"Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim.
The better your practice, the brighter the flame"
Thank you for coming and participating in this event. The presence of each of us played an important role for the beautiful outcome of BREATHE AS ONE. We hope to put it together next year as well.
"Breathe As One is a day of free yoga for all put on by The Collective Om and The Yoga Shala Studio in Monaco.
The idea is simple; to bring together for the first time the yoga community of the Côte d' Azur to celebrate the summer solstice and Yoga in one place at one time in front of the sea..
We were inspired by the large yoga events in Times Square in New York, the Grand Palais in Paris, and Freeyoga Barcelona and Madrid.
All of the yoga schools from Saint Tropez to Ventimiglia , Italy have said yes to participating.
This Dream becomes reality thanks to the warm support of the Principality of Monaco , the generous partnership of the Société des Bains de Mer de Monaco , the Mairie, Carrefour, Nike and many others for our event which will host over 800 people, who will gather to relax, breathe , meditate and practice facing the Mediterranean sea.
The yoga class will be lead by Nico Luce, international master (www.nicoluce.com) and Yogi Alexander will open the ceremony with a meditation (www.peacecottage.com).
Throughout history, many cultures have associated the summer solstice with a renewal of mind, body, and spirit and a clebration of creative expression - art, music with the sense of joyfulness and fun that the sunshine evokes in all of us.
And what better place to celebrate than in front of the sea in in Monte Carlo? Come with an open heart, mind and spirit… Om shanti.
Places are limited, be the first one to book, April 1st, 2014
Terrasses du Casino, Monaco on 21 juin de 10h00 à 14h00. Doors open at 9h30.
"Love creates a communion with life. Love expands us, connects us, ennobles us. Love springs up as a tender concern, it blossoms into caring action. It makes beauty out of all we touch. In any moment we can step beyond our small self and embrace each other as beloved parts of a whole.
Be the change that you want to see in the world."
Serving Monaco and the surroundings, our yoga teachers are skilled and carry on your journey of self-discovery.
Our teachers are trained in various styles of Asthanga, Vinyasa, Flow, Iyengar, Power, Insight, Yin and Therapeutic Yoga.
We hold your experience at Shala with deep reverence and devotion.
Experienced yogi? Somewhere in between?
We teach kids, teens, pre+postnatal, middle age and seniors. You don't need to be supple, eat veggies only to benefit from yoga, it suits anybody.
Unless you are a ballet dancer or gymnast, it's very normal to feel tight, so don't worry if touching your toes seems impossible. The good news is that with regular practice, yoga is extremely effective at improving flexibility.
It doesn't matter what it looks like, it matters what it feels like.
Yoga means Union. It offers tools and means for making the best use of body, mind and senses, as well as achieving that which the soul would not achieve without interacting with this beautiful creation.
Nowhere else than in yoga can we find such a simple, straightforward and effective way of interacting with the world and enjoying the objects of the world without getting lost in them.
Yoga helps us have a successful and productive life without becoming a slave to our own success and productivity. Yoga is a way to self-mastery, for by practicing yoga we pave the way to becoming master of ourselves, master of the world within and the world outside us.
Yoga enables us to gain access to the limitless wealth that lies dormant in our body and mind. It also helps us understand who we are, what we are made of, why we are here and where we will go after. The great sage Patanjali who gave final shape to philosophy and practice of yoga tells us that we have a body, but we are not the body, we have a mind, but we are not the mind. Both body and mind are given to us so that we could complete the journey of life, reach our destination and recognize our blissful self.
'Searching all directions with one's awareness, one finds no one dearer than oneself. In the same way, others are fiercely dear to themselves. So one should not hurt others if one loves oneself'.
The BUDDHA (Bhikkhu, 2004a)
Meditation helps us find the source of stillness that resides within us even in the midst of chaos.
Patanjali 5th limb
Meditation is the centerpiece of practice, of life. It is a method to develop the mind. The emphasis is on concentration, focus, clarity, calmness, and insight.
Meditation gives guidance on how to see clearly into the nature of the mind.
Drawing from Theravada Buddhist Practices and psychology we open to understanding the way things are, without relying on opinions and theories. We open to our own direct experience, which has its own vitality. It also gives rise to the sense of deep calm that comes from knowing something for oneself.
Careen began practicing since more than 10 years yoga. Through her passion for the practice she became a certified Yoga Alliance teacher and was inspired to take several teacher trainings with Manju Jois, Bryan Kest, Christiane Wolff and Sarah Powers. She teaches mainly Yin Yang Yoga which is at the same time a soft, dynamic and strengthening practice. She invites students to check into the body and move into space created by the breath. The practice creates an opportunity to deepen physical and emotional ease. The practice of yoga is a practice of life!
Eva is a certified Ashtanga yoga instructor. Until the age of 23, she couldn't do any sports nor exercises due a heart defect she was born with (Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome). Feeling weak, stiff and frustrated, her life changed completely after surgery in 2008. Through yoga practice, her body, mind and soul have been transformed. She studied in Europe, as well as in India and Thailand with great masters and teachers such as Danny Paradise, David Swenson, Govinda Kai, Kamal Singh, Jaroslav Pávek and Padma Nair.
Her teaching focuses on the Primary Ashtanga series, her goal is to help students to develop a safe and pain-free practice. Practice with Eva and feel the powerful and healing energy.
Nitasha, a Canadian born of Indian heritage, has been exposed to the Yogic discipline and philosophy since a very young age. Her many trips to India involved frequenting various ashrams and temples with her family. She has always had an interest in meditative healing, guided visualization, and relaxation techniques.
Nitasha has studied, practiced and taught in Canada, India, Bali, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and most recently spent 4 years in Europe writing and developing a yoga & wellness program named InspireLiFE Wellness. She travelled throughout Italy, Monaco and the South of France teaching her program to corporate groups, sports associations and private 1 on 1 students.
Nitasha truely believes that yoga truely is a way of life and not solely a physical or in-class practice. She reminds her students that philosophy that is learned in a yoga class can and should be transferred to everyday life. Her classes combine physical asanas with the traditional focus of breath awareness/pranayam, and meditation techniques - suited for todays urban yogi.
Nitasha was certified in 2006 in Hatha & Vinyasa which followed previous certifications of Pranayama & Meditation Science through The Art of Living Foundation and Swami Ramdev - Patanjali Yogpreet, international Guruji from India, in 2004, 2005 & again in 2010. Nitasha is also certified in pre & post natal, kids, mom n' baby yoga, and has also completed base certification in Ayurveda. She was a resident instructor with the Tula Yoga Team in Canada and also shared her experience as part of the Tula Teacher Training faculty. It is with much joy, Nitasha now joins the Yoga Shala Monaco family.
Annick had her first introduction with the state of yoga during her practice of synchronized swimming at the young age of 11 and began her yoga and Qi Qong practice at 16 years old as a tool to alleviate her stress from school.
During the last 17 years, following the lineage of Krishamasharya through her mentor, Annie Join (guided by Gerard Biltz), Annick became a certified yoga teacher, deepening and expanding her education of different styles of yoga and mediation, while living and travelling to India, Thailand, Nepal, Canada and many other countries.
Established as a massage therapist and yoga instructor between Monaco and Chamonix since 2003, Annick’s knowledge and intuition for the anatomy and movement add a sensitive and secure approach to her classes. Her love to explore mountain activities (such as rock climbing, skiing, hiking, mountaineering) led her to develop a strengthening and deep yoga practice, through a flow class, and incorporates both gentle and dynamic postures where classes are adapted to different levels of fitness as physical condition.
Meditation is key along her practice as Annick’s approach goes beyond the physical. She guides her students to delve deeper into the breath and to experience “embodied presence.”
Through ‘Harmony Yoga’, Annick invites you to a warm, playful, creative yet physical practice where her presence helps students become their own guides by observing and feeling an authentic and unique experience of body/mind and breath.
Her classes are a safe place to connect more profoundly, to know ourselves better and to enhance the quality of our life.
Nathalie was immersed to yoga and meditation at a very young age observing her grandfather who dedicated his life to the practice. Certified with Yoga Works (Yoga Aliance registered) she has studied Iyengar, Ashtanga, Yin and various forms of Hatha yoga, Buddhist practices and Vipassana meditation. Nathalie has been blessed to have practiced with many great teachers around the world. She feels very grateful to have found Sarah and Ty Powers and her practice holds the integration of mindfulness with yin and yang practice and has a holistic approach to healing and wellbeing.
Alicia Anka found yoga twenty odd years ago when on a quest to end her back pain and get in touch with her spirituality. Over the years, she has practiced many types of yoga including Bikram, Ashtanga, Dynamic and Sivananda yoga. She is a certified Sivananda teacher, as well as teen yoga teacher, and has enjoyed participating in workshops and retreats with Shiva Rea, Christiane Kerr and many other amazing teachers around the world. In her teen classes, she strives to create a fun and supportive environment where teens can gain flexibility and strength while relieving stress and building self-awareness and confidence. In her adult yoga classes, she uses a combination of everything she has learned throughout her own yoga journey to help students get in touch with their bodies, as well as their hearts, through a dynamic yet mindful practice. She believes a strong, healthy body yields a strong, healthy mind.
Andrea Alborno practices Yoga since 1981, having learned the discipline with an Indian master George Dharmarama. In 1990 he started teaching Yoga at André Van Lysebeth’s school (a pioneer of Yoga in Europe and co-founder of the European Union of Yoga).
He was on probation at the FNEY of Paris under the supervision of Patrick Tomatis, used to teach at a Soufi teacher Babacar Khane’s school (Indian, Chinese and Egyptian yoga), 12 years followed the teaching of a buddhist vietnamese master Thich Nath Hanh. He continues his Yoga journey every day and at present is following the teaching of Tantra of Cachemire and Yoga of senses.
Audrey is all about the breath…and movement…in unity. She designs her classes using a unique blend of Hatha Yoga poses that build an intelligent, purposeful sequence. Audrey's music selection helps transcend you into your practice so that it becomes a moving meditation. She creates an environment in her Vinyasa classes where movement becomes liberation, every pose has a purpose and will ultimately lead to a deeper, more advanced posture. Audrey studied different styles of yoga while travelling around the world. She has trained with Allison Eaton, direct student of Shiva Rea and studies with Ajay Kumar. Audrey believes in allowing the student to be their own teacher, while listening to their own body, and being guided by their breath. She opens the body in a way that not only frees your mind, but is also fun, feels good, and is safe on the joints. She encourages students to open themselves to the beauty and depth of their hearts so that they can realize their own potential without compromising a smile.
Noa started her yoga journey in 2004. At first she practiced Ashtanga yoga and became a certified Ashtanga yoga teacher. At the same time she got qualified as a Pilates teacher.
Her love and devotion to yoga brought her to India in 2007 for the first time. There she met her first Iyengar yoga Teacher, Usha Devi from Rishikesh. She was her regular student for several years. In 2011 she got her first Iyengar yoga certificate in Israel. She was teaching in Tel Aviv four years and assisting in Therapeutic classes of senior Iyengar teachers. In 2013 she got her second Iyengar certificate. In the same year she finished her studies at the Tel Aviv University, specializing in Indian philosophy and Sanskrit.
She moved to France in 2014 in order to study with Christian Pisano and June Whittaker Pisano.
Noa is going regularly to India for further studies with the Iyengar family.
“I believe yoga cannot be expressed by words, it has to be experienced. I believe everyone can do yoga and benefit from it.”