Clare Crowley, Creator of The Yoga House Talks Manifesting Her Goals
  • November 15, 2017
  • Clare Crowley

    From bar owner, to Golden Gloves boxer, to casting director to owner of Yoga House, it’s safe to say that Clare Crowley followed her heart in whatever direction it pulled her since the start of her career.

    If you’ve been lucky enough to visit Yoga House for one of Clare’s retreats, you’ve seen there’s something special – magical, even – about what she created. It’s why I was initially thrilled to interview Clare for the #WeGotGoals podcast.

    But how did she bring her vision to create an oasis – full of organic, farm-to-table food, Reiki, private candlelit yoga, hiking in the dunes and restoration into one experience – to life? It must require a very specific set of goals, I thought.

    And yet, after sitting down with Clare for the #WeGotGoals podcast, a very different conversation unfolded.

    “I believe in manifesting – I believe in that more than I believe in anything,” Clare told me.

    Clare Crowley

    Clare doesn’t see goals the way I see them; in fact, I’m not sure she’s ever asked herself “How am I going to get this next achievement?” Instead, she envisions a feeling she wants to have (oftentimes it’s the feeling of freedom) and acts from her gut and her heart. She allows herself to move in the direction towards where she feels most alive to manifest into reality whatever it is that she’s drawn towards.

    Clearly, this champion boxer, co-owner of Haymarket Brewery and yoga instructor with a booming retreat business is doing something that works.

    “I was 100 percent showing up every day to the bar and I 100 percent showed up to the movie set. I show up and I live it, and once I can’t do that, I don’t fake anything. I can’t do anything that doesn’t completely excite me,” Clare said.

    When Clare’s attention shifted to a creating a place so others can feel as safe as Clare does when she’s practicing yoga – she made Yoga House happen. This is the chapter in Clare’s life in which I met her, and I can’t imagine her without Yoga House now – that’s how much a part of her it has already become since its opening in April 2017.

    “For the first time in my life I feel grounded to a home,” Clare said. “I’ve never really felt grounded in anything … I thought that’s how I was supposed to exist. But the idea of leaving Yoga House makes me so sad, and I’d never felt that before.”

    Clare Crowley

    Perhaps it’s just the arc of her journey, perhaps it’s Yoga House that brought her to how she feels about goals today. Ultimately, the passion to continue to provide this oasis for people exudes from Clare’s every pore, and it sounds like the Yoga House isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

    “I don’t have a need to feel like I have to plan for anything, because now I feel like life is living through me and I,” Clare said. “I get goose bumps as I say it – the goal, I guess, is to support people in finding that freedom, that spaciousness, that light, that inspiration to then go and fuel somebody else. That is goal. Whatever I need to do to do that, I’m open.”

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    Follow Clare Crowley on Instagram and take a trip to her dream house and ours, the Yoga House.

    About Maggie Umberger

    Maggie moved to Chicago in 2014 from North Carolina, a proud Tar Heel at heart. She began her career in advertising but was equally passionate about her fitness endeavors, and ended up spending as much time instructing yoga and other types of fitness as much as in her advertising job. Now she works full-time with aSweatLife to continue to grow our community of amazing fellow fitness junkies in Chicago. And when she’s not running around with Jeana making #Sweatworking happen or instructing corporate and private yoga classes, you can find her leading bootcamp classes at ENRGi Fitness and vinyasa classes at Bare Feet Power Yoga and Yoga Six.