I am a big believer that there is nothing by "chance" in life. That the people we meet are people who are pivotal factors in one's journey. I also have come to realize that with time being fleeting the people who you associate with, call your friends, and engage with daily directly shape who you are. For example, how you feel ... they can lift you up or bring you down.
Moving to a new country was intimidating and often a little isolating in the beginning. Making friends felt impossible and especially trying to do so in a new language. How was I suppose to create friendships without being able to express myself?
In an effort to be more social I signed up for a yoga event with Summerlab Events (more on this later). I was nervous because I knew the yoga class would be entirely in French, and socializing in French at the time wasn't the easiest. But, upon arriving the atmosphere at Yoga Searcher was inviting and warm. Olivia from Summer Lab Events (I will introduce her on here soon) created a morning yoga event reminiscent of yoga events in California. I immediately felt excited and happy to meet new people.
The yoga class was inspiring but what stood out was the instructor, which now gets me to the point of my post. Emilie, one of the best yoga instructors I have ever had. Her presence, knowledge, and the affirmations that she offers to her students in her practice are incredible. I introduced myself before class and she made sure to say things in French and English. Immediately, I knew she was a bright light, someone who makes people feel better after meeting her. Not to mention, her yoga classes are the perfect balance of mediation and flow. I thought without further ado I would share Emilie's bio with all of you. She is one talented lady that I feel like the world needs to know :) And if you are visiting Annecy, France you must take a class with her.
My name is Emilie, I am 25 years and 9 months old and I define myself as a poet novice botanist. I have difficulty with the fact that our profession or our activity defines us. I love poetry and nature so this is the best definition I have found for me at the moment. Otherwise, I practice and teach yoga, and I create things. I am very happy to introduce myself to all of you.
General background in yoga
I have practiced yoga for almost 10 years. I teach Hatha and Yin. It is a discipline, an art, and a philosophy that accompanies me in every part of my existence. It is also one of my most precious friends who teaches me a lot about myself and about the world around me!
My first yoga experience was a disaster, I think I was not ready but I also believe it depends a lot on the teacher. He or she must give you confidence. I graduated 200 hours in India, in Goa, and another near Geneva.
Why I teach
Two years ago, during an internship in Greece, I had the "revelation" that I had to teach, that the time had come. I started because it was obvious. It fills me with happiness. However, when the students thank me for a lesson at which they feel good, I want to tell them "it's not me, it's yoga.
Yoga, like life, is magical.
Fun facts about me
1) I have a cat that sticks out it's tongue constantly. It is both funny and tragic, since it missing a piece of the lower jaw. It had a fall from a 3rd floor ... however that does not prevent it from devouring his croquettes, so everything is well!
2) Even if I have a little difficulty in admitting it ... I was the one who asked my husband to marry me. We celebrated our one year in India and I asked his hand (to marry me) in a tuk tuk ! Of course, I forced him to re-ask the next day, where he dropped to one knee.
3) I am phobic of the papers ... This is really embarrassing for a French girl ! I really struggle with administrative tasks. I would love to have someone take care of them for me ... :)
I've traveled extensively on every continent since I was a little girl, thanks to a travel agent mom and a dad passionate by adventure. This has become a kind of addiction to me. The journey opens horizons, pushes us out of our comfort zone, and to be more attentive. I like the feeling of a change of scenery. I also like to go home after a trip!
Why I travel
Travel is a constant question. The people we meet, the flavors, the landscapes, the climates help encourage a type of rethinking of what we think we know. I'm passionate about that. I also travel alone, I spent 6 months alone in India. When no one is available to go with me, it does not bother me to pack my bags for a solo weekend. It is very different from a couples trip or with others, but I invite everyone to do the same at least once !
1) Naoussa Collection
About 5 months ago, I launched my collection of yoga mat bags, Naoussa Collection. They are inspired by the world and travels.
I would like people to see them as bags not only for yoga but also for life, that they can slip their drawings if they are architects, their sports outfit, or a bouquet of flowers
Radyoga! This radio should be broadcast continuously and everywhere. I created it with my friend and associate Boris, who is a great guy.
We wish to transmit well-being and happiness through this radio. In addition, on the site, you can buy items like decorative objects, or draw recipes and tips to make you feel better. Learn more on our website : radyoga.fr !!!
3) Yoga & Meditation for all ... Community classes
For me, yoga should not be reserved for an elite who has money. Of course, people who work a lot are often stressed, but there are also people in difficulty, unemployed or students who do not allow themselves to go to yoga classes. That's why I created the community yoga classes, the price is free from a minimum of 5 €. Each month, the profits are donated to a charity.
Do not hesitate to come, Thursday from 16h to 17h at the Studio du Pâquier in Annecy!