Teachers

Sattva Yoga Chamonix’s classes are given in french and/or in english according to the students needs.

Hubert de Tourris (Hamsa)

Portrait Hubert de Tourris

Hubert de Tourris (Hamsa)

Sattva Yoga Chamonix founder.

Born in 1968, the desire for liberation year, Hubert seeks freedom on the spiritual path in search of the Self realization. He was very young when he had a mystical experience, connecting the inner world and the outer world. From a young age, he did Zen meditation, practiced Do-in technics (self massage and postures similar to yoga) and experienced some martial art forms. His life led him to experiment with music, video in high mountains and extreme sports. Since 1989, he was fortunate to become a steep skiing cameraman, living in Chamonix. Hubert shared the point of view of athletes who need to stretch and relax deeply, but also of those in search of spiritual awakening.

His vision allows him a comprehensive understanding in accordance with the fundamental principles of Yoga and Ayurveda. Simultaneous vision of the one and the many, it is in this unity that the spirit leaves the dichotomy pleasure/pain to enter inner peace. The yoga is the method to achieve the state of Yoga, the ultimate freedom in unity.

To continue his studies, he traveled to India, Europe and the United States; in terms of the Ashtanga Vinyasa
Yoga
Hubert followed the teachings of Gustav Björkman and especially Mark Darby for more than 10 years diligently, he also took numerous courses with Matthew Sweeney, Rolf and Marcy and Sheshadri (Mysore India). As for the occasional courses he met many teachers such as David Roche, Basia Lipska, Sharath Jois (Mysore India), Michael Stone and many others.
– 500h “Ayurveda Massage” with Kiran Vyas with Tapovan, France
500h RYT Vinyasa “Ecole des Ailes du Yoga” with Carolina Boulinguez à Paris, France
– 500h RYT
 Ashtanga “Sattva Yoga Shala” with Mark and Joanne Darby in Montreal, Canada
– 500h RYT Hatha “Dharma Yoga Center” with Dharma Mittra in New York City, US
– 100h RYT Yin Yoga with Biff Mitheofer, US
– Babaji’s Kriya Yoga initiation with Marchall Govindan, Canada
Babaji’s Kriya Yoga initiation with Shailendra Sharma in Govardhan, India
– Certified 
in Ashtanga “PAVY” Mysore with Sheshadri & Harish in Mysore, India

The daily practice of Ashtanga, Vinyasa of, Hatha Yoga and other styles (Yin, Nidra, Japa, Bahkti, Kriya …) allows him to teach in different ways to help students expand their possibilities both physical and mental and open to the vast inner world.

Nadège Secardin

Nadège Secardin

Professor of Schools since 1997, I evolve since in the field of education.

At the same time, I have always practiced a lot of sports in an intensive way: gymnastics, horse riding, running, climbing, skiing … I met yoga 15 years ago now and that allowed me to access an approach more postural body, compensating gradually imbalances and excesses related to other activities.
The regular practice of yoga has brought me a great appeasement of the mind and an opening of consciousness.
It’s on this path that I chose to continue my journey …
Certified teacher of the French Yoga Association Iyengar (AFYI)

Nicolas Ligonnet

Nicolas Ligonnet

During his teenage years Nicolas started to get interested in meditation, yoga and different subjects on eastern philosophies. In 2011 he learns some yoga excersices from a friend of his, and later on discovers the five tibetan rites from a book, and starts to practice and incorporate these into his daily life, making it his first introduction to yoga. In 2013 he goes to India for the first time, attending a 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in an ashram, living simply and learning more deeply about yogic life and philosophie.The following year he returns to India, traveling around the Himalayas and practicing asanas and pranayama and attending his first 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat.
This year he also meets his teacher Hubert de Tourris and starts practicing in the Sattva Yoga Shala in Chamonix. In 2016 he is introduced to the Ashtanga Vinyasa system and starts to practice it regularly. The following years he attends workshops with Shankara Darby and two Teacher Tranings with Mark Darby in Chamonix and later with Sheshadri in Mysore. Taking the opportunity while being in India, he also does a second Vipassana meditation reatreat.
End of 2017 he meets the great Guru of Kriya Yoga, Shailendra Sharma, and gets initiated into the practice. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Joanne and Mark Darby. In September 7, 2016, she is introduced to Babaji’s Kriya Yoga by Guruji Shailendra Sharma in Govardhan, India. A year later, in November 2017, she will take an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga course with Sheshadri and Harish in Mysore, India, where she will go deeper in the asana and pranayama practice.

Sophie  Jenot

Sophie Jenot

Travel and yoga are the two great aspirations of my life. I share my life between time at sea, aboard a sailboat and time in the mountains in Chamonix, where my sports practices integrate entirely in nature: sailing, paragliding, kite surfing, aerial dance.

Yoga is the journey that connects me to all the elements, all dimensions of life and my being. I found in the Kundalini yoga a particular strength, the impression in practice that my fragmented bodies unite in a single globalizing experience. For several years now, Kundalini Yoga has been a daily physical and spiritual commitment that allows me to get closer to my true identity (Sat Nam). A strong desire to share this practice and these benefits prompts me to integrate a teacher training of Yoga Kundalini. For the past year, I have trained with Ishwara Kaur and Kirpal Singh at the school of Kundalini Yoga “Ik Saran Dhian” south of Paris. Always in training, it is a pleasure for me to teach the kundalini yoga in Sattva Yoga Chamonix where Hubert hosts the various yoga practices in a globalizing and traditional Yoga philosophy.

Katleen Duchêne

Katleen Duchêne

Yoga came into my life following my second Reiki initiation in 2003. The initiations and my diligent practice in Reiki on myself and others, led me to practice concentration and then meditation, and also jostled my life and my way of seeing it.
I needed help to anchor myself to Earth and reconnect to my physical body in a more harmonious way. Through energy teachings that I received and their practice, I deepened my approach to the body and better understood its relationship with emotions. From 2013, I started to practice yoga regularly, then several times a week. My beginnings were more focused on asanas and meditation. I discover over time the importance of pranayama. I attended workshops with Shankara Darby in Aix-les-Bains, and was initiated in 2016 to the 1st degree of Babaji krya yoga by Acharya Turyananda.
I am grateful to Hubert, and the Sattva teachers who taught me their love of yoga, teach me the importance of constancy in my practice and agree to be where I am now.
The meeting with oneself on the path of realization is a marvelous journey, sometimes difficult and painful but which leads to discover treasures just waiting to be revealed.
I am only at the beginning of this journey and it is with joy that I continue the journey of help and sharing.
Master Reiki Teacher
Personally : MLC method and EFT

Winnie Chang

Winnie Chang

Winnie Chang has been practicing Yoga since 1993. She is teaching Taijiwuxigong. She has immersed herself in learning from diverse lineages and with respected teachers from around the world. Over the last 25 years she has spent considerable time on Meditation, Yoga and Daoist retreats. She was one of the first female wingsuit base jumpers and has travelled extensively, leading expeditions and working as a photographer. She is also a qualified Shamanic practitioner and blends all this life experience with her teaching and healing work. Winnie’s particular emphasis is on opening and clearing the heart so that we can live a more dynamic and meaningful life. Her healing work specialises in working to free up emotional blockages that are impacting on the quality of her client’s life.