Spotlight on … Clarissa Robertson
by Clarissa Robertson
Why did you become a yoga/pilates instructor?
One of the first reasons I wanted to teach yoga is due to my obsession about how good yoga was for everybody. I say obsession as I talk about it all the time as I see everyday how amazing the practise is for everyone who walks through our doors. Whether you suffer from depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, stress, difficulties in relationships, weight (to much or to little) it transforms every person I see into being a more present, calmer, fitter, more grounded person when they leave their mat – fundamentally a nicer person, first and foremost to themselves.
What is your favourite pose/exercise?
My favourite poses are all the spine strengtheners – Sphinx, Cobra, Locust, Bow – I love them even though they are my hardest postures to access (perhaps because of that!).
Which classes do you teach at RHY?
I teach Red Hot Yoga, Yin Yoga, Fluid Flow and Vinyasa but my original love remains Hot Yoga!
How long have you been an instructor?
I have been an instructor for 11 years and have enjoyed every moment … even on days that are tough, getting in-front of students always lightens the load!
What is your go-to snack after you practise?
I love coconut water and am quite partial to a Spirulina Bounce Ball! Coconut water is great for replenishing all the lost salts and re-hydrating after a class and the Bounce Balls are just yummy 🙂
How do you motivate yourself to get on your mat?
I want to stay grounded and it gives me much more energy for my day ahead. I know that I always feel that much better after my practise than before, which is very motivating!
Top tip for Downward Dog?
Give yourself some space between your arms for your shoulders, even use blocks and turn out your hands slightly if necessary – this will make the pose that much more accessible so when the teacher says, come to rest in Downward Facing Dog you feel that it is actually a rest position, not a stress position!
What would your advice be to beginners?
Come back! It takes time for your body and your mind to adjust to the practise but it will be the best thing you can ever do for yourself!! Like all good things in life, you have to get through the ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’ stage to get to the ‘I love doing this’ stage!
What else do you do in your spare time?
I spend my spare time with my daughter Myla – usually feeding the ducks. I am so lucky to have Surrey Hills on our back door step so when I can I am on them with her and my husband.
Where is your favourite travel destination?
Before I had Myla (who is just about to turn 2), my favourite thing of all was diving so … anywhere with a warm sea! I have been incredibly fortunate to travel to some amazing places and have some wonderful underwater adventures and I am looking forward to introducing Myla to the magic of diving as soon as she is old enough.