Claire describes the practice of yoga as balancing the physical, spiritual, and mental aspects of being human. Her classes emphasize building endurance and strength, aligning the breath with movement, and integrating physical actions with mental and spiritual focus. She is dedicated to helping each student recognize his or her innate goodness and honors each person’s unique talents and strengths. Her teaching brings mindfulness of action with remembrance that there is Joy available with each breath and that all is right in this moment.
Claire is a Yoga Alliance-registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 200, RYT 500), a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP®), and a licensed Anusara-Inspired™ yoga teacher by the Anusara® School of Hatha Yoga. She completed the Anusara® Immersion and Yoga Teacher Training Programs at the Willow Street Yoga Center (WSYC) in Maryland (2009, 2010). Anusara yoga is a school of hatha yoga that integrates biomechanical principles of alignment with the celebration of the heart and spirit. Claire completed the 500-Hour Certification in Advanced Yoga Studies at the Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina (2013). Claire continues to learn and grow as a “forever” student of yoga. She teaches styles of yoga including hatha, vinyasa, yin and restorative. Her background and continuing study in alignment for safe practice is the foundation of her teaching. She is honored to be a student of master yoga teachers including Moses Brown, Suzie Hurley, Stephanie Keach, and Jason Crandall. In addition, Claire draws from her career as a psychologist and educational administrator and her training as a Reiki practitioner (Level II) to enhance her teaching of yoga, for practices both on and off the mat.
Nancy S. Smith, MA, RYT
Yoga & Dance
Hope Skaggs was born and raised in Brunswick County. Dance and creative movement has been one of her biggest passions since she was a child. She competed locally and regionally for 20 years. After graduating high school she moved to Wilmington, NC where she received an associate's degree in sociology at Cape Fear Community College. She then moved on to the Art Institute of Charleston to study film and studio art. Hope returned home the summer of 2016 following the death of her father. Aerial yoga became an essential part of her life when she realized the impact it had on her healing. Highly inspired by this type of practice, she attended an Anti-Gravity(®) teacher training in NYC. It is her intention to help others find joy and healing, the way aerial yoga has helped her, as well as introducing a new, fun and unique form of exercise! Hope is certified by AntiGravity Fitness(®) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.
Yoga Class Assistant
Nancy has worked in the field of dance and dance education for nearly twenty years. She is a graduate of NYU's esteemed Steinhardt School of Education, where she was introduced to the impact outreach endeavors can have in ones community. In 2008 Nancy became a teaching artist in NYC inner city schools as a dance educator working both in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Her work with marginalized youth, now spans more than a decade. She has been on the faculty of Dancewave of Brooklyn, Mark DeGarmo & Dancers, Brooklyn Ballet and The Field. She has instructed residencies for Kindergarten – 8th grade in dance, musical theatre and yoga. Relocating from the north to the south, Nancy now serves as the director of Movement Works in Calabash where she instructs classes for adults and children. Her work in inner city public schools inspired the creation of Community Movement Alliance, our counties only 501-C3 non profit organization rooted in spreading holistic movement disciplines to our youth. Current CMA programming is being implemented at Virginia Williamson Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Supply Elementary for the 2017-18 school year. Other participating schools have included Town Creek Elementary, Waccamaw and Jessie Mae Monore. She instructs senior citizens as well, at the Brunswick County Senior Resource Center. Nancy is an avid volunteer, donating her time to various organizations in both Brunswick County and New Hanover. This past summer she engaged in global outreach, serving on the faculty of S.O.N.E, Stars of Negril Escape performing arts camp.
Sensei Sutzer’s wellness and martial arts career began in 1970. His initial training was in Judo and Japanese Karate. Over the years, Mr. Sutzer has expanded his training experiences to include Tai Chi, Qigong, Personal Fitness Trainer, Wellness Coach, Jujutsu, Kempojutsu, Kobujutsu, and Iaijutsu / Kenjutsu (just to name a few!).
Mr. Sutzer conducts national seminars, individual sessions, as well as regularly instructing numerous group sessions both public and private.In 2001, Mr. Sutzer founded Shingitai-Ryu Bujutsu (Heaven/Earth/Man School of Combat Arts), sanctioned by the USMA, AFJ, IIMAA.
When I retired and relocated from New York State to Brunswick County, NC, I was delighted to find a place near my community to practice yoga and Tai Chi. After about a year, Community Movement Alliance was formed, and I knew I wanted to be a part of this wonderful not-for-profit organization. As the “dream” of bringing its mission into the schools in our county became a reality, I could not think of a volunteer opportunity more rewarding than to help in the after-school program that introduces practices like yoga, dance, Tai Chi, and movement into the busy lives of today’s young people. These practices offer them a “pause” from their iPods, smart phones, academic work, and the stresses of today’s world. Watching and interacting with the students as they learn and wholeheartedly participate, the benefits of this pause become quite obvious.
Hope Bennett Skaggs