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My story

I've been deeply connected to yoga since childhood, thanks to my father who was himself a yogi. Amidst a challenging finance career and many relocations from my home town in Brittany, France, to New York, Paris, Sydney, and now the San Francisco Bay Area, I've maintained over 25 years of continuous practice.

​Now, with a more slow-paced lifestyle, I'm excited to dedicate my time to yoga. As a yoga teacher, my aim is to help you start and stay motivated on your own yoga journey.

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I practiced Iyengar yoga in New York with Lucienne Vidah, a student of BKS Iyengar, from 1999 to 2004. Following this, I spent seven years studying at the Iyengar Institute of Paris before moving to Sydney, where I continued my practice with Kimberly Mitchell. Now, I am fortunate to practice at the Iyengar South Bay studio with Jito Yumibe, who has studied with the Iyengar family multiple times since 1984.

My approach

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I provide a more intimate yoga experience than what is usually offered in large studio classes. Understanding your background and expectations is important to me. I seek to connect with each student, fostering a sense of community, and supporting individual progress. Classes are tailored for genuine progression and adaptation to your needs.

I intend to offer a variety of yoga styles, including Iyengar-based and more dynamic Vinyasa flows. In line with the foundations of Iyengar yoga,  we will incorporate the use of props like straps, blocks, and blankets to help you get the right alignment and support for holding poses longer. I will also always bring a special attention to breathing.  My goal is for you to feel connected and engaged in each movement.

Dad in 1970

Dad in Padmasana
Dad in Pincha Mayurasana
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Dad in Janu Sirsasana
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Dad in Sirsasana
Dad in Sargangasana
Dad in Vrksana

The story goes in my family that my dad, at just 20 years old, met my mom at a party and bored her with his sole topic of conversation: yoga. Can you imagine? This was back in 1964 when yoga was relatively unknown in Europe! I consider my dad as a pioneer in the field of yoga and I couldn't be prouder!

 

My earliest memory of Dad introducing yoga to my sister and me was teaching us proper breathing techniques, starting with filling the belly with air, then expanding the lungs and finally lift all the way up to the top of the clavicles.

 

I also recall him watching as my sister and I effortlessly performed back bends, bringing our toes over the crown of our heads. It seemed easy then, and we assumed it would always be so. However, Dad stressed the importance of daily practice to maintain our flexibility—a piece of advice I wish I had followed! 

 

The most important thing he taught us along the breathing technique was the sun salutations. I fondly remember my sister and I taking the flow where every poses seemed so easy. Well I have good news for you! It all comes back with practice! So come along and let's have fun getting back our mobility and flexibility! 

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