Claudia Wareham

Student level

My yoga journey began in Los Angeles. My college offered it as an alternative class to make up for a missed class (it was a dance and acting college). Once I finished college I found myself going to more yoga classes than anything else. I moved back to Melbourne and got hooked into a routine where yoga was the best part of my day.

I won a teacher training at Barre Body which really gave me my confidence in teaching. I then did my 200 hour Vinyasa + Hatha training in Rishikesh, India. When I came home it was full-time teaching straight away. I wouldn't have it any other way. With my background in movement and dance my classes are quite fluid and usually themed. I like strong holds and breath work to start with, building to a peak and working our way back to savasana.

Teaching & Certification

  • AMDA, Dance Theatre - 2 years
  • Barre Body - 150 hours
  • Vinyasa Yoga School, India - 200 hours
  • Warrior One Yoga - Yin 25 hours
  • Upstate - Pilates

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: Yes! Must protect the body and feel good adjustments always. :)

  • Theming: Yes, I like to use Traditional Chinese Medicine and meridian lines for Yin theming. This also makes its way into my Vinyasa classes. I usually theme to what is current in the world - the seasons, the energy, to different chakras.

  • Sequencing: The go to: theme first, breath work, warm-up, flow, peak, cool down, twist and twist, savasana

  • Music: Depending on the studio, I generally play current hip hop, acoustic covers and instrumental feel goods!

On & Off the Mat With: Claudia Wareham

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

I get inspired by my peers a lot. What they're up to and how they're growing and expanding interests me. Travel is so good to get out of our bubble and meet some new people with different ideas and thoughts too.

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

After each training my asana evolves a lot but more so my mind and ego. I am more aware of how they work. Of why others react the way they do or how all of our minds connect with our bodies. I do think the growth never stops and there is always more to learn.

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

My class will always be based upon a theme even if I don't mention it. Will always start with breath work and ease into our class. They're generally quite fluid - I like to keep you moving instead of start/stop. You can be returning from injury, beginner, intermediate or advanced and will still get something from the classes theme and variations of Asana. I want you to feel educated about your body and mind and like to give you ideas and movement you can take home with you.

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

Vinyasa Flow. It just feels so good! Each time is a new time, a new experience.

I do think the growth never stops and there is always more to learn.

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

The occasional jog around Elsternwick Park, but

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

Angelina Jolie, Malala Yousafzai and Meghan Markle - 3 badass female game changers.

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

I'm at the beach, makeup free, with my boyfriend and friends enjoying the sunshine and ocean.

And lastly because it's fun, what's your spirit animal?

A golden retriever puppy!

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