About yoga therapy
Are you ready to go deeper in your wellness journey?
To me, wellness involves having more satisfaction in our body, our emotions, our relationships and our life goals. It involves personal transformation, which involves work, courage and patience. If you are ready for this kind of work, then 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. Let me explain. 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.
The classes start with a “healing circle” where you are invited to name what is going on with you, what is alive in you, what has happened to you. After the healing circle, you practice a unique style of yoga that’s available for everybody, whether you are young or in your 90’s. During the yoga practice, you are guided into yogic breathing and slow movements that help reset your physical, mental and emotional rhythms to their natural state, and connect with what your body says. Classes finish with a closing healing circle where you are invited to talk about your inner world and the insights that have come up during the yoga practice.
Practiced regularly, this yoga therapy is a path to more authenticity and joy in your life.
What makes me tick is to find the hidden emotions that the body keeps. I have studied the emotional life and wellness for the past 35 years, in one way or the other.
I was born in Paris in an Italian French family. As a young adult, I loved dancing and acting. I also lived inside an emotional armor and with the absolute conviction I had to please everyone around me. So instead of exploring what I loved, I pursued a corporate career in communications.
In 2004, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s when I bumped into yoga for the first time. Aline Frati, a yoga teacher of 40 years in Paris, was my teacher for 14 years until she passed in 2018.
Two years later, I moved 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, my father passed away from lung cancer and I divorced. 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, and that’s why I’m so passionate about what I do.
Respect. I show respect to myself as a person and a therapist as well as to my clients. For example, respect in my work is making sure that I do what I say and that I say what I do. It’s about holding a safe space for my clients during classes.
. Empathy. It is vital in my work that we–my clients and I–listen from the heart and speak from the heart.
. Ethics. I go by 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.