Audio Yoga Class: The Clean the Plate Club

Beginning in the womb our environment begins to leave these impressions on our mind.  From the sensation of light in our eyes and feelings on our bodies.  We differentiate and create these lineages before we have the critical thinking skills to even know what’s happening.  We learn hot is something that harms us, loud noises make us cover our ears, and when someone sheds a tear they usually need a hug.  These conditioned responses are burned into our minds from the lessons and teachings of those who have came before us.  The responses of those from our past though– don’t always have today’s best interest in mind though.

Messages about the Clean Plate Club as a kid represented the Great Depression.  It showed an overflowing gratitude towards what they had and the underlying fear of not having it again.  Sometimes the injury we had four years ago– simply the memory of it — stops us from trying our way into Handstand prep.  Three months ago, when we fell out of Balancing Half Moon, that memory stops us from looking to the ceiling today.  The hard part is, often the way we did things before are not the way we should respond today.  Use this series to connect to the power of reflection and put it to work in the poses.  

Claire Baer

I am the meat and potatoes, caffeine and chocolate kind of yogi. I like a good glass of wine as much as a good Om. Yoga has always played a significant role in supporting my athletic lifestyle. In college, I majored in business management with a focus on advertising and marketing. While working at an advertising agency in Boulder Colorado I learned a valuable lesson: “you must sell the truth of the product.” The truth of the matter was, there wasn’t anything I believed in enough to commit to selling. On top of a mountain, while skiing I confessed this dilemma to my husband. His response seemed so simple, so obvious “why don’t you own a yoga studio?” Finally, I had found a way to combine my two passions: business and yoga. The next natural step was to formally go through yoga teacher training. At Core Power Yoga in Denver Colorado I received my 200 hour certification in Power Flow and Bikram styles; in addition, to children's yoga and prenatal. Then, after teaching and living in PA, Dana Barone offered me the opportunity of a lifetime: to become the new owner of Yoga Innovations. In 2012, we celebrated the birth of our first daughter, as well as the new business venture. I look forward to continuing to build the yoga culture in the south hills and sharing the passion I have for the practice- and maybe a tip or two on the juggling act we call life.

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