"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?"
"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 Yoga 10 years ago at Sunshine 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.
Before coming to Yoga Shala Monaco, Claudia spent almost fifteen years working in the corporate and financial world as a banker and a business advisor. Some time after the birth of her second child she left the financial business on a journey of self-discovery that took her to spend time on yoga, meditation and spiritual retreats and courses with Thich Nhat Hanh, Atum O'Kane, Deepak Chopra, Pema Chodron, Anodea Judith and Matthieu Ricard. She is now teaching meditation and yoga.
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.
A fabulous posture and a strong body are important but Birgitta is dedicated to share the importance of your breath and how essential it is to connect with your heart...She empowers all those who come to yoga to live it as fully and as happily as she does, whatever their level of fitness or experience.
Birgitta took her first breath in Denmark in 1977. She lived several years in various ashrams in India learning yoga and realizing the importance of breathing. When Birgitta returned to Denmark she endured a serious back injury which left her physically debilitated for more than a year. This humbling experience made her appreciate the huge benefits of yoga and helped her understand the importance of connecting with your breath and your inner self in order to feel more harmony within your heart, be at peace in your mind and in control of your body. Such a dedicated practice gives you tools to cope with stress and the challenges of every day life. Since yoga has been and still is such a life changing experience, Birgitta loves to share her passion with others.
She completed yoga teachers training courses at the Sivananda Forest Academy, with David Swenson, Shri Vethathiri Maharish and studies with Sri R. Sharrath Jois.