About The Teacher

Laurence Gilliot has been teaching and practicing Yoga and Meditation for the past 10 years, organizing retreats in Europe and Asia and facilitating Yoga Teacher Trainings  for the past 6 years with Jivani Yoga and Pranaya Yoga.
Laurence is a natural teacher and facilitator. With a dedicated practice to yoga with a wide variety of styles and gifted teachers, Laurence sees yoga as a journey home, reconnecting us to the deepest parts of ourselves, with our breath, humour and self-love as travel companions.
Her classes embrace a variety of traditions: Anusara, Vinyasa, Restorative yoga, Ayurveda and Yoga Philosophy. Her alignment cues and intelligent sequencing help her students to safely deepen their practice. She has been co-teaching for 3 years with Emma Warmington, Director of Jivani Yoga, and is so grateful for everything she learned from Emma in terms of facilitating Yoga Teacher Trainings. 

Laurence is passionate about the physical and emotional therapeutic aspects of Yoga using Ayurveda and mindfulness techniques to work with the mind. Her embodied knowledge of Yoga Philosophy connects her students to the roots of Yoga and invites inner inquiry. She is appreciated by many students for her gentle and compassionate presence.
When Laurence started to practice yoga, it had a profound impact on her life.  At that time, she was working in an international non-profit organisation, facilitating community conversations, from remote villages in DR-Congo to slums in the Philippines to violent neighborhoods in Papua New Guinea. She saw that she could greatly contribute to this world not only by helping “poor” communities but also by transforming her own emotional luggage and by sharing her practice with others.
Meditation in motion has been a common denominator in Laurence's life. She completed a 5-month walking meditation in the Himalayas. She also facilitates Conscious Communication workshops and is a certified facilitator of Dance Mandala, an ecstatic dance expression, where participants listen and follow the body's intuitive wisdom.  Since 2006, Laurence has practiced Buddhist mindfulness meditation with Zen-master Thich Nhat Hanh and she co-facilitates a weekly meditation group in Chiang Mai.
Laurence coaches individuals and groups based on an intuitive approach called TeamUp Coaching Programme developed by 3C Consulting that combines mindfulness and Buddhist psychology. During the training, she will share the insights and tools of the TeamUp Coaching Programme, offering students powerful personal development tools, transforming from the inside out.

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