Claire Petretti has been practicing, studying, and teaching yoga since 1999. Like many fitness enthusiasts, she was initially drawn to yoga for its physical benefits of strength, balance, and flexibility. Once Claire realized that serenity, peace of mind, and a general sense of happiness were predominant results of the practice, she was hooked.
An E-RYT Yoga Alliance instructor, Claire teaches a dynamic vinyasa flow, combined with fun, upbeat music. She utilizes her dance background in her flow sequences so that the movement never stops. Breathing and alignment are key. Claire is a certified Pilates instructor who apprenticed with Julian Littleford, and also holds a NASM-certification for personal training. Mind-body fitness is her passion.
In the last few years, Claire faced several health challenges, including a diagnosis of breast cancer in January 2010. Yoga has aided her healing throughout surgeries and chemotherapy, and will aid her as she finishes radiation in August 2010. Learning to live with cancer inspired her to earn her Yoga for Cancer Therapy certification and she now teaches classes specifically for people living with cancer.
In addition, Claire used yoga and Pilates to help her heal from a car accident that resulted in having a disc surgically replaced in her neck. Her personal experience dealing with spinal damage helps her relate to her clients recovering from injuries.
Claire teaches yoga at Sculpt Fusion Yoga, Bindu Yoga and Frogs Fitness, where she also teaches Pilates at the Frogs Pilates studio.
Claire enjoys working with clients on a one-to-one basis. She offers private yoga, Pilates, and private training with a yogic twist either in studio or in her clients’ homes.