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Yoga teacher Marie Wittock

Sivananda Yoga is a traditional form of Haṭha Yoga from Northern India, which includes two breathing exercises, 12 main postures and relaxation episodes. The sequence is always the same, on a calm and progressive rhythm. The regularity of the postures invites you to a greater control of these, as well as to a clear evolution of your practice. The attention is put on the breathing and the relaxation, in order to relax the psychic and the body, to go deeper in each posture and to enter meditation. This type of Yoga is for all levels. A Sivananda course lasts 1h30.

Her passions for yoga and cooking have always guided Mary: yoga is what first awakened her the appetite for better nutrition. After living for 3 months in an ashram, his daily life completely changed! Apart from daily meditations and regular postures, healthy eating (vegetarian) is an aspect of yogic life she could discover. His interests in the philosophy of Yoga and the health of the body and mind encouraged him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in philosophy at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2016).

Marie has been teaching yoga since 2013 and continues to enrich her practice and knowledge through various learning experiences. She is currently training as a yoga teacher in Ashtanga Yoga, with Jean-Claude Garnier.

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Yoga teacher Louise Babar

Trained in classical dance and modern dance in my childhood, I initiated myself to yoga at 18 during a trip to Venezuela. Back in Belgium , I am Hatha Yoga and Nada Yoga ( Sound and yoga) . In 2010 , I discovered Ashtanga Yoga and follow the course of Jean -Claude Garnier, with whom I continue training to become a teacher in 2012-2016 .

Bring me the benefits of yoga practice lead me to deepen my knowledge of this beautiful discipline , and lead me to want to share it around. My practice is therefore a natural extension in the teaching of Ashtanga yoga, I suggest with respect and listen to the peculiarities of each student.

Replacement YogaTeacher Simon De Wrangel

After many years of Sivananda Yoga, Simon de Wrangel practice Ashtanga Yoga since 1992 with passion. He is an architect and he also has a passion for the instinctive archery.

  • Shivananda Yoga from 1985 and Ashtanga Yoga with Jean-Claude since 1992
  • Instinctive Archery since 1998 – Belgium Archery Team 2009 – 2013
  • Architecture since 1982 – Ashtanga Institute in Brussels in 2002

Yoga teacher, Annette Pedde

I was born in Germany in 1969 and came to live in Belgium in 1997, in order to work as a conference interpreter – and to discover what was going to become my passion, yoga.

In 1999 I came across an approach called yogadance, which, in search of sensation and in an effort to find proper body alignment, links together various postures in a playful creative way in order to create a choreography.

Later I tried different kinds of yoga, and in 2011 I discovered ashtanga yoga, which I found fascinating to the point that in 2012 I decided to enrol in the yoga teacher training course given by Jean-Claude, to learn more about ashtanga on a deeper level.

I believe that ashtanga is a very good tool to know oneself and to be honest with oneself: whereas verbal language can be used to deceive (oneself), the body never lies, through blockage, pain, but also through the joy of living it expresses during yoga practice and beyond.

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Yoga teacher Bernadette Stiernet

My basic training is physical education. Injured and very handicapped by the intensive practice of different sports, I discovered Ashtanga Yoga through a friend and again found the pleasure of living. I have now been teaching it for more than 25 years. It is happiness in the awakening of the consciousness of the body and the regain of mobility.

A part from giving replacement courses at Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Brussels, Bernadette has her own organisation:


« Les Heures Claires »
77, route de Bomerée
6032 Mont/ Marchienne
Phone: 071 21 31 57 or GSM :  0475 33 36 77

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Yoga Teacher Catherine Delvosal

Having started to study philosophy at ULB in 1988, my interest in Yoga came from my dissatisfaction having not found, in occidental questioning, answers related to my deeper aspirations and my need to create. They were always in disagreement with rational explanations.

I followed with pleasure, the teaching given by:

Gina Scaritto (yoga pre & post natal Brussels – Leboyer method)
Viviane Gutlerner (B.K.S. Iyengar) Brussels
Daniel Rougier (Hatha Yoga & Intégral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo)
David Weemaels (B.K.S. Iyengar)
Stanislasva Benova made me discover the Ashtanga Yoga in 2008 and since I am pursuing this teaching with Anne Pinette & Jean Claude Garnier

Specifically, after of five years of regular practice of Ashtanga Yoga, I have began to realize the immense task still awaitig me, but also already this deep joy that I am ready to share with you.


Mobile : 0473 83 61 74

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Yoga replacement teacher Ivan Knipping

I am an architect, the father of two children. As a child and teenager I practised judo, and later climbing, windsurf, swimming, hiking. My bike takes me everywhere.

A few years ago, my quest for yoga lessons led me to start Ashtanga, for no particular reasons, with no specific expectations. As lessons went by, I remained faithful to it. Regular practice led me to try progress in the postures, focussing on breath and deeper mental involvement in each posture. Gradually I became aware that it goes further than sheer physical activity: to learn how to resist one’s basic impulse, to no longer overdo it to perform a particular posture, but to simply strive to reach the balance that allows one to keep it, to seek relaxation while remaining active. So many challenges I like to take up and lessons I draw from the practice. On top of increasing my flexibility and endurance, Ashtanga Yoga brings me inner peace that helps me confront the hustle and bustle of daily life.

A few readings too: “Yoga Sutra” by Patanjali, “Yoga Mala” by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, “La voie de la paix intérieure” by BKS Iyengar, Krishnamurti’s books…these are companions along my road.

In addition to my own practising I find pleasure in helping and guiding other pupils, to share with them the discovery of that feeling of well being that can be derived from Ashtanga Yoga.


Yoga teacher Jan Janssen

After having completed his studies in engineering, he started intensive practice in Tibetan Buddhism under the directions of three Tibetan Buddhist masters: Lama Karta, Lama Zeupa and Lama Tashi Nyima.

Then, he undertakes 1 year of psychology at VUB, follows 3 years of Intuitive Development in Antwerp, and completes a 4-year training at The Brennan Healing Science (BHS) in New York. He teaches for two years at the BHS in Long Island and Miami. Then he becomes a teacher at BHS in Miami, Germany and Austria.

He trains in Family Constellations at the Hellingerinstituut in The Netherlands.

He followed the training in Watsu I given by Basia Szpak-Borst, a training in Wata I & Watsu II with Arjana Claudia Brunschwile;, he is still studying “Integrative Aquatic Training” with David Sawyer.

Since 1999, he has become very interested in yoga; Ashtanga Yoga and the Iyengar techniques fascinate him the most.

He gives trainings in Energy Healing, a form of holistic medicine that considers all the dimensions of the human being: the physical and psychological body, the subtle energy body, the spiritual dimensions, as well as the feelings, emotions, and thoughts.

Jean Claude Garnier

Jean Claude Garnier was born on 10 March 1948 at Rouen in Normandy, France. Seriously ill during his childhood, he discovered yoga by reading Indra Devi’s book; she was the first American to study yoga with Sri Krishnamacharya. He was then 14 years old.

Krishnamacharya & Desikachar & Indra Devi

Krishnamacharya, Desikachar & Indra Devi

He followed his path with the companions of the “Communauté de l’Arche”, founded by Lanza Del Vasto, the first Christian disciple of Mahatma Gandhi. He was 20 when, on their recommendation, he met Jean-Paul Boudon (Satyananda Bihar School) and B.K.S. Iyengar.

At the beginning of his first two-year trip to India, while digging wells and improving land for agriculture, he met Vinoba Bhave, Gandhi’s successor. He studied yoga with Swami Gitanandha in Pondicherry and then stayed for a time at Sri Aurobindo’s ashram where he met “The Mother”.

Jean Claude, digging the foundations of the Matrimandir, Auroville, India

He came back to France in 1972, and lived for a few months in Father Dechanet’s hermitage. In 1973 he started his first yoga classes in Rouen. At the same time, he pursued his yoga teacher training with Denise and André Van Lysebeth in Switzerland.

He then studied with Jean-Bernard Rishi who at that time was one of Pattabhi Jois’s students. He met BKS Iyengar through Noël Perrez and was so impressed that he went to Puna to study with him for several years.

On a trip in South India in 1978 he met Sri Pattabhi Jois who became his Master. He studied with him every year until 1998.

To better understand anatomy and the locomotor system, Jean Claude decided to learn general and cranial osteopathy. He then began psycho-corporal psychotherapy in accordance with W. Reich’s theories, and followed several courses to become a psychotherapist.

JC en1973 en Eka Pada Shrisasana

JC en1973 en Eka Pada Shrisasana

He then learned energetic osteopathy, acupuncture and dietetics. He has been a vegetarian for 47 years.

Jean Claude enjoys combining all his knowledge and experience. He divides his time between teaching yoga – in Brussels, at the Institute he has lovingly created in Uccle, and in France, Greece and India – and giving treatment in energetic, general and cranial osteopathy, and acupuncture.

The yoga teaching he gives is faithful to the Yoga Korunta transmitted by Sri Pattabhi Jois at the “Asthanga Research Institute” in Mysore.

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Yoga teacher Rémy Mendelzweig

Teaches yoga since 2011, following the Sivānanda method; demonstrates responsibility, respects schedules, is able to adapt to new and unexpected situations, able to handle situations of stress and spread an atmosphere of calm and relaxation, develops an excellent skill for communicating with his entourage and his students.


Yoga teacher training : 

  • August 2011 – Austrian Tyrol: Training of Yoga teacher following the Sivānanda method
  • March 2013 – India (Himalayas): Advanced teacher training in Yoga Sivānanda. “Master of Yoga”: training has been certified officially by the Yoga Alliance”(located in the United States) for 500 hours for registered (RYS) Yoga schools
  • October 2011 at June 2013 – Haïfa (Israël): Two-year master of Yoga training. The training is recognized for 600 hours by the Organization of teachers of Yoga in Israel
  • Accompanying people suffering from cardio-vascular diseases and cancer through Yoga in England.

Additional training : 

  • Graduate studies in history and philosophy at the University of Tel – Aviv (Israel)
  • Studies in physics and diploma as Professor of physics at the Institute of technology – Technion of Haifa (Israel)
  • Tourist guide training

Professional experience :

  • 1987 – 2012: Teaches physics and philosophy for preparation to the BAC. Responsible for the teaching of Physics in a large high school in Quiryat Motzkin. Instructor for the teaching of philosophy in the North of Israel for the Ministry of Education.
  • 2007 – so far: Travel Guide for companies in France (Provence, Côte d’Azur, Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Alsace), in Italy (Rome, Florence, Siena, Venice, Milan, Verona), in Switzerland (Lucerne, Zurich, Lausanne, Geneva, Basel, Fribourg), in Germany (Black Forest).

2012 – so far : organizes and guides private trips that incorporate trekking in the mountains, yoga and meditation sessions, and tourist, artistic and spiritual circuits.

Rémy initiated yoga in Northern India through Sivananda’s approach and began teaching by this method in 2012.

In 2013 he discovered the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Brussels and was immediately won over by the power of this practice to reach the feeling of fullness towards which yoga tends, the connection with our body, our breathing, our feelings, our emotions, and our self. Since then he has been taking classes with Jean-Claude Garnier who becomes his master (J-C Garnier is himself a direct disciple of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois). Since 2015 Rémy follows a 5-year training as a teacher for Ashtanga.

Phone:   04 75 90 79 27

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