Claudia Ousset

Claudia first found yoga over a decade ago when she was training as a professional ballerina at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional School Division in Manitoba. Hot Yoga, then Bikram, gave Claudia some relief from hours spent in the ballet studio, helping her recover from injuries and also, working on flexibility outside of ballet school hours. At an even earlier stage, Claudia’s competitive gymnastics years helped set the stage for her love of alignment, free form movement and understanding of the body as it connects to mind and spirit. Once Claudia’s ballet years came to an end following surgery of the ankle, it became a perfect opportunity to continue exploring her developing love of yoga. After being inspired by a class held at the Nadi center- Claudia traveled to the North of India from Queenstown in 2014 to earn her first 200TTP in traditional Hatha yoga. With a busy upbringing and schedule as an athlete, Yoga has allowed Claudia to enjoy moments of stillness and “I see my practice as a lifetime journey and, something that I would like to share with my students as a “work in” rather that a “workout”, all the while cultivating a moving meditation. I strongly believe that yoga is a daily practice, one that cultivates wakefulness, will power, respect, love, absolute confidence and helps find understanding from within”. Since her training, Claudia has been teaching in Canada and in New Zealand holding both private and public classes in surrounding communities.

Recently Claudia has travelled to Bali Indonesia to train under Jo Phee and Jo Barnett completing their 200h TTP in Yin yoga with an emphasis on traditional Chinese medicine. Claudia hopes to complete her 500-hour teacher training sometime in the not so far-off future, until then she looks forward to share her love of yoga with the students she’ll have the privilege to lead into practice.

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