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Trained at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India (since 2013), Yalda Younes is a highly experienced movement educator and yoga therapist with a focus on tailoring practices to the specific health, conditions, and needs of individuals and groups. Using the breath intelligently and efficiently, alongside a subtle approach to movement, her process-based practices prioritize experiential knowledge over hierarchical, theoretical knowledge.

After conducting a holistic assessment, Yalda collaborates with her students to set short and long-term goals for their practice, fostering a solid relationship that supports their self-empowerment.

While rooted in the traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda, Yalda's compassionate and non-dogmatic approach to teaching is informed by continuously keeping up with research in fields that inform the understanding of the body, breath, and mind, such as  neurobiology, somatics, kinesiology, ecology and arts.

With over 20 years of pedagogical experience (between yoga and dance), and being a perpetual student herself, Yalda understands that an authentic personal practice leads to an inquiry into the interconnectedness of all things, improving not only the individual but also the collective wellbeing of all living species and the respect of the elements that offer us life.
By deepening the understanding of relationships within the internal world of our body, a regular practice translates into a deeper understanding of relationships with and within the external world.

In her teachings, Yalda is interested in exploring relationships, such as the interactions between:

  • posture and breath
  • bones, gravity and movement
  • voice, eyes, immunity and vagus nerve
  • neck, stomach and phrenic nerve
  • psoas, kidneys and fear/fight/flight response
  • lungs, sinuses and colon
  • heart, arms and legs
  • cranium and sacrum
  • deep throat and pelvic floor
  • end of exhale and beginning of inhale
  • end of inhale and beginning of exhale
  • breath, emotions and thoughts
  • body and mind
  • words, thoughts and action
  • the self, other living beings and the elements

Yalda's classes are known for their compassionate and non-judgmental environment, which encourages her students' emotional, physical, mental, creative, and spiritual well-being.

Available bookings for:

  • One-on-one classes, online or in person
  • Short-term or seasonal international bookings for workshops, courses or retreats at tailored for your institution’s needs, with focused themes such as (but not limited to): 

- breath: technique, capacity, potential, and links between breath and body, mind and environment

- immunity: breath apparatus, lymphatic and nervous systems 

- musculoskeletal system: muscular tone, bone strength, joint stability and mobility, breath mechanics, deep core and posture

- female health: menstruation, endometriosis, peri-menopause, menopause, hormonal balance

- digestive and hormonal health: healthy homeostasis and circulation of fluids, addressing the organs and glands on multi-levels (emotional, respiratory, nervous, circulatory) 

- desk workers: postural restoration, deep core support for back and neck health, legs strengthening, hip flexors balance, eye health, stress reduction, head space, focus

- musicians and other artistic practices: repetitive strain injuries, postural imbalances, voice work, mental calm and clarity, relaxation, imagination

If we were capable of forming every whole while taking air into account, our totalities would lose their systematic and authoritarian nature. They would also remain capable of transformation in order to enter into relations with an other, or to form a community with others, without each losing their singularity. A cultivation of our breathing, of our breath, allows us to be more malleable, to adapt ourselves to a situation without submitting to it.
— Luce Irigaray