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MY JOURNEY

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

I first came in touch with yoga in the early 2000, starting my personal practice with a book and fell in love with the physical side of the philosophy.

For several years, yoga accompanied me through life and the benefits of this strengthening physical and mental practice brought me to deepen the knowledge of the philosophy and found the strong connection with my already existing convictions on the ways of the human being.

With a university degree in clinical psychology and a yoga teacher certification in classical yoga, I combine the eastern and western approaches to the body-mind union through my classes.

The body is our book of life where our story is printed into each cell and makes us the person we are today. Becoming intimate with the body and using it as the instrument to tap into our own truth, I incorporate the yoga philosophy in classical Hatha, strong Vinyasa flow classes to open and still the mind and in a more meditative contemplation of how it functions through yin yoga.

I believe in combining knowledge.

With a background in psychology and the western approach to the human being as well as the eastern view through my yoga certification, I work on a holistic level in my classes. Get to know yourself through you practice and find your balance, physical and mental.

Your body is a blueprint of your life. All your past experiences are traced, nothing disappears. However, the different mechanisms of our mind tend to put certain things in the unconscious drawer when it was experienced as unpleasant. Since the body still has to deal with it, it stays as blockages and tightness. An easy example that most people can relate to is the sensation of having the world on your shoulders. Stress and worry turns into tight shoulders and neck.

So we end up working our way around these tight areas and we adapt our behavior. The human being is extremely good at adapting, it’s a question of survival. Unconscious behavior will be repeated over and over until we become aware of it. If it isn’t conscious, it isn’t understandable to us. So our unconscious mind has us doing the same thing again and again as a way of dealing with this behavior. This is why we have the impression that we’re always meeting the same people, living the same situations, having the same conversations…

So what has Yin yoga to do with all of this psychological behavior of defense mechanisms and repetition?

In Yin, we take the time to release the tensions of the tightness. It is a slow, intimate and mindful practice. We take the time to let the body speak since we stay for sometimes more then five minutes in a pose. The goal is not to stretch the muscles but attain the connective tissue in the body and create space there instead. Since the practice needs to be slow and passive for the connective tissue to stretch, it is also an opportunity to sit with oneself. A moment of introspection. No where to be, nothing to do. Just look within and listen to the body.