Hi, I'm Noémie !
As a yoga and movement teacher, my intention is to offer classes that are evidence-based, progressive, inclusive and playful. I aim to guide my students in a movement practice that is sustainable, adapted to their needs and promote self-inquiry beyond the mat.
Teaching content: Yoga Conditioning, Functional movement, Mindfulness
Teaching values: Inclusivity, Body-positivity, Sustainability, Playfulness, Authenticity, Evidence-based
Languages: French, English, Japanese
Currently in: Angers, France
I believe every person we meet has something to teach us. However, a teaching doesn’t always come from one person ; it’s like a puzzle. We grab small pieces here and there, place them together, and we eventually get the whole picture. That’s how yoga came to me ; thanks to encounterings, inquiries and the desire to appease my tormented mind.
In 2015 and 2016, while traveling around Asia, I attended to two vipassana meditation retreats in Nepal. 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. From that point foreward, I started to practice meditation as well as asana regularly, reading books on the matter and continiously seeking for more knowledge. It became clear to me that practicing yoga – asana, meditation, breathing and applied philosophy – can make positive changes in our everyday lives.
Sharing these principles to help others in their quest for balance and well-being inspired me to become a yoga teacher.
The tipping point
Despite having experienced physical benefits in my asana practice, I’ve also experienced injuries. Starting to practice dynamic vinyasa yoga as an hypermobile person lacking strength and stability, I developed pains and tensions in different areas of my body, due to a lack of progression and preparation for more demanding poses.
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 of 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 myself to go further, and further ? I believe I was lacking knowledge, humility and perspective about my practice. It never occured to me that asana, as any other physical activity, can hurt.
This experience opened my eyes. Mistakes and injuries are a source of learning. 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. That’s how I started to dig into the wonderful land of movement science and biomechanics applied to yoga. It became even clearer as a yoga teacher that I have the responsability to teach in tune with up to date scientific knowledge to serve my students better.
The teachers that are inspiring me in my never ending journey of learning are Ariele Foster, Brea Johnson, Cecily Milne, Francesca Cervero, Garrett Neill, Jenni Rawlings, Jules Mitchell, Kathryn Bruni-Young, Laurel Beversdorf, Lizette Pompa, Olivia Berggren, Trina Altman, the FRC and MovNat communities, to name only a few.
My current teaching puts an emphasis on function versus shapes ; I like to guide my students into a practice where there is a “why” behind every movement. In my classes, I’m exploring beyond the yoga world by incorporating other movement modalities, while still sharing principles of mindfulness and yoga philosophy.
Besides yoga, art plays a big part in my life. I love drawing and analog photography as creative art forms. I found a similarity between yoga and art : both are a way of expression, evolution and liberation. You can find out more on my other website, sintaedi.com.
“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.
- Detour Method Synthesis – Yoga Detour
- Mindful Strength Online Teacher’s Immersion – Kathryn Bruni-Young
- Movement With a Brain – Erin Jade
- Detour Method Online – Yoga Detour
- Beyond Yoga Alignment / Yoga & Biomechanics – Jules Mitchell
- Yoga for Lower Back Pain: Keys to Sacroiliac Stability and Ease of Movement – Donna Farhi
- 200-hour YTT (Yoga Alliance)