I am a writer, a yoga teacher, and a witch. These are just titles but they do say something about what my passions in life are.
I have been writing blogs for close to thirteen years now. While I am not someone who has felt like pursuing a career in it, I like to actively share my writing with the world in some form or another. In 2005, I started writing my first blog on the old MSN Spaces platform. My first blog was basically a daily journal about what was going on in my life at that time. I wrote about my travels, my likes, movies that I watched, and the music I was listening to. My blogging style hasn’t really changed much since that first blog. What I wouldn’t give to gain access to that old content though.
Since that time, I have using other platforms like Livejournal, Blogger, and WordPress to express my writing on. Over the last couple of years, I have used newer social media platforms like Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to share my writing on. I write about my everyday life, my hobbies, music, and films that I enjoy, and my spiritual path.
Keeping a regular blog is actually quite challenging to do and at one point in time, I had separated my different blogs into different sites: one for teaching yoga, one for my witchcraft teachings, and one for my everyday life writings. Lately, I have been working on consolidating them all into one unified space. I was able to combine my yoga teacher site with my regular blog, ClaraDMunro.com, and the Facebook page connected to it. I have connected my witchy writings, witchofthewildmoon.com, to my main blog but I keep a separate Facebook page for it. I also have a Pinterest account just for Witch of the Wildmoon. I have one Instagram account for everything and if there’s a new post in one of the blogs, I share it in the bio link.
Recently, I started a website for my creative writing project “Sunset Strip Confessionals”, which is a completely fictional story about a woman in a cyberpunk world. I have been using it to play about with a different type of storytelling. I have always loved science fiction and I can’t believe that I haven’t taken any time to write in it before. I am not expecting anything out of this, I am putting it out there purely for myself. It’s out there now if you want to check it out, there’s a link to it on claradmunro.com.
I started my yoga journey when I was recovering from a serious hamstring injury in 2013. I was having trouble walking and had heard that yoga could help. I had always wanted to give yoga a try but I was intimidated by the popular yoga culture which I had perceived. I didn’t want to get judged for being 270 lbs. Eventually, I just started taking some beginner classes in 2014 and I found that I really enjoyed it and there was no judgment. There were even some teachers who were super helpful in showing me ways to alter my poses to accommodate my injury.
I spent a few months just going to studios and practicing on my own. I kept finding myself wanting to share what I was learning about yoga with my friends but I felt that I didn’t have the skills to teach. I spent some time working as a volunteer at one of the more popular yoga studios in Kelowna and during that time, I found that I really wanted to teach someday and maybe even own a studio of my own.
I kept my eye out for a yoga teacher course that would fit in with my work schedule and in 2015, I found one. I made some arrangements with my super supportive family to pay for the course and talked with my work to make sure I could get the time off to take it. Once a month for one day was easy to make happen. From the fall of 2015 to the spring of 2016, I worked hard to learn the poses, philosophy, and language of yoga. It was one of the best personal growth opportunities I have ever had.
In the summer of 2016, I started working with my friends to build up my teaching skills and from there I figured out that I love working one on one with people to help them grow their yoga. From there, I built a website and a Facebook page to help spread the word of my offering. Eventually, I had the opportunity to teach at a local studio.
In early 2018, I made the choice to discontinue teaching and focus more on my own practice. I now share my yoga teachings as part of my writings on claradmunro.com.
I am a founding member of the Oak & Apple Coven, a tradition of hedge witchcraft from Kelowna, British Columbia.
I have been in the study of pagan practices since I was a little girl growing up in the woods of the Eagle Valley. I discovered Wicca when I was fifteen years old when I visited a small metaphysical shop in Salmon Arm. From there, I devoured every book on the subject I could get out of the library or find in the local books shops.
When I was twenty, I moved away from my sleepy small town to the big city so that I could attend the university. I continued to practice my craft while studying history and anthropology. After completing my formal education, I started deepening my Wicca studies by joining a teaching coven in a neighboring city. I earned my first degree with the coven but felt like something was missing from the practice of Wicca.
In the Autumn of 2015, I joined up with two of my closest pagan friends to embark on a journey to take our collective knowledge of witchcraft and paganism and form a new witchcraft tradition.
You can read about my Witchcraft teachings at witchofthewildmoon.wordpress.com