I am a Paris native, born in an Italian French family. As a child, I was a sensitive, free spirit and natural performer. I loved musicals, dancing and acting.
As a young adult, I took on a “traditional” career in my home city, and became a writer for the corporate world. At that point, I realized that I was living in a self-imposed “prison” by putting others’ needs, first. That marked the start of a life-long personal development journey.
In 2004, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was then, shell shocked, that I discovered yoga through Aline Frati, a yoga teacher of 40 years, in Paris. Aline’s yoga helped me heal, and reconnect with my love for movement. I also became fascinated by how suppressed emotions find a home in the body. Soon after, Aline encouraged me to teach.
I met my husband, an American who lived in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2006, I made the big move across the Atlantic, in Atlanta. I graduated as a yoga teacher and as a yoga therapist while also training in Gestalt therapy, a form of therapy based on self-awareness.
I started teaching the yoga style I learned from my teacher and gave it a name—Yoga for Renewal.
In 2014, I separated from my husband, was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time and learned of my father’s lung cancer diagnosis, all at the same time.
I came out on the other side with a clearer vision of who am I and my life’s purpose.
With the help of a licensed psychologist, Laurent Malterre, I realized I wanted to bring something else to Yoga for Renewal. That’s when I added a healing circle to the yoga practice.
I teach only in small groups and in one-on-one sessions, in the U.S. or in France.
When I’m not teaching Yoga for Renewal, I am a French language teacher. I also hosts talks on subjects I’m passionate about like well being. Sharing long meals with family and friends (at a physical distance) is one of my favorites. Dance and music too. I go for long walks in nature. I need them! I’ve been fortunate to spend the last 14 years traveling between the States and France. We’ll see how this goes with the pandemic.
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.