Hello my name is Clare.
Over the last five years I have had the honour of working with so many wonderful people, babies, children and families.
I am grateful to every single person who has walked into my classes and consider quite a few to now be my good friends.
I am passionate about the transformative and empowering effects yoga can have and love sharing this through my classes.
I delight in the support and strength that meeting in circles can have.
I rejoice in the strong circles of friendship and support that have grown from my classes.
I like to laugh and meet people and it is my aim to make my classes accessible to everyone and share the love x I hope to see you soon in a class xx
I thought I’d let you know a bit about my journey into teaching yoga.
After a 3 year course I qualified as a British Wheel of Yoga Diploma Teacher over eleven years ago. I had practiced yoga since the early 90’s. I found yoga helped me physically and mentally through some difficult times, including a diagnose of scoliosis which yoga has helped manage.
When I left my previous career I decided to explore and deepen my love of yoga and my desire to help people feel better and spread a bit of happiness.
I took additional training in Pregnancy, Mum and Baby Yoga and Massage and Hypno Yoga for Birth and this is when I started Love Yoga Wirral.
I had practised yoga with both of my pregnancies and found it so empowering and effective I knew I wanted to help other women and spread the love. I had had unexplained infertility for a number of years before pregnancy and had undergone Ayurvedic and acupuncture treatments as well as my yoga practice which I believe helped me cope and conceive. My practise throughout this time really helped to work with my anxiety and to empower me to believe in my body and my breath to carry and birth my babies. During the postnatal period my anxiety was very high and again through my practises, especially breathing and relaxation, I found my journey into motherhood was supported and nourished.
I went onto study rebozo for birth which I incorporate into my pregnancy yoga classes helping with aches but also encouraging optimal foetal positioning and assisting labour.
I also qualified in closing the bones a beautiful, powerful ceremony and massage where the physical and energetic body is held, rocked and restored, traditionally but not exclusively performed after childbirth. I further qualified in yoga for the repair and prevention of diastasis recti.
Almost two years ago I opened my own beautiful studio Calm@churchfarm which is where all my classes now are with the intention of building the community and support I had started which I am thrilled to say we are doing.
I have also undertook an intensive training in Well Woman Yoga Therapy which means I can offer in depth one to one and group work with specific conditions and needs. I am using this yoga therapeutically to help me with my own peri menopausal journey.
I also co run the group Positive Birth Movement Wirral, an international grass roots group which meet monthly to explore all things birth related.
It would be lovely to meet you on your journey.
I feel it is important to continue to develop my personal practise as well as to learn and deepen my breadth of knowledge and understanding to be able to offer you experienced high quality classes. Here is a summery of my training to date:
British Wheel of Yoga Diploma Teacher (with Sarah Beck in 2009)
Well Woman/Womb Yoga Therapist (studying with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Independent Yoga Network in 2019)
Pregnancy Yoga, Postnatal and Baby Yoga and Massage Specialist Teacher (Janine Hurley Independent Yoga Network in 2016/17) Hypno Yoga (Janine Hurley/ Yoga Campus/IYN 2017)
Children's Yoga teacher (Chrysalis Yoga and IYN 2016)
Trained in Closing the Bones (level 1 and deeper) Ceremony and Rebozo (Developing Doulas 2017)
Repair and prevention of diastasis recti (Birthlight)
Baby reflexes (YOTISM 2017)
Short course to facilitate Alternative Mothering Showers (Selina Wallis 2019)
Secondary School (Drama) Teacher and Head of Department for 14 years (leaving in 2016)