After a two month sabbatical, learning all about herbal medicine at a smallholding on the island of Arran overlooking Ailsa Craig, Claire is back in Wales and teaching her regular classes from tomorrow (Wednesday 30th June):
“I can’t remember why I first went to yoga…. Probably because I felt guilty that I wasn’t doing much exercise and yoga didn’t seem like it would be too hard.”
“A lot of the time I used to go the fancy-smelling Triyoga Studio near the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus.”
“Sometimes I enjoyed classes, sometimes I didn’t. But yoga helped improve my mood and reduce my back pain, so I kept going.”
“I took a teacher training because I thought it would be good for me. I had ZERO intention of ever teaching.”
“The whole thing was a horrible shock to my system. The course had a high drop out rate (they didn’t really care once they’d got your money).”
“Plus we didn’t start teaching until about a third of the way into the course.”
“I adored the philosophy and meditation classes with Carlos Pomeda but struggled with the way the rest of the course was delivered.”
“It wasn’t very inclusive to either (a) people with injuries or (b) people who were outside the norm of scrawny yoga teacher culture.”
“Through sheer persistence I got through it and passed. And declared I would give up yoga and take up Tai Chi instead.”
“But life had other plans… I ended up moving to the West Midlands and teaching 15 yoga classes a week.”
“And – even more surprising – I really enjoyed teaching away from the fragrant and rarified atmosphere of London’s yoga studios.”
“Community yoga classes of real people of all shapes, sizes and ages are the most fun!”
“Now, a decade later, I am also running a Yoga Teacher Training programme – way more supportive than the one I went through!
“Plus I run the Inspiratrix Yoga ‘studio with without walls’; right now we’re offering two outdoor classes and nine virtual classes a week.”
“I hope you can join us on the mat sometime. We aim to be friendly and inclusive, whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing a while.”
Claire’s regular sessions are:
- Tuesday 11am-midday – YOGA THERAPY class suitable for all
- Wednesdays 6pm-7.30pm – INTERMEDIATE level class
- Thursdays 6pm-7pm – MIXED level class
- Thursdays 7.30pm-8.30pm – EASY level class
Currently these all happen on Zoom… and she’ll be occasionally doing the yoga on a beach when the weather is good… it is likely some indoor classes will return in September subject to Corona-rules.
Book yourself into one of Claire’s classes or for a chat about our Yoga Teacher Training programme here.