Hi, I’m Claire Russell Burns a yoga teacher with a passion for helping ladies who are experiencing core and pelvic floor issues. Whether you are postnatal or post-menopausal, whether you’ve had babies or not, whether you exercise regularly or not at all, the specialist classes I teach are for all women of all ages and experiences.
In regular yoga classes I like to bring a wide variety of movement experiences for students, I don’t see yoga as a set of specific postures to fit into a sequence, but the mindfulness of the movement, the exploration and awareness as yoga. I enjoy bringing in exercises that facilitate functional movement in everyday life.
I was first introduced to yoga philosophy, meditation and Sanskrit as a child. I went to an unconventional school where all of these subjects were part of the curriculum. However, this introduction at such a young age encouraged more of a sense of rebellion against it all rather than inner peace. I came to yoga much later and attended my first physical yoga class around 2000.
I tuned into it immediately and experienced a feeling of coming home. Everything came together when I took my teacher training in 2007 and I finally had a context to place the concepts I had been introduced to as a child. With a love of movement and gymnastics I naturally fell into the playful and energetic practice of vinyasa flow. I spent many years enjoying turning myself upside down as much as possible and taught classes all over London in gyms and offices.
I came to motherhood relatively late, having both my children in my 40’s and I moved to Brighton in 2011 after my first. I started working teaching mums with toddlers in tow and I had a real shift in my personal practice during this time. I had diastasis recti after both pregnancies and I soon discovered that I needed more than a classical yoga practice to recover. I was meeting and teaching ladies who had all sorts of postnatal issues, so I consulted and took courses with women’s health physios, explored the work of movement experts in this field and tried a variety of postnatal recovery programs. Finally my path lead me to the Restore Your Core program. A combination of yoga pilates and functional movement that resonated with me on so many levels. I jumped at the chance to do the teacher training and I have learnt so much in the process. I have also found a love for working in this area of womens’ health. I feel there is little support for these ladies, some often suffering in silence and I intend to be doing this work for as long as I can.
I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions regarding my classes and workshops. Simply fill out the form and I’ll be in touch as soon as possible.