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  • Clare Pritchard - Iyengar Yoga Instructor

Previously operating as Yoga@Monbulk, the yoga school has been running since 2007. A new name and a new studio saw the birth of Yarra Ranges Yoga in January 2012.

Offering small, tailored classes to all levels of experience we invite you to come and try a yoga class for yourself.

Your teacher, Clare Pritchard, is a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher with a particular interest in working with survivors of trauma, a therapeutic approach which is increasingly recognised as being immensely beneficial for recovery and healing. She bases her trauma informed practice on the invaluable work of David Emerson and Bessel Van der Kulk at the Trauma Center in Massachusetts. Clare holds both Certificate 1 & 2 in the Radiant Child Yoga Program. She has also completed a course in Yoga Therapy for Children and the Zenergy Kids Yoga Foundation Course Certificate. Clare has been teaching for over 10 years and has travelled to India a number of times to deepen her understanding of the practice.

Clare worked for many years in the Community Sector so approaches her yoga teaching and practice with a far greater depth than merely 'running a business'. Her passion for introducing yoga to survivors of trauma has led Clare to work with clients of the Western Centre Against Sexual Assault, the Northern Centre Against Sexual Assault, the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault, Counterpoint Young Women's Refuge, and the GirlStorey program (run by the YWCA). She has also taught in a voluntary capacity at the Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Clare's other area of interest is yoga for kids. From preschoolers right up to teens, yoga is an ideal practice for young bodies and minds. It's benefits include an increased body awareness and greater physical control, improved mental concentration, an enhanced sense of competence and confidence, and a deep sense of inner harmony and peace. In a non-competitive environment, each child is free to explore what a yoga practice means to them as an individual. Clare has worked within schools, in out-of-school care programs, and runs Yarra Ranges Yoga school holiday yoga sessions for kids during the year.

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