~ awake in this moment, at home in the world ~

Claudia's Story

Claudia Cummins has been exploring the art of embodied presence since 1992, when she stumbled into a free yoga class in search of a little ease and peace. Ever since, she has been studying, teaching and writing about the wisdom and wellbeing that evolve from feeling awake in each moment and at home in the world.

Once upon a time, Claudia was a frantic journalist and frequently injured runner living in Washington, DC. Sensing that  her life was out of balance and somehow less than it could be, she took up a friend's suggestion to see what yoga had to offer. 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 embodied spirituality with the precise and rigorous Iyengar system of yoga, and then found her wings with the artful and organic approaches pioneered by teachers Angela Farmer, Victor Van Kooten and Barbara Benagh. Her love of the practice led her to broaden her exploration to include a wide range of movement and contemplative practices, including Buddhist meditation, Taoist qigong and modern somatic disciplines. A writer by both vocation and by training, she has been sharing her experiences for decades, hoping to inspire others to deepen their own sense of wholeness and wellbeing.

For Claudia, contemplative 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. She offers both ancient and modern practices of mindful movement and wakeful presence to cultivate an ever-deepening sense of clarity, connection and contentment both within oneself and in the greater world. 

Claudia shares essays, poems and mindfulness practices on her website and beyond, and she offers classes in both movement and stillness, both in person and online. Through more than 25 years of practice and study, Claudia has cultivated a fluid, meditative approach to movement and stillness that dissolves long-held tension while cultivating ever-deepening feelings of vitality, clarity and love. Her classes are slow, welcoming, meditative and guided by the breath. Her gentle and individualized approach, poetic imagery and intuitive instruction create an experience for her students that fosters health, happiness, ease 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 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 has written two books, Inside Out and Upside Down: A Yoga Journey and  Illuminations: Inspiration for Happiness and Peace. She has also created two audio CDs for home practitioners, Mindful Movement and Mindful Breathing. She curates the First Sip, which shares a small dose of inspiration each weekday morning. In addition to offering yoga and meditation classes, Claudia leads in-person and online immersions in yoga, meditation and mindful living.