About yoga therapy
I believe the journey towards more wellness is a path of transformation that involves soul and body work and, most of all, courage and patience. If you are ready for this kind of wellness journey, you have arrived at the right spot.
I have designed a style of yoga therapy that is at the crossroads of verbal therapy and yoga. I use the Circle work to invite you to speak your truth, to become aware of your inner reality, to name it and share it with others so that you identify your needs, come out of isolation and feel more alive. I also use a specific yoga practice to help you connect deeply with your body, become aware of the stories that are behind the tensions, and listen to the signs the body sends us and that, often, we choose to ignore.
Both the verbal therapy and the yoga practice help you become aware of what is really going on with you, of your true needs. Practiced regularly, this yoga therapy is a path towards more authenticity with yourself and with others, and, therefore, a path towards more joy and wellness in your life.
The unique style of yoga we practice is available for everybody, whether you are young or in your 90’s.
What makes me tick is to help my clients find the emotions that hide in their body.
I’ve studied the emotional life for the past 35 years, in one way or the other.
I was born in Paris in an Italian French family. As a child and young adult, I loved dancing and acting. I also lived inside an emotional armor, a fortress, unaware that all I could think of was how to please everyone else’s needs before mine.
Instead of exploring what I loved, I pursued a corporate career in communications. I engaged in a damaging relationship. I also wanted to heal so I explored individual an group therapy, sophrology and deep breath work.
In 2004, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s when I bumped into yoga and my teacher for the first time. Aline Frati a yoga teacher of 40 years in Paris, taught me her unique yoga practice for 14 years until she passed in 2018.
In 2006, love pushed me to move to the States. I started teaching yoga in 2010. I trained in gestalt therapy and, in 2013, I became a certified yoga therapist under the International Association of Yoga Therapists. A year later, I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time while my father was diagnosed with lung cancer. Within a year, I separated from my husband, I went through the treatments and lost my dad.
I came out on the other side with a greater desire to look at who I was, to find my voice and my purpose. That’s when I started designing my own style of yoga therapy that combines verbal therapy and yoga. It’s my life work!
Respect. Respect for you, for who you are, for how you show up in sessions. Respect for me as a person and a therapist.
. Empathy. It is vital in my work that we–my clients and I–listen from the heart and speak from the heart.
. Ethics. I follow the IAYT Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibilities.
. Learning. For the part of my work that deals with verbal therapy, I work under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. For the part of my work that deals with therapeutic yoga, I submit at least 24 hours of Continuing Education every three years to obtain the recertification from the IAYT.
I am an IAYT-Certified (C-IAYT) Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 500) with Yoga Alliance. The yoga therapy components of my teaching are based on my IAYT certification, not derived from my status as an RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance Registry.
Photo: © Fernando Decillis.