Free up your fascias !
The fascias, long little considered, are the envelope of our muscles, our organs and our glands, they are everywhere under the skin.
It is a white, fibrous network of connective tissue that plays both a role of partitioning, transmission of force and tension, sliding and tensegrity.read more
My YTT at Anand Prakash Ashram, Rishikesh
After several years of practicing yoga (and somewhat unhappy to be a lawyer), I felt the need to deepen, to explore, to escape… After some more or less far-fetched decisions for my entourage, I finally booked a one-way trip to India!read more
3 “cheat sheets” for happiness
Practiced and approved!
Do you know Jonathan Lehmann? He defines himself as an old “dunce of happiness”. He left his career as a lawyer to search for happiness, just like me! He recently participated in the TEDx Valenciennes and presented in 20 minutes three habits that can change your life.read more
All you need to know about Omega 3
Omega 3, you surely heard of it? They are lipids, so it is fat. They are called Essential Fatty Acids because they can not be synthesized by the body.
First of all, know that there is no good or bad fat, they are all useful for cellular communication, immunity, skin, brain and eyes especially but also for mood!read more
Our fake memories
Did you know ? The most recent scientific research is beginning to show that our memories are mostly biased!
Indeed, the memory of events starts from our sensory experiences. The hippocampus processes this information and distributes it in different areas of the brain, more or less connected, to store them.read more
Yoga during the first months of pregnancy
The first half of pregnancy is a manufacturing phase: a liter of extra blood, ligaments, abdominal muscles lengthen, the baby develops …
The fatigue felt is therefore rather a “dynamic fatigue” (post-delivery it will be a fatigue of recovery).read more
Taking a baseline
A practice to assess your “internal weather”, at any time.
Taking a baseline before and after a “yogic intervention”…read more
Protect your perineum in everyday life
I am speaking here of situations in which the perineum receives too much pressure. Once it is ok, it is the repetition that can become problematic: the strong pressure repetitively received by the muscles and tissues of the perineum from the organs that are suspended above can with time distort them and make them ineffective.
Some situations causing this kind of pressure?read more
How often should I practice ?
“10 minutes a day, 1 hour if you’re in a hurry” said the wise man! Yes, because the important thing is not when or what we practice but how.
Practice makes perfect !read more
Requiem for happiness
Happiness … would it be a state of permanent well-being, where everything would go well in the best of all worlds?
But we can not prevent certain events of life, change people, avoid all breakdowns, illness of our relatives, war, death etc. Happiness is not like the top of a mountain that one could reach (would you stay there anyway?!)read more
Physiological curvatures of the spine
The development of the human species like the growth of the child gradually reveals two types of curvature in the spinal column: primary curvatures (convex in the back, kyphosis) and secondary curvatures (concave in the back, lordosis).read more
Emotional currency is the things we do, the roles we endorse for others to accept us, appreciate us, love us. This is Prakriti for yogis, our personality.
It can be for example,read more
How to meditate ?
You decide to start to meditate but do not know precisely what to do? No more excuse, here are a few steps to start in the minute! First, choose a place where you can settle without being disturbed during the time you decided to allocate to yourself. Early in the...read more
Kitchari, a yogic detox recipe
Kitchari is a relatively simple dish, easy to digest, which warms the body and calms the mind. It cleans the digestive system and suits well for a mono-diet of a few days. In Ayurveda, it is suitable for all doshas. Perfect for the winter months, especially after the holidays to rebalance the body after some abuse 😉read more
SANKALPA, the intention
An intention hides behind every of our action, this is what motivates us, animates us every day
In yoga, I often invite my students at the beginning of the session to “settle” internally an intention for our practice, but also for the rest of the day, week, month, year to come.read more
What is a mantra ?
A mantra is a sound, a word or a phrase, which is repeated inwardly, with a low or high voice, or singing. There are many of them, each with its own frequency, vibration. Yogis use them to meditate, calm the mind or heal.
“Man” means spirit, “tra” liberate.read more
Why are we not all equal before the emotions?
We differ greatly in our capacity to experience different emotional states, but why is that ?
A first reason for this is that our genetic heritage influences the way we experience events and determines our ability to regulate our own emotions.read more
When everything becomes yoga
Stand Up Paddle yoga, flying yoga, acro yoga, yogalates, hardcore yoga and even beer yoga …
Today the types of yoga are almost infinite, integrating various techniques, more or less ancient. And I think this is very good if it helps every single one to find a method, an approach that best suits him to connect to himself.read more
Feeling the lower abdominal contraction
The abdominal muscles insert on the pelvis (pubis or iliac crests), but they do not all have a contractile part in this lower zone, between the pubis and three fingers below the navel. Sometimes we lose some of the strength and capacity of contraction in that area.
Nevertheless, this contraction should biomechanically follow that of the perineum to allow abdominal contractions to go upwardread more
We are all heroes ! My Christmas tale for you
In the tales of our childhood, mythology or literature, the story is often the same, and for a good reason, it is finally the story of human adventure that is traced … to help us to move forward!
It usually begins with suffering (sickness, loss, material opulence that no longer satisfies). Then one undertakes a journey, a quest (external in stories, often internal in life).read more
New term trendy those days, orthorexia is the obsession with healthy eating. As its Greek root may indicate to some of you, it is a pathology. A pathology that could well affect the yogi of modern times as well …read more
What is a samskara ?
As human living and incarnated beings, we all have samskaras, habitual patterns of thoughts, actions and words, innate or acquired, which may have been useful at some point for our survival but which may not be beneficial anymore to us today.
They may be physical (a way of acting on a daily basis), emotional (a way of reacting to life events), psychological (a tendency to anxiety, depression), immune (tendency to reject what is foreign, to let everything in). They affect all aspects of our being.read more
What is a ligament ?
If we focus on the locomotor apparatus, a ligament is a fibrous cord that connects one bone to another. Most of the time, it is a simple thickening of the articular capsule, of which the ligament is therefore part.
It is composed of connective tissue, the fibers of which, essentially made of collagen, all have the same direction.read more
Why meditate? Neuroplasticity !
I often compare meditation as a kind of mental hygiene: you clean your body physically every day, for me meditation has the same effect on the mind … of course, there are “cat cleaning day” (it’s a French expression, I hope it speaks to you !) when one is in a hurry, and the days of long and big baths when one can afford the luxury.
But beyond this daily “mental dusting”, researches have shown that contemplative sciences, including meditation, lead the mind to positive and socio-responsible behaviors.read more
What is “happy food” ?
I have already told you that we become what we eat, no? Happy food, happy mood. But what do you mean by “happy food”?
For the yogi, it is the food filled with Prana, the one that has been fed by nature, sun, natural water, rich soil etc.read more
Abdominal breathing, ready to step in ?!
n Yoga, the importance of thoracic breathing (for energy, tonicity, maintenance) is emphasized as much as abdominal breathing is.
For this type of breathing, the concept is quite simple: you just have let your belly come and go to the rhythm of your breath.read more
For the yogi, Prana is the vital energy. It is the equivalent of qi or chi. “Pra” means “before”, “na” “breathing”. Prana is the energy that precedes all life according to yogic tradition.
Without Prana, no life then.read more
What is a chakra?
Chakra means wheel in Sanskrit. According to the yogic philosophy, they are centers of junction between the different channels of energy through the body. We would have thousands.
The 7 main ones are the the most well-known. They allow the circulation of the lunar and solar energies (ida and pingala) but also of the Kundalini which circulates through our main channel (sushumna).read more
Jyoti Tratak, the candle meditation
Have you ever let your thoughts wander on the flames’ rhythm? Fire has something fascinating, hypnotic, right? Yogis, all explorers of the body, mind and soul that they are, use this element as a focal point for meditation. Old scriptures say that this practice also...read more
What is the perineum?
Physically, it is a kind of muscular hammock that forms the floor of our pelvis, and therefore of the trunk. It contains the viscera. Contrary to preconceived ideas, the perineum is not the prerogative of women, men also are endowed with this muscular set.read more
Should one be a vegetarian to be a yogi?
When one moves along the path of yoga, one day the question of vegetarianism arises. For some, it is unthinkable, for others it comes naturally.
Indeed, yoga makes the practicioner progressively more compassionate. We become more inclined to follow one of yoga’s essential principlesread more
Our emotions, companions of life
Fear, joy, sadness, anger, frustration, wonder … Life is a succession of emotions. Some are unpleasant, others pleasant, we live them with more or less intensity (joy or anger manifests physically, depression, sadness or serenity leads us to the opposite sometimes away from any physical sensation) .
Omnipresent, they occupy an important part of our lives.read more
Breathing a flower
A breathing exercise with visualisationread more
“We become what we eat”
Think about it for a moment: what are we made of? Bones, muscles, organs, tissues … all made up of billions of cells. These cells are alive: they need energy, vitamins and minerals to grow, function and communicate. And their source of nourishment comes from the process of digestion.read more
What is a yogi ?
In the feminine, yogini! It is a yoga practitioner who knows or is seeking this experience of union, of yoga.
No need to be Hindu, you just need to have a soul.read more
A minute of practice a day, it is enough ?!
Bad news, yoga is not something you get rid of : “1(0) minutes / an hour a day / week and this should be good for some time” …No, your morning practice will chase you all day !
But not as aches after a too intense aerobic class.read more
The abdominal muscles
It is a group of 4 muscles at the front of the body. They act both on the skeleton (relationship between the pelvis and the rib cage) and on the abdominal viscera (in particular in “forced” exhalation).
Arranged in layers, they are, from the deepest to the most superficial:read more
“Know thyself !”
My first contact with philosophy happened in my final year of high school. I had a teacher who started the year writing in ancient Greek : “Gnothi seauton ῶνῶθι σεαυτόν”. Then he digressed until the end of the year !read more
Yoga & health
According to the World Health Organization, health is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.
And I have 2 good news…read more
“Breath through the nose”
In yoga, we usually breathe through the nose. But why do teachers insist on this point? When we inhale through the nose, the air enters through the nostrils and then pass through the nasal mucous membranes, inside which there are dozens of small hairs, like eyelashes....read more
Maximizer or satisfier ?
When you have a choice to make, you tend to:
Look for one that will meet your criteria. The first acceptable solution is the right one.
La minute yoga, let’s go !
One minute a day, publishing to make you practice a minute of yoga per day
It’s a challenge I want to get me, you, started with. Together, let’s put this intention to practice a little bit, every day …read more
Next cycles in Berlin, Schöneberg
Next cycles start in January – TRIAL CLASSES : 10 euros – NO RISK ABS® Come & experience a totally new way to work the abdominal muscles Wednesdays 16, 23 & 30 of November – 6:30 pm @ Sport & Spirit – Barbarossastrasse 32, 10779 Berlinread more
Mindfulness meditation comes from the Buddhist ancestral tradition. Refined from its religious aspects, it integrates the latest advances in neurosciences to provide a quality of being to practitioners of the modern Western world.read more
Yoga during and after pregnancy
Perinatal yoga is practiced during pregnancy (prenatal yoga) and after birth (postnatal yoga).read more
"Nidrâ" means sleep in Sanskrit, yoga nidrâ is thus the yogic sleep. It is a technique of physical, emotional and mental relaxation, tant can improve the quality of sleep, but also relaxation and better stress and emotion management. In a state between awakening and...read more
Yoga for children
Presented in entertaining and educational way, each yoga session alternates around a theme, dynamic and soothing postures, breathing techniques, concentration exercises and mindfulness. Children are also invited to interact in order to stimulate their creativity.read more
A 15 minutes mindfulness meditation to develop the qualities of strength and stabilityread more