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Claire Ferry

Yoga for Claire is beyond the physical asana practice and embraces mental calm and wellbeing. Her Iyengar classes will help you to find your inner sense of peace as well as strength and flexibility

Claire is one of a handful of Junior Intermediate 3 Iyengar teachers in Northern Ireland and has developed Maitri Studio as a base for Iyengar yoga in Belfast. Claire's training and practice has spanned many years (and continues!) and she brings her extensive experience to all classes. Many people will know that Iyengar training is rigorous and thorough, covering all aspects of traditional yoga. In particular the Iyengar method is known to be helpful for all, whether already active and fit, or suffering from aches, injuries or various health conditions. Read more about Claire on her site, and about Iyengar yoga on the IY(UK) website.

Claire, Andrew, Louise, Rachel and Maura all teach Iyengar yoga classes at Maitri Studio under the Iyengar class pass system, while Tracy, Eva and Miriam are also Iyengar qualified teachers with their own classes. This feature article explains it all!

You can mix and match classes if you can't make the same slot each week but want to pay for a block-booking to save money. Click on the links in the calendar below (or in Andrew, Rachel, Maura or Louise's calendar) for your class to sign up and pay: choose a 10-class pass £75 (£65 conc) or a single class 1hr30 £9 (£7.50 conc) or 1hr15 £8 (£7 conc). Alternatively use the online booking form with gift voucher options on my website or login to the Tula Software app from my website or the Maitri page to keep track of your classes and events.

NOTE: for Iyengar yoga schedule this summer (July/August 2019) please read here.

NEW: Iyengar Yoga Active - 4 weeks in August Tuesdays 6-7.15pm - special offer £32

Classes at Maitri

Beginners are welcome to join any of the general level classes as well as the specific beginners classes. We encourage you to register on-line but drop-ins welcome.

  • general - Monday 5.45pm with Rachel
  • beginners - Tuesday 10am with Claire
  • beginners (continuing) - Tuesday 6pm with Andrew
  • general - Tuesday 7.30pm with Claire/Andrew (alternating weekly)
  • general/gentle - Wednesday 6pm with Claire (a mid-week class for all levels, slower paced and easily adapted for older (60+) or those with injuries)
  • general - Wednesday 7.30pm with Rachel
  • gentle - Thursday 10am with Claire
  • intermediate - Thursday 5.45pm with Claire
  • general - Thursday 7.30pm with Louise
  • general - Friday 6pm with Maura
  • intro (see below) - Saturdays 10am from 10 August 5-weeks with Louise
  • pranayama class - monthly on Sundays 9-10.15am with Claire

The next 5-week introduction to Iyengar yoga course is with Louise Saturdays 10-11.15am from 10 August 2019. This is an ideal start if you haven't done any yoga before or if you're new to using Iyengar props. It is useful but not essential to try before attending an ongoing beginners or general class.

You can read more about all Iyengar classes and finding the best level for you in this feature article. Interested in reading more about Iyengar yoga? There's a great resource online at YogaVastu, including online classes. We also recommend YogaSelection (website) and RoadsToBliss youtube channel for online videos to help your home practice.

Upcoming workshops

2019: monthly asana workshops £25

These workshops offer more time to delve into the postures and their effects, choosing asanas from all junior intermediate list.

  • Saturday 15 June 10am-12.30pm - something lively for summer!
  • July-September no workshops with me (but check Andrew's page)
  • Saturday 19 October 1.30-4pm practice with ropes
  • Saturday 23 November - visiting teacher Alaric Newcombe, details tbc
  • Sunday 15 December 1.30-4pm restorative and immune boost for winter

Book on the 'buy' page on

Claire also facilitates a monthly Iyengar yoga teachers forum - all Iyengar trained teachers welcome.

Donation yoga classes

Claire teaches 6-7pm at the Network Centre (EBCDA) on Templemore Avenue on Tuesdays. This community class is based on anonymous donations.The class is gentle and suitable for people with back problems, fibromyalgia, stress, sore shoulders etc. No class on 6th November 2018 otherwise runs until 11th December.

Yoga retreats, 1:1 classes and equipment

Claire offers yoga workshops and holidays in other locations in Northern Ireland and abroad. She is available to teach group sessions or 1:1 classes. Claire is doing the Iyengar remedial (therapy) training with Stephanie Quirk. You can find out more about Claire and about buying yoga equipment at Claire's really keen to make yoga available to people who might not otherwise have the chance, so she offers classes in the community, for charities and by supporting the Prison Phoenix Trust.

Claire's Timetable

Studio Calendar

Contact Us

Maitri Studio Limited
4 The Mount, Belfast, BT5 4NA

Tel: +44 (0)28 9099 2428

Company number: NI635546