Inspiring health and happiness in body, mind and spirit

Claudia's Story

Claudia Cummins stumbled upon yoga in 1992 in Washington, DC, while living the life of a frantic journalist and frequently injured runner. She fell in love with the practice with her very first downward-facing dog pose, and deepened her commitment over many years as she traveled the world to study with the world's most experienced and inspiring instructors.

Claudia cultivated her roots in the precise and rigorous Iyengar system of yoga, and then found her wings with the artful and organic approaches pioneered by yoga teachers Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten and Barbara Benagh. Her yoga practice has deepened through study of Buddhist vipassana meditation and, more recently, through exploration of qigong, or Taoist yoga. Through more than two decades of practice and study, Claudia has cultivated a fluid, meditative approach that helps dissolve long-held tension within while unleashing healing streams of tender-hearted vitality.

For Claudia, yoga techniques aren't ideals to be mastered but rather tools for deeper exploration of the energy that flows through the body, mind, breath and cosmos. Her classes are slow, meditative, and guided by the breath. Her gentle and individualized approach, vivid imagery and intuitive instruction foster feelings of health, happiness and contentment.

With an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a Masters degree in Journalism, Claudia continues to explore health and happiness through a range of audio, visual and written projects. Her essays have been published in a number of periodicals, including Yoga Journal, Yoga International and Harvard Magazine, and her work is featured in the anthology Spirit on the Move. She served for two years as a contributing editor of Yoga Journal, authoring its "For Beginners" column, and also produced and directed the video The Feminine Unfolding: An Exploration of Yoga with Angela Farmer.

Claudia is curator of the First Sip blog, where she posts an inspiring quote each weekday morning. She has also created two audio CDs for home practitioners, Mindful Movement and Mindful Breathing, and a book, Illuminations: Inspiration for Happiness and Peace. In addition to offering yoga and meditation classes, Claudia leads online immersions in yoga, meditation and mindful living.

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