Welcome to Claria Yoga, a holistic therapeutic practice, which aims to help you regain a balanced body and mind.
Rooted in Hatha Yoga and Restorative Yoga, my practice is fluid, supportive and nurturing, and accommodates all body types, respecting each person’s body structure and journey.
With my training and own personal experiences, I help you to gently unlock your ability to move, change and heal in order to relieve tense muscles, aching joints and general physical discomfort. In addition to developing physical strength and increasing mobility, stamina and focus, the practice can help you achieve inner calm, experience deep relaxation, and relieve stress and anxiety.
I encourage body awareness and mindfulness to help all who work with me embrace their unique body structure and safely access the healing benefits of yoga.
Having worked with different age groups and conditions, from children and teenagers, to senior adults, injury rehabilitation, and adults with special needs, I welcome anyone who wishes to practise with me.
Allow yoga to work for you, regardless of your age, ability or mobility.
Claire has an exceptional skill in teaching yoga.
Her classes are a sublime experience of working with each individual and their own unique body and ability.
Not to be missed. Truly.
— A. Guerrier, Portugal, May 2019
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 went through many changes that added to the stress load – 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, 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 – allowing yoga to serve them. 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.
Yoga is a practice enriched over thousands of years, and has evolved to accommodate modern-day bodies, minds and emotions. 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.
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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