I’m fascinated by the body mind connection. I love movement and I’ve always been interested in the emotional world. In fact, what truly makes me tick is to help my clients find the emotions that hide in the body.
Born in Paris, I’m French of Italian descent. As a young adult, I lived inside an emotional armor. I was convinced my only purpose was to please everyone else’s needs and, one day, I realized my own needs had as much value. That’s how I started a long healing journey with the help of 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 leave Paris and move to the States in Atlanta, GA, where I lived for 16 years. 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. In the span of two years, 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 find my purpose. That’s when I started designing my own style of yoga therapy.
In June of 2022, a new shockwave. The cancer came back. I’ve been living with metastatic breast cancer since then. It was time for me to feel safer and that meant leaving Atlanta and moving to Paris, my native land, where I now teach yoga therapy.
A specific style of yoga therapy for a stronger mind body connection and more authenticity
I believe the journey towards wellness is a path of transformation that involves both body and mind, body work and verbalization. That’s why I’ve designed a style of yoga therapy that combines yoga and 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. 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.
This combination of yoga and Circle work is for everybody, whether you’re in your 20’s or your 90’s, whatever your physical condition and whether you practice yoga or not. Practiced regularly, it’s a path towards a stronger mind body connection and more authenticity with yourself and with others, and, therefore, a path towards more joy and wellness in your life.
As a yoga therapist and a cancer person, I’m engaged in integrative medicine—which combines complementary medicine practices with conventional medicine. I’m convinced integrative medicine is the only way to go in order to heal or to live fully even when diagnosed with an illness. That’s why I’m a member of the French integrative health association Health United, the Society for Integrative Oncology (U.S.), and the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (U.S.).
Photo: © Fernando Decillis.