The classes taught are usually dynamic, influenced by Ashtanga and Vinyassa Flow, although there are opportunities to teach a much gentler beginner friendly style,.they include relaxation, breathing techniques, bringing awareness to the benefits of the practice . I encourage a safe, inclusive, non competitive attitude, modifying the sequences and asanas to suit the individual needs or level of the student.
In 2012 Yolande travelled to India and did her teacher training at Parmath Niketan Ashram. She has been teaching Vinyasa and Bikram since then and continues to use her love of travel and learning to deepen her yoga practice.
Yolande is also an Occupational Therapist. Her intention is to create a safe space to facilitate her students own journey with yoga and her classes are inspired by everyday life.
I enjoy teaching playful and creative flows with a strong focus on breath and individual transitions. I aim to encourage my students to feel free yet fierce in their practice so as to welcome challenging postures that may seem scary, even to the advanced yogi, enjoy being guided into each pose with a beginners mind. Through my practice I have found yoga to be very powerful in discovering and facilitating that growth be it emotional or physical and I hope to share this with my students.”
With a history of Rock Climbing, Tai Chi, Yoga and a great love for the outdoors, she has embraced this new direction in which life has taken her and ties in some of the lessons she has learnt from the various aspects of her life style.
Claudia encourages practitioners to become more aware of their own body, their breath, their thoughts and the present moment in order to begin a self practice.
She practiced regularly at various Bikram and Vinyasa studios in London and attended a pregnancy yoga workshop in 2009 which was thecatalyst to take her practice further and become an instructor. Three more years of practice and a change of country, she fulfilled her ambition completing a Yoga Alliance 200hrs Vinyasa teacher training in 2013 at Yogalife in Cape Town.
Her yoga journey over the past 14 years has been inspired by many teachers and texts however she is always drawn back to the restorative and physical elements of practice focusing on alignment and form combined with a strong core. Her classes mirror these principles, are dynamic in nature offering a combination of restorative and strengthening postures that challenge and develop both body and mind. With a sprinkle of humour because let’s face it, life needs to be fun.