Claudia Matles

 

While attending my first yoga class at University of Hartford as part of my Elementary Education degree, I fell in love with yoga and began the path of profound personal transformation and the birth of a lifelong journey of exploration. As my relationship with yoga developed, I found the courage to end a personal relationship that I had been struggling with for some time, and without much trepidation, I replaced my cigarette habit with pranayama, asana and meditation. During which, I moved to Hawaii, taught Elementary school full time, and studied Viniyoga privately with Gary Kraftsow. I began to see the benefits of using yoga techniques with my Third Graders in the classroom and learned the value of sequencing asana practices for each individual's needs.

When I returned to the mainland and living in California for five years, I practiced extensively learning Vinyasa with Julie Kleinman and Shiva Rea at Yogaworks in Santa Monica. Still an academic school teacher, though began to infuse yoga in the Magnet Performing Arts School where I was teaching Elementary Education to inner city children. In 2003, after receiving my Masters of Multi-Cultural Education, my intrigue in the Pilates method lead me to become certified in this technique, and I then began teaching both yoga and pilates classes as well as privately. I completed my Yoga teacher training with Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman Yee in 2004 and continue to study with them closely. 

I have also pursued education in the field of natural health and complementary health care for more than 18 years. It’s been an amazing experience, as I’ve been able to empower individuals and groups with my personalized health counseling practice. My sessions draw from extensive educational and life experiences including training from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Columbia University, and the Optimum Health Institute.

I find value and insight in these different approaches, and tether myself to moving from sincerity, mindfulness and an open heart. My role as an educator is to create the space where students and clients feel inspired to cultivate these qualities through asana, pranayama and wholesome choices.

Claudia was voted Dan's Hamptons ”Best of the Best” for Yoga Teacher and Pilates Teacher 2010 to present!

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