Claire Whitman discovered yoga in 1994 when pregnant with her first child, she attended yoga classes with Lolly Stirk for all three of her pregnancies and had very positive natural births, one at Queen Charlotte’s and then two wonderful home births. Empowered by the knowledge and strength she gained, she felt compelled to help other women through their pregnancy journey, and retrained with Janet Balaskas to become an Active Birth pregnancy yoga teacher, qualifying in 2003. Further Teacher training in Postnatal Yoga with Lolly Stirk & YogaBirth, Well Woman Yoga Therapy with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli & Yogacampus, ‘ What Lies Beneath’ and continuous Scaravelli inspired work with John Stirk, her main teacher. She also trained as a doula with Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers. More recently Claire completed the 300 hour Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training, with Catherine Annis, Pete Blackaby, Gary Carter & Tanya Love.
Claire teaches Pregnacy yoga, Postnatal Yoga, Birth Preparation & Recovery Workshops and also Hatha/ Scaravelli inspired general classes for all. She is particularly fascinated with how the body ages, and passionate in helping all her students feel strong, supple and move with ease at any age and stage. Her classes invite an exploration of the body, encourage a deep awareness and understanding, and focus on breath and movement to gently release tension and find space within, to gain more strength and knowledge of oneself. Her pregnancy & Postnatal classes inspire confidence in the body’s own ability, our innate intelligence within, and help women prepare & recover from birth.
During the pandemic like other teachers she began teaching online, and recognising a huge need for extra support for women through pregnancy, birth & beyond she Co- Founded MotherTime, an online community for all Mothers.