Claire Marie Doyle//what’s your story

follow Claire Marie Doyle on IG what’s your story? I’m originally from south west Ireland but moved to London to train as an actor, singer&dancer. I spent eight years performing as a singer in the West End in some of the biggest shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Evita and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels aswell as featuring in numerous tv commercials etc however I found myself searching for some deeper meaning in life and being drawn to teaching yoga for many years before finally deciding to get my qualification in Bali last summer. how and when did you get started with yoga and meditation? I’d practiced yoga on&off for the best part of 10years but it wasn’t until I took my first Ashtanga vinyasa class about 5 years ago that I really got hooked. As an ex professional dancer I’ve always had a deep connection to my body but I never truly understood the mind/body connection until I discovered Ashtanga. Over time with practice I learned to truly connect my breath to movement through the Tristana method - (unjayi breath, bandhas and dristi). I love the physicality of the practice but it goes way beyond the physical and gives me a much deeper understanding of my true self. It’s a beautiful moving meditation. if you could give your younger self some advice, what would it be? Advice I would give my younger self - let go of the idea of perfection, there really is…

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CAN’T SLEEP? – YOGA FOR INSOMNIA

You are lying down, because you are tired. You are closing your eyes and trying to relax your muscles, but all you might hear is a racing heart. Maybe you have something in your mind that you cannot stop thinking about. Or maybe your neighbours are throwing the loudest party ever and you already have to get up soon. Being sleepless is taking a lot of energy out of our bodies, especially if we are being sleepless over a longer period of time. But there is good yoga that helps against insomnia and here are some advices for restorative, calming yoga poses that will help you to wind down a good night’s sleep.  LEGS-UP-THE-WALL POSE / VIPARITA KARANI Passive, supported variation of a shoulderstand viparita karani. You'll need one or two thickly folded blankets or a firm round bolster. Rest your legs vertically on a wall or on another upright support.  Step 1 - Before performing the pose, determine two things about your support: its height and its distance from the wall. If you're stiffer, the support should be lower and placed farther from the wall; if you're more flexible, use a higher support that is closer to the wall. Your distance from the wall also depends on your height: if you're shorter move closer to the wall, if taller move farther from the wall. Experiment with the position of your support until you find the placement that works for you.  Step 2 -…

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