I grew up in France in a family where we were always encouraged to find a natural remedy to heal an illness, where chiropractic visits were the norms and where my mother always encouraged my sisters and I to look beyond a person’s exterior appearance and truly connect to who they are inside. She always encouraged us to tune into our emotions and connect to our feelings. Because of that I grew up relying on my inner ‘gut’ feelings to navigate the world.
It is what attracted me to yoga, people looked happy and serene and I myself felt a strong sense of peace after taking a class. I stumbled upon yoga some 17 years ago, jumped into taking Ana Forrest’s teacher training almost immediately and have been teaching every since.
I have done many different trainings in the past 17 years and studied with the likes of Seane Corn, Gurumukh, Steve Ross, Erich Shifman taking in as many of the gems they had to offer along the way and forging my own practice from those gems. From Ana Forrest I learned the power of the breath and alignment; from Seane Corn, I found my true authentic voice; from Steve Ross, I learned the importance of a good playlist and from Erich Shifman, the beauty of moving into stillness.
My main goal when teaching is to make the students feel welcome, experience joy and peace and leave class with a smile on their faces. It is the same philosophy that I want to bring to Soul Movement Yoga.
Our daily life can often be stressful and chaotic. Many people yearned to find a place where they can stretch their body, mind and soul , be accepted for who they are and find peace. This is why I created Soul Movement Yoga.
The first time I ever took a yoga class I had no idea what I was doing. I couldn’t touch my toes or bend backwards and I felt as I was flopping around without any sense of direction. By the time we got to savasana I was spent and had the most relaxing 10 minutes of my life. Once I got out of class I thought “there is something to this.” It was another 6 months before I found myself in another class and this time it was a yoga retreat that a friend of mine ‘coerced me’ into coming to. By the time the weekend was over I was hooked and signing up for teacher’s training within a month.
So yes I’ve been the girl who feels inflexible, who can’t shut down her mind and who has no idea what she is doing. I’ve fallen in half moon, gave myself burns from falling on my forehead while attempting to do crow and laugh at myself every step of the way. I’ve been teaching for over 17 years and I still can’t hold a crow for more than 15 seconds, still need the wall to hold a handstand and I’m not all the way down when I try split. But none of these matters, what matters is that I love teaching and I love practicing.
So, come to Soul Movement. I promise you an environment where you can feel free to be yourself and evolve at your own pace.