claudia lucia seymour
Practitioner | Speaker | Author
Claudia has practiced yoga for more than 25 years and has taught across the world. She shares the transformative power of yoga and meditation through group classes, individual accompaniment and socially-engaged work with young people. She is committed to working with people to cultivate capacities for mindfulness, acceptance and care.
Claudia has worked for more than 20 years on issues relating to conflict and peace, young people’s capacities for resilience, and effective social action. She is a university lecturer, public speaker and trainer on issues relating to protection and human rights, and ethical engagement in humanitarian action in conflict contexts and international development assistance.
The Myth of International Protection: War and Survival in Congo is based on a decade of work as an international protection actor and researcher in the DRC. Published by the University of California Press, this book tells the stories of young Congolese surviving violence, and reflects on how international aid can do harm.
Claudia is an applied researcher in anthropology and political economy. Her research investigates resilience to all forms of violence, and how young people engage with conflict, adversity and peace. She has worked with multiple United Nations bodies, including UNICEF, the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and the UN Sanctions Committee-mandated Group of Experts on the DRC, as well as various protection-focused international NGOs.
While most of her experience pertains to sub-Saharan Africa, her research has also included young people in the Middle East, and now focuses on the concerns of young migrants in Europe. Her current research project, Balancing on the Margins, incorporates both her study of resilience and her practice of yoga and meditation; through ‘observant participation’ and engaged ethnography, she is working with young people to promote well-being and acceptance of oneself and others.
Claudia was born and raised in Bermuda, is of mixed Colombian and British origins, and has lived and worked across an expansive geographical horizon that includes Hangzhou, New York, Monrovia, Goma, London and Antananarivo. Annecy, France is now her home.
Transformation through yoga Claudia has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and qualified as a Vinyasa yoga teacher in 2007 with Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga New York; since then, she has taught wherever she has lived in the world. Her classes are physically rigorous, but light and fun, encouraging every practitioner to simply start where they are, with compassion and non-judgement.