Meet Dominique: Children's Yoga Teacher in BrightonJul 04, 2023
I grew up in Bristol and moved to London to train at dance school, where I first properly experienced yoga. After studying I went to India to train more in dance and movement, and I learnt about yoga and breathwork in a lot more depth. I experienced profound changes in my physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and began developing my own personal practice from the teachings of various teachers, then in October 2022 I completed a 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh at Swasti Yogashala.
I began to fuse my knowledge of dance and movement with yoga, and in Goa I taught sessions that incorporated aspects of Contemporary Dance with asana practice as a way of challenging the body, using it in a holistic and versatile way. I believe that playfulness is an important part of movement practice as it creates a safe space to explore and be challenged, which is a necessary part of progress. Therefore I always try to keep a fun and inclusive atmosphere in my classes.
I moved in the spring of 2023 to Brighton – a city that I love! – where I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach yoga to children with Beam Academy. Children have so much creativity naturally in them that we try to find again in ourselves as adults, so using yoga and movement in this playful way is great for keeping their creativity and confidence flowing as well as challenging their strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.
Get To Know Dominique with 5 Questions
What’s the best trip you ever took and why?
India in January 2020! I went for two months, stayed during the pandemic, then ended up living there for three years. It was a huge life-change that was completely spontaneous but also the most wonderful decision of my life. I met so many incredible people, I learnt a lot about myself and others, and got the chance to learn about yoga in more depth.
Would you say you’re more of an introvert or extrovert?
I think I am a mixture of both – sometimes I really thrive off being surrounded by lots of friends but I need to balance it with plenty of alone time to keep myself energised.
What’s your favourite meal: breakfast, lunch or dinner?
Definitely breakfast – it’s the start of the day where anything is possible! Even if you’ve had a bad night’s sleep, a good breakfast can lift your mood and gives you energy. The way you start your day is the way you continue your day, so I find breakfast to be really important and I always look forward to it.
Which family member has had the biggest impact on you?
My grandma is a big inspiration to me. She taught me to be bold, creative and expressive, and to trust that problems in life have a way of working out for the best, which I think is a great philosophy to live your life by. She also encouraged me to spend time in nature and appreciate it as a way of grounding yourself amid the chaos of life.
What makes you feel at peace?
Swimming in calm, clear water with the sun on my face and beautiful scenery around me, or cuddling with an animal!
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