How did you get into yoga? What aspect of yoga got you on the mat in the beginning?

I started practicing yoga when I lived in NY in the mid 90’s. I was working in film and television then and yoga was a completely different world to me. I remember taking my first class and leaving halfway through because it was so hard! But the next day I felt things in my body that I had never felt before, I was sore in so many places, in a good way, so I went back. I was never athletic and didn’t play sports so yoga was the first physical thing that I did that really spoke to me. I was hooked immediately!

 

What would you consider your yoga style and who were a few teachers that influenced you the most?

My yoga style is vinyasa yoga. I like teaching a practice that feels like a moving meditation, a lot of flow with a focus on good alignment and healthy sequencing set to great music. Some of my most influential teachers are Maty Ezraty, Natasha  Rizopoulos, Peter Rizzo, Lisa Walford and Annie Carpenter.

 

If you could change one aspect of the modern yoga world, what would that be?

 I’d get rid of yoga on social media.

 

Why do you love teaching at yogaview?

I have been teaching yoga at yogaview since the first day we opened. It is literally my home away from home. I love the students, the staff, and I am so grateful to Tom and Quinn for giving me a place to teach for all these years. At the end of the day it’s definitely the students who give me so much joy in my work. They are all so dedicated and they show up with open heartedness, kindness and appreciation for the practice. I am constantly in awe of them and so grateful to go to work everyday.

 

What was one of the funniest or most humbling moments you've had while teaching a class?

I was teaching once and my twin sister was in the class. Honestly it was a strange moment that I’m not sure I can even explain but if you’ve ever had a time when you were with a close friend and you just couldn’t stop laughing for almost no reason then you know what happened to me. I just looked at her and we could not stop laughing and I was still trying to teach and it was so painful. It was awkward and now whenever she takes my class I always worry that it will happen again!

 

In less than 140 characters, describe your inner experience going about daily life pre vs. post developing a regular yoga or meditation practice.

Well I’ve been practicing yoga for 25 years so in all honesty I don’t know that I remember so clearly what things felt like before I started practicing but I can definitely say that I think I am a lot more aware, and I’ve slowed down quite a bit. I still have a tendency to be pretty type A but I do try to approach life with more gratitude and kindness to myself and others and with a lot less judgement. 

 

If there was one spiritual teacher or guru that you would desire to study under (dead or alive) who would it be?

The Dalai Lama and Pema Chodron

 

What is your favorite non yoga activity?

Walking by the lake and dancing

 

How did you get into yoga? What aspect of yoga got you on the mat in the beginning?

I started practicing yoga when I lived in NY in the mid 90’s. I was working in film and television then and yoga was a completely different world to me. I remember taking my first class and leaving halfway through because it was so hard! But the next day I felt things in my body that I had never felt before, I was sore in so many places, in a good way, so I went back. I was never athletic and didn’t play sports so yoga was the first physical thing that I did that really spoke to me. I was hooked immediately!

 

What would you consider your yoga style and who were a few teachers that influenced you the most?

My yoga style is vinyasa yoga. I like teaching a practice that feels like a moving meditation, a lot of flow with a focus on good alignment and healthy sequencing set to great music. Some of my most influential teachers are Maty Ezraty, Natasha  Rizopoulos, Peter Rizzo, Lisa Walford and Annie Carpenter.

 

If you could change one aspect of the modern yoga world, what would that be?

 I’d get rid of yoga on social media.

 

Why do you love teaching at yogaview?

I have been teaching yoga at yogaview since the first day we opened. It is literally my home away from home. I love the students, the staff, and I am so grateful to Tom and Quinn for giving me a place to teach for all these years. At the end of the day it’s definitely the students who give me so much joy in my work. They are all so dedicated and they show up with open heartedness, kindness and appreciation for the practice. I am constantly in awe of them and so grateful to go to work everyday.

 

What was one of the funniest or most humbling moments you've had while teaching a class?

I was teaching once and my twin sister was in the class. Honestly it was a strange moment that I’m not sure I can even explain but if you’ve ever had a time when you were with a close friend and you just couldn’t stop laughing for almost no reason then you know what happened to me. I just looked at her and we could not stop laughing and I was still trying to teach and it was so painful. It was awkward and now whenever she takes my class I always worry that it will happen again!

 

In less than 140 characters, describe your inner experience going about daily life pre vs. post developing a regular yoga or meditation practice.

Well I’ve been practicing yoga for 25 years so in all honesty I don’t know that I remember so clearly what things felt like before I started practicing but I can definitely say that I think I am a lot more aware, and I’ve slowed down quite a bit. I still have a tendency to be pretty type A but I do try to approach life with more gratitude and kindness to myself and others and with a lot less judgement. 

 

If there was one spiritual teacher or guru that you would desire to study under (dead or alive) who would it be?

The Dalai Lama and Pema Chodron.

 

What is your favorite non yoga activity?

Walking by the lake and dancing.

 

Claire's Schedule

Monday       10:15 - 11:30am         Level 2    Chicago

Tuesday        9:30 - 10:45am          Level 2    Wilmette

Wednesday  9:30 - 10:45am          Level 2    Chicago

Wednesday   6:15 - 7:30pm           Level 2    Chicago

Thursday      10:00 - 11:15am        Level 3    Chicago

Saturday       9:30 - 10:45am          Level 2    Wilmette

Sunday         4:00 - 5:15pm            Level 2    Chicago