About Clare

Clare has been teaching yoga since 2000 having originally trained with the British Wheel of Yoga and subsequently enhanced her knowledge by training with the Krishnamacharya healing yoga foundation (KHYF) now the TSYP (The Society of Yoga practitioners) Clare is also a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.

Clare holds classes in classic haṭha yoga, (both dynamic and gentle). She also teaches yin yoga, restorative yoga and is a registered yoga therapist with the Complementary Natural Health Council (CNHC)
Clare always considers the individual needs of each student, frequently teaching on a one-to-one basis, as well as mentoring teacher trainees.
Clare has been practicing yoga for many years and has spent time exploring some of the different schools, including Ashtanga and Iyengar, although her primary influence comes from the teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar.

Clare continues her studies by attending workshops and seminars in the UK and India. In 2021 Clare completed an MA in The History and Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS. ( School of Oriental and African Studies -University of London). Learning from some of the world's most renowned academics in the field of yoga and meditation, including Professor Ulrich Pagel, Dr. Jim Mallinson, Dr. Jason Birch, Dr. Karen O'Brien Kop and Dr. Graham Burns.

Clare is A British Wheel of Yoga Diploma Course Tutor and runs BWY Certificate and Diploma courses (Harmonyoga's next Diploma course will begin in 2024. Clare is also a BWY Foundation Course tutor and will be running her 7th Foundation course in 2023.

Clare is currently on the British Wheel of Yoga training committee as a course development officer.

About Clare

Clare Gibson

BWY Member and 2022 Vice Training Chair
TSYP Member
CNHC Member
REPS Member

Some of Clare's yoga Qualifications

  • 2022 MA The Traditions of Yoga and Meditation. SOAS University of London
  • 2021 Yin Yoga with Norman Blair
  • 2017 British Wheel Of Yoga Diploma Course Tutor
  • 2013 British Wheel Of Yoga Foundation Course Tutor
  • 2010 KHYF/TSYP Yoga For Children
  • 2009 Krishnamacharya Healing yoga Foundation yoga therapy Diploma (500hrs)
  • 2009 British Wheel Of Yoga Advanced Teaching Diploma
  • 2009 Complementary National Health Council (Yoga Therapy )
  • 2005 BWY Teaching Practice Observation Training
  • 2004 British Wheel Of Yoga Pregnancy Module
  • 2000 British Wheel Of Yoga teaching Diploma (500 hrs)

Clare has attended many other courses, workshops and training events, far too many in number to mention here. Yoga is a lifelong journey, there is always more to learn.

Svādhayāya (one of the three aspects of Kriyā yoga and the 4th of Patañjali's Niyama), indicates that yogic philosophy recognises the value of studying. The ancient yogis were scientists: they inquired into themselves and their experiences of the universe with tremendous depth. An essential part of yoga practice is the concept of Svādhyãya: not only the study of texts of the past but the study of the Self.

According to TKV Desikachar, the word is composed of Svā, meaning "self" or "belonging to me," and Adhyāya, meaning "inquiry" or "examination." Quite literally, Adhyāya refers to "getting close to something." Thus, the practice of_ Svādhyāya_ allows us to become closer to our true self through study and inquiry.

Desikachar TKV (2003)
Reflections on Yogasūtra-s of Patañjali.East West Press.ltd

"Yoga should be adapted to the individual rather than the individual to yoga"

TKV Desikachar