for a morning meditation to set intentions for the day ahead. This will be followed by an uplifting
vinyasa practice held either in the stunning yoga shala, or outside surrounded by the beautiful environment of the Masseria. After the morning practice we will enjoy a delicious breakfast together on the terrace. The day will then be yours to enjoy however you wish whether it’s reading a book by the pool, treating yourself to a massage, or exploring the local countryside and towns. On a few of the days we will arrange optional excursions – last year we went to a market, visited a local town and had a beautiful day at the beach, and some afternoons we will offer yoga workshops to explore and play. In the early evening we will meet again to enjoy a more relaxing class focused around yin and restorative, before enjoying a beautiful dinner together. After dinner some nights we will offer a guided candlelight meditation session in the studio, warmed by a log fire. All the yoga and excursions are optional and you may join in with as much or as little as you like throughout the week. The retreat is yours to enjoy as you choose! Continue reading
The third of my yoga pose clinics is here! Good ol’ downward dog, it gets so taken for granted sometimes, so it seemed only right that my third clinic focused on it.
Downward facing dog is a staple ingredient of any yoga class yet rarely do we give it the attention it deserves. When we are beginners on the journey we break it down but often not enough to consider modifications and injuries, and then once we are familiar with it we forget to check in with what’s actually happening in the pose. Downward dog can become a bad dog pretty quickly!
This 3rd Yoga Pose Clinic will break the pose down completely and look at what is really going on in the body within this asana and how we can continually keep it fresh. We will explore a variety of modifications and variations of the pose, some practical and some fun and even play with a little bit of partner yoga.
The workshop is happening at Down To Earth London on Sunday 21st February from 3pm – 5.30pm.
Hope to see you on the mat
The best things in life are unplanned and spontaneous aren’t they? So why not do something crazy and book to come to Costa Rica in a fortnight with me and Adam Hocke for a week of yoga from the 27th February to the 5th March!
Beautiful Blue Spirit nestled in the stunning nature of Costa Rica
I’m so excited to be joining Adam to teach this wonderful Costa Rica Yoga Retreat where we will be inspired by the natural rhythms and waves of our beautiful setting at the Blue Spirit Retreat Centre. We’ll find freedom and joy through mornings of energising vinyasa flow yoga, afternoons of tropical adventures and excursions, and evenings of guided relaxation. Supported by mine and Adam’s hands-on adjustments and individualized modifications for your body in every class, find a personal yoga practice over the course of a healing, invigorating, and fun week. Whether you need a challenge to deepen your practice or an opportunity to de-stress and let go, we’ll ride the waves together and help you find the yoga that works for you. The retreat is open to all levels.
This could be you…
Blue Spirit Costa Rica yoga retreat is a centre of the highest calibre, frequently hosting internationally prominent teachers and attracting students from around the world. Located on the Southern end of Guiones Beach in Nosara, on the Northern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, the centre is perched on a hilltop that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a three-mile long white sand beach that is protected as a turtle refuge – Blue Spirit offers an extraordinarily beautiful and natural setting on one of Costa Rica’s renowned beaches.
There’s still some spaces left so if you fancy throwing caution to the wind let me know! And in the meantime if you’d like more info you can take a look on Adams website:
Costa Rica Yoga Retreat 2016
Go on, you know you want to!
My last glute-focused workshop was so popular that I’ve decided to run another, very similar one at the lovely Yoga On The Lane this month. Taking place on Sunday 31st January from 3-5.30pm, Stepping Into Strength is a workshop that will teach you all you’ve ever wanted and needed to know about your ‘behind’.
It’s likely that you sit on your glutes every day but never give these stabiliser muscles a second thought, and yet they play such a hugely important role in our overall core strength. When they’re under utilised it means you are left to pick up the slack elsewhere and over time this will effect you in your daily life, leaving you with poor posture and performance both on and off the yoga mat.
This workshop is designed to teach you how to properly activate the glutes and re-pattern bad habits so that you can start to use them effectively and with more awareness. Physically this workshop will be strong but mindful, giving you tools to cultivate power from within. Energetically, the physical practice will also reflect the ability to step forward through obstacles in our life, perfect for keeping your motivation up and your fears and anxiety down as you take these wonderful and initial steps into 2016!
Hope to see you there!