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. All we have to do is be willing to start the journey…
Clare has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and has a very open-minded and anatomically-focused approach to her teaching having studied and been influenced by many different styles and traditions of yoga over the years. She teaches in a way that she believes supports the lifestyles we have now and aims to create a space where students can feel comfortable and at ease with wherever they are in their yoga journey. Classes are laced with humour; she takes yoga seriously but is passionate about not letting life be taken too seriously. Her biggest goal is that you leave your yoga mat feeling inspired and empowered and willing to take the mental benefits away with you. Yoga can be a life changer if you let it. She is a knowledgable teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience and though her passion lies within a creative vinyasa flow style, she complements this with a love of yin, restorative, and meditation and is always happy to discuss personal needs. Prior to moving to Belize and re-embracing her marketing career she was lecturing on yoga teacher training courses and teaching in studios across London. She also has significant experience in private lessons, corporate classes and workshops and has led regular retreats both in the UK and internationally. She continues to do one European retreat every year and is always open to helping students and fellow yogis wherever she can.
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 and intelligently threads sequences together to help create strength and freedom in the body giving you the chance to experience your physical and mental potential. The classes are good fun and can often be 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, usually focused around a specific area of the body, 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 of tension and find a deep sense of relaxation within the poses which ultimately leads to the lowering of stress levels, greater stamina and a balanced mind and body. Yin yoga is the perfect addition to a busy or urban city lifestyle as it can give you the space to surrender for a moment from your busy life leading to increased wellbeing and an ability to find a sense of calm.
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. Clare was responsible for writing a year long series of articles on Yoga for Sport for Yoga Magazine.
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 is a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals. She 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.