Yoga has always been a word stuck somewhere in my mind since I heard about it, and I knew that this was something I had to try. One day of 2003, I started yoga by entering in a hot yoga studio and tried the first class they had. While I was practicing, and hoping that the heat would not kill me before the end of the class, something clicked in me that this yoga thing was more than just a physical exercise, and that this class was going to be the first step of a long journey.
I practiced Hatha yoga for few years, learned the basics of proper breathing and alignment, understanding more and more about mindfulness, and getting a glimpse of the philosophy and history attached to this practice.
Then I discovered Ashtanga Yoga through a dear friend of mine, and it was love at first sight.
The breath, the constant flowing, the beauty of the practice and its never ending challenges, and the subtle effects on the body and mind made a huge change on my practice and on myself.
Meanwhile, after working 10 years as an engineer in the corporate world who decided for me that it was time to go, I was pregnant with my daughter. From there, priorities changed drastically. I went on and complete my 200-Hour and 500-Hour yoga teacher certifications in Brazil and India in 2010. I taught yoga locally in Dallas, TX, where I lived for several years, before moving to Portland OR.
In 2011, I met another yogi and decided to found Global Yoga Shala, a company, with high ethical standards, dedicated to provide high quality immersive Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Retreats programs worldwide. I co managed this company for 3 years. This was a great adventure with lots of extraordinary experiences around the world. It showed me how yoga, meditation, daily practice, and listening can touch and change people' lives.
I have taught yoga in different countries around the world through Global Yoga Shala, I taught in English and in French, my native language, and studied with many amazing teachers such as Srivatsa Ramaswami (Vinyasa Krama), David Swenson, David Williams, Ricky Tran, and Seane Corn.
In 2017, I have started teaching Yoga and Meditation in my own private Yoga Studio. I now teach classes in English, and I partnered with the Alliance Francaise of Portland to teach Yoga and Meditation classes in French!
This year, I also started a Wholistic Nutritionist Certification to learn formally about the principles of holistic healthcare and nutrition. I am very excited by the perpective of incorporating this knowledge to my yoga practice and classes, and offering nutrition consultations very soon!
I was told that my teaching style reflects my life experience and personality: down to earth, accessible, and compassionate. I thrive to meet students where they are. I place a huge emphasis on breath, and love the sound of ujaii (victorious breath). I use intelligent sequencing and flow that works the entire body, and leaves my students more relaxed and connected with themselves. I was also told that my French accent really helps in that matter!