The Beauty Report: Dancing with the Divine

This week we launched the #PracticeWithClara Morning Gathering on Instagram Live. You can join Clara and I weekdays at @11am PST for a discussion based on a weekly theme related to philosophy, movement, and the business of yoga. Our hope is to co-create a space with our community members where we explore eastern philosophy and how it relates to our practices on the mat and our lifestyle off the mat

This week our theme was beauty. Our discussion revolved around how we honour beauty in our lives, poems to excite and inspire the senses, a brief history of tantric philosophy, and meditations for Lakshmi, the Hindu deity associated with beauty. We also touched on the teachers and processes that keep Clara inspired in her own practice and how she manages her business as a global yoga teacher with offline and online communities through the Practice with Clara web platform. 

Below is a quick recap of our daily discussions on beauty.

The Beauty Report

We opened with a discussion on The Beauty Report, a practice from one of Clara’s teachers, Ana Forrest.The beauty report is a form of reflection that asks you to share three things you witnessed that gave you a moment of pause, left you in awe, or struck a chord in your heart. This reflection can act as a reminder of all the beauty we have in our lives, despite the suffering, angst, or sorrows we may feel from time to time.

In accepting great beauty into our lives we also welcome the sadness created by its eventual end. We welcome the Tandava, Shiva’s dance of creation, preservation, and dissolution. Shiva encourages us to open ourselves to the great mysteries of the world and take it all in, the beauty and the terror, as we move through all the moments of creation and destruction the world has to offer. With Shiva and the dance of the Tandava we surrender ourselves to each moment and stay present for every emotion as they arise. 

Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of beauty, abundance, and fertility. Clara shared one of Lakshmi’s creation stories: Indra, the warrior god was given the job to protect the world. On one of his tours across his lands, he came upon a sage who offered him a garland of flowers. Instead of receiving the garland with grace, Indra casts the garland on the ground. Unbeknownst to Indra, the sage was Lakshmi in disguise. Lakshmi is known for being fickle and took this insult to heart. She decided to leave the world and jump back into the milky ocean of consciousness. 

With her departure, beauty from the world also left. This meant that all the flowers stopped blooming, animals and people were no longer inspired to create and procreate. The world began to die. The gods lost their powers and the world was invaded by the demons. The gods run to Vishnu, the Sustainer, and ask what can be done to restore balance and bring Lakshmi back. Vishnu recommends that all the gods stand around the ocean of consciousness and sing prayers to Lakshmi to restore beauty to the world.

Fully embrace all the beauty the world has to offer through an offering to Lakshmi in this prana flow inspired class, Beauty Within and Without or a Lakshmi Meditation with Clara!

On Surrender & The Radiance Sutras

The Radiance Sutras by Lorin Roche are a collection of 112 Sanskrit teachings from the Tantric text, the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra. Each sutra/stanza teaches a different form of meditation to help connect yogis to Divine. It is a conversation between Shiva and Shakti, who are the masculine and feminine aspects of ourselves.The main themes of the sutras are surrender, vulnerability, trust, and faith.

the beauty report

In reading the Sutras, you might ask yourself:

How do I want to be in the world as an individual and as part of a collective?
How might I approach this period of social distancing as an opportunity for self reflection to better myself for when I re-enter my communities? 

Revealing Your Creative Process as a Business

As a small business or entrepreneur it takes time to appreciate how you work and develop practices and processes that are a benefit to you and your team. It may take many trials and errors to create a process that works. This is all part of surrendering to what’s happening right now and acknowledging the learning curve that comes with developing a new skill or working within a team. There are many ways to go about building a community, brand, or business, and finding a process that serves is as unique as it is exhilarating!

In managing her business, #PracticeWithClara, Clara is tasked with negotiating and harmonizing the varied perspectives and needs of studio owners, students, fellow teachers, and her team members, which includes her partner, Alejandro Arce. As you develop your vision and take your product out into the world, be it yoga or something else you’re excited about, be ready to shed what doesn’t work, compromise with others, and stick up for what you truly value.

Clara’s Advice to Budding Yoga Teachers: 

  • Set clear boundaries 
    • Know your intention in what it is you’re offering. Know what kind of lineage you will offer/honour, and what/where you will be comfortable teaching. Know what you will be comfortable giving up if it doesn’t align with the studio or students. This may be mantra and chanting if it is not allowed. 
  • Practice nonviolent communication 
    • Speak from a place of compassion. State what you feel, what you need, and make a request that honours the other person(s) involved and how you may work together towards a resolution where all are happy. 
  • Be open to feedback
    • Be open to critical feedback and willing to adjust if that’s what’s necessary. Stay connected to your community and ask for feedback, and give feedback where it’s wanted! 
  • Find a mentor in your industry 
    • Work with someone who has more knowledge, experience, and expertise, to gain insight on what works and what doesn’t. It’s optimal to find someone who’s willing to assist you as you learn and adapt to the challenges- someone you can reach out to with questions or for inspiration!
  • Work hard for what you want
    • Stay focused on what you want and go for it! Sometimes it requires working multiple jobs or seven days a week to get to where you want to go. Clara waited tables and taught yoga seven days a week as she navigated her early days in yoga. Sometimes it means doing the tasks or jobs others don’t want to do in order to get to the next phase of your development.
  • Work as a team
    • Hire out for the jobs that slow you down or the tasks you don’t know how to do. Get creative in how you exchange services- it doesn’t need to be money in form of payment. There may be other things or ways to supplement your team!

The Dance, Find Your Rhythm in the World

Tantric philosophy is one of the oldest philosophies in the world, dating back to the Vedic period. This style of philosophy is unique in that it teaches that the divine is within us and the answers are already there. Most philosophy’s teach dualism in that we seek divinity by going outwards and reaching outside of our personal experiences. Tantra teaches that the only truth is our experience and that we are already connected to the divine; we don’t need to go anywhere to discover the answers.

Many tantric practices are forms of meditation that connect you with your physical body, observing your thoughts and deepening your awareness of the world around you. Examples are yoga, dance, running, or exploring nature. It may be artistic expressions such as painting, writing, or drawing. It could come through music or singing. Essentially, any outlet that widens your perspective and deepens your connection not only to yourself, but to the vastness of the universe, would be a practice of Tantra. 

Another aspect of Tantra is the welcoming of “strong emotions”. In other schools of thought, strong emotions, such as anger, jealously, sadness are meant to be repressed or suppressed. In Tantric thought, these emotions are considered pure shakti/energy and can be channeled in a way that helps the yogis attain freedomIt would mean encouraging all emotions to move through us. It would mean viewing each feeling as a great teacher to learn from and evolve the way we approach and perceive the world. Tantra balances the inner and outer worlds and asks that you go inside to express outwardly what you want to create in the world we share.

Clara shared a passage from Oriah Mountain Dreamer The Dance. The poem invites the reader to: dance with their deepest desires and untold wishes, to be with the silence and stillness, to reach inward and welcome solitude, to open to the Mystery of everyday, to be with the fragility of our existence, in the risk and the wonder of what it means to be human, in allowing every emotion to enter the door. It’s an invitation to dance and to say, yes, to loving the world for being exactly as it is. 

In dancing with the world we come to witness the beauty in every moment and our natural rhythm with the universe and all beings. 

What Beauty Will You Create?

The lotus flower is a universal symbol for enlightenment and rebirth. Lotus flowers grow out of the mud and blossom on the surface of ponds. As the flower blooms, its petals are brilliant in colour and pure, untarnished by the mud of their beginnings. The lotus represents our souls. The mud and growth is the sticky, uncertain, periods of strife and struggle of life. Finally the blossoming lotus represents our own awakening. Clara had us hold padma/lotus mudra and reflect on our own awakening. 

How do you want to show up in the world, and how are you using your time to create? We might use this time we have in isolation to discover what matters most. As we purge and get rid of distractions, our worlds become a bit smaller. Our world has shifted from the external to the internal realm where the buds of new beginnings are waiting to blossom!

Ask yourself:
How will I spend my time? 
What are my natural rhythms? 
What am I seeking or what am I hiding from? 

If you want more information or access to resources, please join the #PracticeWIthClara Community Facebook Group

New Classes Online

Crown Chakra Hatha Flow
An Intermediate class with visual modifications for yogis of all levels.

Move Slowly, Bedtime Yoga 
A gentle stretch to release accumulated physical or emotional tension.



Join Practice with Clara

New members get
7-days FREE!

Sign up for a recurring subscription and get access to hundreds of different yoga classes and join the weekly LIVE yoga class.

Social Media

Most Popular

Get The Latest Updates

Subscribe To Our Weekly Newsletter

No spam, notifications only about new products, updates.
On Key

Related Posts

Emerging A New Being

Last Friday, for the live class, I pulled out a playlist I haven’t listened to in a while. I didn’t look at all the songs,

Listen With Intent

  I was speaking with a friend of mine this week about their aging parent. My friend expressed their fear that their parent may get

Can Restrictions Set You Free?

  Springtime is here and it’s a great time to clear away the lethargy of winter.  I started a cleanse today. It’s a 3-day kitchari

The Subtle Body
Workshop Series

2-hour worshops on pranayama, meditation, and mantra.

Fall 2023

Join Clara for Meditation Monday

Mondays at 8-8:20pm PST 

Live on Zoom – Free for everyone!



Join a FREE Yoga Series

7-Day Yoga Series for Beginners
7-Day Yoga Series for Vinyasa Lovers

Join me for an experiential practice!

My favourite thing about yoga is getting to watch people have a connection with themselves.


Yoga at Home

Reaffirm your commitment to a home yoga practice!

Read our post on how to set up a home yoga studio and the benefits of joining the Class of the Day.

Join the Community

Our community boasts yogis from countries all over the world who gather and co-create the spaces we share on the Practice with Clara platform.

Join a community of over 1.3k yogis from around the world in the Practice with Clara Facebook Group

· Share your feedback

· Seek help and motivation from the community

· Discuss and receive input on yoga challenges and injuries

· Cultivate a global community

· Exclusive access to content and upcoming events

· Bring your ideas and questions to the Practice with Clara Ambassadors 

Take a LIVE yoga class with Clara each week and join hundreds of yogis worldwide. 

· Ask Clara questions in the live Q&A after class

· Participate in a class with Clara and the community

· Put in your request for a specific class

· Build to a peak pose in a vinyasa-style sequence

· Learn modifications for injuries

· Receive how-to guides to advance your practice

See the History of Our 30-Day Yoga Challenges 

Take a look at the past 30-day yoga challenges. 

Read the history of the 30-day challenges with the past partnerships, themes, interviews with professionals, and more. 

Join an Upcoming 30-Day Yoga Challenge

See when the next 30-day yoga challenge is hosted to join the LIVE yoga & meditation classes.

Check out the events page to learn more. 

Are you looking for more opportunities to practice yoga, for free? 

Check out our Free Yoga page to see the latest offerings. 

Choose from three unique, free, offerings: 

30-day challenge
7-day series for beginners
7-day series for advanced vinyasa yogis 

Explore Yoga Teacher Training Options 

Learn to teach LILA FLOW YOGA with our free eBook!

The key to advancing your vinyasa practice and teaching style.

This workbook provides five written class sequences for you to experience a version of Wave Theory as designed by Clara Roberts-Oss, founder of the Practice with Clara Program.

✧ Community Feedback ✧

vinyasa yoga
vinyasa yoga
vinyasa yoga
vinyasa yoga
vinyasa yoga
vinyasa yoga

✧ Frequently Asked Questions ✧

1. What is the Practice with Clara Membership & App?

Practice with Clara is an online platform and Apps that allow you to take your yoga with you anywhere, anytime! With hundreds of classes in various styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, Prenatal, and Meditation, there’s something for everyone at any level of the practice. The Practice with Clara Membership provides a monthly or yearly subscription package with the first 7-days free for you to experience the courses. 

2. How is the Membership Different from the YouTube Playlists?

A membership to the Practice with Clara Apps provides:

  • Access to the members-only library of yoga classes
  • Weekly LIVE classes with Clara
  • Unique events and workshops
  • Downloadable assets including:
    • Monthly Calendars
    • Journaling Booklets
    • Spotify Playlists
  • Access to a community of yogis worldwide 
  • Q&A sessions with Clara
  • & much more!

Clara’s YouTube Channel provides carefully curated playlists to introduce you to the free programs and yoga challenges for you to get a taste of what’s offered and commit to your wellness!

3. What Do I Get When I Join the 7-Day Program?

The 7-day programs include: 

  • 7-Days of Vinyasa Yoga Intensive
  • 7-Days of Yoga for Beginners

These programs provide a weeks-worth of yoga classes to ignite your yoga practice and cultivate a new, healthy habit. 

When you sign-up for one of these programs, you’ll receive:

  • A welcome email to the program from Clara
  • A class each day for 1-week
  • Curated Spotify playlists to accompany each course
  • A calendar to track your progress
  • Access to the private Practice with Clara Facebook Group

These programs are free with no hidden costs or fees; PLUS, you’ll still receive the 7-day free trial on the Practice with Clara Apps once you complete the series!

4. What Do I Get When I Join the 30-Day Yoga Challenge?

We host quarterly 30-day yoga challenges that are always free for all members of Practice with Clara. Each yoga challenge is themed based on the season. We’ve provided our inaugural challenge, Reconnect | A 30-Day Yoga Challenge, as an email series for you to try to test your physical and mental discipline and endurance!

What you receive in Reconnect | 30-Day Challenge

  • A welcome email to the program from Clara
  • A class each day for 30-days
  • Curated Spotify playlists to accompany each course
  • A calendar to track your progress
  • A journaling booklet to incite self-reflection 
  • Access to the private Practice with Clara Facebook Group

This program is free, anytime, with no hidden costs or fees, PLUS you’ll still receive the 7-day free trial on the Practice with Clara Apps once you complete the series!

 5.  I Want to Try the App, What’s Next? 

Great, we’re so happy to have you join our community!

To set up the Practice with Clara App, here are your next steps:

6. I’m Injured, Pregnant, or New to the Practice—Can I Join?

YES, no matter where you are at in your practice, there are classes for you on Practice with Clara. 

We’ve created playlists for beginners and those who are new to the practice.

we also have the Prenatal Collections with classes from the 1st – 4th trimesters that I created when I was pregnant with my daughter. 

Finally, I offer PLENTY of modifications and suggestions based on injury in all the platform classes. 

The biggest thing is to always listen to your body; your body is the greatest teacher.

Join Practice with Clara

New members get 7-days FREE!

Sign up for a recurring subscription and get access to hundreds of different yoga classes and join the weekly LIVE yoga class.