Clare Francis

Clare’s 23-year career in the health and fitness industry began as a personal trainer, sport massage therapist, gym instructor and group exercise leader where she taught aerobics, step, body conditioning, boxercise, body pump and spinning to name a few! You could also find her training for half marathons and on the gym rowing machine at this time. She quickly fell in love with core stability and this led her to train with Stott Pilates in 2003.

This was the same year Clare took over Revitalise where she ran and managed 7 Pilates and Yoga studio’s over the course of the next 16 years, specialised in teaching mind-body movement and 1:1’s, including older adults and pre & post-natal, and birthed 3 beautiful daughters herself.

“Clare is a very qualified and professional teacher, but what I like most is her inclusiveness, non-judgemental and reassuring approach with empathy – she loves what she does and it shows

Ingrid, Pilates TT, graduated May 2018

Clare has always had a keen interest in posture, alignment, stability, injury prevention, functional movement and associated anatomy and physiology. In addition to traditional anatomy and sports therapy training, she has completed 17 days of fascia training, including a 3-day bio-tensegrity dissection course led by John Sharkey and Joanne Avison as well as numerous workshops.

Clare founded Harmonise Training Academy in 2014, and has organised, structured and delivered over 30 successful Yoga and Pilates teacher trainings with excellent feedback. She holds a PTTLS teaching qualification, a L3 ‘assessing Vocational skills’ qualification is an L3 tutor and a qualified L4 quality assurer.

Although yoga had always been around Clare, it wasn’t until the breakdown of her marriage during 2014 that she began a regular Mysore Yoga practice … and it has been a love affair that has continued ever since! She is registered as a E-RYT 500hr with Yoga Alliance and has completed over 1,200 hours of trainings in total, including vinyasa flow yoga, hatha yoga, Yin Yoga, ashtanga yoga with Manu Jois and adjustments.

“Clare’s courses give you the confidence and knowledge you need to teach safely and effectively. The way in which she teaches makes you absorb so much information without even realising it!”

Abi, Yoga TT, Jan 2019

Yoga is now a ‘way of life’ for Clare. It has helped her enormously in navigating some of life’s more difficult obstacles, including her divorce and a stage 3 aggressive breast cancer diagnosis in 2020. She now enjoys a regular meditation, Nidra, somatic and Yin practice to complement the Yang! She is passionate about sharing the numerous tools that have helped her to evolve and grow and is particularly interested in the mind-body-emotion connection to health and well-being. She has more recently trained in Yoga Nidra, Yoga for healing and recovery, Somatic Yoga, meditation and pranayama, chakras and elements and Yoga therapy for cancer. She is also a trained energy coach and runs retreats for emotional and physical well-being.

Clare is known for her clear explanations, ability to make new information accessible and encourages embodiment of both the theory and practical to aid understanding through personal experience.
Clare knows what it takes to be a successful teacher and will do everything she can to ensure you become just that! Everything she has learnt over the past 23 years will be passed down during her small group and supportive teacher training courses.

When Clare isn’t on the yoga mat, you can find her swimming in the sea, dancing around her kitchen or writing her book!

“I have tried many classes over the years but never felt I was given enough guidance to access the positions correctly and was worried I would damage my spine. My first class with Clare was completely different – she explained clearly, demonstrated well and taught in such a way that I got to know my body and what felt right for me”

Maggie, retired head teacher