Claire Bradshaw

Student level

I've been practicing yoga for 10+ years, but for half of the time I was dabbling and I didn't have a committed practice. It wasn't until my work stress levels were at an all time high and my lower back gave out that I made a commitment to the practice. That's when the magic happened. I found something so special in the asana, and for the first time in my life I connected with my body and spirit deeply. This incredible feeling mixed with a whole lot of curiosity, led me to head to the spiritual home of yoga, India in March 2014 to complete my first YTT in Ashtanga.

Since then, I have continued to dive deeply into more yoga trainings and personal practice to deepen my embodiment of the practice. Today I teach vinyasa flow and yin/meditation. In my flow classes you can expect a mix of some strong holds, some physical and mental challenge all with a consistent focus on the breath. I love to interweave this with yogic philosophy and periods of introspection. My intention in teaching is help guide people home to themselves. To feel into their authentic self, unconditional love and innate worth.

Teaching & Certification

  • I completed my first 200 hr YTT in Ashtanga at Ajarya school in Rishikesh, India
  • Since then I have trained in Vinyasa with Jessie Fenech at Grow School Yoga
  • Advanced Vinyasa with Duncan Peak and Cassie Lee at Power Living
  • Yin training with Jen Crescenzo and Jo Phee

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: I give adjustments in classes occasionally.

  • Theming: My classes are almost always themed. I bring in aspects of yoga philosophy, the chakra system, inspiring quotes from poets, philosophers, creatives and I occasionally mix in a personal learning that I've had on or off the mat that may help to make the teachings more accessible.

  • Sequencing: I often sequence to a theme, and include a peak posture. Other times I concentrate on a particular area of the body that we'll be opening up/strengthening.

  • Music: I love smooth, chill tunes that evoke all the feels.

On & Off the Mat With: Claire Bradshaw

As a yoga teacher, what inspires and motivates your teaching?

To help guide people into their own body and find the movement in the stillness and the stillness in the movement. My intention in teaching is to guide and deliver an asana practice that helps students to connect with their true essence.

How has your own yoga practice evolved since becoming a teacher?

I truly listen to what my body needs prior to practicing. Sometimes I sit in silence, sometimes I incorporate pranayama, sometimes I do yin and other times I do a really strong practice and challenge myself with new arm balance or inversions. There's a fluidity to my practice vs. when I finished teacher training I was very disciplined with the set Ashtanga sequence.

Do you have any yoga teachers that you admire and/or look up to? Who are they?

Chris Wilson - Yoke Yoga and Izzy Ais - Om People

For those of us that haven't practiced with you before, what can we expect from your classes?

In my Vinyasa classes you'll find a fun mindful flow, with some strong holds, an element of challenge & some pranayama. All bundled together with a heartfelt theme and time spent in pockets of stillness.

What type of class could you teach all day, everyday and why?

Yin. I drop right in when teaching my yin classes. I have a planned sequence but most of the time I allow the additional teaching to come through me in the class.

My intention in teaching is help guide people home to themselves. To feel into their authentic self, unconditional love and innate worth.

Do you practice any other form of movement or fitness besides yoga? If so, what kind?

I go running and swim a few times a week

What's your go-to spot in Melbourne to get inspired?

The beach or the St Kilda Botanical Gardens. I am in awe of nature and love to use my learnings from nature as inspiration for my classes.

Which 3 icons or figures would you want to sit next to at a dinner party and why?

Maya Angelou - she was strong , courageous, loving and funny. I would have loved to meet and learn from her. Frida Kahlo - She was creative and unique. She endured a lot in her lifetime, but lived life on her terms and fully owned it. A true inspiration in how to live authentically. Gandhi - To me, he was a true leader. Humble and powerful. Influential and kind. Strong and gentle. In service of something so much bigger than himself.

Finish this sentence. "I feel the most like myself when..."

I'm in nature. Particularly in the tropics where my body is warm and I feel open and free. When I can truly live in the present moment

And lastly because it's fun, what animal do you identify with?

An owl. I love to have a deep convo! These days I live my life as much as I can being guided by my intuition.

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