I first started yoga when I as about 15. I was young, stressed out by things that probably weren’t that important, but my mum (who was a yoga teacher) thought I should give yoga a try. Here I am quite a few years later!
What I love about the way my mum taught me is that it wasn’t « yoga » as we see in most classes. She included so many different themes, subjects and exercises into her classes - based on her many talents (self massage, reflexology, chakras, colour therapy, crystal healing…). Without really thinking about it I think I’ve tried to follow in her footsteps by making my classes different from what we learn on our 200 hour teacher trainings.
From the age of 15 I practiced on and off, at school, getting up every morning at 6am to practice Kundalini yoga; I read most of the books lying around the house, anything from Hopi Indian traditions to Wicca, aura reading to aromatherapy. I believe that I started my personal training then, which made me the teacher I am today.
In 2013 I went to Spain to train to become a Classical Yoga teacher. I’m going to be very honest with you here, I didn't enjoy it that much. We learnt about 18 postures and that was it….we weren’t allow to use any variations (put a little Eagle arm into a lunge), we had to follow the very strict and traditional way that our teacher was training us. The way we learnt to teach was very rigid and to be honest, it wasn't for me and I had a huge identity crisis when I came home. Somehow, I had let my free spirit be bound to a certain way of teaching which I found incredibly limiting. This is the way you are SUPPOSED to teach was drummed into us every day.
I feel truly blessed to have had so many amazing students who have enabled me to grow in so many ways. By having them come to class every week and allow me to evolve as a teacher and a person is something that I will never take for granted. Through teaching, I understood what kind of teacher I wanted to be.
I don’t plan my classes, I love finding different exercises which are definetly not part of the Classical Yoga curriculum, using my passions and inspirations to find new ways to approach subjects or ideas, I feed off the energy that is in the class and use my intuition to guide my students. I try to remember each and every day what it was like to be a beginner, to not be able to do a posture, to dislike a posture (or several) – I want my students to accept 100% where they are NOW.
I want my students to feel at home in my classes, to be able to express themselves through their movements. There is no right or wrong (as long as you don’t hurt yourself). I am a strong believer in adapting the pose to fit the body, not the other way around.
I have worked for many years (unconsciously at the beginning) to hone in on my intuition, to feel rather than think. I believe that yoga doesn’t have to be as it’s written in books (by guys who wore thongs and lived in caves 600 years ago – things have moved on a little), it can come from the heart, from joy (the simple joy of moving and feeling at one with ones body). I think when I allowed myself to listen to this, I realised, a yoga class doesn’t have to be « just yoga », we can dance and jump around a bit, we can be foolish, we can shout and laugh and cry – we can be 100% who we really are.
A part from yoga…..I love eating, cooking, reading, hiking, great music, dancing (when no one is watching), travelling, taking long, hot baths with an icey G&T. I am interested in aromatherapy, nutrition, ayurveda, gardening, crystal healing, massage. I consider myself very respectful and non judgmental.
I am a certified massage therapist, crystal healer. I am not a particularly flexible yoga practitionner (I probably could be if I had more self discipline and practiced every day), I don’t see that as a bad thing (I could try harder, but I’m not in that space right now).
" Pure joy! I believe that it is largely thanks to Louise’s guidance, her personality and approach that I am “a happy yoga addict” today! " - Simona