About Claire

Claire’s love of travel has given her the opportunity to experience various yoga styles around the world, which inspired her even more to explore this ancient practice.


Claire’s yoga journey began in 1999 in the UK (where she was born and raised), under the guidance of Iyengar Teacher Lilian Biggs. She found the practice to be very healing and helped to manage her grief following the loss of her mother. In 2002, Claire re-located to South East Asia where she continued her practice in the cultural melting pot of Singapore. She experienced the style of Hatha Yoga under the guidance of yoga teacher Sakina Hoosenally, who studied at the Bihar School of Yoga and Debra Wright, owner of Svastha Yoga Studio.
 

In 2006, Claire re-located to Greenwich, Connecticut, where she undertook prenatal yoga and later enjoyed practicing the delights of Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga yoga at Kaia Yoga studio. Claire moved to Glen Rock, New Jersey in 2010 with her family and found Naturally Yoga, her local studio providing a flowing blend of yoga styles. In May 2013, Claire re-located with her husband and two daughters to Oakland Twp, Michigan where she now calls home.
 

After years of practicing yoga, Claire felt drawn to what was then her devotional hobby and under the guidance of Naturally Yoga’s Sheryl and Neil Edsall, undertook an intensive 200 hour yoga teacher training, gaining dual certification in adult and children’s yoga in June, 2012. Soon after graduation, Claire continued training with Kula for Karma, a non-profit organization, becoming certified in yoga for cancer and trauma and addiction. She then began teaching at The John Theurer Cancer Center, part of The Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.

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Claire was introduced to chanting and harmonium playing during her yoga teacher training which was all part of her personal healing practice. As her love for singing/chanting and harmonium playing grew, in February 2014, Claire began a Kirtan leader coaching program with Michael H Cohen, internationally renowned Kirtan artist and founder of The Kirtan Leader Institute. As part of her own healing, through creative expression, Claire went on to write, record and release her own Sanskrit mantra with English lyrics music album, "Dreams Can Come True," which was released in June 2016.

 

In January 2016, Claire began studying with leading-edge Beaumont Hospital's School of Yoga Therapy, under the direction of Veronica Zador. Claire graduated in March 2018 with a 500 hour certification in Yoga Therapy. In January 2018, Claire began a Yoga Therapist Clinical Externship Program and graduated as a certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) in January 2019. 

Naturally Yoga Teacher Trainees, at the Ananda Ashram, Monroe, New York 2012, with my teachers Sheryl and Neil Edsall.

The Kirtan Leader Institute Students at House of Yoga in Berkley, Michigan with founder, Michael Cohen.

Beaumont Hospital School of Yoga Therapy Graduates 2019, Royal Oak, Michigan.

© 2016 by Claire Whittleston, The Yoga Clinic MI LLC