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Yoga alternate teacher, Alice Haumont, training


Trained in dance (classical and contemporary) in my childhood, graduate and researcher in Philosophy (Free University of Brussels, 1994-2004), I found in the practice of Ashtanga Yoga the meeting point of these two passions.

This discovery of Ashtanga Yoga constitutes for me a true discipline as well as a deep tool of self-knowledge. This led me to undertake the training of a teacher taught by Jean-Claude Garnier, of whom I have been faithful to the teaching for several years.

“Simply be present with your own shifting energies
and with unpredictability of life as it unfolds.”

K. Pattabhi Jois.

Contact information :



Links page

On this page you will find the main links that we use, either for the purchase of equipment, or to visit Ashtanga Yoga teacher friends, etc.


A specific nature of Ashtanga Yoga, it is that a carpet is enough to practice. Below a list with some addresses for you obtain this material :


Web sites on Ashtanga Yoga

Official website of Sri K.Pattabhi Jois, Krishnamacharya, BKS Iyengar

Other sites of our friends

Belgium :

France :


Rennes (Bretagne)

  • Cécile Dalibard Raout : La Basse Lande, 35190 CARDROC – Telephone :
  • http://www.aray.fr Yan & Anne-Marie Le Boucher, Luc Carimalo & Mireille Drouet, etc.

Fourmies (Nord of France)

Greece :


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


The origins of the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in de Brussels

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

After coming back from India where Jean Claude taught Yoga to Vinobha Bhave and to Indira Gandhi at Paunar Ashram, dig with a Peruvian friend the beginning of the foundations of the Matrimondir in Auroville

the adventure of transmitting yoga starts in September 1973 at “La Maison de la Culture de Rouen” (France).

Success is immediate, there are several classes everyday in different places, at Mt St Aignan University, at St Claire’s church etc. …. Jean Claude transmits either Iyengar’s technique or Pattabhi Jois’s technique. The workshops take place at the “Château d’Ernement sur Buchy”, where he was living.

Still in Rouen, in 1974, he founds the C.R.Y. (Centre Rouennais de Yoga) with   Dr. Louis Creyx, 264 students follow the morning or evening classes.


He then founds the “Centre Padma” in Elbeuf in 1979 to host residential training workshops. Many workshops are held in France, Italy, Switzerland, Holland etc. …. Since then, Jean Claude exclusively teaches “Yoga Korunta” (Ashtanga Yoga as transmitted by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois) .

Many seminar take place, in the South of France, in the Community of the Ark, founded by Lanza Del Vasto.

Life changes ……. Jean Claude meets Anne and goes to live in Brussels in 1987. He teaches at the “Maison Américaine”, chaussée de Charleroi, then rue des Glaïeuls, Uccle, in 1988. More space becoming necessary, the Ashtanga Yoga Institute moves to rue Jules Lejeune, Ixelles from 1989 until 2003. Finally, with the help of his friend an architect Simon de Wrangel, the Ashtanga Yoga Institute moves into it’s own premises 610 Chaussée d’Alsemberg in Uccle, with a yoga room that follows the explanations given by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

“The ideal Yoga room must be well ventilated. Do not open all the windows, only those on a same side that are situated high up. The floor must be perfectly flat, the room very clean, on the ground floor (not above nor below because it is not good for the breathing), in a quiet place, far from the surrounding noise and far from people involved in an activity other than yoga.”

The Ashtanga Yoga Institute’s reputation spreads; daily lessons, workshops and seminars are given in Belgium, Greece on the Island of Andros and in Athens,and in India in Mahabalipuram.


The Ashtanga Yoga Institute’s aim is to transmit “Yoga Korunta” (better known as Ashtanga Yoga) as it was taught by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois during his life-time, at the « Ashtanga Yoga Resarch Institute » in Mysore (South India).

Today, a lovely team participates in the evolution of the Institute. Below is what is offered :

  • Daily classes (except during the Christmas holidays which is the only time the Institute closes)
  • Introduction class to Yoga
  • Beginners class
  • First series class
  • Second series class
  • Third series class
  • Intensive mornings (3 hours class)
  • Teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga in Brussels, Greece and India
  • Ashtanga Yoga sessions in beautiful places:
    • In Greece:
      • Athens
      • Andros Island
    • In India
      • Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, South India
  • Events :
    • Concerts of traditional Indian music
    • Indian and Ayurveda cooking lessons

Om Shanti

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.

Email : bs366321@skynet.be


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

Email : bernadette.stiernet@hotmail.com


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

Email :  catdelvosal@gmail.com



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