Claire Stetina is a yoga educator, yoga teacher (E-RYT 500, YACEP) and Certified Massage Therapist (CA CMT#70453, WA LMT#60799237) – offering privates, public classes, workshops, retreats and trainings throughout the West Coast and beyond. Claire is known for her fierce, compassionate and commanding teaching style, marked by creative sequencing, detailed precision and deep knowledge of bio-mechanics and alignment. She is able to translate the practices to students in a exciting, clear and infectious way. Claire has trained extensively in subtle and technical alignment, yoga therapeutics and Anusara-inspired yoga to protect the body from injury in yoga as well as use yoga to heal injury and repetitive stress and holding patterns. At heart, Claire is a Bhakti yogi- as theme, philosophy, dharma and chant are interwoven into every class. People describe her classes as challenging, spiritual, intelligent and addicting. She is able to translate the practices to students in a exciting, clear and infectious way. Claire is in a life-long love affair with yoga, her mission is to make the practices, traditions and teachings relevant, transformative and sustainable. Claire has completed over 500 hours of massage therapy and formal anatomy training as well as over 800 hours of yoga teacher trainings. Claire has studied with Katchie Ananda, Annie Carpenter, Janet Stone, Noah Maze’, Rusty Wells, Harvey Deutch PT and Eric Rubin DC.
"As a compassionate and skillful yoga instructor and massage therapist, Claire has helped me to both cope with and eradicate pain from osteoarthritis, stess and inflammation. Her positive attitude, generous spirit and natural abilities have literally given me a new lease on life!" - Ellen Age 66 (San Francisco)
"I will take a Claire yoga class whenever I have the opportunity.
I love her sequencing and her ability to open my tight area, eg. hips or shoulders... I know you know.
Inevitably there comes a moment in class when my breath is in tune with my movements and I'm focused and she has guided me into a pose where I'm beyond where I went yesterday. I am exactly where I should be at this moment and I am fully aware and calm and working my a** off at the same time.
Thank you Claire. After Claire's classes I feel fulfilled." -Randy (San Francisco)
"I have been studying yoga for 15 years . Claire is one of the very best teachers i have ever been privileged to study with. Her alignment classes are amazing - I have learned so much about my body and how to move without injury.
Claire teaches from her heart with great knowledge and a sweet temperament. Her mix of dharma talks, chanting and use of the harmonium create a meditative and focused environment that always leaves me feeling elated and relaxed at the same time. Her retreats are very special with great care to details . She strives to make a comfortable environment encouraging us to work at our best according to our own capabilities. Thank you so much Claire - for being who you are. " -Mary (Pacifica, CA)