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 by giving me clues through the practice and its multiple aspects to get in touch with who I am, also feeding the mind by acknowledging the deepest philosophical questions and offering powerful tools to be more at ease in my body and with my life.

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

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