© Giselle Charbonnier 2017



Body, Emotions, and Thoughts weave our sense of identity and build our character structures.

Changing the way we use our bodies, has an enormous effect on our whole self. Scientific research has shown that yoga is one of the most powerful ways to come out of chronic stress and tension patterns.


My vision of yoga is as a means to liberate and awaken the life force within our cells.


After having a daily meditation and yoga practice for many years, in 2002, I started my training as a teacher of the Alexander Technique - a method to bring awareness to the way we use our bodies in everyday life. During and after my training, I continued exploring on my own, doing my personal yoga practice with the Alexander Technique principles. In 2015, I discovered the work of Wanda Scaravelly, a disciple of B. K. S. Iyengar, who developed her own way of working into the essence of yoga. I felt immediately identified with this way of working and, since then, I am a committed student of Louise Simmons, who has been closely working with Diane Long, Wanda’s longest time disciple, and, recently, I have also started to work directly with Diane. The results have been astonishing on myself, as I see in other people too. 


The essence of yoga, to my understanding, is not about doing. It is about undoing tension patterns. It is not about doing asanas (commonly understood as yoga “postures”) or practicing repetitive movements. It is about finding and liberating life from previously unfelt places of our bodies; using the yoga asanas as places we can “explore our way into”, and not as fixed postures to imitate. Once we bring this awareness into our everyday life, we can start to rediscover the pleasure of effortless breathing, walking, talking, and doing whatever needs to be done with more ease, joy, and energy. 






Giselle Charbonnier