Hi, I'm Noémie !
As a movement educator, my intention is to teach an approach to movement that is evidence-based, progressive, inclusive and playful. I aim to guide my students in a movement practice that is not only sustainable and adapted to their needs, but also encourages their self-inquiry and exploration beyond the mat.
Teaching content: Strength & mobility training, Somatic & exploratory movements, Playfulness, Mindfulness
Teaching values: Inclusivity, Body-positivity, Durability, Authenticity, Evidence-based
Languages: French, English
Currently in: Angers, France
Life is like a jigsaw puzzle. As we’re walking on a path, we’re collecting pieces of the puzzle here and there. They don’t look like much by themselves, but eventually, when we link them together, we’re getting a clearer picture of what we want, where we want to go and who we want to be. My puzzle looked like a mess for a long time ; maybe it was because I was missing pieces, or I wasn’t assembling them correctly, or I didn’t get that I needed to.
Not knowing where I was going, I found comfort in traveling ; it was giving to my life an ephemeral meaning, but I remained completely adrift for several years. It wasn’t until 2015 that things started to get unstucked ; while traveling around Asia, I attended to a vipassana meditation retreat in Nepal – which would be followed by a second one a year after. I learned about the importance of observing the automatic responses of our minds in a given situation, and how reflecting on these responses can help us to bring more control and ease in our lives. I learned that worrying about the future and dwelling on the past wouldn’t lead me anywhere, and would only make me feel more miserable. During these intense meditation sessions, my mind started to fill up with ideas and strange images, which boosted my creativity and inspired me to, for once, commit to a goal.
From that point forward, I started to practice meditation, and, later on, asanas regularly, reading books on the matter and continiously seeking for more knowledge. It became clear to me that practicing yoga – asanas, meditation, breathing and applied philosophy – can make positive changes in our everyday lives.
This was the missing piece of the puzzle. Sharing what I learned in order to help others in their quest for balance and well-being inspired me to become a yoga teacher.
The tipping point
Practicing long passive stretchings and going into extreme ranges of motion was my jam. I was taking advantage of my flexibility to perform asanas when my body actually needed more strength and stability. My practice made me feel fantastic, until the day where I started to experience a constant dull pain in my hips, which brought me on the research path.
It’s when listening to a podcast about a yoga teacher’s hip replacement that I started to question my practice and the mainstream approach to yoga nowadays. Why did I think that doing fancy poses would make me a better yogi ? Or a better teacher ? How could I’ve been so sure that I was listening to my body when I was actually pushing it to go into shapes it wasn’t ready and prepared for ? I believe I was lacking knowledge, humility and perspective about my practice.
That’s how I started to dig into the wonderful land of movement science and neurosciences applied to yoga. It became even clearer to me as a yoga teacher that I have the responsability to teach in tune with up to date scientific knowledge to serve my students better. I started to understand why there are some asanas that aren’t a good fit for my body and why I shouldn’t practice them – or practice them differently. It helped me to develop more critical thinking, which is, I think, a crucial element for a healthy practice and mindset.
As my practice and teaching evolved, I switched from calling myself a yoga teacher to calling myself a movement teacher. I felt that what I was teaching wasn’t including enough elements of yoga – in terms of movement, philosophy and spirituality – to be called such. That’s how I started to label my classes Mouvements Modernes®.
For more info about my teaching, feel free to check out my methodology.
Besides movement, art plays a big part in my life. I love drawing and analog photography as creative art forms. I found a similarity between movement and art : both are a way of expression, evolution and liberation. You can find out more on my other website, noemie-clemenceau.art.
“Minecraft” and “Heroes of Might and Magic III” are video games I play on a regular basis. You may hear songs from “The Legend of Zelda – Ocarina of Time” popping up in my classes. Few years ago, I started to write a sci-fi novel that I hope to finish and publish one day. I sort of play the ukulele and I basically live on the floor, since I only own one chair.
Traveling has been a big factor of personal growth for me ; when I was 19, I lived and volunteered in Romania for 9 months, which triggered many more travels, mainly within Europe and Asia. My fascination for Japanese art and culture brought me to teach yoga and movement for a year in Kyoto.
- FRC - Functional Range Conditioning
- Detour Method Synthesis - Yoga Detour
- Mindful Strength Online Teacher’s Immersion - Kathryn Bruni-Young
- Detour Method Online - Yoga Detour
- 200-hour YTT (Yoga Alliance)