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 where she works as a photographer and 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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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 therapy, 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 a professional dancer and performer since many years, and a devoted ashtanga yoga practitioner. She is Kia´s apprentice 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 apprentice. She is passionate about integrating that knowledge with her medical background in order to build a solid, inspiring and lifelong Yoga practice. Paula will also be teaching yoga-anatomy with Kia, sharing their combined knowledge and research of anatomy and the 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 apprentice 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.