I came across yoga shortly after leaving Paris, when I moved to bustling London in 2002. The first class I attended (in February 2003) was a Vinyasa Flow class, which left me sweaty, shaky, huffing and puffing. I had pushed too hard in my attempt to keep up with more advanced students, but in spite of my bruised ego, I went back for more and haven’t looked back.
The person teaching that very first yoga class was the dancer-trained Rebecca Parker, who later went on to train me over two years to become a teacher too. Under her guidance and inspiration, I was able to reconnect with my own (modest!) ballet background, flowing from one shape into another through smooth transitions. I slowly developed enough confidence in my teaching to actually stand in front of a class, in spite of English not being my native tongue. Ironically, I am now struggling to teach a yoga class in French!
Although I remain based in Vinyasa Flow Yoga, I have enjoyed taking part in various yoga traditions: Ashtanga, Hatha, Sivananda, Dharma Mittra and Acroyoga classes too. I also enjoy incorporating elements of other disciplines, as I find that varying the content of classes helps to motivate students. Yoga classes end up becoming moulded to one’s own sense of style; a bit like picking an outfit that suits your mood for the day.
I have had the honour and pleasure to learn from wonderful yoga teachers in Los Angeles (Brian Kest, Stephen Earth Metz, Shiva Rea, Micheline Berry, Saul David Raye) and in London (Sean Corn, David Life, Jason Nemer, Beryl Bender Birch, Yogeswari, Olof Kuijt, Emma Henry, Mark Kan), but also from lesser known teachers who all deserve some of the limelight. Thanks to you all!
In 2007, I also did a YogaBugs teacher training aimed at introducing yoga to kids ranging from the age of 6 to 11. I taught different age groups in several schools throughout that year which was a great experience.
I continuously trained over the years by attending classes and workshops but it is not until December 2014 that I did a formal training and obtained my qualification as a Pregnancy Yoga teacher with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Lisa White. I have since had the pleasure to accompany mothers-to-be on their journey either in private or group sessions. You can read a little blog I wrote about yoga and pregnancy here.
In December 2015, our little girl Nina was born and two years later, in December 2017, our little boy Sasha.
In December 2018, I completed 40 hours of Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Sarah Lo. This does not make me a fully qualified teacher in this style of course but it gave me the opportunity to appreciate a practice based on the fundamentals of long held poses (2-5 minutes), mindfulness and meditation, and some knowledge of the meridians as known in Chinese acupuncture.
// If you are wondering about my professional life before and as it happens parallel to teaching yoga, I studied languages at La Sorbonne University in Paris (English and German) and obtained a DESS in Audiovisual Translation at Nanterre University in 2001. I worked for various subtitling companies in London until 2007 and went on to teaching pole dancing from 2007 until 2012. //