The summertime is the perfect time to start exploring your body in new ways, so I’m delighted to be offering a Saturday summer vinyasa workshop at Glow Yoga in Covent Garden this month. Taking place on Saturday 26th July from 3-5pm, the workshop will consist of a delicious 2 hour challenging flow, incorporating a variety of poses and sequences to give you the opportunity to delve even further into your already established yoga practice. With a focus on the breath, you’ll be able to challenge yourself physically, while at the same time exploring how time can help you strip down the outer layers of your body and mind to allow you to really melt into your practice. Even further than you imagined!
We’ll be working on fun sequences with plenty of hip and heart openers to allow us to really embrace the fun of the practice. Expect to go upside down a little too and really explore the breakdown of a few arm balances in true workshop style.
Once the physical practice is complete, we’ll relax and let the inner glow of satisfaction seep further into our hearts. Expect to finish happily exhausted and satisfyingly peaceful!
This particular workshop is not suitable for beginners. You should be comfortable with a dynamic flow practice already. So come along, bring your friends, bring your smiles and bring your enthusiasm and let’s have some summer yoga fun! For more information see the Good Vibes website!
Can’t wait to see you on the mat!
This video is entitled, ‘Words Of Wisdom Brought To You By An Insane Person’.
Well I watched it and I don’t think he’s insane. I think he’s genius! According to the dictionary, to be ‘crazy’ is to be mentally deranged; demented; insane. Therefore I can conclude that this man is NOT crazy. He speaks the truth.
Mad? As in intense excitement or enthusiasm. Absolutely.
But regardless of all that, he still speaks the truth. I think we could all do with a little more eccentricity and madness in our lives judging by this awesomeness, and while we’re at it, there’s definitely space for a few more beards of this magnificence too.
Click the following title to see the video! Words of Wisdom Brought To You By An Insane Person!
Change your world!
Whether you’re a student or teacher, I urge you all to read the article below. And do please take the time to watch the video too as it’s such an invaluable lesson.
For me the biggest gift of yoga is, and always has been, the lessons it can teach you about your own body and mind; how it can help you understand how they work and how to get the best from them. I try my hardest to always practice and teach with integrity; to embrace individualism and alignment and encourage exploration into self adjustment, but in a time where social media seems to increasingly demand ‘show’ poses, almost as if they’re the evidence of whether or not you’re a good teacher, it can make you feel tempted, or even pressurised, to stray, often innocently, from the true purpose of asana and indeed the bigger yoga picture.
This comes to me at a really appropriate moment, and inspires me stay true to my aims, and responsibilities, as both a student and teacher of yoga.
Did you know that I now offer Yoga & Therapy one to ones every week at Glow Yoga, Good Vibes Studios in Covent Garden?
Using an exclusively designed combination of yoga, therapy and sports therapy techniques, including soft tissue release and NMT (neuromuscular technique), the sessions are designed to help you understand more about your body, improve mobility, rehabilitate if you have injury, or simply help you improve your own personal yoga practice using intelligent education about you and your body mechanics. It’s all about taking responsibility for how you feel, how fast you go, how quickly you recover, how amazing you want to be and feel in your own skin. Whether you have a yoga practice or not these are an excellent therapy and training choice and will ultimately help you feel more brilliant in your own body when resting and at play. Who doesn’t want that!?
More info coming soon! In the meantime you can book in directly with me or via the studio! Be knowledgable, be happy, feel amazing!
It’s 4pm as I write this and I am in bed. I’ve been in bed all day, and I spent all day yesterday in bed too, and the day before that. I know what you’re thinking… ‘lazy bitch!’, and usually with the facts above I’d agree with you, only this week I’ve had no other choice. You see, this week I went into hospital for, what was originally, exploratory surgery to my lower abdomen and it ended up being rather more complicated than anticipated. Thankfully, despite the unexpected complexities, it all went really well, but what it’s made me realise is how much we take our bodies for granted. Even me, a person who uses their body consciously and energetically every single day and who didn’t consider myself to be somebody that took it for granted, not for a second. But I did.
On Wednesday morning, the day after my surgery, I went to sit up, only I couldn’t. It suddenly occurred to me that we are using our muscles every single second of every single day, even when we’re not aware of it. This might sound an obvious fact, and it absolutely is. But when is the last time you actually ‘thought’ about sitting up? For the lucky majority of us, we don’t think about it, we just do it! Yet here I was having to figure out a new way of attempting to sit up, without engaging my core muscles in the natural way I normally would. As it happens, for the first day, I couldn’t sit up at all without help but since then I’ve been working out ways of getting myself upright that don’t put too much pressure on the front of my body and it’s been a fascinating learning curve to realise just how much of my daily movement is normally autopilot; unthought and natural. Continue reading
I am so excited! Why? Because today I start a brand new Bliss Yoga class at Glow Yoga in Fitzrovia. I have long been a practitioner and teacher of restorative yoga having studied my Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with the fabulous Judith Hanson Lasater at Yogacampus a number of years ago. A more gentle, restorative approach is a must-have in my world. No matter whether you’re a vinyasa addict, a passionate ashtangi, a complete beginner, or even recovering from injury – this style of yoga has a place in your life. It’s a great place to start yoga, and a great place to evolve your practice if you’re generally into a more dynamic class. In truth, it wasn’t until I started doing regular restorative work that I really started to see my body opening and lengthening, and with that came the strength that I had lacked to do so many of the asanas that had previously evaded me in my stronger vinyasa practice. No, yoga absolutely isn’t just about the asanas but the ego has a mad way, right or wrong, of making you desire and lust after certain poses! I used to do more and more vinyasa thinking it would get me there, but when I stopped trying so hard and embraced a balanced practice that included vinyasa AND restorative, all of a sudden – BOOM! – I finally found the strength I’d been chasing for so long. I wished I’d known about it years longer than I had, and I wish I’d embraced it sooner than I did!
I’m happy to announce that as from this Friday, 4th April, I will be starting a new lunchtime Foundation class at the Fitzrovia studio of Glow Yoga at Good Vibes Studios. The Foundation classes are beginner and improver friendly and will give you a chance to get to grips with the ‘bread and butter’ poses of yoga. They are taught at a fluid but steady pace, designed to allow you to experience the poses and learn to adjust them to suit your body. I hasten to add that even as a seasoned yoga-goer I still get a lot out of going to classes of this level once fairly regularly. They’re a great addition to a regular dynamic practice and offer a great opportunity to get back to basics and really think about what you’re doing with your body through your physical yoga asana practice.
The new class will run from 12.45pm – 1.35pm so it’s a perfect fit for your lunch break if you’re local, or a nice way to fill in a gap in your day if you don’t have a whole lot of time in your busy schedule.
Hope to see you on the mat!
Ahhh Spring! Is there anything better after a long dark winter? On Saturday April 12th I will be teaching a Spring Detox workshop at Glow Yoga in Covent Garden – I’m totally excited about it since I love this time of year when the weather begins to get warmer and the days start to get a little longer. I always do a massive spring clean of my house and feel the same is needed of my body! Come and join me to embrace and welcome the warmer, lighter weather by investing some time in yourself with a spring yoga cleanse. Working on both the physical and mental aspects of yoga, the workshop will incorporate cleansing pranayama techniques with a detoxing, fire-building flow designed to tap into those deep-seated comfort zone areas and awaken the beast within! (yes, we all have one that’s gagging to get out for the summer!).
Finally to really melt the winter from our bodies and minds we will finish with a detoxing tea (I might even read you a spring limerick or two!) and a chance to set intentions for the seasons ahead before springing out into the world to spread our new-found joy!
Do come along and join me for some fun and embrace your awesome springy self! The workshop will run from 3-5pm on Saturday 12th April. Details are on my classes and workshop page but, but you’ll find all the finer details and booking options on the Good Vibes Workshop page!
With sunny love!
I’m up early today and on my way to teach the morning yoga class at Glow Yoga, Covent Garden. Sometimes the early alarm is tough, I’m a little out of practice for regular early classes so sometimes it feels a rather rude awakening. As it happens, today I was ready for it before it was ready for me, but this is a novel thing…I am not a known morning person, much as I’d like to be! Though once I’m up I’m always happy to be embracing the day.
Today as I stepped out of my door I was greeted by a wonderful sunrise and this beautiful spring blossom and it dawned on me how it is a real metaphor for the beauty in all things. No matter how tough or challenging things can appear sometimes there is always a thing of beauty to be found. Whether it’s a lesson to be learnt or whether something that doesn’t seem great at the time eventually leads you onto a path you would otherwise have not trodden, the possibilities for beauty are endless. You just have to open your eyes and make the choice to see it! Today and every day choose to view all the possibilities, choose to embrace the challenges thrown at you, choose beauty!
With endless possibilities,
Everyday that passes is one day closer to the future of your choosing, one day closer to your true self.
The journey is tough and even when you’re on a steady path there are still distractions, choices to make, offers to tempt. There are lessons to learn, bad days and sad days to be had. But the truth lies in understanding the simplicity and not over complicating it all. Keep moving, keep breathing, keep looking within when you’re looking without. The truth can be revealed, always.
Be true, look within – honour your heart, your inner teacher.
Some of you will be aware that I’ve been doing a spot of teaching with the great team at lululemon Covent Garden recently and I’m really pleased to SHOUT OUT that we are running a special Saturday event together on the 23rd November – ‘City Sites Cycle Ride & Yoga’!
This is a really exciting event for me as anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love cycling around London and, naturally, I love yoga! So to be part of an event that combines the two is just fantastic.
The event will be open to all levels and will include a 10 mile bike ride led by cyclist and triathlete Adrian Fitch, followed by a yoga class designed specifically for cyclists. The bike ride will include a few section leaders so that all levels of cyclists are catered for, so whether you’re a pro who likes to go fast and hard, or a beginner who is learning or doing it for fun, don’t worry at all, you will be catered for! The yoga sequencing will be designed to help you recover and fine tune your body, plus stretch out from the ride and make sure you gain all the benefits you can!
Really hope to see you there and for more information you can find the full rundown of information here on their Facebook Events Page!
Big Bicycle Love!
I’ve just come back from a long and blissful weekend at the beach. Those who know me will know that I’m happiest in, on, or around the water so you’ll understand that right now I am feeling totally connected and inspired!
With that in mind I’m really excited about teaching my regular yoga class at Glow Yoga tonight as it will be the first of what I hope will become some real elemental flow classes.
It’s happened. I’ve thought about it for a long time, even created one and then deleted it! But now it’s finally done… I have a Facebook page dedicated to me and yoga. Somewhat unimaginatively it’s called Clare Dobson Yoga, but I figure that’s exactly what it is so why beat around the bush!?
It’s very new, there isn’t much happening on it just yet, but over time I will add my events, workshops and other bits and bobs so that if you are on Facebook, you can easily keep track of what I’m doing and where and when it’s happening!
So join me, I’d love to link with you on there! Share it with your friends, your lover, your mother, your brother! Anyone who you think might like it! Find it here www.facebook.com/claredobsonyoga