Hello and welcome to YogiClaire. My name is Claire O’Brien and I’m from Glasgow in Scotland.
I am a 200 hour RYT (registered yoga teacher) in seasonal yoga. I also have second yoga teaching qualification, an Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in teaching yoga. I also hold a Yoga Alliance recognised, 85 hour Pregnancy and Postnatal Yoga teaching qualification. I am also a 30 hour Yoga Alliance qualified Wise Ones authorised teacher and a Yoga Alliance Professionals Kids Yoga Teacher.
I have two little girls, a big golden retriever and a husband who works away a lot. I’m a normal busy mum, who has all the usual stresses, and aches and pains that come along as we age and have babies.
I have found my yoga practice invaluable in helping to manage and alleviate the aches and pains, and to help manage and cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life; running a house, running a small business, looking after kids and the dog etc etc !!
In my past life I used to be a lawyer, but I found that lifestyle very stressful and left to become a fitness instructor in 2012.
I’ve taught various classes over the years since then, including aerobics and HIIT style classes.
I discovered yoga before I became pregnant with my first daughter, and loved it. After I had the girls I found that high impact exercise was no longer for me, or my post natal body, and I started my yoga teacher training journey. I can honestly say I’ve never looked back.
I teach a style of yoga called seasonal yoga. Seasonal Yoga was created by Julie Hanson and Sue Woode and is a combination of yoga, tai chi, chi gung and elements of the traditional Chinese medicine system.
Within this yoga discipline we work within whatever season in nature we happen to be in at the time. In the Chinese system there are 6 seasons, winter, spring, early summer, summer, late summer and autumn, so the practice changes with each of the seasons.
Each season is connected to a pair of organs within the body, and we work with these organs and their associated meridians (energy pathways – think acupuncture!) when we practise.
The seasonal yoga system not only follows nature, it also places emphasise on the importance of eating seasonally as well if we are truly going to live seasonally.
It is a wonderful style of yoga and if you are unsure I’d highly recommend coming along and trying a class. Classes are suitable for everyone, whether you have an existing practice, or if you’ve never tried yoga before. I’d love to meet you and practice with you.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or would like to book a class.
Thanks for visiting and hope to see you soon.
Claire aka YogiClaire xx