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Trained at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai (India, 2013-2022), Yalda Younes is a yoga teacher and therapist specialized in carefully tailoring practices for the specific health, condition and needs of the particular individual or group.

Using the breath intelligently and efficiently along with a particularly subtle approach to movement, her process-based practices privilege experiential knowledge versus hierarchical knowledge.
After an initial holistic assessment of her student /group, she determines together with them the shorter-term and longer-term goals for their practice, establishing a solid relationship which supports their self-empowerment.

While rooted in the traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda, Yalda’s non-dogmatic and compassionate teaching approach is also informed by continuous research to keep up with more recent advances in understanding body, breath and mind from various perspectives (neurological, mechanical, somatic and trauma-informed). She has more than 20 years of experiential learning and pedagogical experience in both fields of yoga and dance.

As a practitioner and perpetual student herself, Yalda considers that an authentic personal practice leads to an enquiry into the interconnectedness of all things, therefore improving not only the individual, but also the collective wellbeing of all inhabitants of the planet. 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.

Some of the relationships that Yalda explores in her practice and her teachings are those in between:

  • bone strength, gravity and freedom of the joints
  • posturural tone and breathing muscles
  • heart rate, inhale and exhale
  • lungs, diaphragm and stomach
  • psoas, kidneys and the “flight, fight, freeze” responses
  • cranium and sacrum
  • deep throat and pelvic floor
  • parasympathetic nervous system (”rest and digest”), eyes and voice
  • vagus nerve, digestion and sleep
  • breath, emotions and thoughts
  • body and mind
  • words, thoughts and action
  • the self, other beings and the five elements (earth, water, fire, wind, space)

Email Yalda for enquiries /appointments /invitations about:

- Online group classes (open level), ongoing

- One to one classes (internationally)

- Specifically tailored workshops for institutions / companies / NGOs (internationally)

If air is crucial for life, it is also essential as a fluid to ensure the cohesion of a physical and even a spiritual whole, be it individual or collective. 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. We, then, can endeavor to make our breath more vital or more subtle, staying alive but modifying our manner of being and acting according to the context. Neglecting the necessity and the potential of breathing, our tradition has rendered our subjectivity both weak and rigid because it is frightened of any change. As it has received its contours and forms from an outside world more than from its own life, it does not know how to deal with its presumed self.

— Luce Irigaray