Kia has over 20 years experience of Ashtanga Yoga and is the main teacher & director of Mysore Yoga Paris . She lives with her husband and two daughters in Paris where she upholds the daily Mysore-program at the Shala. She is a dedicated advanced practitioner and teaches Ashtanga Yoga, Pranayama, Kriyas and adjustment techniques. She mentors teachers, runs long-term apprentice programs and gives workshops and retreats internationally. Kia has studied extensively within the traditional lineage of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Sri K Pattabhi Jois, and continues to practice, research and explore this vast tradition. She is a devoted, long-term student of Shri O.P. Tiwariji and his son Sudhir Tiwariji. She is certified to teach Pranayama and Kriyas directly by Tiwariji, according to the Kavalyadham-lineage. She returns to Kavalyadham several times each year to study Pranayama, Kriyas, traditional scriptures and scientific research around yoga. 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. With a genuine dedication to the growth and development of her students, her way of teaching integrates her profound knowledge of the breath and Pranic energy, subtle and physical anatomy, with yogic principles. She offers an including, warm and inspiring space open for personal exploration and transformation. Her deep love and years of dedication to all aspects of this practice shines through in her attentive, insightful and inspirational teaching.
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LISE DE LA BROSSE
Lise has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for more than a decade. She has been assisting Kia for over 5 years in the Shala as well as at her international retreats, trainings and workshops. Since Lise discovered Ashtanga Yoga in 2005, she quickly realized what a positive effect a regular practice has on her body and mind. It makes her flourish and gives her clarity and confidence in her daily life. When she met Kia in 2012 she discovered an approach to Ashtanga Yoga that she found deeply respectful of each individual’s own intention and capacity. Understanding how to develop a mindful and profound practice is something she considers absolutely necessary in caring with serenity for her 3 children! Being a mother and a yoga practitioner has led Lise to also study yoga for children. Lise continues to deepen her knowledge of Pranayama and philosophy with Kia, adding yet another important layer to her practice and teaching path. Lise is a talented and highly appreciated teacher at Mysore Yoga Paris. She aims to share the powerful tools of this practice with sensitivity and joy for the benefit of all both on and off the mat. Lise manages the Shala with Kia, working closely with her to develop its beautiful yoga community in Paris and around the world.
Maura is a dedicated Ashtanga Yoga practitioner who has extensive experience in body-work. She is a certified Pilates instructor (Romana Kryzanowskya method), massage therapist and has studied the G.D.S. Method of Muscle-Joint chains. Her interest in exploring body patterns and talent for creating a practice adapted to each individual is apparent in her gentle and attentive way of teaching. Maura continues her practical and theoretical studies of Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama under Kia´s guidance as her apprentice.
PAULA RIOS FERNANDEZ
Paula first discovered Ashtanga Yoga in Argentina with her friend and Yoga teacher Maria di Masso. After leaving her home country, she came to Paris to work as Medical Doctor and Researcher. From the first day she met Kia, she felt an instant recognition in her authentic and mindful way to live and transmit Yoga. She soon took up a daily Yoga and Pranayama practice under her guidance. Paula deepens her understanding of the oriental science of Yoga as Kia’s student. She is passionate about integrating that knowledge with her medical background in order to build a solid, inspiring and lifelong Yoga practice.
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.
Sandra is a professional dancer and performer since many years, and a devoted ashtanga yoga practitioner. She is Kia´s student and works closely with her in the Mysore room, assisting as well as deepening her theoretical studies with her. With the practice of Ashtanga Yoga, she discovered a way to autonomy in the physical practice, but also in self-reflection and development. She considers the practice an inner journey to better know oneself in order to open up to others, and accompany them to the best possible place. Sandra is enthusiastic about introducing beginners to yoga with gentleness and precision.