Claire Danaceau has been working in the fitness field since 1990, when she began teaching aerobics to the American students at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, where she studied after graduating from Williams College with a major in French.

Upon returning to the US, she taught French and did translations for many years, and led aerobics and step classes on the side, but realized in the early 2000s that her true passion lay in healing. Since then, she has pursued training in several healing modalities, including Yoga, Pilates, Reiki, Sound Therapy, Shamanic Healing, Rudraksha/Ratna Therapy, and Yamuna Body Sustainability.



She completed her 200-hour (200RYT) Hatha Yoga training with YogaFit in 2005, 200RYT YogaSteps in 2011, and she completed Kundalini Yoga (KRI) 200RYT, in January 2017. 

Claire teaches group Kundalini Yoga Classes at Opus Yoga in the Kentlands and small group classes in her studio.


Her Pilates training is through Balanced Body University (500 hours, Comprehensive Machine, February 2013), and 700 hour Classical Machine and Small Apparatus training with Mark Trudeau of Quantum Fitness, July 2018. Her Pilates Mat training was also through Quantum Fitness, in 2002.

Claire opened her own studio in 2012, Studio Claire Pilates, in Gaithersburg, MD. In January 2018 she expanded to a larger space in Rockville, MD. The new studio is equipped with a full range of Stott Pilates Equipment, including a Trapeze Table, Reformer, Stability Chair, and Ladder Barrel. She also has a Jumpboard, Spine Corrector and Small Barrel.



In 2005, she branched out into hands-on therapeutic work, studying Yamuna Body Rolling with Yamuna Zake in New York. Since then, Claire has become a certified practitioner in several modalities with Yamuna, including Foot Fitness, Table Treatment, Face Massage, and TMJ Release. She is also a Yamuna-certified Teacher Trainer in Foot Fitness.

In 2018, she received her certification as a Teacher Trainer in Yamuna Foot Fitness, and opened a new business, Graceful Soles, specifically for Foot Therapy.


In May 2018, she completed her 200RYT in Rudraksha/Ratna Therapy with Rishi Hans of ChakraYog. 

Rudraksha Ratna Science Therapy (RRST) is a holistic healing therapy devised by Neeta Singhal after years of research on curative and healing properties of Rudraksha and Gemstones. Modern scientific experiments on Rudraksha beads corroborate their magical healing properties. Rudraksha beads are shown to have electromagnetic properties and when in contact with body work like capacitors, storing and disbursing appropriate energy suitable for activating chakras through the property of resonance. 


In October 2016 she became a Level 3 Reiki Master in the Usui Lineage.

Reiki is a form of therapy commonly referred to as energy healing. It emerged in Japan in the late 1800's and is said to involve the transfer of universal energy from the practitioner's palms to their patient. Energy medicine aims to help the flow of energy and remove blocks in a similar way to acupuncture or acupressure. Improving the flow of energy around the body can enable relaxation, reduce pain, speed healing, and reduce other symptoms of illness.


In 2013, Claire experienced the power of the Gong meditation in a Kundalini Yoga class. The sound waves of the gong bathe the body and clear the mind of all thought, and you enter a state of half-sleep called Yoga Nidra, which is the most healing type of sleep. This phenomenon was so amazing and intriguing, Claire began studying Gong Resonance Therapy with Crown of Eternity, and completed Level 2 training in July 2016.

Claire opened Aquarian Gong, exclusively for sound healing meditation, in 2016. Aquarian Gong shares studio space with the massage table and the Pilates equipment, so everything is bathed in healing vibration.


In October 2016, she received her certification in Tibetan Tones Sound Therapy using Singing Bowls, with Manan Sharma. Her studio has 17 brass singing bowls, ranging in diameter from 2-14 inches. These bowls are therapy grade and may be placed directly on the body for specific healing effects. 




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