The services offered through CFM Movement for Well-Being are based on the understanding that the mind, body, and heart are intimately related: each equally contributes to our vitality and well-being. I use movement and mindfulness practices to invigorate this connection, giving people a renewed sense of confidence and joy in life.
Claudia Florian-McCaffrey is originally from Argentina. She now resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children. Her love for teaching draws from her professional training in dance, yoga, meditation, and motherhood.
To observe Claudia is to watch art in motion. Her elegance, vibrancy, and passion are visible in all that she teaches. Her strength lies in the ability to elicit beauty and perfection inherent in each individual. To this end, she teaches people how to move with intention from the inside out – taking the utmost care, while at the same time bringing forth an innate joy for life.
Claudia was trained in yoga by leading yoga teachers – Noah Maze, Jim Baernart, Sianna Sherman, Abby Tucker, and Jane Austin. She deepened her knowledge of the philosophy of yoga with Carlos Pomeda. Her work has also been influenced by the Laban Movement Analysis, Feldenkrais Method, the Alexander Technique, and Pilates. She has been trained in the use of therapeutic adjustments, movement analysis, and relaxation techniques to heal people suffering from chronic pain.
After giving birth to two boys, Claudia understood that the fear of giving birth was unnecessary. By learning to relax and calm the mind and body, mothers could approach birth with ease and confidence. In 2005, she began to specialize in prenatal and postnatal yoga, using breathing and stretching techniques to prepare mothers for the natural process of childbirth.
Claudia is certified in prenatal yoga, Infant Massage, a Reiki Master, and a Childbirth Educator in HypnoBirthing®.
Claudia graduated in dance from The Juilliard School in 1993 in New York City, where she gained a thorough knowledge of the physiology and anatomy
of the body, as well as the art of performance. Her training enabled her to become an artist in her field. She developed stamina, strength, and a love for the body as a vehicle of grace. Claudia’s movement and dance curriculum has its roots in José Limón Technique, Paul Taylor Technique, Martha Graham, Bartenieff, and Hatha Yoga. She has taught modern dance, performance skills, and composition. She has been commissioned by universities and seminaries across the USA to bring dance into various performing spaces in theaters, outdoor settings, sacred settings, and learning environments. Claudia has collaborated with composers, visual artists, and poets to translate their vision into dance performances. She has choreographed and performed at the following venues:
Claudia designed a multi-cultural dance curriculum, performing in California, Indiana, Illinois, and Michigan, and internationally she teaches in both Spanish and English. Claudia worked with the SYDA Foundation from 2002 - 2005, developing a movement curriculum for children, teens, and adults. In 2006 she joined The Julia Morgan Center of the Arts in the San Francisco Bay Area, teaching dance in public schools. She has been a choreographer for the dance department at the All Saints Church in Hayward, California for the last 11 years and has been a member of the Omega Dance Company since 2002.
Claudia is also a Zumba certified dance instructor. She loves sharing her joy of dancing with everyone who takes her classes.
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