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The mothership, Defacqz was the first Yoga Room studio to open in 2016. Step into this studio located in the heart of Ixelles and you’ll witness the strong yoga community that has formed. We love the neighborhood feel: cafés, organic stores and lots of bicycles (leave yours on the racks just outside the studio doors).
Yoga Room | Defacqz
Mon: 9.30-13.45 – 16.00-21.30
Tue & Wed: 9.30-14.00 – 16.00-21.15
Thu: 9.30-13.45 – 16.00-21.30
Fri: 9.30-14.00 – 16.00-20.45
Sat: 9.30-13.00 – 16.00-19.15
Sun: 9.30-13.30 – 15.30-19.15
- tram 93 8 > Defacqz
- bus 54 > Defacqz
Rue Defacqz, 80
1060 Saint Gilles - Belgium
+ 32 (0)2 534 41 61
Ananda started her yoga practice in 2006 and has been teaching since 2008. Her teaching is informed by her experience with various forms of meditation, modalities of self-inquiry, and studies with many skillful teachers including Vidya Heisel of Frog Lotus Yoga (North Adams, MA), Jasmine Tarkeshi and Dana Flynn of Laughing Lotus (San Francisco) and Jill Miller of Yoga Tune Up (Los Angelese Up (Los Angeles). Ananda teaches intelligent Vinyasa flow, individualized Yoga Therapy, and experimental Mobility classes that honor diverse forms of movement. She strongly believes that anatomical fluency and biomechanical accuracy can meet and merge with fluidity somewhere along the middle.
Anna has been immersed in yoga ever since she was a little girl. She grew up in Italy, where her uncle is a teacher at the Svami Gitananda Ashram. Anna has a background in dance and has been practicing yoga on a daily basis for over 15 years. She obtained her 200 h teacher training certificate and has been teaching in Brussels and around the world for over 10 years. She has continued her education with Rocket Yoga, Aerial Yoga and the Great Yoga Wall. She offers various styles of yoga. Her classes are intense and challenging for the body, sooth and relaxing for the mind. Options are always given so that every person can feel at ease. In all the styles that she is teaching, the most important to her is that the practice becomes a symphony, where we can all experience the connection between the body, the mind and the universe.
Anne-Valérie est engagée depuis plus de 10 ans dans la pratique de la méditation et y a trouvé une ressource précieuse pour faire face aux challenges de la vie. C’est lors d’une période d’expatriation en Chine qu’elle a eu l’opportunité d’explorer des pratiques plus en accord avec ses aspirations : médiation, acuponcture,… A son retour en Europe, elle a décidé de s’engager
dans la transmission de la pratique de la pleine conscience comme une réponse possible aux défis de notre époque. Une fois par semaine, Anne-Valérie vous guidera à travers une méditation douce et vous aidera à vous reconnecter à vos sens et au moment présent, et à approfondir avec bienveillance votre conscience intérieure.
Astrid attended her first yoga class in Shanghai in 2010. She immediately fell in love with the practice, as did her husband, Pierre. Almost instantly, yoga became a big part of their life. She completed her first teacher training in Hot Yoga in 2012 and a second in Vinyasa Yoga two years later. She taught at Y+ in Shanghai before returning to Brussels, Belgium. Astrid has been teaching at Yoga Room since it first opened in 2016. Astrid teaches Flow, Yin, Hot and Beginners’ classes, as well as Pre / Postnatal classes, which have become her specialty since the birth of her son, Leopold. A talented musician, Astrid loves to bring her various instruments to class and lead both traditional and modern chanting and song.
Catherine discovered yoga in 2014 and has been teaching at Yoga Room for the past 3 years. She completed her certification in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in India in 2015 and most recently completed a teacher training in Rocket Vinyasa Yoga with David Kyle. Catherine leads strong classes, offering students the opportunity to challenge themselves and elevate their practice to the next level. She encourages her students to become independent in their practice, to listen to their own needs and to become more at ease in their bodies. Catherine believes that yoga practice may be simultaneously strong and soft, energizing and light. Along with the asana practice, she strives to instil her students with a strong sense of dedication and a calm mind.
Emilie took her first class at Bikram Yoga Brussels in 2010 and her loyal commitment to this vigorous and invigorating practice continues to this day. She completed her Bikram Yoga certification in 2013 with Evolution Yoga in Bali and taught at Bikram Yoga Brussels before co-founding Yoga Room in 2016. Emilie is the head of operations and business development at Yoga Room. Emilie is known for her fantastic smile and her strong Hot 60’ classes at Yoga Room. Her cheerfulness is a direct reflection of her love of the staff and students of Yoga Room.
Giorgia is a student in the lineage of TKV Desikachaar and has been mentored by Guta Hedewig, In addition, she has studied with Frans Moors in Belgium. Giorgia is fascinated by Tibetan Buddhism and believes in blending truths from various ancient traditions in order to uncover one’s own internal wisdom. Her teachings focus on finding a healthy range of movement for our bodies according to individual conditions; introducing students to breathing techniques and understanding subtle and gross anatomy, fascia and meridians. Her classes conclude with meditation to help cultivate clarity and a joyful heart.
Julia’s yoga journey started in 2001 at an artist residency in Cyprus where a friend taught her a few sun salutations between sessions in the art studio. From then on, she continued to cultivate her home practice, taking classes and attending workshops. Julia received her 200h Vinyasa yoga teacher training certification from Yoga Moves in Utrecht, where she also completed a restorative yoga training with Lizzie Lasater. After becoming a full-time yoga teacher, Julia launched herself into an advanced teacher training (300h) with Jason Crandell at Triyoga in London in 2018. Julia teaches an alignment-focused flow yoga with an emphasis on creating space and time for the breath, cultivating a sense of balance in the practice.
Kate discovered yoga at age 20 while training for the Boston Marathon. Her passion for yoga led her to Los Angeles where she completed her first teacher training in 2003 and later graduated from the YogaWorks 300h professional teacher training program. Kate has spent the past 3 years as a full time teacher and manager at Pure Yoga in Hong Kong. Kate teaches because she knows how powerful this practice is and how it has changed her life for the better. She hopes to guide her students in finding a deeper sense of peace and clarity within their physical bodies that will hopefully translate into all aspects of their lives.
Marta started practicing yoga 8 years ago and completed her first yoga teacher training in 2016. She now has certificates in Hatha and Vinyasa, Yoga Therapy (Yoga Vidya Gurukul, India) and Yin (Joe Barnett) and followed the mentorship program at Yoga Room. In 2018, she went on a yoga journey for a year, teaching in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, and studying yoga in India. Marta’s classes combine a traditional hatha yoga and meditation with modern body awareness flows. She encourages her students to respect the needs of their own individual bodies. Marta truly believes that yoga is the ultimate tool for healing both the physical and psychological diseases created through our modern lifestyles.
Nick is a KPJAYI level 2 Authorized Ashtanga teacher as well as a 200 E-RYT. He is a dedicated student of R. Sharath Jois and continues to make yearly pilgrimages to Mysore, India, to study with his teacher. With over 10 years of teaching experience, he has worked with thousands of bodies and takes a practical and functional approach to his teaching method. He believes that with dedication and hard work, the body is limitless; the only limitations are the ones casted within the mind.
Yoga Teacher and founder of Yoga Room, Pierre is well known to everyone at the studio as “The Boss”. He practiced yoga in Shanghai for 8 years before coming back to Belgium. Pierre completed his first teacher training in Shanghai with Bill Arce and later graduated from the Wild Lotus 200 H teacher training program with Patrick Creelman at Pure Yoga Hong Kong. Pierre believes in yoga’s ability to heal wounds of grief, physical disability, emotional trauma and disease and make the world a better place to live. He launched the first Yoga Room in 2016 with the mission of bringing the practice to as many people as possible. His favourite class to teach is a dynamic hot detox flow that will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed!
Originally from Chicago, Rob unexpectedly embarked on his yoga journey while he was a foreign student studying French literature in Grenoble, France. He completed his first 200h teacher training course with Andrey Lappa and then travelled throughout India and received a diploma in Yoga Therapy at Yoga Vidya Gurul, followed by a mentorship at a Yogic Hospital in Nashik, India. Rob offers physically challenging classes where his students are encouraged to have fun and grow at their own pace. He considers himself an eternal student of yoga and continues to grow with his students. He invites students of all levels to come to his grounding but strength-building practice and support each other on this journey of growth.
Après une carrière de danseuse professionnelle suivie par une carrière de photographe, Sergine découvre le yoga en 1998 en suivant une amie à un cours d’Ashtanga. Elève depuis 2000 à l’Ashtanga Yoga Institute de Jean-Claude Garnier à Bruxelles, elle a suivi avec lui une formation de professeur durant 4 ans ainsi que divers workshops dont ceux de David Swenson, Peter Sanson, Jason Crandell et Magnus Ringberg. Sergine enseigne à la Yoga Room depuis 2016 et offre, en français, des cours d’Ashtanga traditionnel ainsi que des cours axés sur l’ouverture des hanches et ses bienfaits émotionnels.
Shiva is a registered ERYT-200 Hatha Yoga teacher. He started with Raja Yoga, a strict 2,5h meditation a day under a Guru lineage at age 22. Since then he has completed over 800h of Hatha Yoga Alliance courses and started his own school of Yoga called Earth Yoga in 2011. With over 5000 public classes taught, covering a variety of styles, he has focused on teacher trainings for the last 4 years in various remote locations. Shiva teaches a balanced alignment of apposing forces within the body for a safe strong practice in any style.