Name: Claire Robbie
Studio: Movement LAB and one-on-one individual classes
Years teaching: 6
Years practicing: 10
Favourite yoga style: Yin and Power Yoga

Do you have a favourite yoga pose at the moment?
I always love a good pigeon and Trikonasana – Triangle Pose. It all depends on how I’m feeling in my body and what I want to get the blood flowing to.

What advice would you give a new student in your class?
Don’t wear loose shorts without any undies.

Do your best not to compare or look around in class and focus on how your practice is feeling, rather than what it looks like.

What’s the most productive hour of your day?
Once my son goes to sleep. I do my evening meditation and then it’s like a steam train of productivity sweeps through me. I have to force myself to stop at a reasonable hour and get to sleep.

Who has encouraged or inspired you lately?
I started a mindfulness campaign called No Beers? Who Cares! in February and we had an incredible response. The community we’re building has been endlessly supportive and inspiring and it’s spurring me on to do more and be more.

One thing you’ve learnt on your travels as a yogi?
Even when you travel you take all your sh*t with you. There’s no escape from you, so work on that relationship first and foremost.

What time of day do you prefer to practice your yoga and/or meditation?
My meditation practice in non-negotiable. I meditate twice a day, preferably first thing before my son wake up but if not, when he goes off to kindy in the car on the side of the road. Then the second time when he’s drifting off to sleep. I practice yoga whenever I can fit it in, but usually in the morning. Yin is amazing to practice in the evening.

What was your pre-yoga profession and why the change?
I worked as a news reporter and then in marketing and events for luxury high-end hotels in Los Angeles. As well as teaching yoga I run a retreat company called Jack & Olive Retreats and a mindful event company called WUN. Universe, so I feel like I combine all my skills/work experience in the work I do. I became a yoga teacher after an accidental teacher training when I lived in LA that changed my whole trajectory.

What do you hope for all your students to take away from a class with you?
Some space in their bodies and in their minds.

Share something your students might be surprised to know about you:
I was on Shortland Street for six months when I was 19. However, I was so terrible that I got written out.

What do you love about your part of town?
I love living in Grey Lynn, Auckland as we have inner city living with amazing surf beaches just a short and beautiful car ride away. Piha, Bethells, Te Arai – love the east and west coasts.

Thank you so much, Claire!

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