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. Kia also teaches pranayama, adjustment techniques, runs a long-term apprentice program, mentors teachers and gives workshops, trainings and retreats 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 Journal Paris and Mysore Yoga Shop Paris 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.
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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.
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.
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.
Agnes’ first encounter with yoga was over 20 years ago. Always having been a physically active person, she first recognized the physical benefits but later when she took up a daily practice she began to appreciate the over-all effects of her yoga practice; feeling calmer, more focused, healthier and happier. Agnes has a background in philosophy and has participated in numerous yoga workshops and trainings in Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama. When she came to Mysore Yoga Paris and met Kia she knew she had found a home for her practice and a teacher. Becoming Kia’s student was a profound step in her journey and she continues her studies with her through this most authentic form of direct transference from teacher to student.