TATIANA BURSTEIN YOGA

The first thing that I thought after I took my first Yoga class, was that I will never practice again.

I was about 15 years old, and was dragged there by my best friend.

I remember finding myself with her in this little apartment in the north of Paris, with a bunch of people who seamed very strangely happy, speaking a language of their own which I did not understand and performing crazy body figures with scary breathing sounds.

I went out of this class thinking that this was Yoga, and I was not interested.

 

I have been practicing since 2007, then started to teach classes in 2011 (I try to cultivate an open mind, but I am not sure I would go back to this class) and this great interest I have for Yoga makes now perfect sense.

In my childhood I was suffering with severe asthma and digestive disorders.

I grew up believing that my body was something strange and unfriendly and this created a feeling of disconnection and loneliness.

I was also curious and willing to understand how life happens and why us, human beings, we live in this world. As a kid my dream was that some old sages would one day capture me and explain the secrets of the universe; this world that I could not figure out would finally unveil its mystery.

 

I grew up, studied philosophy and became a dancer.

My body and my mind, like two separated entities, were not connected to each other. I was thinking, and then I was dancing.

 

I did not start Yoga with the hope of finding a balance or discovering my Self.

The practice of asana was a great complement to dancing and I was lucky enough to get an introduction to Indian philosophy in my university program.

I also spent I great deal of time healing myself through different kinds of therapies (having both physical and psychological scars from my past sufferings) but most of those I found were either working with the mind or addressing the body; something was missing.

 

Yoga has nourished me the most, giving me tools to get in touch with what I really am, unfolding this ever existing unity of my being that I came to experience through the practice itself, with the link of the breath.

I am grateful for all the inspiring teachers I have already met and who guided me on this journey inward.

This beautiful system makes things fall naturally into place, revealing the unity underneath the multiple layers of our being, feeding both mind and body by acknowledging the deepest philosophical questions and offering powerful tools to be more at ease in our bodies and with our lives.

I am thankful to be on that path, and to share, through teaching, my experience with people around me.