Massage Therapy, Thai Yoga, Craniosacral Therapy, Oh My!!!!!

Ten years ago I received my Yoga Teacher Training Certificate and began my journey of guiding others into their Authenticity.

I was struggling then, trying to sort out my life and ending a relationship that I valued for so long in hopes of reconnecting to whom I needed to be for this world.

Figuring things out can be so difficult, yet the rewards are just so remarkable. I never planned on becoming a school, but I did, because of the request of one particular student. Over and over she sent emails and called to nudge me into my truth. So I took the leap and for 9 years now I have been teaching others how to teach Yoga.

We began in an old bank vault downtown on Fayetteville St before Fayetteville St exploded with businesses. You can see image below. Not many people understood the ideas behind yoga, other than images of pretzel people. LOL. Back then a student, now another Yoga studio owner, used to pass out flyers promoting yoga and she would receive such odd comments and funny faces whenever she tried to engage in Yoga talk with strangers.

Yoga has become such an influential movement these days and we are honored and proud to be offering not just Yoga but other healing modalities such as Massage Therapy, Thai Yoga Stretching, Craniosacral Therapy, and Reiki, Bach Flower Essences, Aromatherapy, Skin Cleansings, and Herbs. It is like a sweet one stop shop for Healing and Self Preservation.

So we have lots coming up from celebrating 10 years with our Student Appreciation Event, to supporting our local artists Ellen Williamson & Joyce Barbour to Karma Nature Clean-Up.

In the meantime, we want to thank you for being part of our intimate community of peaceful Yoga Practitioners that take their Yoga off the mat and into the world.

And if you don’t think Yoga is for you, then I encourage you to come check us out and see that it truly is for everybody! You can check out what fellow student Heather has to say about her experience here at Raleigh NC Yoga.

Namaste y Maktub.
~ Claudia

Never forget your Truth!


Come & meet Sully FernGully, our new addition. Natural Therapy Doggie at 8 months young and just pure love.






Student Reflection of the Month by Heather A.

I took one or two yoga classes many years before finding Raleigh NC Yoga. Unfortunately, my experiences were not great; I didn’t feel welcome or that I was valued in a large class in an almost clinical setting. I have a laughing spirit and was made to feel that lightheartedness was unacceptable.
Anyone who pays attention knows that yoga is not a fad, that it works wonders for people’s health and well-being, and that anyone can do it. I had a desire to get into it, but I just hadn’t found the right fit until last spring.
My experience at Raleigh NC Yoga has been life-changing. First, the studio is everything that one could want it to be: it’s surrounded by beautiful trees (which means fluttery leaves and chirping birds), there are no mirrors inside, dappled sunlight streams through the windows, it smells great, the wood furniture inside makes it feel warm and homey, the colors are soothing…it’s like a yoga womb in the middle of Raleigh. Second, I felt welcome from the minute I arrived for my first class. Neither Claudia nor any of the other wonderful teachers or students has ever made me feel like a burden due to my disabilities. Because of their patient guidance, I am improving in so many ways. I am never sorry that I took the time to attend a class; even if I’m exhausted, cranky, hungry, and lazy, I always, without fail, feel so much better after a class.
I was diagnosed with MS, a chronic, debilitating, incurable (as of today) neurological disease, about 13 years ago. After a few pretty good years, my foot dropped, my leg and arm muscles weakened, and a list of other physical challenges presented. I began to use a cane, then a walker, now a scooter for traveling more than a few yards. The more difficult it became to move, the less I moved. I didn’t see the point of fighting an incurable disease. Claudia helped me to understand that re-establishing lost connections is possible and that changed my whole outlook.
When I started, I would return home to regale my husband with tales of all that I couldn’t do in class. After a while, I adopted a growth mindset (something I try to instill in my high school students) which forced me to be kinder to myself. Now, I understand that there are sometimes things that all of us could do yesterday that are a challenge today. I don’t talk negatively to myself anymore about things I can’t do, I make mental notes about things that are challenging today or about things that I don’t have the hang of just yet.
My newest goal is to complete a short hike through the mountains of NC to see a waterfall. I can’t do that today, but because of all the guidance I’ve received at Raleigh NC Yoga, I will do it.


Upcoming Events

I Support the Girls Donation Drop Off for month of September

Through the month of September, Raleigh NC Yoga will be accepting donations for I Support The Girls (
I Support the Girls collects and distributes donations of new and gently used bras (clean please), and individually sealed tampons and maxi pads to women and girls nationally and internationally. Whether they be homeless, refugees, in transitional housing, or fleeing domestic violence, women and girls should never have to compromise on dignity.
Please join us in supporting this organization and the women and girls that need help.
If you post to FB, tag the local chapter because we want them to cross promote the studio.


Fall/ Winter Yoga Teacher Training begins September 29th

Small and Intimate Yoga Trainings where Quality over rides Quantity. A 6 month immersion into the self. You will learn the foundations of all Yoga and how to work with your injuries, ailments, and how to properly and mindfully guide others on their journey. It is a quest to know yourself, it is even more of a quest to apply what you learn and coexist with others. Click here to learn more!


Student Appreciation Day – Mark your Calendar!

October 20th, 2018 5-8pm
Celebrating 10 years of Raleigh NC Yoga, teachings all over the Triangle. We want to thank you for being a part of our journey in extending peace into our world. Bring your Authentic Self and share with your family and friends the place where you always get to figure things out in your head. Tapas will be served by hubby Chris.

Fall Clean Up Day w/Raleigh NC Yoga

Let’s get together to take our yoga practice off the mat and into the community! is hosting its Fall Clean Up day on November 3 at he the Walnut Creek Wetlands and this is the perfect opportunity for the Raleigh NC Yoga Family to come together to practice Karma Yoga. Karma Yoga can be thought of as selfless action performed for the benefit of others or simply as “Yoga of Action”. Commit to showing up for our community, our yoga studio and ourselves! Be sure to show up in your Y Respira gear. T-shirts will be available for purchase thru Claudia!

Yoga and Horses Training and Retreat Weekend

HORSE TRAINING – November 2nd – 4th
Friday & Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm
Click Here for more info!

HORSE RETREAT – November 4th
Sunday from 2:30 – 6:30 pm
Click Here for more info!

*Please note, that our teachings and practice of poses along side of horses is not for show. We focus our energies on not bringing our drama to the horse. If practicing on the horse, it must first benefit the horse.


New Products/Art at the Studio

What is your spirit animal? If you follow the fox totem wisdom, you may be called to use or develop quick thinking and adaptability. Harness the energy of Fox to become swift and keen, with senses alert and aware to stay adaptable to your surroundings. Artist friend Ellen (who designed our logo) has created spirit animal paintings on wood blocks. This beauty can be yours as all artwork by Ellen will be for sale at Studio. Commissions are welcomed! Check out her work @ewdesignlife on FB and Instagram!

We are now carrying Little Seed Farm’s Deodorant Cream. Put your hands in the air and jump for joy! Our aluminum and baking soda-free deodorant, made from nourishing and gentle organic ingredients, is here! Stay smelling fresh all day long, naturally with our 24 hour formula.

Our friend Joyce has created these wonderful tree ornaments in a variety of lovely shapes and leaf combinations. Get grounded and celebrate Father Moon by purchasing one next time you visit the studio.


BOOK A MASSAGE, Thai Stretching, Reiki, Craniosacral Therapy or Skincare Treatment
w/ Claudia Today!

Or we can mix it all up for a Custom Service for you! Click here for Video Description of Services.

Jackie Jackie!!!

Wednesday nights Jackie teaches a wonderfully relaxing class catered to those that just need to slow down. I decided to send a few questions her way, so that you could get to know one of our wonderfully relaxing teachers and here you have it! I have brought Jackie on board bc she is simple, just like Yoga. She enjoys taking her time in guiding you in your poses, bc she know Authentic Yoga is meant to slow us down to enjoy the Present. So I encourage you to read on, make time to come and take one or more of her classes. Relaxation of mindbody is needed all over this world and here is a simple way to begin with you first!

Jackie Jackie!!!

What does yoga mean to you?

For me, yoga means peace.

What should students expect to experience from your class?
Slower paced classes so that we can explore alignment, energy and balance in poses.  I like to encourage students to ask questions because, not only do they learn, but as a new teacher I learn as well.

What is the hardest things to understand about yoga?
Yoga is not about being able to stand on your head or twist like a pretzel.  It is a very personal experience and we will all experience it differently.  So, we really need to open-up our heart & mind and listen to what our body is telling us.  That turning inward and listening is probably one of the most difficult things to grasp.

Why do you want to teach others?
Because I think yoga is a wonderful way to not only improve your physical strength and flexibility but also your mental strength and flexibility.  Yoga is such a gift and to be able to teach and share that gift with others can bring about tremendous change both individually and in larger communities.

What is your favorite pose and why?
Vryksasana (tree).  Balancing on one leg and pulling the energy up out of the earth, I can feel it moving all the way up my leg, through my spine, opening up my heart and shooting out through the crown of my head.  Of all the different yoga poses this is the one where I can most feel it all come together – the rebound effect, energy, bandhas – and where my mind is fully turned inward to help me balance.

What do you like about Raleigh NC Yoga and the space?
The first class I took at the studio was a Monday evening class in late October in 2015.  There was a light rain, the doors were open and it was so peaceful that I felt like I’d come home.  I love the sense of community that Claudia has created with the studio.

What would you like others to know about you as a person.
Married for 23 years with no children but two cats that are like our children (Pearl & Edie).  I was born and raised in California.  Other places I have lived besides NC are South Africa and Arizona.  I’ve lived in NC for 12 years now.

I work full-time for a non-profit organization that supports programs and partnerships that advance affordable and sustainable quality health services to improve the overall health of communities in North Carolina and beyond.

What got you into yoga? Teaching?
I took my first yoga class in 2006 when a friend recommended it to help me with some anxiety I was experiencing at with at the time.  Over the years I took classes here and there but nothing full time.  In 2015 I had decided that I wanted (and needed) to practice on a more regular basis and discovered Raleigh NC Yoga.  My path took me there for a reason and I absolutely loved it and was learning so much.  I wanted to learn more so that is why I decided to enroll in Yoga teacher training with Claudia. Teaching is a part of my journey.


Volcano/ Volatile Energy

Today I led a grounding and chakra opening practice for a friend. It was just what the universe prescribed. I took her outside to practice her Earth Connection with the Infinite and told her she needed to communicate more. Then did lion’s breath away from her telling her she needed to release. Then I had her choose a card and she chose Volcano. Then I proceeded to read to her about the Volcano Kilauea. Which Ironically has erupted today. We didn’t know that until I saw it before she left. The universe knows. It is all lined up. Magic is everywhere!!!

Tribucha Arrival

Probiotics by Tribucha. So thrilled to be carrying this awesome Kombucha brand! Contact Claudia for more details.
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Anger – The Emotion of Spring

…The trees are moving upward and so can you. Use this time to join us for classes and expressive events……

They say your actions speak louder than words. Truth/Satya can be expressed by words, but I have found truth to be essentially displayed thru act. Act of love, following thru, and really doing what you say. We can always change our minds, but with yoga we learn to speak the truth with kindness. And I have learned that fluff isn’t always kindness. Recently, I had an experience where the words of one person shifted my understanding of them.  When our ego attaches to our emotions we can no longer understand or communicate what “is” and then we cheat ourselves and others of learning, growing, accepting, and loving.

In all of our classes we learn to better understand our truths. We learn how to live in our vessels that carry us from place to place. These vessels that pour life into life and allow the currents to exist.  Taking my practice on and off the mat to a place that I have wanted for so long. I have this growing desire to learn more and teach more and also understand more of others. We are all teachers and my students have been my greatest teachers of all. The people I cross paths with are always teaching, me whether they know if or not. The moments of living together on or off the mat need constant work and embracing of what “is”. The truth.

Let’s keep it simple. Time is valuable. Families and friends are valuable. Strangers are valuable. Be kind, be true with kindness. Connect. Love. Keep it simple and real. As a Mother and Teacher, I set the example of truth for my creation. If I speak one way and show her another then what have I taught her?

In the meantime, if you need some one-on-one attention, whether it be Reiki, Thai Reiki, Tarot, 8 Limbs, or Private Instruction, place a phone call to 919-633-8999 and let’s connect!

Have a Fabulous Day!
Namaste y Maktub.
~ Claudia



Nestle into Nature Yoga Retreat w/ Claudia
February 2nd- February 9th 2019

A special retreat for you! In the middle of the jungle, with just a
5 min walk to beach. Yoga, Delicious Vegan meals professionally
prepared, sloths, wilderness, Medicinal Walk, Waterfall hikes,
meet a Shaman, and much more……



Restorative Yoga w/ Allison
April 20th

Take a break to relax and restore in this workshop with Allison Yost. Using props such as bolsters, blankets, and blocks, she will guide you through deep, long-held stretches to release the tension in your mindbody. The session will end with a guided meditation.



Reiki Level 1 Training
Taught by Sophia, RMT for a duration of two days:

May 19th 3-8PM and May 20th 11-4PM.
Sophia has been a Reiki Master Teacher for over a decade and has attuned and taught students from all backgrounds. She is currently a Massage Therapist in Raleigh and has incorporated Reiki into her massage practice.




Intuitive Painting  
June 3rd, 11:30AM – 1:00PM

Every single person is creative. Intuitive painting is about reconnecting with that pure authentic creativity without judgment. Enjoy a moment to get to know yourself better through intuition, experimentation, and paint! All supplies will be included with registration. Cost is $35/person.

Register to via PayPal HERE




Mindful Yoga and Natural Horsemanship Retreat

Dates: April 29th, 2018
Times: 2-6pm
Early Bird Special: $100

We now have RNCY logo goodies!
T-shirts and stickers
are available for purchase.
Just ask Claudia!