I was born in Paris in an Italian French family, and I have lived in the U.S., in Atlanta, GA for the past 14 years.
As a young adult, I loved dancing and acting. I also lived inside an emotional armor which pushed me to start a personal development journey.
In 2004, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I bumped into yoga for the first time ever after surgery when I attended the class of Aline Frati, a yoga teacher in Paris who had been teaching for 40 years. Aline’s yoga practice, where the breath is key, resonated with me. I became aware that suppressed emotions find their way in the body.
After over two decades in the corporate world, I reconnected with my love for movement and started teaching yoga in 2010 while continuing to learn from Aline. 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. I came out on the other side with a greater desire to look at who I am and find my voice.
I decided to add a “healing circle” in my yoga therapy classes as I am convinced that sharing stories that have meaning to us, helps us grow.
All my group classes are small classes with eight students at the most.
In class, you practice a unique style of yoga that’s available for everybody, whether you are young or in your 90’s, whether you are healthy or going through an illness. You are guided into yogic breathing and slow movement that help reset your physical, mental and emotional rhythms to their natural state. You feel a deep relaxation which is key to any healing process. You also become aware of emotions, feelings and needs which may have been suppressed or forgotten, that are ready to re-surface so that you can deal with them.
Classes start and end with the “healing circle” where you have the freedom to reveal your deepest longings and to acknowledge your fear, anger, sadness, and your joy too. Active listening and gestalt therapy are tools I use to help you speak your truth.
This mind body approach offers a space where you are gently guided to be more authentic to yourself—and therefore to others—so that you, ultimately, live with more satisfaction in your body, your emotions, your relationships and your life goals.
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.