Before I began training as a yoga teacher, I would go to a mixture of classes.
Iyengar Yoga with the lovely South London legend Dorothy…
Astanga Yoga with various strict people…
Kundalini Yoga with starry-eyed ungrounded space-cadets…
And various other yogas, mostly at the Triyoga Soho studio, which smelled of Nag Champa incense.
Some classes I enjoyed, some less so.
But they would usually reduce my back pain and help support my mental health.
It was a chance to chill out, and switch off my busy mind.
Yoga classes were a regular part of my life for 10 years.
BUT then… I started to train as a yoga teacher.
Everything changes when you start to train as a teacher.
You start to THINK about things.
Pose names. Sequences. Alignment.
And one of my first teacher trainers was obsessed with alignment.
That there was a “better” or even “correct” way to do Triangle pose.
And all the other schools/styles/approaches/alignments were “wrong”.
We weren’t even allowed to attend other classes.
And even after I finished that training, and went to other classes again…
I experienced internal conflict within my mind and my body.
The ALIGNMENT SCHIZOPHRENIA: “Do the pose like THIS not like THAT”.
It haunted me for a couple of years.
Until I came to a deeper truth.
We each have our own alignment.
We each have our own path.
While I can say with certainty, “This is my path”.
It is not for me to say, “This is your path.”
Or “This is your yoga” or “This is your alignment”.
While I can offer suggestions… They are all things for you to feel, to explore, and to work out for yourself.
Anytime I hear someone say, “This is the way”… whether that’s about yoga alignment, farming practices, QAnon, the best way to bake banana bread… or whatever.
And I remind myself they can only truly say: “This is my way.”
Which is valid for them.
But we each get to choose our own path.
That’s one of my personal philosophies that underpins the Inspiratrix Yoga Teacher training.
Where confident, authentic and inclusive yoga teachers are born in under 8 months (both in-person and online).
My 2021 training begins in September.
ACCREDITED: 200-hour training recognised by Yoga Alliance Professionals
COVID-PROOF: this course will run, and you will be able to complete it, whether you are present in-person or online
SUPPORTIVE: mentoring, feedback and encouragement from Claire, including personal tutorials
DEEPEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE: with Philosophy tutor Craig Nadashakti Norris and Anatomy tutor Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
INTEGRATE: over the 8 months of this course you’ll have weekly sessions on Tuesday evenings and four intensive 4-day modules
What previous participants say:
“Claire’s teaching really did give me the opportunity to find my own style of yoga and I never felt judged. Being encouraged to teach so soon in the course is what has given me the confidence I have now.” – Nia D
“After completing my 200 hour teacher training I can honestly say that Claire is professional, knowledgeable, patient, accessible and kind.” – Elaine
“Never before have I felt so connected. I have learnt so much and from such a holistic approach.” – Nia R
“I can highly recommend the course. Claire is lovely, approachable, and so knowledgeable in so many areas.” – Me
l “Thanks to Claire for passing on her skills, adapting the course to meet the demands of the changing situations and for keeping us all motivated.” – Denise
This course is for you if you want to:
Teach yoga in a safe and inclusive way
Build confidence through developing skills from day one of the course
Share more yoga in your community (you could even start teaching before the course ends)
Have the flexibility of attending either in-person or online, or a mixture of both
This course isn’t suitable if:
You just want to do punishingly hard yoga and handstands
You have no interest in teaching, but just want to develop your yoga practice (book in for private classes with me instead)
You don’t know if you’ll be able to make the sessions because of life/work/childcare. This is a live course, not just a bunch of recordings and you DO need to show up
You are not regularly attending yoga classes or doing self-practice
I am only taking on 12 people for my next YTT.
I’m choosing to limit the number of participants because I don’t want this to be an impersonal online course with hundreds of other participants, where no one cares if you pass or fail.
In this programme you get individual support from me and my co-teachers.
Interested? Book in and chat to me about it