FEATURED TEACHER OF THE MONTH
Interview by Sarah McElwain
Claire Deroy is a 500-hour certified ISHTA and Therapeutic/Restorative Yoga and meditation teacher and an intuitive energy healer. Claire is inspired by Yoga as an open-ended, process-based system that promotes physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Her classes offer a safe space for self-awareness and the possibility of change, as well as for renewed connection with the unlimited space and tranquillity within you.
What is your definition of Yoga?
To me, Yoga means union (from the verb “to yoke”): union of mind, body, and spirit. Yoga represents an opportunity to experience your consciousness from an expanded inner space.
What do you love about Yoga?
I love that it feels like a never-ending process of growth. I love that my Yoga practice allows me to tune in to how my body feels, how my mind feels, how my emotional body feels, how my spiritual body feels. It increases my self-awareness and helps me make adjustments when necessary.
Why do you teach Yoga?
Because I love sharing my passion and supporting others on their own path. Because I believe sharing these teachings is crucial, creating a very much needed ripple effect of accrued presence, light, and love in the world.
What are the particular areas of Yoga you are teaching in now or in which you have created your own, special offerings? What attracted you to those areas?
I teach mainly Restorative Yoga. I love how the restorative practice helps your body unwind and reconnects you with your inner peace. I also love to teach about energy in my classes, about our connection to Earth energy below and to the ethers above, to the largest pool of energy below and to the largest one above. An awareness of what exists beyond the physical and the visible is what attracted me to energy and led me to incorporating that into my classes. I also recently discovered 5Rhythms, and I am currently developing a series of Yoga workshops that include movement, dance, sound, and intuitive drawing. “Embodying” Yoga is important to me: helping others move, act, and create from their expanded selves.
What do you hope students will receive from you as a teacher, and what do you hope students will get out of your coming offerings and workshops?
I hope students receive the gift of dropping fully into their bodies, and that they experience deep relaxation and reconnection with their authentic selves. I also hope that they will release blockages from their natural flow, so that they can be free to be who they truly are and thus benefit fully from the support of the universe. I hope that they taste deeper aspects of their own selves—their soul, their expanded self, and their transcendental self—so that they include those in their lives, tuning in to their deepest drive and feel supported in their life’s purpose.
Do you have a favorite book or Yoga mat or product that you like, something you sincerely enjoy and wish to share with the teacher sangha?
I love the teachings of the Parayoga teacher Rod Stryker and really recommend his meditation app called Sanctuary with Rod Stryker.
Ongoing classes at IYI: Restorative Yoga on Thursdays, 6.45 to 8.15 p.m.
Coming workshops at IYI: Stay tuned!