We’re excited for what’s coming!

If you are uncomfortable — in deep pain, angry, yearning, confused — you don’t have a problem, you have a life. Being human is not hard because you’re doing it wrong, it’s hard because you’re doing it right. You will never change the fact that being human is hard, so you must change your idea that it was ever supposed to be easy.

– Glennon Doyle, Untamed –


 

Hello, fellow friends on the path, 

Man oh man, this quote has been speaking to me this past month after I read this book. It’s been a while since I read a book and felt as though it was speaking to me in THIS moment.

My word for 2021 is vulnerability. I tend to keep my cards very close to my heart so as not to appear imperfect, wounded, broken. What I’ve learned is that it creates separation with those dear to me when I don’t share.

It’s been an uncomfortable month but here’s hoping that I let go of trying to make it easy for others and myself and instead just breath into where I am without always trying to fix it.

So I’ve come back to my meditation practice. I’m trying to sit every day and quite simply ask myself, “How do you feel right now?” I’m trying not to fix it or avoid it by cleaning the sh*t out of my house. Instead just sitting with all the hard human emotions I seem to be feeling right now.

All this to say, the 30-day challenge has created the time and space in my daily life to reflect on what’s been arising for me. 

On a lighter note…

Today is the LAST DAY of our Virtual Yoga Challenge! Congratulations to everyone who showed up and shared feedback in the PWC Apps and the Facebook Group

 WE DID IT!  

For everyone who stuck with it and completed the full 30-days, please fill out this short survey to be entered to win one of the prizes from our partners. 

We’ll be drawing names on Saturday, February 6th, after the LIVE yoga class, for the prizes. 

 

Join me TODAY at 11am PST,
for a core-strengthening class that works towards
Firefly Pose

Here’s the info on today’s class:

 

Firefly Pose

Join me for a 60-minute vinyasa practice working towards the arm balance firefly. That means we’ll be working on strengthening the core, glutes, and back while opening the chest, hamstrings, and inner thighs.

 

SPOTIFY MUSIC PLAYLIST 

CONGRATS to those who completed the 30-Day Yoga Challenge!

 
We are so impressed by the dedication and resilience of the community in sustaining the yoga challenge. 
Please fill out the short survey to be entered to win one of the prizes.
 
 

 Ignite the Fire Within Survey 

Fill out the survey to be entered to win the raffle with prizes from our partners.
The LIVE RAFFLE for prizes will be held after the LIVE CLASS on Saturday, February 6th, @11am PST. 
 


Prizes Include:
· 1-winner will receive a 60-minute private yoga lesson with Clara on Zoom!
· 2-winners will receive a 1-Year Membership to #PracticeWithClara
· 2-winners will receive a $250 Gift card from Lululemon Athletica
· 1-winner will receive a Yoga mat of their choice from Supported Soul 
· 1-winner will receive a Daily Journal from STIL Classics
· 3-winners will receive the GLOW Bundle from Woodlot
· 2-winners will receive a prize pack (2 masks and a mask pouch) from Joiful masks

Exciting News You Need to Know

 
We’ve reorganized the Practice with Clara App to reflect the requests of our community members. 

Thanks to your feedback on the survey we sent in November, we’ve revamped the presentation of classes and how the content is categorized.

You’ll find that former playlists have been arranged into Collections; we did this so that the classes are easier to search and locate. 

When you log in to the PWC App on any device, you’ll see that there are fewer playlistsmore collections, longer descriptions, and a few new playlists to try
 

 

On February 1st, we’re launching the Class of the Day.

We’ve received so much feedback from all of you on how you love showing up to the PWC App and having a class chosen for you, that we’re launching the Class of the Day on February 1st! 

The Class of the Day will follow the Practice with Clara Program; a formula based on sustainability. Each day of the week is allotted a certain style (vinyasa, hatha, yin/restorative) so that you feel balanced by the end of the week. 

That being said, on vinyasa days we’re offering an alternative class that is slower paced just in case you’re not feeling too fiery that day. 

The Practice With Clara Program 

Monday: Slow Flow/Hatha
Tuesday: Vinyasa OR Hatha/yin
Wednesday: Vinyasa OR Mantra/Meditation
Thursday: Vinyasa OR a slower flow/Hatha class
Friday: we rest our bodies  with mantra and meditation 
Saturday: Vinyasa OR join the *LIVE* class with me
Sunday: Yin/restorative yoga or Meditation 

 

Before you select a class, always check-in with how you feel and
how you’d like to nourish yourself

 
The Practice with Clara Program allows your body adequate rest periods between strengthening and lengthening specific muscle groups.
 

My intention for this program is to give you more time to focus on connecting to yourself.

We created assets for you to track your progress over the course of the month; download and save the calendar and journaling booklet.

 
Practice with clara calendar

I’m blessed and thankful that I get to do what I love every day to create and nourish the community.

I’m very appreciative to all of you who join me after the live classes on Saturdays for the Q&A session – this is the closest feeling I’ve had to being back in the studio, and I look forward to seeing you there today 🙂

Sending love and a virtual hug, 
Clara & the Team.  

PS, one of the greatest gifts you can give is the gift of yoga

Get The Inspiration To Persevere with Forearm Stand

It’s enough to sit down, to forget books and discussion, to direct our attention toward the heart. There the divine is found. There is the place of respiration where our breath mingles naturally. The infinite is no more than that harmonious breathing, free of all thought. 

– Daniel Odier –



Hello, fellow friends on the path,

I read the above quote last week in the LIVE class. I love love love this passage as I can get caught up in seeking to learn ALL THE THINGS. I love reading and discussing philosophy. That’s all good and fine BUT if I want to connect to and move from the power inside me, I need to get quiet and go inside. This passage is a wonderful reminder that wisdom is not something we seek but something we cultivate. We must sow our own seeds and take the time to get quiet and listen to the whispers of our spirits.

The trip we go on as a community through the yoga practice is a collaboration. This practice, for me at least, is one that is healing because regular life sometimes brings a heaviness or stagnation, at least in my experience. What I seek in my own practice is this idea of expansion, this idea of letting go, and this idea of realigning. 

I can’t believe we’re in our LAST WEEK of the challenge!!! For those of you who joined me on this journey, I’ve  really enjoyed the momentum we’ve created together in the Facebook Group

I’m looking forward to seeing you again for the Live class today. 🧘🏻‍♀️

 
Here’s the info on today’s class:
 

Forearm Stand

Join me for a 60-minute vinyasa practice working towards Forearm Stand. That means we’ll be working on strengthening the core and chest and opening up shoulders and hamstrings.

SPOTIFY MUSIC PLAYLIST 
for today’s class

If you aren’t able to make the class, we’ll post the on-demand replay in the New Release playlist 24-hours after the class has gone live. 

After the class, I’ll be staying on to answer any questions you have about the class and reading any feedback you want to share. 

You can ask me anything in the LIVE Chat box on the class page.

Here’s the excerpt from class last week

☁️ Tantric Quest by Daniel Odier ☁️ 

We have such a thirst for knowledge that we are fooled by our power to know. It focuses on the exterior and deceives us with the illusion that we are going to find what we lack. Divine knowledge doesn’t grow by accumulation. The more you try to pile up knowledge and experience, the more you paralyze your consciousness.

Let’s abandon this knowledge. It only inflates pride. When I say that intelligence is not the way, I don’t mean to say intelligence must be rejected. I am simply saying that intelligence which accomplishes anything appears unsolicited. In tranquility, it shines like a diamond. Let us return simply to the source of our consciousness and find there the treasure we sought on the outside.

It’s enough to sit down, to forget books and discussion, to direct our attention toward the heart. There the divine is found. There is the place of respiration where our breath mingles naturally. The infinite is no more than that harmonious breathing, free of all thought. 

👇🏼 A few things that are keeping us inspired👇🏼

At the presidential inauguration on Wednesday, January 20th, National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman inspired millions with her poem on unity.


We recognize that inspiration is essential to maintaining relationships and sustaining positive habits, so we reached out to the PWC community and asked members to share the voices and stories they seek for inspiration. 


Here are a few of the recommendations we gathered from the responses:

Podcasts:
1. The Moth Radio
2. On Being
3. The Tim Ferriss Show
4. TED Radio Hour

Books:
1. When Things Fall Apart – Pema Chodron
2. House of Spirits – Isabel Allende
3. Tantric Quest – Daniel Odier 
4. Why I Wake Early – Mary Oliver

Movies:
1. Baraka
2. Kumare 
3. I Am Love
4. The Pursuit of Happyness

 If you’re one of the paying members of the PWC community we want you to know that you’re also supporting everyone in their practice by contributing to preserving the space that brings us all together. ✧ 
Sending love and a virtual hug, 💜
Clara & the Team.  

PS, one of the greatest gifts you can give is the gift of yoga.👇🏼

Exploring Sustainability in the Practice with Lotus Pose

I’m happy even before I have a reason
I’m full of Light even before the sky
Can greet the sun or the moon.
Dear companions, we have been in love with the Divine
For so very, very long.
What can we now do but forever Dance!

– Hafiz –



Hello, fellow friends on the path, 

We are exactly halfway through the 30-day yoga challenge! Yip Yip!! To those of you participating, WAY TO GO! Your dedication to not only the practice but the community on the FB page and commenting on the classes has been inspiring. 🙌🏼

I had come to last Saturday’s LIVE class with the plan to read Oriah Mountain Dreamer’s poem Prelude to Dance. BUT after the second flow, I started reciting this poem by Hafiz. It’s one of my favorites. I’ve been sharing it in classes for over a decade. I have it memorized. I love Hafiz’s poems because they’re fun, funny, playful, and reverent. That’s how I felt as I moved through the practice.

It’s crazy to be doing yoga in my living room and knowing there are 100’s of people out there doing it with me.

To all those who came, it was a pleasure to dance with you.

For those of you who are not part of the challenge, you can still join me for the live class on the Practice With Clara apps.

🧘🏻‍♀️ I’m looking forward to seeing you again today. 🧘🏻‍♀️

Here’s the info on today’s class:
 

Full Lotus

Join me for a 60-minute vinyasa practice working towards Full Lotus pose. That means we’ll be working on hip openers!!

Props needed: 2 blocks and 1 blanket.

SPOTIFY MUSIC PLAYLIST 
for today’s class

If you aren’t able to make the class, we’ll post the on-demand replay in the New Release playlist 24-hours after the class has gone live. 


After the class, I’ll be staying on to answer any questions you have about the class and reading any feedback you want to share. 

You can ask me anything in the LIVE Chatbox on the class page.

Sustainability in my practice is synonymous with being part of the collective.


It’s important that I feel connected to fellow teachers and students of the practice. The community is a refuge. There’ve been many moments when I didn’t feel like showing up for myself to practice. The knowledge that the community would be there provided an opportunity for me to show up for someone other than myself. 
 

The PWC Facebook Group currently boasts over 1.2k members worldwide. 


The Facebook Group is our virtual yoga studio where students can ‘hang out’ after class to discuss their experiences. To assist in fostering an inspiring group dynamic, we brought on six stellar Ambassadors who share insight and welcome new members to the community.

Looking at some of the highlights from the past year, we’ve noted ten of the top reasons to join the PWC Facebook Community. 

Community is a fundamental tenet of my personal life: we Irish are tribal by nature. Finding a tribe to reflect my vibe is not only something I want, it’s something I need. 2020 showed me that. I love the idea that the PWC community literally lives in my back pocket. With one flick of a button, one sip of a breath, I’m back with my “people”, the ones with similar hopes, dreams, and insecurities. There’s strength and power in knowing that. It’s a strength that feels all-inclusive, real, palpable, human. And that’s what I feel the world - what I, we - need right now.
testimonials
Leah Egan
PWC Ambassador

1. Join a Global Community with Shared Values

The internet provides unlimited opportunities to connect with people from all over the world who share similar topics of interest. We express our community values and vision in our description to attract the right people to build a community. We ask all new members to introduce themselves and where they’re from; it’s exciting to discover that we have practitioners from all over the world!

2. We Ask a Ton of Questions to Get to Know You Better

Breaking the silence or being the first to start dancing at a party can feel awkward, so we don’t put that on our community members!

We ask leading questions that invite our community to speak up and start driving the conversation. 

We’ve discovered that people love to give feedback but usually need to be prompted to feel confident and comfortable putting themselves out there for the world to see. We interact with every comment to show support. 

The PWC community makes me feel connected to the collective and helps remind me of the bigger picture. I find myself inspired when community members from around the world share their thoughts, experiences, and questions. I notice themes of collective experience that arise through sharing and discussion, and it makes me feel as though there are little threads that connect us all in a large web.
Alexandria Waycott
PWC Ambassador

3. Stay Motivated and Inspired in Your Practice

The Facebook Group is where we host the discussion around the 30-day yoga challenges. This event helped us get day-to-day feedback on how participants feel and move through the classes, which helps us refine our process and do better the next time around. It provides a way for students to support each other and ask questions, and give their opinion on the structure and style of the classes presented. 

After the inaugural 30-day challenge, we made it a mission to post every day to check in with members to see how we can better support their yoga journey. This habit ensures everyone stays motivated and inspired to make it to their yoga practice in some way, shape, or form. 

4. We Provide Incentives to Foster Personal Development

To keep peppering the feed with a conversation, we provide incentives for members to interact with, learn, and evolve their perspective

This content aims to stimulate conversations around all the ways we interact with the world and live our yoga by bettering ourselves and our communities.

Incentives that take the practice of yoga off the mat and out into the real world demonstrate how yoga isn’t simply asana; it’s a way of living. 

One of the core values at Practice with Clara is developing a yoga mindset in being present and attuned to each moment. The Facebook Group incentives are our means to express this value with our community members through action. 

It seems with every passing year, the love and gratitude I have for the community grows deeper. The PWC community is one space that has been and continues to be a big blessing. I love the PWC community for how real it feels; it's free of judgment and safe to share where you are in your yoga or life journey, including the struggles you are facing or any raw emotions you’re carrying at the moment. It is an absolute honor and delight to be a PWC ambassador. I believe a big part of my dharma is to hold space for others and I get to practice that here.
Aisha Bubshait
PWC Ambassador

5. Feel Safe and Supported in a Private Space

In December 2020, we changed the Facebook Group from public to private. We made this switch for several reasons, the main ones being privacy, visibility, and exclusivity. 

Privacy

In terms of privacy, a closed Facebook Group allows our community members to share their opinions and how they feel in the comfort of our virtual living room. I feel safer expressing myself in spaces where I know the community is aligned with my values. A public Facebook Group discloses all threads of conversation to any wandering eye on the internet. 

Visibility

Privacy compliments visibility. Making your Facebook Group private means your members have to request access and be approved to join the group. This way, you have full visibility on who asks to join and can validate each person, much like you would hosting a party and approving the guest list.

Exclusivity

Finally, exclusivity enhances the excitement and urgency for new members to join your group. A private group increases the curiosity of non-members, while current members feel as if they’re part of a unique circle (which they are!).  

It is a true gift to be an ambassador for PWC. I have felt aligned with Clara and her style of yoga/teaching since I first discovered her on Gaia. At the time, I felt I was lacking a community of my shared love of the practice and so I found it online. I feel at home practicing with Clara and a sense of real community and shared space in our FB group. It helps me feel anchored knowing I'm sharing breath and energy with others because there are palpable stories shared in our group that display that togetherness and unity.
enevieve Zorn-Ford
PWC Ambassador

6. We Share the Latest Yoga Challenges, Events, and Offerings

The Facebook Group shares new yoga and meditation classesblog postspodcastschallenges, and live events with Clara.
 

7. Search for Relevant Content to Educate Yourself

We made use of Facebook’s Post Topics to help members quickly search and locate specific content. It’s an excellent tool to quickly search for tagged content to enable all members to see the group’s resources

The tags provide ease and accessibility of sharing information within your group. It helps with organizing events, providing educational materials to members, and promoting company updates. It also creates continuity of content. Sometimes we get asked the same question multiple times, and by tagging content, you can refer the question to the appropriate assortment of content for the answer. 

A blessing in disguise in the time of the pandemic was joining Practice With Clara, first as an online yoga student, then as an ambassador which was upset exciting news for me. I have gained so much in this time—from deepening the knowledge of yoga and strengthening my daily practice, to connecting to like-minded souls around the world and making new friends. It was like expanding the borders of my local yoga studio to those of the whole planet. It has been so comforting to receive and give support, so interesting and enriching to exchange ideas on all sorts of things and real-life situations, so entertaining to share tips and anecdotes.
Kseniya Hornby
PWC Ambassador

8. We Engage in Live Discussions with You

We’ve hosted several live videos in the Facebook Group to create intimacy and allow the community to directly interact with Clara and the PWC Team.

We hosted a live raffle to end the last 30-day yoga challenge where Clara and I shared the names of people who won prizes donated by our partners of the event. 

Live video allows us to see who’s watching in real-time, respond to comments, and interact directly with the community.

At Practice with Clara, we want to create quality content that resonates with our brand and vision, and we also want to deliver content that provides our community with access to Clara.

One of the most formative experiences I have had of community has been in connection with Benedictine monastic communities. Together, community members pray, work, eat, live. There are Benedictine monasteries all over the world, and yet each community has its own character. The Practice with Clara community reminds me, in some ways, of this Benedictine network: people spread out globally, sharing an experience, muddling through how to exist in this world. This community broadens my horizons while also reminding me of how very universal humanity is. I think of the breathing that we do in yoga, across the world at different times, as I think of the prayer done in Benedictine chapels the world over—day in, day out, continually renewing the world with Spirit.
Lauren Murphy
PWC Ambassador

9. Become a Practice with Clara Ambassador

We partnered with six members of the community who we felt embodied our values and invited them to become the Practice with Clara Community Ambassadors. 

The Ambassadors help us welcome new members to the group, spread the word of events and training, provide feedback, inspire conversation, and hold the community accountable. 

10. We Create a Safe Space by Asking Membership Questions

The benefit of setting up membership questions is learning more about your community and why they care about your company.

The membership questions are for only administrators and moderators to review; they’re not shared with the rest of the group. 

If you’re one of the paying members of the PWC community we want you to know that you’re also supporting everyone in their practice by contributing to preserving the space that brings us all together.

 

We extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who contributes in some way, shape, or form. 

Sending love and a virtual hug, 💜
Clara & the Team.  

PS, one of the greatest gifts you can give is the gift of yoga.👇🏼
Send a yoga gift card to a friend OR invite them to the 30-day challenge! It’s never too late to join us. 

Keep the Momentum Going 🧞‍♂️ Dancing Shiva

The soul reveals itself to itself
Through gesture, 
Energy-infused undulations and gestures
Of hand, foot, spine, face, and form. 
The invisible loves the visible. 

– The Radiance Sutras –



Hello, fellow friends on the path, 

We are almost midway through the 30-Day Virtual Yoga Challenge! It’s been wonderful connecting with you on the FB Group and  PWC App. Your support and motivation is inspiring—it reminds me of the yoga studio’s camaraderie. ☺️

One of my intentions for the challenge was to have a LIVE class each week so that we could come together across space/borders to practice at the same time.  
It was awesome to practice with over 130 of you on Friday January 1st. 🙌🏼

I’ll be doing it every Saturday this month at 11am PST on the Practice With Clara app.
 

Join me TODAY for a live vinyasa class at 11am PST,
for a back bending class working towards
👇🏼Dancing Shiva👇🏼

After the class, I’ll be staying on to answer any questions you have about the class and reading any feedback you want to share. 

You can ask me anything in the LIVE Chat Box on the class page.

If you aren’t able to make the class, we’ll be posting the recording in the New Release playlist 24-hours after the class has gone live. 

Here’s the info on today’s class:
 

Join me for a 60-minute vinyasa practice working towards Dancing Shiva. We’ll focus on backbends with front body opening and back body strengthening as we build to the peak pose.

Props needed: 2 blocks and 1 strap.

SPOTIFY MUSIC PLAYLIST 
for today’s class

For those of you participating in the challenge, I invite you to check in with how your body is feeling each day and practice accordingly. To complete the day of the challenge, all I ask is that you make it to your mat. This could mean you do a different yoga class, or rest in shavasana the whole class. Some participants look at the week’s class playlist and decide to mix up which classes they practice that week depending upon time constraints and energy levels. 


Sometimes my practice is focused, insightful, and inspiring. Other days, I just get a few moments of peace from the monkey mind. And sometimes, it’s just an opportunity to observe how uncomfortable I can be in stillness. 
 

So I invite you to make the practice your own. Honor how you feel and commit to 30-days of exploring your inner light and commitment to wellness. 🌿 

We LOVE seeing your comments in the Facebook Group! 

It’s never too late to join us on the challenge; sign-up for FREE with the coupon code until January 15th!:

✶ COMMUNITY2021 

Ignite the Fire Within is our third virtual yoga challenge.

 
We hosted the inaugural 30-day challenge in June 2020 to reconnect with the community during the pandemic.

For our second challenge, Feed Your Whole Self, we focused on all the ways we nourish our bodies, minds, and spirits. 
 

Read the evolution of the 30-day challenges to feel how we co-create the space and set the intention with our partners and community members. 

 

Sending love and a virtual hug, 💜
Clara & the Team.  

PS, one of the greatest gifts you can give is the gift of yoga.👇🏼
Send a yoga gift card to a friend OR invite them to the 30-day challenge! It’s never too late to join us.

What We Hope to Deliver in the New Year

You who have been seeking, 

Whatever path you are on,

A moment will come and grab you

And carries you into its dance.

– The Radiance Sutras –


Hello, fellow friends on the path, 

We kicked-off 2021 with a LIVE class, Revolved Triangleon January 1st and had over 100 participants! I’m so looking forward to practicing with you during the live classes each week; finding more ways to come together is one of my intentions for the New Year. 

LIVE classes are held Saturday’s at 11am PST for those of you who want to join me.  

In the weekly live class, we’ll be exploring a new peak pose for the next four weeks.

The classes I’ve planned to do with you are intermediate with plenty of modifications. The sequence leading up to a peak pose is a wonderful way to build strength, flexibility, and endurance as your body adapts to the practice. 

Revolved Triangle

Work up a sweat as you stretch your hampstrings and side waist with a fiery class that builds toward a peak pose with revolved triangle. 

 *On-Demand replays of the weekly live class will be in the New Release Playlist. 

It feels so good to sit with everyone in a shared experience. I miss being with you in public spaces to teach and am hopeful that things shift this year so we can meet in real life to practice!

One of the things I’ve discovered teaching online classes is the power of building intimacy through conversation. I’ve found that sharing my experience has been liberating and fosters togetherness online. 

For the 30-day challenge, I’m sharing my experience of each class each day on my Instagram account

I’d love to hear from those of you who are with us for the month of the challenge. Tag #practicewithclara on Instagram, or join us in the Facebook Group where we share the daily class.

Listen to our final podcast of 2020!

We’ve decided to put a pause on the podcast moving forwards to put our time and attention on yoga events and live classes. 

This final episode highlights our greatest lessons from hosting a podcast, including:
✺ How agility benefits small businesses. 
✺  Why we always invest in a backup plan.
PLUS
✺  Memorable moments with guests.

Watch / Listen / Read

Alejandro, Steph, and I sat down to discuss all the ways we delivered on our goals this year and how we wanted to better our processes moving forward. This week’s blog post captures some of our key lessons and the experiences that shaped our current offerings. 

A Year of Online Yoga and Powerful Conversations 

  1. Keep moving and roll with your mistakes. 

  2. Listen to your community.

  3. Honor process and create rituals to anchor specific tasks.

  4. Always have a backup plan. 

  5. Move in the direction that the data points. 

    Read the full post to review our biggest takeaways from 2020 and what we have planned for 2021! 

Sending love and a virtual hug, 
Clara & the Team.  

PS, one of the greatest gifts you can give is the gift of yoga.
Send a yoga gift card to a friend OR invite them to the 30-day challenge!

Join Me to Ignite the Fire Within

ignite
My love letter to the winter solstice:

∾ 
You remind me of the importance of light,
More importantly, you remind me of all the work that goes unseen,
Within this domain of skin, bones and blood.
I have been excavating my secrets,
I have been hauling out old fears and patterns
Bringing them up to the light,
The light of my awareness,
warming them,
Inviting them to share their story.
I have learned to love them
To love you
To accept you
Again, and again
And again.
Each year, as the darkness returns,
I go back inside to excavate and remember
Remember those parts of me that live in the shadows
They try not to draw attention from others but instead try to lure me to them.
For in the darkness, I am easily lost.
When I find them,
I draw them close,
Kiss them,
Hold their hands
And beckon them to the light.
May we walk together….

Hello, fellow friends on the path, 

As we enter the final days of this year, I’ve been reflecting on ALL that has happened this year. It has been a practice in surrender as I let go of all that I thought I knew on a personal level AND been observing all the uncertainty of the changing global landscape. 

To honor my own practice and theme of the year, this week’s class, Hip Yinwill give you the opportunity to rest and surrender in each pose. 

Part of the magic of the short days, long nights is to encourage us to reflect on the lessons of the year. I hope you’re able to slow down and take time for yourself. I also hope you’re able to be with loved ones (virtually or physically) over the next few days.

New class

Hip Yin (80-mins)

A hip-focused yin class that takes you deep into the pelvis, groins, and legs. This class features pigeon pose, lizard pose, pyramid pose. and frog pose. Surrender to the deep quiet of your breath as you hold each posture. 

Hip Yin

Moving together and receiving nourishment from the community is our intention with the 30 day Challenges.

Join us for the next event starting January 1st, 2021. 

Ignite the Fire Within

For all our members, you don’t need to do anything. The 30 Day challenge playlist will be LIVE on December 30th on the apps.

For those who are new to Practice With Clara, you can join us for FREE using  the coupon code

✶ COMMUNITY2021 

This will give you access for the full 30 days!!

This challenge includes weekly LIVE yoga classes!

We’re launching a live-series of classes every Saturday to release the class-of-the-week with Clara guiding us through a vinyasa yoga sequence.

The virtual yoga challenges were born out of a desire to create an online community and cultivate positive and productive habits. 

When we take care of ourselves, we feel good. When we feel good, we tend to act with more consideration and compassion in our communities.

Last month, we sent out a survey and received hundreds of responses. One of the biggest feedback we received is to provide more ways to stay motivated, inspired, and held accountable for your yoga practice

Based on your requests, we’ve created three ways for you to stay motivated, connect and be inspired with each other. Choose the one that works best for you

  1. In the PWC App:  type ∾ YES ∾ in the comments after you finish the class to share that you’ve done your yoga.
  2. In the PWC FB Group: We will post the class daily, you can type ∾ YES ∾ in the comments to share that you’ve done your yoga.
  3. Daily notifications via the App – We will be sending a daily notification through the PWC app – you can opt-in through the app settings and you can also opt out if you’d prefer to not receive it.

We’ve also created a calendar and a PDF of the journaling questions to keep you inspired through the 30-day challenge which you can download here below or through the event page.

 

Download the Journaling Booklet.

Download the Calendar.

 

The commitment to a daily practice represents your promise to create healthy habits as you get stronger in mind, body, and spirit. 

If you have any questions or any suggestions on how we could support you through this journey please ensure to let us know either on the FB Group or by emailing us at [email protected]

If you’re not entirely convinced as to why a virtual yoga challenge is for you, here are 30 life-enriching reasons to dedicate yourself to a month of practice. 

10 Life-Enriching Reasons to Join a Virtual Yoga Challenge 

    1. Create a ritual to anchor the day. 
    2. Initiate a productive habit to enrich your lifestyle.
    3. Build strength and enhance flexibility. 
    4. Cultivate discipline.
    5. Witness the results of your effort.
    6. Refine and harness your focus. 
    7. Hold each other accountable. 
    8. Release destructive habits.
    9. Celebrate your heart.
    10. Connect to a community of like-minded practitioners. 

🙌🏼 Read the full post with 30 life-enriching reasons to join us on this journey. 

Sending love and a virtual hug, 💜
Clara & the Team.  

PS, one of the greatest gifts you can give is the gift of yoga.👇🏼

 

Chakra Series: Muladhara | Newsletter 07/11/20

We can come to the mat to connect with ourselves and reconnect to our spirit. I use my yoga practice as a tuneup. I’m tuning up parts of my body in tandem with tuning up parts of my mind and my spirit. 

– Clara Roberts-Oss



Hello fellow seekers of truth,

This week we launched the Chakra Series!
“Chakra is a Sanskrit term and it means “wheel” or “disk” and is derived from the root word “cakra”. Chakras are spinning wheels of energy/light. Chakras have the loving responsibility of taking in, incorporating and emanating energy to keep us functioning at optimal levels.” -Reiki Times

For the next seven weeks, we’ll delve deep into the chakras and share weekly playlists with curated practices, rituals, pranayama, mythology, & more, related to the featured chakra.

This week was all about the root chakra, muladhara. With this theme, we work on creating stability, strength, and ease in the body. Coinciding with this theme, I shared yoga for SI (sacroiliac joint)  pain and why Forrest Yoga is featured in many of my strength-building classes on the site. 

Rituals to settle after a long day…
I also shared some of the ways I settle after a long day, with three pranayama’s that help to create a sense of stability and calm: 

  • Nadi-Shodhana
  • Bhramari Breath
  • Moving Meditation 

You can listen to the podcast  or read Steph’s blog post to learn how to do these styles of pranayam or visit the #PracticewIthClara app to browse a selection of classes to do it with me! 

Featured class of the day, all summer- long ☀️😎🌻 
We’ll be sharing a class-of-the-day in the Facebook Group that coincides with our weekly theme moving forwards. 

Sending big love and a virtual hug, 
Clara & the familia.

New Class this Week

Stay Low

 

Join Clara for a slow prenatal Hatha class that invites you to investigate the root chakra, Muladhara. This class is suitable for yogis of all levels and designed specifically for yogi mamas in their fourth trimester. With an emphasis on grounding, your nervous system will shift into rest and digest mode which helps the body soften and relax. This class focuses on the lower abdomen, inner thighs, hips, pelvis, and legs.

Root Chakra Playlist

Tibetan Sun Salutations

Greet the sun and your body with a variation on the sun salutation that keeps you closer to the ground and focuses on lengthening the side waist. This class is ideal for people with any wrist sensitivities, with modifications to downward dog. Expect heart and shoulder opening. Build heat through fluid motion and deep breath. No mat necessary.

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Let’s Get Technical: Newsletter 07/04/20

Every action could be an act of self-care, meaning caring for yourself at that moment, regardless of the action. It’s bringing awareness to yourself, and part of the awareness is setting boundaries and being mindful of what’s going on inside of you.

– Clara Roberts-Oss



Hello fellow seekers of truth,

We’re entering some of the sweetest months of the year here in Vancouver and it’s been a wonderful week to reflect on all that’s passed. We finished the 30-Opportunities Challenge, and if you’ve not already, please fill out this survey to enter the raffle to win a selection of prizes if you completed the 30-days.

Your questions, answered. 
We responded to the questions on the technicalities of yoga asana this week in the podcast. I shared a few of my favorite mantras, where to begin if you’re new to yoga, and how to modify your practice based on mobility and stability. 

You can check out Steph’s blog post to read the highlights and more on the theme of the week.

As you move into the weekend, I leave you with a gentle reminder to balance the fire and heat we celebrate in summer with quiet moments and colony activities.

Sending big love and a virtual hug, 
Clara & the familia.

Class of the Week

Manipura Flow

Join Clara and the Lila Vinyasa students of yoga for a fiery flow class that stimulates the third chakra. You’ll focus on the solar plexus to build heat and stabilize the deep core muscles with the help of a block or rolled-up blanket between your legs for yogi-style sit-ups. This class lights up the inner fire through Kapalabhati. Kapalabhati is a breathing exercise to purify, rejuvenate, and invigorate the mind and body, helping to release negativity or any sluggish and/or static energy. 

Barcelona

An intermediate/advanced vinyasa class, this creative sequence will take you on an adventure to all sides of your yoga mat. Open the chest, side body, and shoulders. Strengthen the legs, glutes, back body, and abdominals. Fluid and fiery, this class treats you to a little bit of everything with background music to accompany your flow. Yogis can expect arm balances, skull-shining breath, inversions, and backbends.

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Wisdom from the Bhagavad Gita: Newsletter 06/27/20

The Warrior and The Bhagavad Gita

The Bhagavad Gita is a metaphor for wherever we’re standing on the precipice of a hard decision that we need to make. The conversation between Arjuna and Krishna is the questioning that we go through within ourselves. The narrative is, essentially, a tool kit on how to deal with intense moral decisions.

– Clara Roberts-Oss



Hello fellow seekers of truth,
I hope this email finds you well.

We’re in the final four days of our 30-Opportunities Yoga Challenge and it’s been an incredible journey with you all. The dedication exhibited was inspiring, especially considering the momentum sustained in the Facebook Group. Thank you to everyone who showed up and shared their experience with the community.

As we wrap up the Challenge:
We’ll be sending out the email for the raffle with prizes from our sponsors including Supported Soul, Tagulan, Halfmoon, and Joyful Masks. Use the sponsor discount codes available on my website – live until July 1st!

This week revolved around the theme of the warrior, which was so fitting considering what’s going on in the world. Steph and I unpacked one of my favourite books, The Bhagavad Gita, in terms of the warrior and some key themes that are still relevant today. 

As we come to the end of the month, I ask:
↬ What does your inner warrior look/feel like?
↬  What are you devoted to in your life?
↬ What is your contribution to the greater good?
↬  How do you contribute to your community?

You can read Steph’s blog post to learn more about the key themes of The Bhagavad Gita and see highlights from our discussion. 

Sending big love and a virtual hug, 
Clara & the familia.

New Class this Week

Fire Flow

A fiery core class to connect to the element of fire within. Join Clara and the students of Lila Vinyasa Yoga for an intermediate vinyasa flow that asks you to embrace the element of fire. Fire is expressed as hot, sharp, bright, and transformative. Anything fire touches is literally, chemically, and physically changed, and it is through fire that we transform ourselves.
The Warrior and The Bhagavad Gita
An Offering - Day 27

30 – Opportunities Playlist
DAY 27
 

An Offering

This slow-moving mandala/circular vinyasa practice asks you to dedicate your practice to someone, or something, outside of yourself. As you move your body, make your practice an offering. You’ll begin with prostration namaskars and strengthen the leg and core to build toward a peak pose with tripod headstand. Stretch the front of the legs, chest, and pelvis to assist with cobra pose, bridge pose, and wheel pose. 

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ENJOY THIS WEEK’S TALK ON THE WARRIOR
WITH EXCERPTS FROM THE BHAGAVAD GITA
🎙

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Tools for Empaths: Newsletter 06/20/20

empaths

“A philosophy of life is a bundle of wisdom you have gathered from your reading and experience. It is not a rigid ideology that allows no development and complexity. It’s a living thing, a developing idea about life that belongs to you alone.”
– Thomas Moore, excerpt from Dark Nights of the Soul.


Hello fellow seekers of truth,
I hope this email finds you well.

Our theme this week is “Giving and Receiving–how we interact with our community.” 

To align with our theme this week, I ask:
◘ How would you define wisdom? Where do you seek it in your life? From people? From books? From experiences?
◘ What are some of the ways you clear energy/emotions? 

Check out Steph’s blog post on giving and receiving to review the highlights of our discussion this week. 

We’re over halfway through the 30-Opportunities Yoga Challenge!
Be sure to check out the products from a few of our sponsors: Supported SoulHalfmoon,  and Tagulan. You’ll receive 15-30% off all products with the discount codes provided on the event page until June 30th.

Here’s to accepting what’s ours and understanding the space we take up in the world. 

Sending you a virtual hug, 
Clara & the familia.

New Class this Week

Restore Us Both

Come to your mat for a restorative prenatal yoga sequence to ground and calm your body with longer-held poses to soothe your nervous system. Clara offers ample opportunities to develop a deeper breath and variations on each pose to complement your practice. Filmed in Lena, Galiano, BC, yogi mama’s will require 2 blocks and 1 yoga bolster for this class.

30 – Opportunities Playlist
DAY 20
 

King of the Hips

This quicker-paced vinyasa class to lengthen and strengthen the inner and outer hips. This class is perfect for anyone who sits for a duration of time with stretching for the side body, chest, and legs. You’ll flow to a peak-pose with Hanumanasana, full splits, before coming down to the ground for a Ghomukasana and Nadi Shodhana.

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ENJOY THIS WEEK’S TALK ON GIVING AND RECEIVING:
TOOLS FOR EMPATHS
🎙


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