It’s about time we talk a bit about yoga, and I simply can’t think of a better place to start than with one of my favorite teachers here in Paris. Her name is Coelia (act like the o doesn’t exist, it’s pronounced Celia). I first met Coelia at Yuj Yoga Studio and was totally blown away by her infectious positive energy and intense yet very fun flow. I couldn’t understand why I had never taken her class before. Sooner or later, I realized the answer was simple. As hard to believe as it was, and still is, Coelia hadn’t been teaching for very long in Paris.
Following a Masters degree in language, Coelia moved to Dubai to work for Emirates Airlines as a Chief Air Hostess. To cope with the stress and keep in shape she decided to try yoga. Previously a gymnast, it seemed like a fitting form of mental and physical exercise. She quickly discovered Strala Yoga, which gave her a sense of freedom and confidence that she had never felt before. Soon, she took off for a 4 day retreat in Thailand, an experience that changed her life forever. Coelia quickly decided to return to Thailand for a 4 week, 500h teacher training at Vikasa Yoga. These 4 weeks turned into 5 months.
Coelia started teaching classes all over the world in May 2016 and moved back to Paris at the end of 2016. Coelia’s classes truly take you to a different universe, where things are playful and rewarding. She has already accumulated 12k followers on Instagram (@coelia.yoga) and her classes are nearly always full.
In addition to her busy yoga schedule (available on her website https://www.fitinaplane.com/), Coelia is a cofounder of Smile Flow. In tangent with another wonderful Parisian yogi teacher Alix Alleguede (@alixalleguede), these ladies aim deconstruct the image of yoga portrayed in the media as pretty girls with a perfect body, doing seemingly beautiful and difficult postures. Thus, they have created a fun practice, focused on feelings and internal sensations. Smile Flow’s are a monthly event and the next one is on 27th of January. Info is available on: www.smile-flow.com. Coelia is also organizing an incredible 10 day yoga retreat in India this March. Check out her site for more info (I wish I could go). For more information on this awesome human, please visit her website: https://www.fitinaplane.com/ (where you will also be able to find her weekly schedule).