Co-Owner and founder of Rising Lotus. British born Yoga teacher, Claire Hartley, found her passion for the practice of Yoga in the early 90’s at the Jivamukti Yoga Center. Their signature style of vigorous flow, chanting, meditation and exploration of the ancient scriptures began to reveal that suffering could be relieved and that the divine was experiential and not just a concept to be studied and discussed, for that she is eternally grateful and humbled by all the teachers she has studied with.
Her first training program was in LA under the tutelage of Peri Doslu. Peri introduced her to Iyengar Yoga which has become an important part of her practice and her teaching. Claire also trained with Lisa Walford and Annie Carpenter at Yogaworks and completed a six month apprenticeship with Lisa.
She remains an ardent fan and disciple of Vinyasa flow for it’s ability to touch the moving prayer that is always singing inside and step into union with the higher Self.
In April 2006 she opened the Rising Lotus Yoga Studio on Ventura Blvd., in Sherman Oaks with her good friend and colleague Daniel Stewart. Claire is the director of Teacher Training at Rising Lotus and loves to guide new teachers on the path of sharing the gifts of Yoga to others, it is an ever humbling path as the students continues to crack her heart open with the love and eagerness they bring into the room.
She is forever inspired by the love of her family, husband John and her daughter Nova. Jai Ma!