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Currently away on projects until early 2024... Namaste till soon! Hope to see you when I am back on the mat. 

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About

About Yogaroo:

Yogaroo is in effect a type of Yoga/Therapy delivery service :) With the idea to bring yoga classes and holistic therapies directly to you - the student/client in a safe space. Currently also seeking studio space and appropriate room hire. 

The inspiration for Yogaroo came following the current situation in the world. It seems an essential time for yoga, relaxation and wellness to be accessible to ALL due to significant levels of stress and anxiety globally.

 

By bringing yoga directly to people in their homes, gardens, local public spaces and online it enables those that would otherwise be unable to attend face to face classes to have on-going access to an important physical, emotional and psychological resource. Fostering and building resilience, health and inner peace during times of separation and struggle seems like the best way forward.  

My yoga journey: 

My yoga journey started when I was 17 years old practicing Iyengar Yoga until my early twenties. I traveled for periods in India between 21 to 22 years old and studied further with authentic yoga teachers in India and also practiced yoga and meditation in Dharamsala (in Himachal Pradesh where the Dalai Lama resides).

 

I commenced my first 200hr Yoga Alliance certified residential teacher training in Hatha Yoga in 2013 in an ecological, spiritual community called PachaMama, in Costa Rica (a holistic platform for a profound voyage into healing and self-discovery). I then undertook advanced level intensive 300hr Yoga Alliance certified Vinyasa Flow teacher training in Tulum in Mexico in 2019 with VY VinyasaYoga school (a renowned yoga school in Mexico). 

I recently undertook a 20 hour training in Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) and I aim to teach and communicate in a trauma sensitive manner, without direct physical adjustments (unless requested) to ensure my classes are accessible and feel safe for all students.

 

I participated more recently in a Yoga Nidra for Mental Health course (translated as deep sleep- involving guided relaxation and visualization) and Yoga for Addictions online training. 

Yoga teaching style and experience:

 

I have taught regular vinyasa flow adult classes at popular studios in the Brighton and surrounding areas. I have also been teaching regularly via Zoom throughout the recent pandemic and I currently teach regular small group classes in gardens and public spaces. 

Adult classes are carefully planned, structured and themed to reach specific peak poses, warming agonist and antagonist muscles in a progressive way throughout the flow.

 

Classes also involve the use of specifically chosen Pranayama exercises (breath control), Mudras (symbolic finger, eye and hand gestures that are practiced to lead to certain states of consciousness and awareness), Chakra awareness (bringing awareness to relevant energy points within the body relating to specific physical, psychological and spiritual functions) and explanation of philosophical/theoretical concepts and ideas in Yoga (such as those detailed on page below entitled Yogic Philosophy). 

I have been teaching yoga in numerous after school clubs with children between 5 to 12 years old. I have taught regular adult/child yoga classes at a local gymnasium which I found highly rewarding and encouraging to see the positive impact that yoga can have on parent/child relationships. The evidence of improved ability for emotional co-regulation and the overall experience of seeing parents and children having fun and enjoying yoga practice together has been truly inspiring.

Other relevant training and specialist career paths:

 

I have worked extensively with vulnerable groups in the Community, including working in a residential childrens home, 6 years experience supporting individuals in homeless hostels, and volunteering for a Young Person’s Centre in Brighton. I qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 2012 and subsequently worked within an in-patient detox ward for individuals with drug and alcohol addictions. I was a Charge Nurse on an acute psychiatric in-patient unit for children and young people aged between 12-18 years old.

 

I obtained a Diploma In Holistic Stress Management (including modules covering anger and anxiety management) in 2006 and have completed Certificates in Counselling Skills. 

I am continually looking to further my knowledge, skills and experience in relevant fields through regular CPD (Continuing Professional Development). I attended recent online Conferences including The Trauma Super Conference run by the Embodiment Movement and have attended face to face workshops on Treating Trauma in my local area. I also keep up to date with current research in alternative treatments and healing modalities for mental well-being and treatment of chronic pain, stress and mental health conditions. 

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I have also undertaken training in Reiki and Crystal healing therapies - I believe in the profound power of vibrational energy medicines to restore balance to the etheric and astral body. This in turn can enable the physical and emotional body to find a new sense of balance, rejuvenation and healing, working in a preventive manner to treat disease and both physical and mental disorders. ​

Biodynamic massage sees individuals as energetic beings and health is apparent when there is a free flow of energy in the person. Given conducive circumstances individuals have the capacity to self regulate and look after their own well being. William Reich developed the concept of body armoring- chronic patterns of tension stored within the physical body that develop in response to our childhood conditioning, limited self beliefs, physical and emotional traumas and difficulties throughout life.  I have completed recent training certificate in Biodynamic massage techniques which could be a great complement to a yoga practice, essentially helping to free and release stagnated and stuck energies and to find a sense of grounding, openness and freedom of self-expression. 

Personal interests and influences:

I have a significant interest and passion for learning in the field of stress and trauma healing, somatic experiencing, mysticism and spirituality, positive psychology, mindfulness based therapeutic techniques and practices, and the neurophysiological and neurocognitive benefits of yoga based practices. I believe that yoga and mindfulness can provide a key to optimising health, promote stress reduction and increase self-regulation, from both a preventative and treatment perspective.

 

I have come to the realization that the mind-body connection and the unification of Eastern spiritual philosophies and Western psycho-therapeutic practices feels like such a natural relationship. Uniting these practices can really help to bring together ‘pieces of the puzzle of life’ and help people to achieve a sense of personal liberation, to feel physically and mentally uplifted and healthy, and to find an inner sense of eudaimonia (meaning human flourishing, fulfillment, blessedness and connection to spirit). 

Personal growth and challenges: 

I have in the last 5 years been recovering from a tropical disease which has lead to suffering from and learning to live with chronic pain symptoms. This has also been a significant part of my personal learning and growth in managing physical limitations with patience and equanimity. 

I have relied heavily on my inner (and outer!) resources to cope with the psychological impact of this time in my life journey. I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to draw from the yogic teachings I have been so privileged to receive over my years of practice. It is such an honour and blessing to now be in a position to share these teachings with others.

‘’Whatever increases, decreases, limits or extends the body’s power of action, increases decreases, limits or extends the mind’s power of action. And whatever increases, decreases, limits or extends the mind’s power of action, also increases, decreases, limits or extends the body’s power of action.’’ Spinoza (1632-1677) 

From In An Unspoken Voice, Peter Levine. 

 

‘’My religion is simple, my religion is kindness’ 

Dalai Lama

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PRIVATE and SMALL GROUP CLASSES / HOLISTIC THERAPIES

Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Hatha Based Yoga Classes in and around Chamonix.

Chair based and rehabilitative classes also available for those with mobility restrictions. 

 

Also offering Holistic stress management therapy, Biodynamic body massage, Reiki and Crystal healing.

Regular yoga classes, 1:1 sessions and small group sessions available for friends and families (including parent/child/couples yoga sessions).

 

Yoga classes tailored to meet your physical, psychological and spiritual needs.

Flexible times, outdoors in the fresh mountain air and/or in your own home/chalet/garden. (For peace of mind and to ease potential childcare issues). Currently also seeking alternative studio space.  

During these uncertain times it feels important to be flexible, fluid and responsive to the changing needs of individuals. I aim to create opportunities to make yoga accessible to all students, particularly those that are unable to or feel anxious to return to studios.

 

Regular yoga practice can help to optimize health and reduce stress, boost immunity, enhance fitness, well being and inner harmony.

Yin practice is proven to promote quality sleep, increase happiness, improve energy, reduce stress, improve performance and speed up recovery. Particularly suited to the body after intense exercise!

 

  Have fun, keep smiling, stay active, grounded and strong, and keep fit in a safe way.
 

“Who are you?” said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, “I—I hardly know, Sir, just at present—at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.”

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

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Yogic Philosophy

Patanjali 8 Limbs of Yoga -

Leading to state of Samadhi: Liberation/ Gaining mastery over the mind

 

Limb 1 - Yamas (Ethical observances and principles for life)

Limb 2 - Niyamas (Housekeeping the body, mind and spirit)

Limb 3 - Asana (Meet yourself where you are physically. Uniqueness of our bodies. Interoception and Proprioception of physical body)

Limb 4 - Pranayama (To control or move the breath)

Limb 5 - Pratyahara (Sense withdrawal)

Limb 6 - Dharana (Concentration)

Limb 7 - Dhyana (Meditation)

Limb 8 - Samadhi (Merging back with the divine/ state of liberation)

 

YAMAS AND NIYAMAS (Limbs 1 & 2)

 

Yamas (Sanskrit: यम), and their complement, Niyamas, represent a series of "right living" or ethical rules within Hinduism and Yoga.

 

  • Ahimsa (non-harming or non-violence in thought, word and deed)

The Buddhists say that when we suffer misfortune, two arrows fly. The first arrow is the actual event and the second arrow is our reaction to it - our suffering. 

  • Satya (truthfulness/ that which is)

Asks us to be sincere and authentic (also in our bodies) so that all our actions line up with our values. 

  • Asteya (non-stealing)

Awareness of when we are taking from ourselves. We steal from ourselves when we are not present to this moment. Do we feel like we have enough. 

  • Brahmacharya ('right use of energy' / connecting with the divine/ essential truth)

Moderate and concentrate our energy. Make a greater commitment to our spiritual path and merge energy with higher power. Take time to connect to our inner self.

  • Aparigraha (non-greed or non-hoarding/ The art of letting go)

Not grasping or attaching to possessions, thoughts, relationships, jobs.

Joy in life is not dependent on holding on. What is it that we can’t let go of? There is a tale of catching monkeys by placing a peanut in a pot. The monkey puts his hand into the vessel and grasps the peanut. The simple way to escape would be to let go of the nut, but the monkey grips tighter to the prize. 
 

Niyamas

  •  Saucha (purity/cleanliness of the body, mind and spirit) 

Be truly honest and sift through debris in our lives. Look at toxic relationships in our lives. Keep our temple clean - where might we be polluting our bodies/minds? 

 

  • Santosha (Contentment with what life is offering us/ Acceptance)

How often do we think.. I will be happier when/if?
Santosha asks us to see life as a gift and meet all parts of ourselves with sweetness and love. 

 

  • Tapas (Heat, cleansing, purification)

Tapas helps us to set boundaries around actions, thoughts and behaviours that are obstacles to our personal growth and development. Self discipline/ courage/ internal fire and warmth - burn away impurities. 

 

  • Svadhyaya (Self-study and contemplation) 

Process of getting to know oneself better. Investigate own ways of being, strengths, weaknesses. Discover own blindspots. Through study and reading can tap into higher source of wisdom. Question self - How am I today? Gain insight into our true state. 

 

  • Ishvara Pranidhana (Surrender to the Divine/Bowing to a higher force and intelligence)

Seeing the bigger picture in our lives. Seeing through our own personal dramas and narratives. 

Surrender,

Surrender to the postures; the difficult ones reflect lifes struggles, the sweet ones our joy. Surrender to the outcome of your actions; they are not in your control; each day, each practice, just do your best. Surrender to the actions of the universe; the marvel of nature, the things you never saw coming. Surrender to your present difficulties; the pain and the losses, especially to the things you tried so hard to control but couldn’t. Surrender to the definition of yourself; your judgements- they are just your way of limiting who you are. Have a deep unwavering trust that right now, you are where you are meant to be. Feel the universe working beautiful magic through you. 

(From The Language of Yin, Gabrielle Harris)

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Testimonies from students ...

''A wonderful journey into YOGA.. a perfect combination of effort and ease for a great detox class but with peace and rhythm and great explanations all the way throughout.''

''I felt like Clare knew exactly what she was teaching all the way throughout and that was so inspiring.''

''This is one of the classes I enjoyed the most and found beneficial and fun and a great self discovery.'' 

''After 3 kids and a busy studying schedule, I had let my exercise, fitness and spiritual practices drop to the bottom of my priorities and felt quite out of contact with my own body until starting weekly yoga with Clare several months ago. Clare is Amazing!! She created a class that was just right for me and a few friends. We practiced consistently in gardens, parks and - when the weather turned - beautiful yoga studios that were currently not being used, all of which she organised for us with no hassle. I feel my core strength, flexibility and a peace of mind noticeably restored since we started practicing with Clare. Mostly I am aware of how much more in my body I feel as a result of starting regular yoga again. I am enjoying being in my own skin more. I have learnt a lot more about yoga than I used to understand and feel inspired to continue on this journey as I can feel how beneficial it is to me, my relationships, my parenting, my studies and my stress management. Taking such valuable ‘me time’ reverberates all throughout my life. More than all this though - Yogaroo with Clare is simply so much fun! I cannot recommend her highly enough. ''

'''Clare is the most wholesome teacher I have been taught by. She's kind, strong, deeply knowledgeable and spiritual and amazingly patient. Thanks to her I can now confidently do head stands on my own, and that's a huge achievement for me.'' 

Testimonies from children...

''I wish I could do yoga everyday'' 

Aryana, Aged 6

 

''I love yoga and I feel really relaxed''

Maddy, Aged 5

''That's the first time I've really imagined''

Olivia, Aged 8

''That's the best I've ever felt'' 

Kim, Aged 11

''I'm so happy I'm here, I love yoga''

Aleks, Aged 6

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Email: clareemilyk@gmail.com

Mobile and Whatsapp: +44 7818 078095

Website: clareemilyyogaroo.com

Please feel free to make contact with absolutely any questions or enquiries!

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