Senior Yoga Teacher -
My Yoga Philosophy
Hello. Let me introduce myself. My name is Claudia and I have been giving yoga classes internationally since 2004. I started to teach yoga in India and Thailand and subsequently in Spain for 10 years, before moving back to the Uk. I am a registered senior yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance Professionals.
I believe that yoga is more than just being on the mat practising shapes. I take all my life experiences in my classes and constantly learn and update my skills. I have studied social studies, philosophy (western and eastern comparison), and foundations of psychology. For me, yoga is my life and not only work. I don't see my life purpose as much as having a job or career, but taking every step in life with a newer understanding. I travelled for almost two years in Asia (mainly India) and after completing a second teacher training with a senior Iyenger Teacher there, I settled in Spain in 2004 to start teaching in Spanish! I learnt Yoga in English.
I started my own yoga teacher training after more than 15 years teaching yoga and assisting on various other yoga teacher training in Spain and the UK. I have the equivalent of a British Wheel of Yoga Certificate (AEPY in Spain), and an Iyengar inspired yoga teacher training with a senior Iyengar teacher Karin O 'Bannon (USA/India) and Dynamic Yoga - Windfire Yoga Certificate with Godfrey Devereux and Applied Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga and Advanced Fundamentals of Yoga with Synergy Yoga (Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss).
The yoga teacher training course I designed in 2018 is a course of personal development. From the first weekend, you’re going to learn to read the body of others, and teach! We often limit ourselves through our conditioned thinking, learn how to get back to a less unconditioned Self. Let's plant seeds!
In addition to this, I also have attended workshops, courses and retreats with many inspiring yoga practitioners all over the world and keep studying and learning the art and science of yoga. Having lived and travelled in India has given me an insight into yoga and it's many manifestations. I appreciate all my teachers who have taught me to adapt yoga to a modern body and the art of self-inquiry.
My work in an international NGO demonstrated me how important empowerment and justice is for me and travelled all over the world.
I volunteered for Amnesty International in the Columbia department and when living in Spain I worked with former drug and alcoholic addicts offering them yoga and meditation. In India, I volunteered and worked with a local NGO.
My classes stress emphasis on self-awareness and involve a mindful flow adapting yoga postures to a modern body and learning step by step in a safe and enjoyable way.
In all classes, self-inquiry and self-reflection is part of the mindful flow.
In Barcelona, I gave classes in one fabulous centre right in the heart of Gracia Yoga con Gracia for 5 years and also other centres. I started to collaborates with SpanishSteps Wellness and teaching on their awesome premises in the mountains of Asturias and to teach yoga on the Canino de Santiago and the spent one-month teaching in Ibiza before moving back to the UK.
I really wish to thank all my present, future and past teachers, Petra and Becky for having been my first teachers and friends in London, John Scott for having inspired me, especially in the first workshop, to take yoga more serious, Godfrey for going deeper, Karin for pushing me to action, Arun in Bangalore for having relaxed and restored me and the children of Samarthanam for having given me so much love and feeling yoga!!
Sundara means "beautiful", "lovely" or/and "noble" and that is what yoga is for me. "Yoga for me does not entail any dogmatic belief, but connecting with yourself and ultimately with everything. Yoga is not about stretching, tensioning or strength, although ultimately you may get more flexible, stronger and balanced.
Every posture has a simple and more complex variety so that the practice is suitable equally for a beginner as a more advanced yoga practitioner. Sundara Yoga Flow is energising Yoga. A dynamic practice actively moving from the core. Through a powerful warrior practice, you will gain strength, flexibility and core stability. We focus on a strong standing flow combined with balance and increased flexibility.
This is an article about teaching yoga in English to children in Jerez de la Frontera (in Spanish):
“Claudia is a knowledgeable teacher with many years of experience. She will enhance any yoga session as she puts her heart on it. I love the fact that she will correct you in order to achieve the benefits of stretching and finding the balance between your body and your soul.”
...the teaching has profoundly changed my life as I am now teaching yoga too. Claudia teaches beautiful flowing sequences which touch the body, heart, mind and spirit. She gives expert advice on adjustments and instils confidence in her students to try new shapes and techniques. I come out of class feeling energised and with my body tingling!”