a little bit about me
I’m Clare Waters, the founder and face behind &Breathe Living.
In 2013 I was working in client services at a marketing agency. I was 24 and living a pretty typical work hard play hard London lifestyle. My week was busy and Friday afternoon never came around quickly enough. I was anxious but I always had been, to a varying degree.
In the December of 2013 my big brother died suddenly and everything changed. It felt like the rug had been swept out from underneath me. Everything that had previously made sense, suddenly didn’t. I went back to work but struggled to keep up with the life I lived before. My anxiety reached a new level. The worst had happened and it felt like it could happen again. I was lost.
This was when yoga stepped in. Initially it gave me somewhere to go when I had no idea what to do with myself - it gave me something to do. I noticed that after I practised I felt calmer and less overwhelmed so I kept it up.
Looking back I can see that yoga started a self-healing domino effect. It hadn’t occurred to me before that I had the power to soothe myself and make such an impact on my wellbeing. It became my way in to a more conscious and choice driven life.
I slowed down. I started practicing self-care. I learnt how to rest, started journaling daily and in turn felt a closeness to myself that I had never experienced before. I stopped being led by what I thought others expected of me. I decided that stress didn’t have to be a part of my daily life.
These practices have helped me overcome my once crippling anxiety, they allow me to experience joy fully and keep me afloat through challenging times. I’m stronger and more resilient than I’ve ever been. I’m now so much more determined and equipped to live a life that feels sustainable to me.
My experience has inspired the work that I do sharing practices for embodiment and wellbeing.
&Breathe Living Ethos
The ethos of &Breathe Living is to encourage a sustainable and accessible approach to wellbeing.
Offerings include workshops for stress and anxiety management, embodied and restorative yoga classes and writing gatherings.