I’ve practiced yoga since my mid-teens, I can remember leaving my first class feeling calm, happy and contented.. I kept going back because of that feeling and Yoga has been a constant companion since then.
In 2013 after years of wondering I decided to go for it and study to become a yoga teacher. I took my 200hr teacher training with Yogacampus, who I now mentor teacher trainees with. This year I travelled to India in May and continued my studies with a further 300hr teacher training with Trimurti in Dharamsala.
I teach regular classes in Leeds at Yoga Kula, We Are Wellness and Yoga Hero in Leeds and I also I teach 1-1 yoga sessions, workshops and hold retreats in the UK, Europe and India. The classes I teach are Hatha, Flow, Yin and Restorative Yoga. I've specialised in teaching Yoga Nidra - a beautiful and very healing form of deep relaxation. I'm a Well Woman Yoga Therapy teacher, which is a nourishing and restorative practice that honours the cyclical nature of women’s lives - within this I’ve also specialised as a pregnancy yoga teacher.
Alongside initially studying with Yogacampus in the UK, I was fortunate enough at the time to receive a grant through the Equity Charitable Trust which enabled me to take my first trip to India to study yogic practices there. I’ve studied 1-1 Yoga Therapy at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, Ashtanga yoga in Mysore and I go back to Rishikesh in the foothills of the Himalayas each year to immerse myself in practice and philosophy with my beautiful teacher Mittra Rawat. In the UK I continue to study with great love, respect and gratitude with my teacher Uma Dinsmore Tuli.
"May I have the courage today to live the life that I would love.
To postpone my dream no more but do at last what I came here for
& waste my heart on fear no more".
A Morning Offering by John O'Donohue
'I love Clare's morning classes - They're like being given a warm hug at the start of the day' - Clare Mc.
'The beginner’s class with Clare was a wonderful way to start my Yoga journey. She offers clear explanations about the fundamentals of Hatha Yoga in an atmosphere that is warm, welcoming and totally unpretentious’ – Summer.
'Clare's kindness and inner beauty shine brightly throughout her classes. If you're at all apprehensive about starting yoga, Clare is categorically your woman. Her radiance, gentleness, infinite patience and extensive knowledge guide you through every step of the way' – Sue.
'Clare guides her students with grace, knowledge and compassion. In a beautiful and fulfilling way she enables a practice that is meaningful and peaceful.
Without judgement she encourages you to reach your 'edge' and always tells you that what is available to you is perfect.
Her warmth and generosity of spirit coupled with her ability to bring a little bit of India into her classes are reasons why students return to her classes over and over again’ - Gillian.