Elisabeth is a Paris native. As a child, she was a sensitive, free spirit and natural performer. She loved musicals, dancing and acting, and always comforted the kid who was rejected.
As a young adult, she took on a “traditional” career in her home city, Paris, and became a journalist for the corporate world.
At the same time, Elisabeth suffered chronic physical pain that lead her to realize she was living in a self-imposed “prison” by constantly trying to meet the expectations and desires of others. That marked the start of a life-long personal development journey.
In 2004, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was then, shell shocked, that she discovered yoga through Aline Frati, a yoga teacher of 40 years, in Paris. Aline’s yoga helped Elisabeth heal, and reconnect with her love for movement. It also brought Elisabeth to become aware how much the body “speaks”, and how it “stores” suppressed emotions. Soon after, Aline encouraged her to teach.
A year later, Elisabeth met her husband, an American who lived in Atlanta, Georgia. She soon made the big move across the Atlantic, in Atlanta. She continued her corporate writing work, and at the same time graduated as a yoga teacher and as a yoga therapist while also training in Gestalt therapy, a form of therapy based on self-awareness.
Elisabeth started teaching the yoga she learned from her teacher in private sessions and in a small weekly group class. She also gave it a name—Yoga for Renewal.
In 2014, Elisabeth separated from her husband, was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time and learned of her father’s lung cancer diagnosis, all at the same time. She moved back to France for a year to heal and regroup with her loved ones.
Elisabeth came out on the other side with a clearer vision of who she is and her life’s purpose.
With the help of a licensed psychologist, Laurent Malterre—who now consults her work in yoga therapy–, she realized she wanted to create her own yoga therapy method that she had dreamed of, for years.
In her classes, she started combining her yoga practice with a healing circle. With the yoga practice, Elisabeth helps students get in touch with emotions that are blocked in the body. During the healing circle, she holds space for students to share their deepest longings. The combination of both the yoga practice and the sharing, in a safe space, brings students more wholeness, authenticity and aliveness.
She teaches in small group and in one-on-one sessions.
When she’s not teaching Yoga for Renewal, Elisabeth is a French language teacher. She also hosts talks on subjects she’s passionate about, like well being. Sharing life with family and friends (even at a distance) is one of her favorites. Dance and music too. Her love for nature often brings her in Appalachia. She’s also fortunate to travel whenever sanitary conditions make it possible. And wherever she goes, she brings her mat.
Elisabeth is 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 her teaching are based on her IAYT certification, not derived from her status as an RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance Registry.
Photo: © Fernando Decillis.