Claudia has been practicing at The Ashram since 2008. She took her first Bikram yoga class in 2004 after college and it became a daily practice that changed her athletic capability, got her into her flexibility, improved her ability to focus, and was personally healing. Claudia found Gary’s power yoga in 2005 and was quickly hooked as it helped her to find and develop her strength.
Claudia completed her undergraduate degree at Franklin and Marshall in Psychology and English literature in 2004, and her master of science in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2007 from Seattle Pacific University. She has worked in psych inpatient hospitals providing group and individual therapy. In 2008, she moved to New York to start her full-time MFT practice in Manhattan as a chemical dependency therapist and as a relationship therapist.
While in New York, Claudia tried a wide variety of yoga studios but could never find anything that matched her experience practicing at The Ashram. During that time, she dedicated herself to learning dance at S Factor. She returned to Kirkland two years ago and delved fully into her yoga practice.
Claudia has trained extensively with Gary, completing both Ashram 200 hour teacher trainings. She has attended all of The Ashram Raja and Advanced Raja courses, as well the Anatomy, Ayurveda, hands-on Adjustment courses, posture clinics and advanced workshops.
In addition to her yoga practice, instruction, and management at The Ashram, Claudia is currently on faculty at Antioch University teaching graduate psychology classes, teaching pole fitness at Divine Movement, and maintaining her MFT practice.