About Me

Clair Yates - Crest YogaThough I had dabbled in yoga for many years, it wasn’t until 2004, when suffering from a bad back, that I began going to regular yoga classes.  At the time I worked in investment banking in the City of London and the classes were a welcome relief from desk based work, helping to free my body and mind from the restrictions of office life.

My back soon improved but that’s not why I became hooked.  Though I couldn’t put my finger on it, I began to feel happier and more comfortable living in my own body and I wanted to know more.  My curiosity led me to the British Wheel of Yoga Foundation course, which I completed under the supervision of my teacher Mohini Chatlani in 2008.

The course led me to see my whole life differently and at the end of 2008, though everyone thought I was crazy, I volunteered for redundancy.  My intention was to broaden my horizons, travel and spend more time practicing and studying yoga.  Encouraged by my teachers I enrolled on the triyoga Teacher Training course in 2009.

I chose the triyoga TT because the course included specialised teachers for the study of anatomy and physiology (Chris Swain) and yoga philosophy, Sanskrit and meditation (Carlos Pomeda) and as one of life’s questioners I knew I wanted a thorough training in all aspects of yoga. I absolutely loved the course and my tutor Anna Ashby, continues to be my teaching inspiration.

I completed the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance accredited yoga teacher training in May 2011, graduating with distinction and I was thrilled to be asked to take on the role of assistant and mentor for the next intake of trainees – not least because it meant I got to take part in the whole training again.

Yoga is still my favourite subject :) and on top of the British Wheel of Yoga’s mandatory Continuing Professional Development I continue to train to enrich my teaching and practice of yoga.

In March 2014, I completed a restorative yoga teacher training so that I could teach restorative yoga privately here at my home studio in Sidcup and over 2017-18 I completed the triyoga advanced teacher training programme which led me to organise the Yoga for People with Disabilities Teacher Training with the inspirational JoAnn Lyons in 2019.

In January 2019 I achieved the Yoga Alliance Professionals Senior Yoga Teacher designation and am excited to be teaching my first British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course which started in January 2020.

I have always strived to make my classes accessible to all and as well as taking part in Jivana Heyman’s Accessible Yoga Teacher Training Course I am an Accessible Yoga Ambassador and currently part of a yoga reading circle dedicated to Contemplating Racial Justice.  Facilitating the reading circle is the amazing Yogi Anthropologist Dr Gillian Evans and in her words ‘in a society where unconscious bias, micro-aggressions, institutionalised racism, and systemic injustices are so deeply ingrained, healing is an ongoing process.’  I continue to strive to make my classes and teaching an inclusive and welcoming space for everybody.

Before lockdown I was teaching weekly group yoga classes in Sidcup and Hextable – near Swanley – one-to-one, small group and family yoga sessions in Sidcup, Bexley, Chislehurst as well as yoga and meditation workshops which allow students to deepen their practice.  For private sessions here at my home, I have a dedicated yoga room, with lots of space and all the yoga equipment one could ever need and for larger group classes, workshops and trainings I hire a studio at the Howard Venue in Hextable just down the road from Swanley.

Now lockdown has eased I am very happy the Howard Venue has been able to re-open it’s doors to welcome us back, though with a reduced capacity.  My insurance with the BWY means I have to adhere strictly to social distancing restrictions and due to the size of my home yoga studio, all other classes are still online.  Pease see my timetable for full up-to-date details of my classes.  All classes must be booked in advance, see the Booking Classes page for more information. 

I love sharing yoga with others.  The style of yoga I practice and teach is alignment based yoga, an embodied and practical approach to yoga, breath work and meditation.  As well as the physical practices, I use the teachings of yoga in all areas of my life and find my life is all the richer for it, I hope you will too.


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