Founder of Exhale Yoga Luxembourg
Although I am grateful to have been born in the perfect bubble which is Luxembourg, I have always been passionate about traveling to discover new cultures and explore the diversity of yoga styles.
Long before becoming a teacher myself, yoga was an essential part of my life. My very first teachers were Denise Pesch and Fredric Bender from Yoga La Source in Luxembourg and they both had a strong influence on me choosing the path of yoga. In 2004, I met Michael Hamilton, a South African Ashtanga yoga teacher, in Shanghai and he inspired me to take the next step and to enroll for the Sivananda Yoga Teacher’s training in India. Years later I received my certification as a Jivamukti Yoga teacher in New York.
After countless workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings, I am still under the spell of yoga. I am thankful for the precious tool of yoga, which saved my life more than once and makes me constantly grow. Diving deeper into the physical as well as the spiritual yoga practice is a never ending journey.
I have been blessed to meet the most incredible and inspiring mentors, all of them influenced my own teaching enormously.
Rolf Naujokat, who keeps my first love, Ashtanga yoga, alive. Dechen Thurman and Anja Kühnel, both vegan activists, introduced and awakened my love for Jivamukti Yoga. I bow down with gratitude to the founders of this method, Sharon Gannon and David Life. Cameron Shayne, creator of Budokon, taught me how to cultivate my inner warrior, to be fearless and take accountability for my acts. Duncan Wong, the most fabulous martial artist and yogi, showed me how to overcome my own limiting thoughts and believes to aim for the stars.
I discovered Vipassana meditation in South Africa and it became part of my daily routine.
After many years of having been a freelance yoga instructor, I created my first studio, yogaroom belair, in 2008, followed by yogaloft luxembourg in 2012. In 2016, I moved to Capetown, where I founded Exhale Yoga, a Jivamukti Yoga affiliated studio. During the years in South Africa, I set up Inhale Yoga, promoting selfless service, with a main goal to introduce yoga in local communities. I will keep the same spirit at Exhale Yoga Luxembourg and teach yoga classes on donations.
In 2020, I became resident teacher at the Jivamukti school in Paris.
The current health crises brought me back to my home country, where I created a new studio, Exhale Yoga, at my old address in Luxembourg-Merl. I hope to be able soon to continue organizing yoga retreats in India, South Africa and Provence. Capetown will always stay my second home, it keeps me humble.
Yoga gives me the courage to BE MY SELF and the strength to make the world a better place. There are no words to express my gratitude towards my two grown up children, who remain my most important teachers and all the committed yoga practitioners who crossed my path.
I first discovered Yoga in its physical form during times in which I was trying to overcome one of the most challenging phases in terms of my mental health. For the first time ever, I found myself able to disconnect from all the negative energy and thoughts that were subconsciously distracting me on a daily basis, while shifting my attention to what really needed it the most; myself. Regular asana practicing has taught me to love, appreciate and most importantly to know my body. Yoga takes you into the present moment, the only place where life exists.
After one year of self-practice, I gathered the courage to attend my first group classes at Exhale Yoga Studio, where Isabelle inspired and helped me to find love and passion for the physical, mental and spiritual practice of Yoga. Soon after, it became an essential part of my every-day life and I learned that Yoga is not just a physical workout, but a lifestyle.
To this day, the Yogic lifestyle has been bringing me nothing but blessings, immense gratitude and wonderful connections from all around the world.
The 200 hour YTT I completed in India this Summer (2022) has been the best experience in my life so far, where I have learnt the most authentic teachings and knowledge about Yoga from the most inspiring teachers. But no matter how many YTT’s I will complete in this life, I will never stop learning and growing.
I am passionate about traditional eastern yogic knowledge and mix it with modern western culture.
My classes aim to connect and strengthen body, mind and soul.
My favourite poses are arm balances & inversions as well as pranayama practice(breathwork).
I love to explore all styles of yoga and look forward to share my experiences with my students.
My mission is to love, to learn and to teach. In that order.
Connecting with my students is essential for me.
You learn a lot about yourself by practicing Yin-mentally, physically and spiritually.
My Yin classes are a judgment-free space to explore and I look forward to meeting you on your mat.
Yin Yoga Alliance certification in February 2022
Veronica completed her Jivamukti Yoga 300-Hour Teacher Training in 2020 in India with Rima Rabbath, Jules Febre and Martyna Eder. Currently she is leading her 500-Hour Apprenticeship Program with Magali Lehners at Jivamukti Yoga Luxembourg.
To the question why I have been practicing Yoga for over twenty-five years, the answer is that Yoga represents for me a safe space and security. No matter what the outer conditions are, Yoga offers me a way to stay centered through the tumults of life. Yoga permits me to still my mind, to align my body, to reconnect to myself. It makes me push my boundaries, physically and emotionally. I find strength in the postures, balance within myself and lightness in my heart. I have the impression that Yoga has always been there. It has never been a trendy activity for me. Wherever I have been on the planet, the way somehow always led me back on to my mat and I had to face myself. I’m so grateful for all the teachers I have met. I have always learned something.
The ones who inspired me the most are the ones who reflected stability and true self-confidence. They passed on a message that was beyond the physical exercise of asanas and beyond verbal comprehension. They encouraged me to find an authentic connection to myself. I learned to love more intensely: expanding rather than contracting when faced with adversity.
I am happy to keep on learning in order to pass on what Yoga gave me and with humility I would like to share this wonderful experience. My classes should be an invitation to indulgence, softness and strength, confidence and humility, balance and movement, grounding and lifting, control and non-attachment.
“Lokah samasta sukhino bhavantu”
After a long career within the financial sector, Maya quitted her job in 2015, and made her dream come true. In summer 2016, she opened Flowers Kitchen, a cozy, vegan café in the “Gare” area where she offered “home-made with love” plant-based dishes, pastries, fresh squeezed juices and organic coffee and tea.
The success of the concept was immediate and allowed her to open a second spot in 2018. Due to Covid-19 and personal reasons she decided to stop her activity in 2021. However, she is still in touch with her beloved Flowers Kitchen community and tries to share, as often as she can, yummy recipes and pictures of her food on social media.
Stéphanie is a Paris based yoga teacher. Before she committed to full time yogic life, she worked in finance and the fashion industry. In 2020, Stéphanie completed her Jivamukti teacher’s training in India and later an apprenticeship with Ian Sydlowski at the Jivamukti Yoga studio in Paris where she worked as manager from 2020 to 2022. One of her main teachers is Petros Haffenrichter.
Stéphanie is also trained in trauma informed yoga with Maria Macaya. Her students appreciate her kindness and generosity as well as the diversity in her teachings.
Born into a California family of yogis, mystic and artists, Duncan Wong began his life training as a kickboxer, wild biker and nature adventurist. A path that led him to the healing fields of yoga, bodywork and dance. After a life of intensive global teaching and 10 years of Asian residency and exploration with various masters, he now lives in the deep forest of Kyoto Japan where he raises his two sons with his Japanese family. Known as the creator and innovator of Modern Warrior Flow, which he originally named Yogic Arts™ to define the practice as a goal to the artistic expressions and states of yoga, Duncan’s unique and fluid practice combines the intelligence of yoga, the intuition of dance, the heart of martial arts, and the healing touch of massage, that has evolved into the name Flow Arts to best define its expansion that reaches far beyond the limits of classical yoga, into the realm of authentic organic self-expressed motion.
The Global Yogic Flow Arts Love Warrior Yogis form the foundation and expansion of this living international system. The practice was born from a lifetime of practice and investigation into the combined fields of healing, empowerment and Self-mastery, and continues to blossom and evolve with each student’s shared experience on the mat. Duncan‘s undying commitment to guide his students ‘inner standing’ into the path of excellence and eventually teaching skills via the awakening of peoples humanity and common strength through a down to earth practical approach to mindfulness and sustainable living.