Meet the Teachers
St Clements Yoga Studio classes are taught by Darna Lamond, Claire Verner and Carla Martini. The Studio was first started by Darna over 20 years ago and it was here that she first introduced Claire and Carla to the ashtanga yoga primary series.
I started my career as a dancer and started practising hatha yoga with Julie Reid a pupil of the late Indra Devi. I took up teaching in Hong Kong in the 70’s and later practised Iyengar yoga with Ruth White and Maxine Tobias. I was introduced to astanga in 1997 training with Sabel Thiam and Jennifer Dale, pupils of Pathabhi Jois and John Scott. This more dynamic and fluid of yoga forms the basis of my intermediate and advanced teaching.
I experienced my first Ashtanga Vinyasa class in 2004 and I haven’t looked back since. The set sequences in Ashtanga yoga it made it easier to learn and develop my own yoga practice outside of group classes and I began to connect to the meditative qualities and spiritual side of the practice.
I spent 7 years exploring my own practice before beginning to teach in 2008. My formal training is in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, originally with Brian Cooper and Nawajoti in 2007 and more recently, in 2014/2015, I completed an additional teacher training course with John Scott, Lucy Crawford, Greg Nardi and David Keil. I hold both a RYT500 hour qualification with Yoga Alliance UK and a 200 hour RYT qualification with Yoga Alliance US.
I teach traditional counted led classes, “Mysore” style self-practice classes and one to ones with the onus on giving students their own Astanga practice tailored to their individual requirements.
You don’t have to touch your toes to come to my class! Yoga class is not about how flexible you are but rather a way to help you still the mind and connect your mind with your body. Think of the postures as the gateway to discovering more about your true self! In 2015 I finally fulfilled a dream and completed a Yoga Alliance registered 300-hour Level I Ashtanga and Yin Yoga Teacher Training course with Melanie Cooper and Norman Blair.
My Tuesday evening classes offer a really different style of yoga class. This is not about body contortion, instead we treat the body and mind with a good dose of kindness. Using lots of bolsters and blankets to keep us in positions for a good few minutes to help induce a state of calmness. Expect dim lighting, intimate atmosphere and a little foot rub every now and again.
I also offer private group classes and 1 to 1 sessions - so please get in touch if you would like to know more.
I have been on my yoga journey for more than 15 years. I began with hatha yoga, then got fascinated by Iyengar style and the past 8 years I have been practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as my main personal practice. I have travelled and studied yoga in India extensively, undertaking intensive Iyengar courses with Rudra Dev in 2008, a 200 hour Astanga Teacher Training course in Mysore in 2011 and explored Acro Yoga during an Intensive Partner Acrobatics and Flying Therapeutics course in Goa in 2013. I teach Hatha Yoga classes where you can work on your alignment, learn breathing and relaxation techniques and become comfortable with doing yoga while building strength and flexibility.