Jake Mac Manus - Director-Trek Ireland
I started going to Yoga Fitness a few weeks back when the muscles in my right knee stopped me from hiking up the Wicklow & Sligo mountains. I knew that yoga was the best way to regain full fluidity in my body because of Ryan Giggs, Manchester United striker, and I was lucky enough to go to Claudia's class for a free first session. She is by far the best teacher of Yoga I've experienced, always directing you with clear instructions, allowing the body to fully stretch into the pose before moving on in a continuous motion throughout the class that leaves me feeling energised, limbered up, and awake. She a brilliant teacher and I'm sticking with her for the winter months because I need to be in top shape when the Spring comes and I get out onto those mountains again.
I just want to say how much I am enjoying the yoga classes at Yoga Fitness . I have poor flexibility and needed help in getting this sorted . It has not taken long to notice my hips are so much looser and I can feel the benefits since I joined the classes. I would highly recommend Yoga Fitness to everyone. June 2014
I took my first class at Yoga fitness last October and I was instantly hooked!.
Claudia is a gifted teacher and a constant inspiration. Her compassion and sense of humor create a relaxed and enjoyable environment in which to learn!
My yoga and body toning practice has positively affected both my physical and mental well-being and Claudia's enthusiasm and warmth motivate me to integrate yoga into my life. My only regret is that I didn't start much sooner.
Yoga Fitness is the only place to go! June 2014
"Finding Claudias classes was like finding a little slice of heaven.I had heard her classes were good but that does not do her justice- it's more than that. She has something special no one else has.
We (ie. the people in her classes) have discussed this amongst ourselves and agree that she really has that perfect mix of professionalism and friendliness because she really knows her field so well and she has such a beautiful open and warm personality.
She s a former gymnast so her conditioning classes are tough but brilliant, great fun with great music. No matter what your fitness level is, she is encouraging without pushing you too far.
Her yoga classes are trully wonderful. She sets the tone with her calm and gentle manner. She knows everyone's name and we all practise at our own pace in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.
She is just very good at what she does and I'm so glad I've found her and this place- it doesn't feel like an exercise studio- it feels like home.
You have to meet her and do her class then you will know for yourself what I'm talking about."
I have been attending Claudias classes for over 2 years now and with good reason too. Claudia has a very distinctive and personalised way of teaching both Yoga and Pilates. She is very much in tune with everyone's needs and she gears her classes to suit so. The classes are always varied which makes them interesting and fun and with the obvious health benefits. She has created a friendly and community orientated vibe and has made it a very affordable option for people to attend and stay in shape in both body and mind. June 2014
Lara Dunlea, Yoga Instructor, Yoga with Lara (colleague)
“I have taken classes with Claudia, as well as working in her studio, and I have found her to be a wonderful teacher who caters to students' needs and who facilitates students in experiencing the joys and benefits of yoga through her careful instruction and beautiful presence.” September 16, 2012
I have attended Yoga Fitness Dublin now for almost 2 years. Claudia is a very experienced instructor and also very patient with amateurs like me!
Last year I trained for an Ironman triathlon and found that my weekly yoga class was essential for maintaining a fit, flexible and stronger body. I also found the yoga classes to be excellent for my recovery periods following long bike and run sessions.
I would fully recommend Claudia’s yoga studio for sports at all levels.
Up to last year I always had Yoga down as a class that only women did. I was initially quite sceptical about starting, but I'd now say it's been the single most beneficial change I've made for my running, cycling, swimming and football.
I'm injured less and find that my recovery time between sessions (especially running) has reduced. My balance and stability has improved in hill running. My general flexibility has increased and I even notice simple things like less discomfort when sitting at my desk for long periods.
The classes in Yoga Fitness are accessible, open, and well paced, allowing you to improve in your own time without feeling overwhelmed. I can't imagine not having Yoga as a regular part of my week now!
It is well over a year now since I started your weekly Yoga class.At first I was looking to improve flexibility and core strength but even though I knew that Yoga was the way to achieve this there was the daunting prospect of entering a 'Woman's World'.
Once I got started I found this was never an issue and after a while my football and golfing friends started to ask, ' that Yoga stuff, where do you do that? Heard it was good for you and thought of trying it myself' but then the conversation quickly reverted to football and golf.
I invariably feel great, physically and mentally, after our class, especially after a number of months when I started to feel that I was actually 'getting it'. I may never achieve the Lotus position but if trying helps me do all the other things in life I will keep turning up.
Oh yes, all the women in the class have been very helpful. There's no reason for any man not to turn up and just give Yoga a go!!
Paul Taylor - BA Honours Degree - Exercise & Health Science
I have been training in various Crossfit gyms around the country for the best part of 3 years now. I was attending classes 5 times a week for the first year. The sheer volume of the training mixed with my lacklustre approach to warming-up before working out and my failure to follow a cool-down and post-stretch routine eventually took its toll on my body.
My mobility started to diminish in my lower body and shoulders. As well as that I began to experience a lot of stiffness and pain in my lower back muscles especially when performing kettlebell swings and doing heavy lifts in exercises such as deadlifts, squats, olympic lifts etc. At this point my strength gains completely plateaud and I could only train every second day due to aches, pains and general stiffness. The standard and quality of my training was beginning to decline so I decided to try Yoga in an attempt to fix the issues that had been holding me back from developing my strength and fitness. I felt confident that attending Yoga classes on a relatively regular basis would remedy my physical ailments over time.
The turnaround was quite dramatic. Within a month the tightness in my lower back had significantly decreased to the point where it was barely noticeable; my shoulder mobility had improved and the flexibility in my adductors, hamstrings and glutes had greatly increased. From that point on, my performance in Crossfit became much better. I never felt any tightness or strains when training and this allowed me to perform to my true potential. The development of my mobility and flexibility allowed me to improve my technique and therefore lift more weights when Weight lifting or Olympic lifting. I was now setting all kinds of personal records and exercises like power cleans, back squats, clean & jerk, front squats, power snatches and deadlifts were getting heavier on a weekly basis.
I am continuosly making progress in Crossfit now and thanks to the combined crosstraining effect of Yoga and Crossfit I am able to comfortably train in both disciplines 5 times a week each with no pain or discomfort. I would strongly recommend to anybody who plays sport or undertakes a lot of intense physical activity to incorporate Yoga into their regime as it has a great therapeutic effect on the body and will help you perform to the best of your ability on a regular basis.
Gustavo Zoladz, Senior Business Analyst
“I brought my daughter to a number of lessons at Caludia's studio. The classes were perfectly pitched at her level. The studio is very well set up and run personally by Claudia who personally looks after every detail. She has great interpersonal skills,she is very professional and is a very pleasant person to deal with.” September 16, 2012
Helena O'Neill, Business & Personal Development Training.
“Claudia just has 'it'! She is warm, genuine person with a high level of skills who is prepared to work hard and is determined to provide the highest level of service to her clients. She has a wonderful sense of humour and is a creative business woman, someone I am proud to know and recommend.” September 16, 2012
Over the last two years,I have attended a broad range of classes offered at Yogafitness-all at a very reasonable cost.Yogafitness strikes the perfect balance between keeping fit and flexible and enjoying calm,gentle relaxation,in a bright airy studio.The classes,along with Claudia`s warm personality and positive outlook on life, are addictive!! June 2014
Yogafitness is the perfect venue - convenient and at the same time calm and spacious. The pricing structures offer great flexibility and real value for money. There are so many classes that it was easy to find ones suited to my personal needs and schedule. Claudia is a truly wonderful teacher – gentle, genuine, encouraging and extremely skilled at explaining and demonstrating yoga positions. I have felt enormous benefits, both physically and mentally, since attending her classes and cannot recommend her highly enough. June 2014
“I have been attending Claudia's classes since 2011. I love the range and variety of her classes, how she always manages to make them fun and interesting. Claudia has a lovely personable manner that she uses, I love the feeling of total relaxation that I feel as I leave her class” September 20, 2012
Anne Marie O'Dowd
“Claudia provides great-value classes in a lovely, central venue in Dun Laoghaire. I'm happy to recommend her.” September 19, 2012
“Claudia is highly qualified in her field, always on time, has many classes which she diversifies all the time, very conscious of everybody's different needs” September 16, 2012
Anna Visser (client)
“Great teacher, lots of fun (and just enough hard work!)” September 16, 2012
Rachel O shea Salsa O Shea (client)
“I started lessons with Claudia in 2010 and have never looked back. Like a lot of people I joined expensive gyms and women only keep fit clubs but lost interest and found myself finding excuses not to go. Claudia has energy and enthuasim and even when she works with large groups of clients she makes time for everybody. I recommend her highly. Rachel O'Shea” September 17, 2012
Fran Malone, Killiney
I have attended Yoga classes over the years in Dublin, UK and California. Yoga Fitness in Dun Laoghaire is the best. Claudia is the most amazing, supportive and encouraging instructor that I have ever met. The studio is bright and airy. There is always a warm welcome. I always leave with a relaxed, chilled feeling, stretched, invigorated and ready to take-on whatever life brings
“Claudia is an enthusiastic, encouraging and personable fitness coach. Her classes are always a great workout and enjoyable too. She is approachable and works with clients to achieve the best outcome. I would highly recommend Claudia as a fitness coach.” September 19, 2012
“I have been training with Claudia for a while and her Yoga sessions and Zumba classes were extremely enjoyable. She is professional, personable, great trainer, that makes things easy and simple for the class. Everything is provided during the class, all you need - is turn up. Highly recommended! Thanks, Claudia.” September 17, 2012
Anna Casey, mriai, michp, anlp (client)
“Claudia has made exercise fun, energetic and something to look forward to even early on a Sat. morn! She lifts our spirits while ensuring we get a good workout. It is more than getting fit - we are part of her community. I highly recommend especially her salsa classes to give you a boost - in more ways than you think. - Anna Casey” March 10, 2011
Martin O'Farrell (client)
“I have only been to Claudia's classes on 6 mornings but already I feel completely de-stressed and better able to face the world. Wonderful experencie.” March 16, 2011