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Claire Plastow

Beginners Yoga
Breathwork
Hatha Yoga
Meditation
A little about me

I discovered yoga about 20 years ago whilst in my late 20s. Like a lot of people when they first try yoga, I was most interested in the physical side of things; I thought yoga might help me to recover from illness, it did. Unexpectedly though, I got so much more than physical fitness. The asanas were brilliantly strengthening, I got fit and that felt great. The unexpected bit was the philosophy of yoga, engaging with that enabled me to begin to make sense of myself, my body and mind.

So when I teach I try to provide an insight into yoga as a way of life. I teach what I know and what I’ve experienced. I blend poses, breathing and meditation with snippets of philosophy that I hope will be enjoyable and relevant to you on and off your mat. I’d love you to leave feeling good; strong, stretched, toned, centred and clear-headed.

What to Expect From My Classes
I teach in a fairly soulful hatha yoga style. My classes are “thoughtful”, I pace poses and sequences to allow for students to work a little into them, we don’t rush and I often prompt a bit of reflection whilst students are in poses.

I blend asana, pranayama, relaxation and meditation. There’s flow from one element to another, at times we will be still too. Sometimes I’ll include a longer breathing technique or meditation, other times the focus will be physical strength. It varies, depending on the class theme, students’ energy levels, the season, etc. etc.

I regularly integrate new students with varying degrees of experience. Often their concern is one of ability. My aim is to make yoga as inclusive as I’m able to. I believe we don’t need any special ability or skill to practice yoga and that a class should be supportive and rewarding.

I think of the spaces where I teach as bubbles, calm spaces where you can come and leave the hurly-burly of your day outside for an hour or so. I teach to background music, a little piano or very chilled instrumental tracks.

Professional Yoga Qualifications
I trained with the Yoga Training Centre in Central London. The two year, 500-hour diploma course I took is accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and qualifies me to teach yoga, pranayama and meditation. I draw influence and inspiration from Ashtanga, Iyengar, Sivananda, Scaravelli and Yoga Nidra.

Life Qualifications
I am a mother to three, a wife, a sister and an aunt. I manage Osteoarthritis and migraine. I graduated from art college and worked as an interior designer for 20 years and managed residential refurbishment projects. These days I practice yoga daily (on and off my mat), I love to ride my bike, walk, read, cook and sew.

My Teaching Style
My Timetable
Tue
06:15 pm
Duration
60m
£15 Book Now
Beginners Hatha Yoga

A supportive 60-minute hatha yoga class for beginner and refresher yogis. Includes foundation poses, breathing and relaxation techniques.

Claire Plastow
Location:

Top Floor Studio, Fresh Ground, 68 Battersea Rise Clapham Junction, Battersea, London, SW11 1EQ

Tue
07:30 pm
Duration
75m
£15 Book Now
Intermediate Hatha Yoga

A soulful 75-minute intermediate hatha yoga class for progression yogis. Includes inversion, yin and sequenced poses, meditation and pranayama techniques.

Claire Plastow
Location:

Top Floor Studio, Fresh Ground, 68 Battersea Rise Clapham Junction, Battersea, London, SW11 1EQ

Fri
09:15 am
Duration
75m
£15 Book Now
All-levels Hatha Yoga Class

An inclusive 75-minute hatha yoga class. Yogis are encouraged to find and work at their own level. Includes foundation and progression poses, meditation and pranayama techniques.

Claire Plastow
Location:

Top Floor Studio, Fresh Ground, 68 Battersea Rise Clapham Junction, Battersea, London, SW11 1EQ

Mon
12:00 pm
Tue
12:00 pm
Wed
12:00 pm
Thu
12:00 pm
Fri
12:00 pm
Duration
90m
£75 Book Now
Introduction to Private Yoga

In these private sessions You'll spend time taking a health profile and discussing which areas of yoga are a good fit for you and follow with a 60 minute practice.

Claire Plastow
Location:

Mobile Service Battersea, Wandsworth, Chelsea, Fulham and Hammersmith, South West London, London, SW11