About The Teacher

Born and raised in Singapore, of nationality french and british , Ophélie was always convinced to pursue dancers career, in classical , neo classical and contemporary. So after attending yoga classes during her schooling at LaSalle College of the Arts, for the reinforcements and flexibility , she did not expect that it would completely transform her perception of life later in her life. 

She started dancing with her mother, a french Commenwealth Society Ballet Teacher and then moved on to being taught by Madame Kanevskaia, a russian Vaganova Ballet Teacher, Mr Bres a polish ex ballet dancer from the Hamburg Ballet Company and Mr Mills an australian ex ballet dancer from West Australien Ballet Company in Singapore . She unrolls for 3 years in LaSalle College of the Art Singapore. J'ai participé à des stages chez Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Maguy Marin, Rosella Hightower. 

“As a dancer you have a very clear image of your future … rehearsing , learning new choreagraphing works , going on stage. Dancing takes up your entire life ”

During her 2012 summer performance in Toulouse after travelling around Europe in different dance companies, unfortunately, events did not unfold as Ophélie had hoped. During her performance she got injured and her clear-cut vision of the future was thrown off course with forced retirment from the stage. 

Armed with a will to achieve and to get back up, she finds her new passion and confort in the world of yoga and meditation. The benefits of yoga were limitless for Ophélie – becoming stronger and being flexible in both body and mind, feeling happier, more peaceful , in tune with her own self and not pushing her body to painful limits but accepting each day differently. 

In 2016, Ophélie decided to share her learnings with a greater community and to change her career path by studying ENPY , école national des professeurs de yoga in Toulouse, France to immerse in deeper Yogic practices. Ophélie has since continued to evolve in her journey, cultivating a keen interest not only in the physical aspects of yoga but also in its philosophical and spiritual sides. This led her to become fully dedicated to the service of Yoga and its greater community, as well as the pursuit of a holistic, balanced and natural lifestyle.

“ Yoga is the dance of every cell with the music of every breath that creates inner serenity and harmony ”

In 2018 two dance associations studios inrolls her to come and teach classical for children 6-8 years old and adults. Ophélie sees this as her opputinity of coming back to dance and having her two worlds join in her career parth and life .

Ophélie's yogic path was illuminated by one main yoga teacher in the Enpy , Laurence.  By learning from her, Ophélie developed a stronger character and had the encouragement to explore her limits whilst cultivating a spirit of love and compassion in her heart, which motivates her own spiritual path of discovery.

Inspired by her mother , dance and yoga teachers and her asian culture, Ophélie creates one-of-a-kind classes rooted in traditional Hatha , Vinyasa , Yin Yoga, whether it is a static or dynamic practice. She enjoys energising and motivating people through intention setting, meditation, laughter and asana to improve their wellness. Each of her classes are both physically and mentally challenging, filled with utmost support and a personal touch for each student. Ophélie always gives her best when teaching, leading people towards a deeper level of healthy living in tandem with mental peace.

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