about me ...
It all started with philosophy: first Wonder, and then in its wake the questions, or rather THE question: What is a good life? A TrueLife? I did a Ph.D in the United States to think it through, a dissertation on creativity in thought. Halfway through it I came up against the pitfall of classical thought, ie the body. The living, desiring, sweating, sick, healing, moving body. This is how yoga arrived, an unexpected but obvious answer because it is both embodied and transcendent, to THE question: What is True life?
If we speak of a True life, then it means that there is a “false” life: a life devastated by the struggle for domination and money, by ready-made ideas, by desensitized bodies and hearts. True life is multicolored, unexpected, deep. It sometimes breaks our hearts because it beats in a body which breathes, dreams, and feels.
Yoga teaches us to refine our sensory system in order to become more aware and strengthen our nervous system se we can awaken. Then we can take life head on, no longer be a stowaway in our own body, activate our talents and our creativity, marvel at small and big things, know that we are connected with all that is, nurture this vital impulse which propels evolution and gives us the means to accompany the formidable paradigm shift currently underway towards a more fair, harmonious and beautiful world.
I approach each yoga class, each workshop, each retreat, as a journey, an experience, a small miracle that allows us for an hour, or three, or more, a change of perspective on ourselves, our body, our emotions, our needs, our beliefs, our possibilities… and this can transform everything.
A diligent practitioner of yoga and meditation for 25 years, it was when I discovered Kundalini yoga that I decided to move up a gear. I trained in the United States, where I lived for 18 years, with masters faithful to the oldest traditions but freed from any dogma (Ravi Singh, Kirantana Kaur Khalsa, Olivia Lomax). Thanks to their transmission, to my passion, and to 20 years of teaching experience from the university level to kindergarten, I offer group and private lessons, workshops, trainings, and international yoga & creative writing retreats in France, Mexico, Costa Rica... Facilitating a group dynamic which both reassures and inspires, which both links and liberates us, has become my specialty.
This year I am offering a range of weekly courses, masterclasses and monthly subscriptions, bilingual French-English, in videoconference and face-to-face, as well as retreats in various magical places in the south of France.
"Authentic, down to earth, passionate, Valentine transmits with wisdom and joy the Yoga that makes her vibrate and it is contagious."
"Thank you Valentine for your practices which helped me to find inner peace, fluidity in my life, a less painful body, and to make choices for a more harmonious life."
"Valentine is a beautiful person, so complete that you never get to the bottom of her literary, philosophical or historical resources. All of this with finesse, humor and grounding ... During each class I experience a gratitude that gives me immense wings of happiness, creative energy, mental space ... and it feels good !! "
"I've taken both Kundalini and Yin classes with Valentine and can't recommend them enough. She brings a very high level of thought and care to her classes, and her intelligence and deep study come through clearly. Her insights, as she guides us through practice, stay with me long after class has ended and I always leave enlightened, refreshed and smiling. "