Tuning into the season… This is my 3rd Autumn in Ireland. I’m fortunate to live in a completely rural setting where I’m surrounded by the seasonal change taking place in the wilderness around the cottage. Up here in Tountinna, the rolling hills turn from their summer greens to coppery goldens, browns and reds as the […]

Connecting with and honouring the Autumn shift

Claria Yoga - embracing autumn

In this article, I draw on my own experience and teachings to give you an overview of practising with a functional approach. I hope you find this information helpful. The meaning of the word “functional” I start here with suggested definitions of the word “functional” taken from the Collins dictionary: “Useful rather than decorative” “Relating […]

What is Functional Yoga?

Claria Yoga - functional yoga

Fascia is alive and requires certain conditions in order to be able to function optimally. What can you do to keep it supple and healthy?

Caring for your fascia

Caring for your fascia - Claria Yoga

Yin Yoga is a Functional practice in that it is not alignment-based. It focuses on the purpose of a pose in each individual body structure. Bringing practitioners’ awareness into what they’re feeling in their bodies – ie. a stretch or compression (healthy sensations), or sharp-shooting fiery pain (unhealthy sensations), practitioners are encouraged to experiment with their positions using their limbs, torso, head and gravity, to find the most functional variation of a posture for their bodies.

Yin Yoga – the art of letting go

Claria Yoga - Yin Yoga

The mind… The mind can make us believe in things that are not really there, worry about situations that aren’t real, relive events that have been and gone, or live through hypothetical situations that don’t exist. Add to that the day-to-day responsibilities and constant stream of inner chatter that surrounds them, and we move into […]

Give yourself permission…

Give yourself permission to let go - Claria Yoga

Only the right yoga teacher for you… It is a question that has come to me before – how to know you’ve made the right choice for your next class. Do you choose it because of the style of yoga, or because of the teacher? What if you don’t know the teacher? The teacher, the […]

Is there such a thing as the right yoga teacher?

What is the right yoga teacher? Claria Yoga

If you are getting to know chakras for the first time, it may seem a bit overwhelming. Don’t worry. You can begin to bring the chakras into your awareness with some basic information and gentle exploration. Developing an awareness of the chakras can help deepen your yoga practice – eventually, you may even notice this […]

The Chakras – an overview

Claria Yoga - chakras

How do you mute the noise of the mind? I’ve just finished my first week of teaching online after I was thrown into a whirlwind with the arrival of the Coronavirus. My mind took over and became a very noisy film-reel running through a repetitive loop of worry: My parents – my sister – my […]

Coping with anxiety

Claria Yoga - Calming Breath

What is Restorative Yoga? “We have an ancient body subjected to a modern problem: living with chronic stress.” — Judith Hanson Lasater The practice is rooted in Iyengar Yoga, developed by B.K.S. Iyengar who initially experimented with supporting the body with props to create a practice that was more accessible to those with illnesses or […]

Why practise Restorative Yoga?

Claria Yoga with Claire - restorative yoga

Try the following simple restorative sequence before bed for a good night’s sleep or any time during the day when you feel you could do with a little down-time and re-centering during busy periods. The suggested time for each pose is 5 minutes. However, if you have the time, you can stay for up to […]

A 15-minute calming restorative sequence

Claria Yoga with Claire - restorative sequence