About Clare

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Having taken my first instructions in yoga as a child from my grandmother (herself a passionate explorer of yoga and related traditions) I revisited hatha yoga in 2000 whilst studying for exams at university.  Ever since I have been exploring a wide range of approaches to both the exercise, and discovering more about the worldview of yoga.

I finally fulfilled my dream to become a yoga teacher in 2013, born during a month long intensive yoga retreat in Thailand 2006. I now have RYT500 status under Yoga Alliance, following several years of training at YogaLondon under the direction of Rebecca Ffrench and Holly Warren, and all the wonderful tutors at this training school.

My teaching is founded on the ashtanga-vinyasa lineage of Krishnamacharya, and is fused with inspiration from my cumulative experiences of Iyengar yoga, the energy balancing focus of the Agama yoga school and more recently the fluid and bio-mechanical approaches of contemporary teachers such as Shiva Rea and Raphan Kebe.  I also enjoy investigating movement expression through the 5 Rhythms dance.  I am on a constant journey of evolution in my own yoga practice and which serves to inspire my teaching.

My background

After graduating in Sociology, I had a passionate desire to improve people’s lives and circumstances.  My first outlet for this was through working with people who were vulnerably housed or homeless.

After a few years of travelling and working abroad, I returned to the field of housing and social care providing legal advice and advocacy, later moving into project management. A unifying thread throughout my career has and always will be a deep care for nurturing improvement, be this across systems and processes or through emotions and experiences.

My training with IATE (Institute for Arts in Therapy & Education) has given me a great respect for, and understanding of the power of the imagination – particularly during any process of change. I aim to honour and integrate this realisation through all aspects of my work.

Following a career change in 2013 I went to Australia and trained in graphic design. I currently live in South West London, and am working for AgeUK whilst picking up freelance design work whenever possible.

My yoga practice is vital in sustaining resilience and agility in my body and mind. I teach in order to share the simple magic of this wonderful art, and warmly welcome all who wish to start…