Welcome! I'm Claire, I teach yoga and am a Crossfit Athlete. I have a strong background in dance, ranging from contemporary, ballet and Irish to tap, hip-hop and break-dancing! Always feeling more comfortable upside down, I was naturally drawn to gymnastics and competed as an Irish gymnast for over 11 years which lead me to my first coaching experience as I got older. In college I taught break dancing to adults and teenagers and also was an apprentice aerobics instructor. It wasn’t until I had to find a way to heal myself from a break dancing injury that I really got an insight into the powerful healing properties of yoga.
Since then, with a natural curiosity, I explored many styles of yoga, which finally led to the discovery of Ashtanga yoga. For the last 4 years I have been practicing in the traditional way doing morning mysore practice 6days a week and have been lucky enough to train all over the world with world renowned teachers such as Kino McGreggor, David Swenson, Peter Sanson, Sharath Jois to name a few. I took time out and travelled to India in 2010 to train in Rishikesh Yog Peeth ashram and was awarded a Yoga Alliance certification to teach yoga and meditation.
Since then I have been spreading the joy of the practice and teaching in studios and gyms all over Dublin, helping others find that magic space between an inhale and an exhale. Always in search of the ultimate balance in fitness I joined Crossfit Dublin in January. Wanting to add more strength training to my routine to create a better balance between flexibility and strength , Crossfit was just what I needed. Balance is key to overall fitness, too much strength and not enough stretching will results in imbalances and injury eventually and equally too much flexibility and not enough strength will do the same.
I now specialise in teaching yoga to various types of Athletes and tailoring programmes to their specific needs, for example I teach yoga to an Irish Basketball team, the Irish Olympic Clay Pigeon Shooting team, a GAA Club, Crossfit etc etc...
Yoga is like a service for your body, smoothening out any tension and tightness and working on finer muscle groups to make you move more efficiently. Through Yoga, Athletes can grow stronger physically and mentally, ultimately leading to better performance results, speedier recovery and safer movements.
The benefits of coupling Yoga with Competitive sports include: Flexibility Respiration & Breath Awareness Balance Body Awareness Peace of Mind Agility Strength
Everyone who shows up to class has their own unique combination of desires, needs, hopes, fears, curiosities and intentions. CrossFitters are no different.
When an Athlete approaches yoga with an open heart and mind, they allow themselves to reap the physical benefits of yoga, as well as the hidden mental and spiritual benefits of yoga. Yoga is just plain good medicine for athletes, and you might even find it good for the soul. So come get it! See my class times here