Claire was introduced to yoga as an infant, a gift which has been a cornerstone of her life and helped her to deal with traumatic early childhood events. A humble upbringing afforded her motivation to explore life through books borrowed from the public library on much anticipated semiweekly visits, meditation and philosophy became passions in her teen years and continue to be still. Like many of us, the practices came and went with varying intensity through the years. It was not until her brother died unexpectedly while she was in the United States Marine Corps that a return to meditation practice first and eventually yoga (asana) was initiated as a way to alleviate symptoms of PTSD and return to active engagement with life. The anxiety attacks, depression and migraines did heal and that’s when the magic began. The skills learned in practice transformed her daily experience of life. The shifts were measurable, the business of being alive became a joyful celebration versus something to be endured, long held hurts dissolved, forgiveness and gratitude took their place, she had to share with anyone interested in finding the same joy and peace in their own life.
She began teaching public classes in 2010, completing 200 hour certifications in both Vinyasa and Integrative Yoga as well as 500-hour certification. She is a Certified Trauma Informed Outreach instructor and National Training Faculty with Connection Coalition, a non-profit organization providing yoga to marginalized communities throughout the US and Connected Warriors, a 501c3 that provides free yoga and meditation to veterans and their families as a resource for healing from PTSD. Claire also offers private sessions, transformational training workshops and retreats worldwide and has led yoga and meditation practice at numerous special events including Oprah Winfrey’s Life You Want Weekend Tour.
She brings perspective gained from a journey well-traveled. Life has taken her all over the United States, from her native Miami to a Native American Indian Reservation in Montana, Japan, Jamaica, India, Mexico, Peru and lots of places in between. She specializes in guiding students to a place of personal empowerment and global consciousness through mind, body, spirit integration by offering universal spiritual teachings in an accessible, grounded, modern and often fun way that makes them easy to not only grasp but apply immediately to the business of living the best life possible.