“The most reliable way to create the future is to write it“ This is my New Year exciting ritual. I collect my favorite pictures, stickers and quotes. A rainbow of crayons are laying in front of me, with scissors, glue and pinches of glitters. Orange essential oils are slowly burning in the background and depending on the mood, I’d listen to classical music or something … Continue reading Happiest New Year ! Vision Board Time !
Fascinating. The documentary hooked me right from the start. We all know (at least in the yoga community) the man and his inheritage. 26 poses and two breathing exercises performed in the same order every class for exactly 90 minutes in a heated room. So hot that most practionners would practice in bikini. The documentary is all about the fall of his empire after he’s … Continue reading My 2 cents on Bikram doc on Netflix
“One generation plants the trees, the next gets the shade”. Thanks Mamyjo, my beloved grandma, for your inspiring life! You led your family like a boss, working non stop so your children, grand children and grand grand children can have the best education and be as strong and ambitious as you’ve always been. Thanks for planting the seeds of love, pride and strength in my … Continue reading Farewell Supermamijo !
This has been a year of New, of putting into practice all the things I have learnt over the last couple of years to teach teenagers. My sequences were all perfectly polished, rehearsed over and over, but not much went according to plans. Yet it’s been awesome! Guide, don’t impose Grownup yogis come for the work in and the work out, not to share their … Continue reading 4 lessons I learnt from my Teen Yoginis
“The clinic has been here for 4 centuries. It’s a traditional one, with well known acupuncteurs and very good massage therapists; the doctors can prescribe medicinal herbs and spices, special barks too” explained my Vietnamese neighbor to his amazed Westerner friend. Just enough information to trigger my curiosity! I got the card of the mysterious place and was there in a glimpse of an eye. … Continue reading The day I visited the eldest Vietnamese traditional clinic: Tested and (almost) approved
I like to conclude my yoga classes on an inspiring reading or a quote. Yesterday, I chose Thich Naht Hanh words on Empathy. Not the best idea of the week. The reading did not really do the trick with my SAHM students. A friend of mine, usually pretty shy, asked “how about compassion for ourselves? So exhausting to constantly practice empathy. We embody empathy, for … Continue reading The power of a Compliment
Just by looking in your rearview mirror.. Sometimes the simplest snapshot makes me pause and wonder. My rearview is stuffed with tangled wires and like a Vietnamese on a scooter, I’d rather drive on the sideways than stopping for a split second. Restlessness is in my blood, I need to figure everything out asap, so I know where I am going next. As if being … Continue reading You know you’re in Hanoi (and you need to untangle)
Had I known this was the last inversion I could practice, I would have asked my students to take pictures! And glue them in the family albums, so the kids could have a proof of how strong I once was. I have discovered Iyengar yoga in Hanoi and fell in love with the practice. Especially for all its variations of inversions. Hanging like a bat on … Continue reading Farewell Yoga?
learn to rest, not to quit”. All expats have been there. The first three months in a new country are exhilarating. Everything is new, exciting, it is so easy to make friends and for luckiest of us, the food is delicious here. We are super busy: new house to find, new school, new habits, new schedules .. Then it’s usually after 3 months that the … Continue reading “When tired