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Preventive Yoga, a new way to regenerate


June 26 – July 3

Description of the retreat



The concept of Preventive Yoga corresponds to a desire to protect and heal ourselves by turning our consciousness inwards to listen to our Inner Wisdom that manages the movements of our body.

By integrating preventive parameters into our Yoga practice, we allow our brain to optimise movement, integrating the entire muscular system, which is accordingly more complete and therapeutic.

Applying preventive physiological parameters optimizes movements by solicitation in synergy of the entire muscular system.
The preventive movement is therefore more global and safer than the voluntary movement imposed on the body; it also requires less effort and leads to less wear or even allows the body structure to regenerate itself, to repair itself. Naturally, the sensation of physiological movement is also more pleasant.





6 morning sessions

3 afternoon in-depth classes

Yoga teacher and physio-massage therapist.

Madeleine started down the path of Yoga 30 years ago, when she began to study both Ashtanga Yoga and Physiotherapy simultaneously.
Discovering these two disciplines were closely interlinked, she wrote her Thesis, in 1992, on the common principles between them, while she was studying with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, in Mysore.

As a Physiotherapist, Madeleine specialised towards prevention, pursuing her interest in the natural / physiological movement guided by inner wisdom verses our will.

Her strong passion for Yoga lead her to attend over 500 days of workshop and 1000 hours of weekly classes at Ashtanga Yoga Institute Brussels (1988-2000), to study with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore (1991-1992), with John Scott in Cornwalls, Goa and recently at YIS, as well as, punctually, with Sandra Howling and Nancy Gilgoff.

Madeleine is the founder of Ashtanga Yoga Woluwe asbl, a non-profit organisation in Brussels, where she has been teaching Ashtanga & Preventive Yoga classes, and conducting workshops since its creation in 1994. She has also completed a master’s degree in Journalism (1980), Photography (1986), a bachelor’s degree in Nursing (2006) and is a certified bellicon coach (2017).

With her knowledge, understanding and vast experience in successfully running a physiotherapy center in Brussels and teaching Ashtanga Yoga in a preventive way, Madeleine breathes calm, warmth and peace in her class.

Her biggest strength lies in her ability to adapt the practice to any level and easily connect with students.

Combining the principles of physio-massage therapy with Yoga, Madeleine provides students with clear alignment instruction, comforting hands-on adjustments, and an inviting Yoga practice.

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