Hi, my name is Marisa. I am a Hatha yoga teacher and mum of little Félix who was born in March 2018. I am many other things, too, such as a specialist in institutional fundraising and grant acquisition for humanitarian non-profit organizations. For the purpose of this blog, however, I focus on – can you guess? – yoga and babies.

My encounter with yoga was not love at first sight. When I was living in Vienna (I am Austrian, by the way), I tried one of those mass yoga classes at the gym. That was back in the early 2000s. The experience was so unpleasant that it took me several years and a move to Geneva, Switzerland (where I live today), before I was ready to give it another try. Thank God (or the universe, oh, and also BuyClub) I did. That’s when I met Sylvain Lonchay who has now also become my teacher. This was back in 2011. I discovered an approach to yoga that is respectful of each individual’s capacities and constraints, free from competition, and informed by solid anatomical knowledge and modern biomechanics, all the while staying true to original texts and teachings. I also realized that yoga is so much more than just physical exercise or something you do once a week on a yoga mat. It’s a lens through which I see the world. It’s a way of life.

After practising yoga for several years, I realized I wanted more: deeper knowledge about postures (asanas), more insights into ethical values, and philosophical and spiritual teachings of yoga. So, in 2016, I started my 300-hour Hatha Yoga teacher training with 100% Yoga in Geneva.

I had almost completed the training when I got pregnant. So, together with my teacher, we decided to seize this once (or so) in a lifetime opportunity for me to pursue a Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga teacher training while experiencing pregnancy, birth and recovery myself. The training builds on the approach of renowned medical doctor and yoga teacher Dr. Bernadette de Gasquet, combining modern medical knowledge with traditional wisdom about pregnancy and giving birth. When I was between 7 and 9 months pregnant, I had the opportunity to teach prenatal yoga to other pregnant women: what a wonderful experience that further increased my enthusiasm for the topics of this blog!

I completed the Pre/Postnatal Yoga teacher training modules and will complete the Hatha Yoga teacher training soon.

In March 2018, I gave birth to the most beautiful baby boy the world has ever seen (of course, right?). What a life-altering, humbling experience (you can read my birth story here). Being a mum is both exhausting and exhilarating at the same time. Life will never be the same. Nothing prepared me for this hurricane of emotions (and hormones), the unconditional love I feel for this little human being. This is it. It all makes sense.

To witness the birth of a child is our best opportunity to experience the meaning of the word miracle.
Paul Carvel