EFV Adjunct Faculty
As a pioneer for deep change, Marc has dedicated most of his own life to unraveling this great mystery. An avid Truth-seeker and playful risk-taker, Marc is passionate about refining the art of living and empowering his students to do the same.
Marc is a certified Ayurveda practitioner with over 15 years’ experience teaching Hatha Yoga and Meditation. He currently lives in both L.A. and Paris for greater access to the workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats he teaches across the globe. He can also be found across the ethers via his many classes streamed on Yogaglo.com. His signature Ayurveda health coaching program, Evolutionary Habits, has been accelerating the wellness path of students since 2012. marcholzman.com
Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews
Leslie Kaminoff is a yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is an internationally recognized specialist with four decades’ experience in the fields of yoga and breath anatomy. He founded The Breathing Project in 2001 as a non-profit dedicated to the sharing of educational, community-based programming related to yoga, anatomy and health enrichment. Amy Matthews was a part of The Breathing Project from its founding and taught her Embodied Anatomy & Kinesiology class there for 12 years. She developed a two-year long “Practices in Embodied Teaching” course that she offered five times over 10 years, and with Sarah Barnaby started the TBP Membership Program, offering events for people interested in everything from cellular consciousness to the art of conversation. breathingproject.org
Silke has been teaching yoga since 2000, her primary teacher being Rod Stryker/ ParaYoga®. Her studies also include yoga therapy with Doug Keller, pranic healing/mediation with Dr. Swami Shankardev Saraswati, as well as Sanskrit for Yogis and Jyotisha/Vedic Astrology with Dr. Katy Komenda.
Silke draws from Tantra and classical Yoga as the source for her teaching. Through a systematic and light-hearted approach, Silke's aim is to have students EXPERIENCE the great wisdom of the sages -- that to unlock and understand the great creative force of the universe, you need to look no further than your own body and mind. The ultimate goal is for each student to live compassionately, joyfully, fearlessly—to thrive wholly in every aspect of their lives and in doing so, become the model for others to do the same.
Her mission statement:
1. To guide each student in recognizing and strengthening their unique capacities and talents.
2. To convey the authentic teachings of Yoga, Tantra, and the Vedas in the most meaningful way to our contemporary lives.
3. To cultivate appreciation for the great beauty of every day life. prasidayoga.com
A former dancer, Martine was long acquainted with the therapeutic properties of yoga before falling in love with it as a daily practice in Paris in 2001. Since then, she has continued to explore the connections between movement and technique, expression and contemplation. Asana and meditation are now an integral part of her creative process, infusing her work with energy, lightness and insight. Martine is a graphic designer and art director as well as a certified yoga teacher who believes that alignment expands vision, flow follows focus. yogateau.com
EFV Program Assistants
Marguerite Ponzoni is EFV systems manager (Google docs for our tracking system, TTs private FB group, retreat assistant, etc.). She discovered yoga in 2008 after giving birth to her daughter, Saloumie. She practiced with her masters Marguerite Franceschini, then Patricia Dautin (yoga de Madras) and joined the Expansion, Freedom & Voice sangha in 2014. She completed Kidding Around Yoga TT with Sharon Bales in 2015. She also co-founded in 2007 Parfum Tribal. A tribe of strong women who love to dance together. parfumtribal.com
Quand je suis montée dans le train EFV2, c’était pour moi un vrai challenge. Je vivais au bord de la mer, avec mes deux petites filles qui avaient, à l’époque, un an et trois ans. Et mon anglais avait besoin d’être rafraîchi ! Grâce à cette expérience, j’ai pu entrevoir toute l’ampleur du yoga et apprendre à escalader cette montagne dans une ambiance studieuse et joyeuse. À la fin de mon année de formation, j’ai proposé de créer une communauté d’anciens élèves, EFV Labs, afin d’organiser des formations continues adaptées aux besoins du groupe. Une bonne occasion aussi de se revoir, de partager ses expériences. Je ne fais pas que du yoga dans la vie, je suis aussi journaliste et une inconditionnelle fan du Japon ! Studio Éléments Yoga
She discovered yoga in 2012 and joined Expansion, Freedom & Voice Teacher Training in 2015. By that time she had two jobs working as a lobbyist and doing consulting in the fashion industry. At the end of the teacher training, she moved to Morocco and started working as a yoga teacher in Rabat where there was no yoga. It was the beginning of a sangha who is now growing! She is still very involved in Rabat yoga community and often teaches there.
In May 2017, she moved to Niamey, Niger where her partner works for the UN on behalf of refugee relief. She started to build a yoga community in Niamey as well. In collaboration with a local couturier, she designed yoga props in African wood and created her brand A-Muse Yoga Props.
She moved to Malta in January.
Juliette de Bastard
Juliette tried her first yoga class when she was living in Mexico City in 2010. Although she hated this first try, she kept coming back to it, and practiced different yoga styles (Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram, Hot Yoga…) depending on where she was living. When she came back to Paris for good, she decided to do a yoga teacher training and joined EFV in 2015 and completed a Pre/Post Natal yoga teacher training with Sharon Bales in 2017 through EFV Labs. Today, she teaches a few classes per week and works on different projects related to yoga/meditation while she is still working as a CSR (corporate social responsibility) project manager during the day.
Alessia's bio to come.
EFV LABS FACULTY
Susanna Harwood Rubin / Intro to Hindu Mythology
Teaching since 2002, Susanna inspires through her passion for Hindu myth, mantra, and the Tantric tradition, specifically Rajanaka Tantra, which she has studied for over 15 years in the U.S. and in South India. Susanna believes that your body is your temple, and whether you are in a yoga studio or in nature, traveling or at home, you can celebrate your embodied life by stepping onto your mat and moving with your breath. Her spiritual home is the great Nataraja Temple of Chidambaram. susannaharwoodrubin.com
Sharon Bales / Pre- and Post-Natal Yoga, Kids’ Yoga
The power of the pelvis: it’s what Sharon has discovered and what she wants to teach women. Her pelvis, as with most women’s, has a long and complicated history. She’s learned, through experience and study, how getting to know your pelvis and its functions can resolve many feminine issues. Using the tools and techniques that she teaches, women can start living in harmony with—and source their lives from—the power of the pelvis. sharonbalesyoga.com
Cécile Roubaud / Yin Yoga
Après avoir étudié le corps au travers de la danse, c’est en 2002 que Cécile commence son chemin du Yoga avec le Hatha Yoga (pratique des postures douce). Quelques années plus tard elle trouve sa voie grâce à sa rencontre au Mexique avec la discipline dynamique d’Ashtanga Yoga qui l’amènera à traverser la planète pour rencontrer ses maîtres. Depuis 2009 elle explore aussi les bénéfices du Yin Yoga, pour équilibrer son corps avec une énergie plus méditative.
C’est avec passion que Cécile partage avec ses élèves son savoir acquis auprès des plus grands yogis du monde entier. Elle souhaite guider ses élèves vers la découverte de leur immense potentiel intérieur, à la rencontre de leur propre maître.
Queenie Chan / Sustainable Business Development
As a certified yoga instructor (Power Yoga and Vinyasa Flow) with extensive expertise in both strategy and management consulting, Queenie understands the macro- and micro-challenges of creating and sustaining a thriving teaching career. Combining her love of yoga with her business and finance skills, she launched a program which enables new and established yoga teachers to put the Tapas where it belongs: in their authentic voices, their professional goals and their social impact. Queenie’s inquiry-based approach and practical tools ensure teachers can fully express themselves and put their Dharma into practice—by developing their artistry all while building successful businesses.