The Team

 

Vanessa co-founder of O Yoga, originally from Las Vegas, is happy have found Lyon as her home where  she is now a mamma of 3 sweet girls and an has helped to grow an amazing Yoga community. She was able to see the benifits that Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation brought to her life from a young age, thanks to her Mother. It was during her studies she became more interested in the mind body connection and worked with Buddhist Psychologist Dr. Steve Hayes on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy where Buddhist and Yogic principles are implemented to help those with drug addiction. It was during this experience she knew she wanted to become a Teacher. After many years of practicing Ashtanga Yoga, in 2007 she travelled to India to study  as well as to complete the first of many trainings. She has since continued to study with many mentors and experts in Vinyasa, Yoga Anatomy, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Reiki. Vanessa believes Yoga is a powerful tool which helps us grow and find strength from where we are in life. A tool which helps us to learn that our challenges are our greatest teachers. She believes conscious movement is medicine. Her classes are strength based with an aim to be therapeutic, and explore various types of moment, leaving practitioners with tools to implement in any type of Yoga practice as well as in everyday life.


 

Françoise worked as a Physical Therapist at the Hospices Civils de Lyon, as well asteaching ‘gym suédoise’ to the personnel at the  Faculté Lyon Nord for over a decade. It’s when she moved to the USA she discovered Pilates and became certified in Stott Pilates.

Upon her return to France, she began classes at O Yoga. With hours of practice with Vanessa & Julia, numerous workshops with newfound teachers, she discovered Yoga, and it’s many physical, energetic and spiritual aspects.

This lead her to follow a Teach Training with Amanda Dates in Paris, and we welcomed her as a teacher with us at O Yoga. You will most definitely see her in class, both as a student and teacher at the studio, where she continues her journey to practice, teach and learn.

 


 

 

Gabriel is from Quebec and received his training to become a yoga teacher from the Integral Yoga Institute in New York in 2011. Since, he has taught in Manhattan, Montreal and Lyon. He began his practice in 2007 and has been actively participating in Vipassana Meditations since 2012.  His teachings are inspired by the those of Pema Chödron, Thich Nhat Hanh, Matthieu Ricard and Master Yogis such as  Swami Satchidananda and  B.K.S Iyengar. He is currently following a second training, finishing in 2018,  through the teachings of B.K.S Iyengar, with Isabelle Mullie in Grenoble.

 


 

Samuel is from Belguim and began practicing Yoga in 2012 while volunteering at the organization Terre du Ciel, where the daily rythm was Yoga, Meditation, chanting and being of Service. Through this experience his passion to deepen his practice brought him to follow a training with the Sivananda school at the ashram in Orleans. Months after his training he found Iyengar Yoga in Lyon and immersed himself in the practice. Having been always attracted to healing arts, he began his training with Isabelle Mullie in 2015 with the incentive to dive deeper into the knowledge of the physical and mental bodies, through the postural alignment and rich teachings of  B.K.S Iyengar. He has been teaching alignment based classes since 2014.

 


Marije, originally from Holland and is an expert in International Communications. She’s inspired by travelling the world and mostly through her travels to Asia. She has made Lyon her home where she gives Vinyasa classes accessible to all levels. She began her practice in 2009 and followed a training in Vinyasa Yoga with David Lurey in Brazil in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 


Rose previously worked as a cartographer before travelling to Asia in hopes to find a new direction in life. The discovery of Vinyasa Yoga gave her a new found passion, which lead to her to Goa to complete her training at the Brahmani School with Julie Martin.

Rose offers a dynamic and creative practice with an emphasis on creating strength and release of fascia through fluid movement, before arriving to a deep and intense relaxation. The breath is a constant link with movement and each sequence with Rose will be a unique experience guided by a theme targeting a specific part of the body or set of postures.

 

 

 

 


Max has been practicing Yoga since 2005. He began through Iyengar, then began to study Ashtanga and followed an Advanced Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training. He spent many years abroad, teaching in Thailand and then found his way to Patagonia.
Max is known to offer his students a set of personalized sequences regarding their personal profile taking into account their physical ability, therapeutic, personal or sportive needs. His teaching can often be Mysore or Yoga Therapy based to orient the practitioner towards an appropriate routinewith an emphasis on an listening to the body to help the practitioner progressively become autonomous.  He also teaches a guided sequence geared toward precise postural alignment.

 


Sylwia originally from Poland, discovered Yoga in 2004 looking for a way to relieve herself from stress. Her passion for Yoga brought her to explore numerous styles. She is trained in Hatha, one of the more traditional styles as well as Yin, which is softer and more meditative. ”I decided to dedicate myself to Yin Yoga because it is perfectly adapted to every body. My mission is to make Yoga accessible to everyone. No one should be deprived of the amazing benefits the Yoga discipline has to offer! Yoga should be adapted to us, and not the opposite”.

 

 


 

 

Marga  has been practicing meditation for over 20 years. She has enriched her knowledge through numerous travels to India, which lead to her founding  Art Vital in Caluire. Certified through the EEPSSA, she specializes in personal and spiritual development and teaches Integrative Meditation. Her teachings are inspired by daily life and making meditation accessible.

 

 


Alélaïde inspired by the the Integral Yoga Institute, Iyengar, Vinyasa, and her training in Sivananda, Adélaïde teaches a Hatha flow that is dynamic yet sweet, rooting together breath and movement. From her intensive practice of Vipassana Meditation, her teachings offer a space where it’s possible to learn to create distance from one’s thoughts, to connect deeply with the body and the breath, allowing practitioners to truly and consciously connect with the present moment.