BIO


Stéphanie Viu-Kessler

Stéphanie Viu-Kessler

Stéphanie Viu-Kessler

I have been practicing Yoga since 1998. I first was introduced to Bikram Yoga when I was living in Montreal and I practiced it for 4 years. At one point I was sure that I will become a Bikram Yoga Teacher but never had the courage to do it.

In 2004 I moved back to Paris and started practicing the Pilates Method. After 3 years I took the decision to attend a Teacher Training Course with Martine Curtis-Oakes and Kelly Moriarty (A-Lyne Pilates Studio, Paris). After obtaining my 488 Hours Balanced Body Certification (all Pilates apparatus) my life completely changed.

In 2008 I ended my corporate life and started to teach Pilates as a full-time job. I was teaching on all apparatus (Reformer, Wall Unit, Cadillac, Chair, Barrel, Spine Corrector) and developed Pilates Ball Classes for special needs as well for more core centering training.

In 2011 I met Gérard Arnaud in Paris, a wonderful Yoga practitioner and Yoga Teacher who brought the Vinyasa concept in France in 1978.

This is how Yoga came back into my life, I attended the 500 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Course with Gerard Arnaud in Paris.

In 2012 I traveled twice to India, on my second trip I met Trupteesh Nagaraj Hurikadale, founder of Samyak Yoga School in India. I attended a Teacher Training Course under his guidance and then the idea of working together came.

In 2013 I went back to France and decided to create and started Samyak Yoga France website. Between 2013 and 2014 I moved to India for 4 years.

In 2014 I traveled for three months in Thailand, and attended a Yoga Thai Massage 300 Hours course with the TMC School in Chiang Mai.

In 2016 I took the decision to dedicate all my yoga practice to the Ashtanga Yoga as per the tradition of Krishnamacharya and Pattabhi Jois. Since then I have been fortunate enough to practice under the guidance of great teachers such as BNS Iyengar and Ramesh Shetty in Mysore, John Scott in Goa, David Roche, Sarawasthi and her son Rangaswami Sharat Jois (KPJAYI Mysore, India), David Swenson in Sweden, Mark Robberds and Deepika Mehta in Canggu (Bali) and Iain Grysak in Ubud (Bali) that I do consider as my Yoga Teacher.

Xandra Yoga is the accomplishment of my experience and my life project. The reason behind the turtle is because I am a slow and steady student but I never lose my goal. Also as per the Ashtanga Yoga tradition when you do not masteries one asana your practice stops there. This is what happened to me, for 8 months I have been stopped to Supta Kurmasana. It took me almost 2 years to practice the full Primary Series without being stopped.

I am teaching Yoga in the traditional way.

I also love to combine Yoga and Pilates in some classes in order to enhance a practice or for a better understanding of the body motion.

 

– Namaste –

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