Angola, Central Africa
Angola, Central Africa
1) What does yoga mean to you? What part of the practice do you connect most with? Yoga is a journey, a life journey, a path to remember and be One with our divine essence, again. It took a while for me to embrace this vision of Yoga, but I can say now that I cannot go backward. Yoga is so much more than a sequence of postures, so much more than some kind of gymnastic where you want to become the most flexible possible. It is a way of humility on which, since I embraced it and let it guide me, makes me learn to unlearn, give less importance to the ego, let go the conditionings to be a new and free being, every day. One revelation of what Yoga really is was brought to me by my philosophy teacher last year when he exposed a translation of the very first sutra of Patanjali "Atha Yoga Anushasanam" by saying "Yoga is the discipline of the Now". It totally shaked me, and completely changed my practice and how I interact with the world since then. Today in my life, Yoga is a way of living. As long as I live and act with consciousness, maintaining a coherence between my thoughts, words and actions, I am in Yoga. As long as I am fully present, as I am writing now or by teaching yoga to my students, I am in Yoga. As long as I can be touched by beauty and love wherever I am, I am in Yoga. As long as I'm able to stop this writing to give a hug to my son and be completely absorbed in it, I am in Yoga. Since a year and a half now, I live the majority of moments of my day-to-day life and my asanas practice as a meditation, with a focused and opened mind, absorbed in what is present, and I never felt so alive and grateful to be, just Be.
I began practicing Yoga asanas about 10 years ago, and at that time I was focused only on the physical practice, not so much on the spiritual aspects of philosophy, Pranayama or meditation. I chose to begin with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, that's to say I wanted something physically challenging! As I didn't find an Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher where I lived, I began to practice on my own, with videos and DVDs. To be honest, I was considering at that time that Savasana and all relaxation moments were really boring, and I used to simply skip them! I eventually opened to the spiritual and philosophical sides of Yoga when I began my studies in Ayurvedic medecine, and in that search of global balance of my body and mind, I began to pratice Pranayama and meditation in addition to asanas, and enjoyed it, like loved it! every day a little bit more. I found so much answers to my questions on Life during these practices and by studying Yoga philosophy, Vedic texts and books such as the "Bhagavad Gita". Teaching now as a Yinyasa yoga and a Yin yoga teacher, my heart and energy are dedicated to propose to my students this opening that I had the chance to experience of the path of Yoga through Pranayamas, visualisations, contemplations, mantras chanting and meditations practices.
Life is a succession of moments, a dance of the mind between past, future and present times. I choose and I do my best to be in presence at each moment, whatever I'm doing, cultivating a sort of innocence and acceptance for what is proposed to me on this path. Since a year now, I intend to keep a coherency between thoughts, words and actions in my day-to-day life, to integrate and align all the aspects of my personality. I also do my best to respect and follow the five Yamas and Niyamas, those vows to live an ethic life, a dedication to a spiritual life. To be honest, it is not comfortable all the time! Especially when that leads to a change in relationships as close family or friends. But the liberation that stems from is so huge that I accept it now as my way of living. I cannot go back anymore, even if I know that whatever I was or thought I was, I was already the best version of myself, at any time.
Running, hiking, swimming, surfing, travelling, everything that makes me move. Being a mom, laughing, chilling with friends, everything that makes me feel alive and loved. Quantic physic, reading, holistic medecines such as Ayurveda and chamanism, everything that makes me understand better this reality. Nature, environment protection, gardening, sunbathing, contemplating, taking pictures, everything that connects me to Mother Earth and makes me feel her Beauty.
What’s something most people don’t know about you? Maybe a hidden talent? Some would say that I'm a fairy and a witch melted! Fairy from my link to Nature, to children and animals and my petite figure. Witch from my knowledge in mysterious and secret things such as astrology, tarology and alchemy, in fact for all sciences involved in symbolism. Those two aspects are my strength, my power, my guide to compassion and to an inner comprehension of human nature. It took me some time to be able to dance with those two faces but I have now integrated both of them as an inspiration in my life and in the yoga classes I teach. Last thing about me, when I doubt in life, I put music on to let my body move and my mind let go everything, and especially this mantra from Alexa Sunshine Rose "I release control and surrender to the flow of love that will heal me". Such a powerful mantra it is to me, to trust, let go and let it be.