Liminal? Edge?

Liminal describes an intermediate between two states or conditions. The time for practice during our days, the full breadth of a movement, the moments between two breaths, the silence between two thoughts, the pauses in between two exercises… All of these are liminal spaces where magic happens and I invite you to explore them deeply in my classes.

With an edge? That edge is my angle of approach. An attempt to find an authentic way to practice and teach. A way that embraces otherness, curiosity, experimentations, messiness, and beauty. It’s also the edge that you meet in the practice, the challenges that come up when you move out of your comfort zone. And finally that edge is also a blade that aims to cut through the bullshit that sometimes cohabits in spiritual/alternative communities (guru worship, mystification and pseudo-science, spiritual bypassing, etc.)

Teacher Manifesto

Here are the values that guide me when I teach, interact with students, and when I practice on my own.

I’m committed to making yoga an accessible, fun, and transformative experience. I share the practice with a lot of enthusiasm in a non-dogmatic way.

My classes help you connect to the following qualities: Spiritual & Fun, Strong & Tender, Witnessing & Immersed, Surrendering & Inquisitive.

I teach what I relate to. What I practice and have experienced. What I can transmit with authenticity with my own words.

I set aside what I don’t relate to for now and I’m ready to reassess that at some point later.

I aim to demystify teachers and teachings. I support students in being empowered and connecting to their inner teacher and inner truth.

Teachings are alive and evolving human creations. They are not pure and they are not immutable.

My practice is an ongoing exploration. It’s bound to change over time. It will shed its name and skin over and over again.

Teacher are tools to be used by the students. They are not all knowing and they are not perfect.

I am mindful of what I bring to the practice, my ego, my own karma, my personal agenda. And I keep them in check.

I believe that asking questions is absolutely crucial: why? how? what if?… And it is ok to sometimes not have any answers.

I strive to question power structures: teacher-student relationship, mystifications, shady scientific explanations, highly normative and restrictive views of the world.

I acknowledge that yoga has its origins in the Indian subcontinent. As a yoga practitioner I cannot shy away from an honest and challenging ongoing reflection on (de)colonization and capitalism.

I treat all of my students equally and do not push any roles or expectations onto them. I acknowledge that every student is different, in their body, their mind, and their own practice.

I embrace the experience of otherness as a means of awakening and liberation.

I create a space where every student can hopefully feel safe and supported.

I stay aware of the blurry and tricky line between genuine interest and cultural appropriation.

I remind my students to stay curious, playful, and kind. I invite them to practice with dedication, to practice with care, to practice self-care.

My classes are open to everybody regardless of their perceived level, flexibility or strength.

I welcome feedback from my students and my peers as opportunities for growth.

My practice is mindful, spiritual, loving, energetic, and fun.