What makes me tick is to help my clients find the emotions that hide in the 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 damaging relationships. I also knew I needed to heal so I explored individual and group therapy, sophrology and deep breath work.
In 2004, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s when I bumped into yoga for the first time, as well as my teacher. 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 from Paris to the States, in Atlanta. 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. In 2014, I was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time while my father was diagnosed with lung cancer. Within a year, I went through the treatments, separated from my husband and lost my dad.
I came out on the other side with a greater desire to look at who I am, to find my voice and my purpose. That’s when I started designing my own style of yoga therapy that combines Circle work and yoga. It’s my life work!
Soul and body work
I believe the journey towards more wellness is a path of transformation that involves soul and body work. That’s why I have designed a style of yoga therapy that also involves Circle work.
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 so that you identify your needs, come out of isolation and feel more alive. The specific yoga practice I work with helps 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.
The combination of both the Circle work and the yoga practice—available for everybody, whether you are young or in your 90’s–is a path towards more authenticity with yourself and with others, and, therefore, a path towards more joy and wellness in your life.
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.