My journey with yoga started back in 2008. It has slowly become a lifestyle and has supported me through many different times since I first stepped on the mat.

Discovering yoga in the middle of my corporate career helped me to deal with the debilitating effects of stress that came from needing to be plugged in almost 24 hours a day. Over a period of 10 years, I did a masters degree at the same time as a full-time job, dealt with redundancy, spent years trying to conceive, went through rounds of IVF, subsequently miscarried, got divorced, underwent surgery to remove an ovarian tumour, and moved country twice to start again. Yoga was always there and was something I could turn to for self-care, space, nurture and healing.

I was first introduced to an energetic ashtanga and vinyasa-based practice. As the years went by, I turned to a slower and more therapeutic and restorative-based approach. After becoming a certified 200-hour Hatha Flow Yoga teacher, I furthered my studies and qualified in Fertility Yoga, Pregnancy Yoga and Restorative Yoga.

My studies have moved into using yoga as a therapeutic and functional practice, encouraging those who work with me to move into postures gently and fluidly, and always in a manner that respects how their body wants to move, not how they want it to move. This has proven to be invaluable for me personally to help me with my recovery from two surgeries, and rehabilitate acute weakness in my right hip, which had become so painful that it was keeping me awake at night. After being presented with hip surgery as a solution at the age of 38, I used yoga instead to strengthen and nurture my hip joint, which in turn reduced my pain and increased my mobility.

My desire to teach and share my practice comes from the transformational and healing effect that yoga has on me. Through this journey of self-discovery, I have come to understand so much more about my body, mind and heart, and have learned that to feel respect, compassion and kindness outwards, you must first start feeling it towards yourself.

Claire Ng-Martin - Claria Yoga

In addition to teaching yoga, I’m an artist, a children’s book illustrator for The Grub Tales, 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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