MEET THE TEACHER: CLAIRE MACE

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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):

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“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.”

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“A lot of the time I used to go the fancy-smelling Triyoga Studio near the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus.”

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“Sometimes I enjoyed classes, sometimes I didn’t. But yoga helped improve my mood and reduce my back pain, so I kept going.”

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“I took a teacher training because I thought it would be good for me. I had ZERO intention of ever teaching.”

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“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).”

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“Plus we didn’t start teaching until about a third of the way into the course.”

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“I adored the philosophy and meditation classes with Carlos Pomeda but struggled with the way the rest of the course was delivered.”

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“It wasn’t very inclusive to either (a) people with injuries or (b) people who were outside the norm of scrawny yoga teacher culture.”

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“Through sheer persistence I got through it and passed. And declared I would give up yoga and take up Tai Chi instead.”

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“But life had other plans… I ended up moving to the West Midlands and teaching 15 yoga classes a week.”

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“And – even more surprising – I really enjoyed teaching away from the fragrant and rarified atmosphere of London’s yoga studios.”

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“Community yoga classes of real people of all shapes, sizes and ages are the most fun!”

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“Now, a decade later, I am also running a Yoga Teacher Training programme – way more supportive than the one I went through!

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“Plus I run the Inspiratrix Yoga ‘studio with without walls’; right now we’re offering two outdoor classes and nine virtual classes a week.”

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“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.”

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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
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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.

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Book yourself into one of Claire’s classes or for a chat about our Yoga Teacher Training programme here.