I am a global citizen, recovering humanitarian and applied social researcher. I have survived the frontlines of multiple conflicts as an international child protection worker, pushed through a doctoral thesis to understand how people cope with violence, and now study and write about how inequality and structural violence can be transformed through individual, everyday actions.
I am also a yoga teacher, trained by the world’s best teachers and scholars, including in Varanasi, Union Square, Kreutzberg, and Camden. I have practiced yoga seriously for more than 25 years, and qualified as a Vinyasa yoga teacher in 2007 with Cyndi Lee at the prestigious OM Yoga Centre in New York. I have taught yoga across the world, from New York, to Bukavu, to London, to Antananarivo, to Geneva, to Annecy and now online.
Yoga and meditation have been foundational practices that have allowed me to serve in the world, helping me to build and maintain the strength, clarity and sense of purpose required to get through even the most difficult times. My approach to ‘Bodhisattva Yoga’ is inspired by the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, whereby a Bodhisattva serves the world to reduce suffering and to contribute to collective liberation.
Through in-person yoga classes in Annecy, online classes, retreats, and one-on-one programmes, I offer tools to reinforce your strength and to recharge your energies. I teach you how to harness your breath and your physical strength through fluidly sequenced postures. With a focus on alignment and balance, we reinforce stability and stamina, flexibility and resilience. I also guide you through mindfulness meditation–a contemplative practice that allows us to increase our awareness and to cultivate our capacity to experience the present moment.
Interactive online yoga classes
I offer a selection of possibilities to integrate the practice and benefits of yoga and meditation into your everyday life, from home. My Vinyasa yoga classes are scheduled 3 times per week:
Tuesdays 9:00-10:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Thursdays 20:15-21:15 (Central European Summer Time)
Fridays 13:00- 14:00 (Central European Summer Time)
Once you register for the class you will receive a Zoom link. As well as your mat, a yoga strap, blanket, and blocks will be helpful. A one-time intake conversation with each new student will help me adapt my teaching to your specific needs, and especially to be aware of any relevant health conditions that will have an impact on your practice, including past injuries or pregnancy (which I need to know about to help keep you safe).
10€ drop-in anytime yoga class
50€ monthly unlimited subscription
Bespoke individual and group packages
Resilience at work
Work in the pandemic-era is finding new types of normal, self-care and balance are more important to cultivate than ever before. I support individuals and companies in designing well-being approaches to sustain and support health.
A Big Breath In was a half day retreat in the mountains, hosted at the luxurious Chalet Savoie Faire on Sunday, 30 August 2020. In a day developed specially for La Rentrée, we practiceed our focus alignment, breath, strength and balance through asana practice and meditation, followed by a delectable vegetarian lunch prepared by Nikki. Stay tuned here for future retreats, designed to keep us going…
Classes in Annecy
In-person classes resume in September at Espace Danse Daleas on Thursday lunchtimes 12:15-13:30- and start on 10 September. Join us for a rigorous and fun midday break downtown Annecy. Outdoor pop-up classes will also be held, weather permitting.
Free YouTube Videos
My YouTube Warrior Training series was created to support my yoga students during the Covid-19 lockdown. Short daily sequences to get us on mats and to continue the practice so that we can strengthen our capacities to cope wth uncertainty and to stay healthy.