My journey with yoga started back in 2008. It has supported me through many different times, both physically and mentally since then.

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. Subsequently doing a masters degree at the same time as a full-time job, dealing with redundancy, spending years trying to conceive, going through a deeply traumatic and painful miscarriage after two rounds of IVF, and getting divorced, yoga was something I could turn to for self-care, space, nurture and healing.

I started with 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 as I recovered from surgery to have an ovarian tumour removed, and was then diagnosed with an acute weakness of the 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. I am now pain-free.

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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