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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

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

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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Yoga teacher Sergine Laloux

Sergine has been a professional dancer at the 20th Century Ballet of M. Béjart, Ballet des Flandres, Choreographic Theater of Rennes, Ballet of Nancy, Scapino Ballet, Bonn Ballet and Tanit Dance Theater. Meanwhile, she has always been a passionate photographer.

After a workshop in China with Guy Le Querrec from the MAGNUM Photos Agency, she naturally decided to become a professional photo reporter and contemporary dance photographer.

“Regards d’Afrique” has been her first major work to win the International Leica Contest Award – Fascination du Noir et Blanc.

Several works such as “The Fall of the Berlin Wall 1989-1999- 2009”, “The Life of the Gypsies in Alentejo”, Tibet with “Losar feasts in Labrang”,” Acupuncture for all”, “In the heart of Tibetan Buddhism”, Jazz with “Corps Accords”, …  lead to various exhibitions and publications.

As a passionate dancer, she continues to photograph live performances, and especially Michèle Noiret’s work for about 30 years. This intimate collaboration will lead to the edition of “Territoires intimes – Michèle Noiret – La danse-cinéma” (ed. Alternatives théâtrales) in March 2009.

“Thanks to her passion for dance, Sergine Laloux photographs the art of movement and composition, without pathos nor voyeurism, with a particular sense of frames and forms.” Jean-Marie Wynants, Le Soir.

Sergine discovered Ashtanga Yoga in 1998. Since 2000, she practices with Jean-Claude Garnier, who’ll teach her to become a professional Yogi Master.

Sergine followed a 4-years full program at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute of Brussels.

She also participated to different seminars in Greece and India with Jean-Claude Garnier, workshops or retreats with David Swenson, Tim Miller, Jason Crandell, Peter Sanson, Magnus Ringberg, Barath Shetty, Kristina Karitinou, Kia Naddermier, Lucy Crawford …

In January 2016, she joined a 3-weeks intensive program on Therapeutic Yoga with Barath Shetty in Mysore.

In August 2016, she did the Teacher Training – Ashtanga 2nd series of 100 hours at the Ashtanga Yoga Center of Encinitas, California with Tim Miller.

In 2017, she joined him for a workshop in Berlin and a retreat in Italy.

She also received training in the use of Yoga Wall and she gives individual lessons.

In her multiple lives as a dancer, photographer and now Yoga teacher, transmission has always been part of her concerns and her thoughts towards pedagogy.

A teacher has never finished studying, learning … “Teaching is learning two times.” J.Joubert


The Ashtanga Yoga Institute studio in Brussels

The changing rooms are located at the right of the entrance. There are separate changing rooms for men and women. A shower is at disposal of the students.

The Yoga studio measures 50m2. The oiled oak hardwood floor is laid on beams in order to avoid ankle and tendon problems. The studio has floor heating for more comfort.

For better comfort the studio is also equipped with floor heating, light dimmers and a mechanical ventilation system, which allows optimum ventilation.

On site, you will be able to use different equipment’s for warm-up and yoga practice, such as yoga mats, blankets for relaxation… Of course you are welcome to bring your own equipment if you prefer.

The yoga reception area

 There is a small kitchen (with a fridge, cooktop, dishes and cutlery) for eating

There are some mattresses for sleeping, if necessary

For your pleasure we have of a library with books on Yoga available on-site

For your convenience there is WIFI available on the premises

Become an Ashtanga Yoga professor thanks to the training given by the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Brussels

The Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Brussels perpetuates the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Since 1973, Jean Claude Garnier trains students, in Europe and Asia, to deepen their knowledge about Yoga. Some of the students will find a calling and become a Yoga Professor and in turn, transmit the art of Yoga.

The Institute is open to different currents of Yoga. Jean Claude Garnier pursues the transmission of Ashtanga Yoga as taught by Krishnamacharya and his disciples B.K.S. Iyengar, and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Training and recycling as a Yoga professor, who is concerned ?

  • People who practice Yoga and wish to deepen their self-knowledge in order to obtain a better body and mind balance
  • Those who wish to deepen their approach of the tradition of Yoga
  • Future teachers who wish to teach Yoga in Europe – this requires a commitment to a course of minimum 5 modules
  • Existing Yoga teachers who wish to broaden their personal knowledge with an ancient and dynamic method
  • Yoga teachers who have the obligation to improve and develop their existing skills

How does the training with personal monitoring take place ?

  • You deepen your knowledge of the practice of Yoga: first, second and third series
  • You study Yoga and its philosophy
  • You learn to observe during classes (group and private classes)
  • You progressively assist the teacher during classes
  • You will be supervised as of your first class, in order to answer your questions.

How to obtain a diploma

The Yoga teacher training consists of a set of modules.

At the end of each module there is a practical and theoretical evaluation.

Once you have successfully passed a module, you can move on to the next one.

You need to complete a minimum of 5 modules (A, B, C, D, E, F) and write a thesis which summarizes your studies and research on one of the aspects of Yoga.

This diploma is a requisite to :

  • Practice the profession in European countries
  • Teach in a recognised Institute
  • Register to the national professional database
  • Get an insurance
  • As an asset for your students

 European PDF laws

European Yoga Union: http://www.yogaeurop.com/index.php?categoryid=21

Proto Shiva, of the Indus civilization

Proto Shiva, of the Indus civilization

 Content covered during the training

Theoretical documentation will be given to you at the end of each module in electronic version (with an access to “training”)


  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
  • Pedagogy
  • Professional ethics
  • History
  • Etymology
  • Indian sacred texts

Also discussed: communication, oral and written expression, dietetics, lifestyle…

 Course content of Training Module A

  • Postural practice first & second series (Sádhaná Yoga)

Postural foundations, supports, reviewing and improvement of postures and their variations; breathing techniques in postures (pranayama); development of concentration, letting go, individual work and group work, workshops, first trials of teaching.


Theoretical courses

  • Classical Indian Tradition through its Vedic origins
  • Invocations (prayer at the beginning of the class): explanation, its significance and its meaning.
  • Theory and practice of Ashtanga Yoga (Mula Bandha, uddiyana, Ujjayi Pranayama, Vinyasa)
  • Knowledge of anatomy related to postural practice
  • Importance of stretching during Yoga postures
  • Use of Sanskrit during courses
  • Religious festivals
  • The creation of the world (Taittiriya Aranyaka viewed by Veda)
  • The life, work and education of Sivananda, Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Ramdas, Yogi Ram Surat Kumar, Sri Yukheswar, Alain Danielou, Krishnamurti.

Check the PDF files to see the content of the other training modules


The admission procedures are common to all schools of the National Federation of Yoga Teachers

To enrol in the first year of training you must:

  • Have practiced Yoga for at least 2 years with one or more teachers and have one of the teachers complete a sponsorship record
  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have a general level of education or equivalent vocational training at high-school level.

When and where:

  • India: the longest training (one month)
  • Greece: condensed training (two weeks)
  • Belgium: all year long (10 weekends from September to June / July)