Yoga with Claire
What style of yoga do you teach?
I trained with the British Wheel of Yoga but my style is rather eclectic, reflecting the many varied styles of my teachers; Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Anusara to name but a few. In my teaching I encourage students to use the postures (asana) to explore their own bodies and find a way of working that brings physical strength, flexibility and comfort. Focusing on the body and the breath as you practice helps to calm the mind and promotes a long-lasting sense of well-being.
I've never done yoga before, what can I expect when I come to class?
Each class includes a breathing practice (pranayama), physical postures (asana) and concludes with short meditation and deep, guided relaxation.
What level are classes suitable for?
Classes are suitable for all levels of experience. Every practice is taught in stages and students simply come to the stage that is appropriate to them on any given day. This approach ensures that every student, from beginner through to the more experienced, works to their own comfortable maximum and gains the optimal benefits from the class. How gentle or strong the practice is will depend on how you wish to work.
Do you need to know about my medical conditions?
Please let me know about any medical conditions you have at your first class, if you are not sure whether yoga is suitable for you, do feel free to call me to discuss. Most conditions can be accommodated within a general yoga class but if you are recovering from a serious illness it is a good idea to check with your GP first. Please note women in their first trimester of pregnancy cannot attend a general yoga class but I can recommend some excellent pregnancy yoga teachers in the area.
What do I need to bring to class?
I ask that students bring their own mats if possible although I do have a few spares, all other props (blocks, belts etc) are provided. Students should wear comfortable clothes that allow movement, layers are good to ensure you are warm enough throughout the class. Many students like to bring a blanket for relaxation. Please avoid eating for 2hrs prior to class.
Why do some classes need to be pre-booked?
Some of my classes take place in a smaller room (max.10 spaces), this provides a more personal setting and a good student to teacher ratio. These classes are very popular and must be pre-booked to ensure there is a space. Pre-booking encourages students to commit to a regular practice and allows me to plan a sequential course of lessons for maximum student benefit. I appreciate that it can sometimes be difficult to plan ahead, so "drop-in" classes may be better for you. (Please see Class Schedule).