Why I created the contemplative Practice
My name is Clare, hello :) The following is a little bit about my world (I will keep it brief!)
At that magical age of thirty I was exactly where I *thought* I wanted to be... having co founded a luxury fashion brand (which went on to have great success) life seemed to be on track... and then things for a long time were very upside down. In 2014 my partner was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour and I cared for him until he passed away in 2017.
I then spent a long time building myself back up. I wrote a book, made art, spent an extended period of time on the Shetland Isles, went to Holy Ilse and discovered the power of restorative yoga. It has been a long road to self-healing. Fast forward; some time later...
I am now in my late thirties and have founded The Contemplative Practice. I am genuinely excited to share my never ending quest towards self-care, self compassion, restorative practice, relaxation and art / writing. All of which are things that have helped me over the years.
I encourage people to stop, slow down and take a breath and it is an absolute joy to be able to do so.
I strongly believe there are no quick fixes, but a slow, dedicated approach to self-healing.
I seek to create a safe welcoming, intersectional space for all genders/ non genders for people who are feeling a little or a *lot* overwhelmed.
All classes take place online so you can set up a dedicated safe place to practice in your own home. I openly welcome carers, support workers and parents.
Whatever is going on for you; take a moment for yourself today, close down your eyes, turn your focus inwards and listen to the sound of your breath as the ocean, slowly, if only for a minute and come home to yourself.
Take care of you.
A BETTER BEDTIME ROUTINE
8.30 PM - 9.30 PM
Led by Clare
Suitable for absolute beginners. All welcome.
ABOUT CLARE // FOUNDER
ASHTANGA PRACTITIONER, CREATIVE PERSON AND LOVER OF THE OUTDOORS
Like so many of us, I discovered contemplative practices when times were tough and over the years I have learned, slowly, to develop a healthier relationship with my body and my mind. I hold a Masters from Edinburgh College of Art and a Bachelor of Arts from UCCA in Kent. I am a writer, artist and registered yoga alliance practitioner with 300 hours of teacher training; including restorative techniques, breath awareness, meditation practices, yin yoga, ashtanga vinyasa and yoga nidra. As part of my professional development, I recently spent time on Holy Isle establishing a greater understanding of these teachings and practices. I seek to create a safe and supportive space, celebrating all body shapes, backgrounds, gender identities and I actively encourage absolute beginners.
I spend as much time as I can in the outdoors developing my art practice and feel truly grateful to call Scotland my home.
A BETTER BEDTIME ROUTINE //
8.30 - 9.30 PM
We all need to switch off from phones, our screens, TV, the news and set healthy boundaries, especially during these times. I have held an intention for some time time to create a better bedtime routine for myself. I know first hand how hard it can be to create new habits, join me in this class where we bring awareness to breath, explore restorative postures and practice yoga nidra.
What is yoga nidra?
Yoga nidra allows us to explore the realm of consciousness from a calm, receptive position that can prepare us for sleep
Payment is by donation, £5 - £10 (pay what you can). This is a drop in class, regular commitment is encouraged to get the most from this practice.
Better Bedtime Routines will be taught via zoom, more details will follow on booking. All are welcome, suitable for absolute beginners.