Hi there, my name is Claire and I am honored to be a part of your path of self-discovery. I specialize in supporting people who are interested in exploring the many benefits of yoga, coaching work and meditation practices to improve their overall quality of life. If you desire to feel greater strength and ease in your body, more awareness in your mind and clarity and vision on your path then please join me! I offer the following services: yoga in studios, offices classes and private sessions; coaching through one-on-one and group sessions where together we can work on meeting your personal goals.
At 17, my mom took me to my first yoga class. At the time, my thoughts were consumed by the typical teenage dramas and the hardships of coming of age. From that first introduction, my thoughts slowed down and I tapped into a sense that yoga created a space for deeper self-knowledge, processing and ultimately peace. I have been a committed student ever since. This doesn’t mean that you too needed to have started yoga in your teens to study with me. In my classes, it is not required that you arrive flexible, focused and strong. I encourage you to start where you are, meeting yourself on the mat on that day.
At the start, yoga was not easy for me. Through steady effort I was able to deepen my practice. The benefits I've felt over time include increased relaxation and integration of my mind and body, less stress and anxiety and feeling more at home in my self. This is why I return to the practice and what motivated me to become a teacher so I could share the benefits of the practice with people like you.
I want to invite you to step forward, dig deep within yourself, establish your foundation and from there express greater freedom on the mat and in your life.
I look forward to connecting and supporting your journey!
I completed my primary yoga teacher training with Yoga Tree in San Francisco in 2008 with Janet Stone, Darren Main and Elise Lorimer. I went onto obtain my 500 Hour certification at Yoga Tree, studying in depth with mentorship from both Katchie Ananda and Abby Tucker.
I hold a full schedule of yoga offerings in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have also taught in Oregon, and will be co-leading an international retreat with Crystal Marie Higgins to Tulum, MX in October of 2018, to join us, click here! I have previously co-led groups across the Southwestern states of the U.S. and in Costa Rica.
In addition to teaching yoga, I served as the Community Relations Manager for the non-profit organization, Off the Mat into the World (OTM), which combines the principles of yoga with social change. I assisted OTM’s Intensives across the U.S. in collaboration with yoga luminaries Seane Corn, Hala Khouri, Suzanne Sterling and Kerri Kelly. I am also a facilitator with OTM’s 7-week Yoga in Action program, which builds community through group work and local service initiatives.
I earned my Masters in Business Administration in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco in 2012. The field of sustainable business expands the bottom line of an organization to include people and the planet in addition to profit. I bring this holistic approach to my business along with solid management skills and a professional background of over a decade of experience in both non-profit organizations and for-profit companies. Currently, I serve as a Global Faculty Member at SNP Communications where I am a coach and second instructor, supporting professional development including presentation skills.
I became a Mentor Coach in 2014 through Coach Training Alliance, an International Coach Federation accredited program. As a mentor coach, I use honed communication skills to facilitate clients in moving forward with clarity towards their goals. I believe communication with self and others is one of the most important ingredients to a well-lived life. I have a long-standing commitment to the study and practice of effective communication. Along with my B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, I completed a 2-year leadership program called INVST (International and National Voluntary Service Training) in 2004. Through INVST, I gained skills in non-violent communication (NVC) and facilitation. In 2016, I began re-engaging with the study of NVC with renowned yoga teacher, Judith Hanson Lasater's workshop: What We Say Matters. Since then I have completed the following courses with Bay (Area) NVC, Empowered Communication, Next Steps and NVC for intimate relationships. In 2016, I completed a Desire Map course through the work of Danielle LaPorte. The Desire Map is about ensuring our soul is on the agenda and orienting our goals in relationship to how we want to feel. I became a certified Desire Map facilitator in 2018 and am excited to as this methodology to my tool-belt to support you and your deepest desires!