My journey with yoga started in 2008 when I was suffering physically and mentally from the effects of a stressful fast-paced corporate job in the financial services industry. The pressure and need to give of myself 24/7 was turning me into a highly-strung, irritable individual. Through a regular yoga and meditation practice, I started to manage my stress better, ease the tension out my body, and change my perspective. I felt physically stronger, and mentally and emotionally quieter. Eventually, I came back into balance.

Yoga became a daily ritual, and was invaluable when I then spent four years trying to conceive. After two rounds of IVF, I finally became pregnant and then miscarried. My experience was physically, psychologically and emotionally exhausting. I felt completely disconnected from my body and mind, and watched my husband at the time suffer from severe anxiety as a result of his feeling completely helpless. Yoga and meditation helped us both to ground ourselves, and gave me the space I needed to connect with the process, grieve, accept, listen to my body, and heal.

My desire to teach and share my practice came from the transformational and healing effect that yoga had and continues to have on me. Through this journey of self-discovery, I have learned to accept, not resist, and have become re-acquainted with the truest part of myself. After becoming certified as a 200-hour Hatha Flow Yoga teacher, I furthered my studies and qualified in Fertility Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga and Restorative Yoga.

Over the years, my personal practice has evolved to incorporate ‘the art of being’, which is the core principle of Restorative Yoga. With it I have moved into the world of stress relief. I found that my body and mind flourished when given the space and nurturing that the rigours of modern daily life tend not to provide for. Combining the principles of both Hatha and Restorative Yoga, I teach a balanced practice that is energetic and fluid, supportive and nurturing, and which, at its core, works on identifying and gently releasing stress.

Claria Yoga - Claire Ng-Martin

In addition to teaching yoga, I’m a content creator for EkhartYoga.com. I’m also an artist and children’s book illustrator. I’m the co-author of holistic health book 7 Steps to Whole Health: Your Guide to Ultimate Wellbeing (2016), and I hold a Level 2 Certificate in Reiki Healing, which I have been practising since 2000. 

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