Kia has 20 years experience of Ashtanga Yoga and is the main teacher at Mysore Yoga Paris. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Paris where she works as a fashion photographer. Kia upholds the daily Mysore-program at the Shala, she teaches Pranayama, adjustment techniques and gives workshops and retreats both in Paris and internationally. Over the years she has studied Asana, Pranayama and Yoga philosophy extensively with many of the most senior teachers and at Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore. Kia is a dedicated Pranayama practitioner and is certified to teach Pranayama directly by Shri O.P. Tiwari, successor to Swami Kuvalyananda and one of the few remaining masters of Pranayama. Kia has been deepening her knowledge of Yoga philosophy and the Yoga Sutras under the guidance of the late George Feuerstein who she first encountered during her work with the book Om Yoga. She is also co-founder and creative director of Le Yoga Shop Paris and Le Yoga Shop Journal, two innovative and creative projects supporting Operation Shanti. Kia teaches with careful adherence to the authentic teachings of Ashtanga yoga and pranayama whilst encouraging each individual to explore the beauty of the practice for themselves. She has developed a way of teaching and adjusting which integrates her profound knowledge of the breath and pranic energy, subtle and physical anatomy, with yogic principles. Her deep love and years of dedication to all aspects of this practice shines through in her warm, informative and inspirational teaching. She founded Mysore Yoga Paris in 2011.
Agathe started her Yoga journey in 2004 out of curiosity. She quickly fell connected to that practice, who was also an ideal complement to the outdoor sports she loved, in the mountains or in the ocean. Slowly Yoga became more and more important in her daily life as she kept practicing; she fell in love with Ashtanga Yoga as she found out that the practice allowed her to connect with the “bigger picture” -just like nature does. She later studied Thai Massage with the Sunshine Network in northern Thailand; as a teacher she tries to draw from these practices to share Yoga as a source of lightness and balance accessible to all. She has been studying under Kia’s guidance as her apprentice since 2011, as well as practicing daily with her. She manages the Shala together with Kia, and works as a freelance photographer.
With a background as a certified Pilates instructor (in the original Romana Kryzanowska method) as well as many years in fitness, Hélène was drawn to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. She quickly noticed a significant shift in her life, not only physically but also emotionally and spiritually. After meeting Kia, Hélène took up a regular Yoga and Pranayama practice, which enabled her to deepen her understanding of Yoga as a whole. She also attends workshops with other international teachers to further her knowledge of Yoga. Hélène has a natural talent for teaching, and communicates with precision and gentleness. She is passionate about teaching beginners and helping them discover their potential. Hélène is one of Kia’s apprentices, assisting during her Mysore classes and continues theoretical studies with her.
LISE DE LA BROSSE
Lise discovered Ashtanga Yoga in 2005. She took up a regular practice and soon found herself walking along the streets with a big smile on her face!… She realized what a positive effect a regular practice had on her mind; how her Yoga practice makes her flourish, gives her clarity and confidence in her daily life. After several workshops abroad and 2 kids, she chose Kia as her teacher to learn from her precise and intuitive teaching. Lise deepens her learning under her guidance as Kia’s apprentice and assists her during Mysore classes.
Sandra is also Kia’s apprentice. She assists during the Mysore classes as well as carrying out theoretical studies with her. Sandra is a devoted Ashtanga Yoga practitioner with a background as a professional dancer.
Sandra, Agathe, Hélène and Lise all take care of opening in the morning and their warm and loving presence is apparent in the Shala.