-- ABOUT CLAIRE --
INTRODUCING YOUR TEACHER...CLAIRE HAWKINS
My love affair of dance began at 4 when I started tap, ballet and modern jazz lessons. I loved the combination of movement, music and performance – I was officially hooked! That blossomed into a love of singing and acting that led me to broaden my training into the Performing Arts to become a Musical Theatre Actress, performing in the West End, London Fringe and UK tours.
It was also around that time that I discovered a general love of all things fitness – from running to weight training to boxing to aerobics, I loved it all. But amongst the cardio and strength work I felt something was missing and when I discovered Yoga 20 years ago I knew it was the missing piece. I remember walking away from my first class feeling so calm and serene that I felt I could tackle anything life threw at me.
My love of Yoga grew. It gave me strength and flexibility, an appreciation of my breath, the ability to settle my emotions and mind and helped me discover a general sense of peace and wellbeing. It was then that I began my journey away from Theatre to become a Yoga Instructor, completing my 200 hour Yoga Alliance training and my Yin Yoga training over 9 years ago. Teaching Yoga for so long has been and continues to be a joy.
Back to Barre
Coming back to my dance roots, 2 years ago I expanded my teaching repertoire to qualify as a Barre teacher under Barre Concept (International Accreditation). I have also gone on to qualify as a Level 3 mat based Pilates teacher. So it’s back to core, precision, control and strength!
So what ties all of these disciplines together and why do I love all of them so much – it’s about movement; finding expression and release through the body; it’s about discovering a strong, stable body and mind and it’s about discovering the wonderful things our bodies can do.
My love of music and dance is very evident in my style of teaching and all of my classes are filled with energy, expression and the fluidity and grace of the body, with music always playing a large role.
For me teaching has been and remains an inspiring, exciting and rewarding journey and I look forward to where it takes me next.