Unlikely as it sounds, Bude yoga teacher, Claire Jennings gave up 20 years with a high flying oil exploration company to switch to a gentler career. She says: At the time I decided to take up teaching I was seriously stressed out and spent more time between airport terminals than I did walking outside in the fresh air feeling the sun on my face. It was at this point I decided something had to give before I did. Through my yoga, I hope to show how it can change “real people in normal life situations”.
Claire Jennings is now the founder of Krama Yoga. She runs weekly classes in Kilkhampton, at Wooda Farm Holiday Park, and in Holsworthy. Krama yoga has also branched out to provide bespoke yoga for a school in Bude and for a large corporate organisation. If a regular class isn’t enough, Claire also runs a number weekend yoga and spa holidays at premium hotels in Cornwall.
Krama Yoga is a holistic Hatha based practice incorporating Qi Gong, an ancient Chinese system of flow and moving meditation. The sequences add a “Chi” element to traditional yoga postures. The purpose is to seamlessly connect and flow from one posture to the next, so the student does not feel stuck or uncomfortable, particularly if new to yoga. Claire explains: The meditative sequence creates a wonderful feeling of wellbeing when we move and flow in time with the breath. When we breathe and move the body in unity, yoga creates inner stillness and tranquillity, we feel both revitalised and relaxed at the same time. The practice of yoga allows us to reach a state of tranquillity, this is brought about as during the practice of yoga the mind is present; in the moment.
Coming from a stressful corporate environment in the oil industry, Claire truly feels she is delivering the right message through her style of yoga and mindfulness techniques.
After 15 years of attending classes, Claire took the decision to devote more time to yoga and to study the ancient practice at a very high level. She undertook a 2-year 500-hour advanced teacher training course with Devon school of yoga in Exeter.
Claire says, with fondness. “The course completely transformed me as a person – for the better. Yoga became a way of life. During the 2 years, my brain, body and soul were nourished and rebalanced. I took the plunge and left my corporate world behind to deliver the message through my classes; humanity needs yoga,”
Still not sure about yoga and whether this style is for you? See what the students say, here.
Other ways to contact Claire:
Telephone number 07899967477