Claire began her interest in yoga as a teen, attempting her first practice with the use of an introductory book. She has always believed in its benefits for a healthy life style and didn’t realise at the time that this small book would set her on a journey that would later change her whole life and career path!
After school, she completed an Honours Bachelors degree in Commerce and later became a Certified Chartered Accountant. While working in accountancy practice in 2008 she used yoga to help reduce the stress she was experiencing as a manager in a busy firm. She had begun to experience the negative effects that modern lifestyle and pressure can have on the body and mind. She quickly learned that regular practice of both pranayama (breathing exercises) and asana (physical poses) can not only help people feel better physically but also help to regain life balance and enable them to cope better with stress.
During a trip to Indonesia in 2012 she began to deepen her practice with various teachers and styles of yoga, on return to Cork she was delighted to see that the Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre had opened and became a regular student of Lalit Kumar whose lineage includes Swami Veda, Iyengar and Sri Krishnamacharya. In 2015 she travelled to India to complete her 200hr Teacher Training in the Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre Goa. She has also trained with internationally renowned teachers Kathryn Budig and Tara Stiles.
Claire is a firm believer that yoga should be made accessible for every individual regardless of age, size, strength or perceived flexibility. She also feels that our society has become disconnected with our bodies and in a world which is increasingly reliant on technology and medication it is particularly important to make yoga available as a tool for life. She is passionate that the practice of yoga can help us return to our natural state where we feel more balanced, our bodies function better and we live with ease.
She currently teaches weekly classes in Essential Wellness Centre, Ballincollig. Claire is co-owner of Essential Wellness, the centre for complete wellbeing, also home to a number of therapists and wellbeing professionals. She works with a number of corporations on their staff wellness as well as providing one on one private classes to students around Cork. Claire is also a co-founder of Prana Yoga Retreats where she leads retreats at beautiful locations around Europe.