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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
Adam is originally from Sydney, Australia, and has a training and teaching background in martial arts. Adam is a 500-hour certified teacher trained in alignment and vinyasa by his teachers Patrick Creelman and Rinat Perlman from Pure Yoga Hong Kong. For six years, Adam managed his own yoga studio in Hong Kong before joining the Yoga Room community in 2020.
Adam’s classes have a strong focus on alignment, yet aim to teach students how to connect to the part of their practice which is deeper than the physical. He believes that with persistence and wholehearted commitment to our practice, we all have the ability to reach our own highest potential through our practice of yoga.
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.
I began practicing yoga in New York in the 1990’s and earned my certification to teach hot yoga in Los Angeles in 2002. In 2003 I opened the first hot yoga studio in the city of Albuquerque. In 2009 I moved to Singapore where I continued to teach hot yoga, and began practicing Ashtanga yoga. I started teaching Ashtanga yoga in 2014 and received authorization in 2016, in Mysore, India. Since then I have taught both yoga methods in countries around the world. Whatever method I teach, my goal is to help my students feel a deeper sense of participation with their own breathing process. With breath as the anchor of your practice you can experience greater levels of well-being, self-understanding and peace of mind.
Donovan’s exploration of yoga and a mysticism led him to Indonesia, where he began his lifelong journey of finding himself. He has completed over 1000 hours of education in the yogic sciences, native spiritual arts, bodywork and other healing modalities. Donovan believes that one can never truly be a teacher without having the humility of forever allowing themselves to be a student. He constantly reiterates that Samyama is the progression we strive toward, and that we train the physical body solely for this purpose. Donovan believes this existence is boundless, infinite and accessible to all who seek with diligence and unwavering faith !
In 2009, I quit my job and went to an Ashtanga yoga training in Thailand and started my yoga teaching journey. That same year, I completed a yin yoga training and taught full time until 2012, when I went to Los Angeles and took Bikram Yoga teacher training.
In high energy classes like Hot Yoga or Flow Yoga you will find me pumping energy to the entire class from start to end. In softer styles like Yin or Restorative, I will be extremely soft. In all classes, I pay a lot of attention to the students, giving corrections wherever and whenever needed. I believe that hands-on adjustments should only be given when there is an explicit consent so I mainly correct students with my direct and effective verbal cues.
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.
Yoga found Katie 17 years ago and she instantly became captivated and inspired by the idea of awareness through movement. A former gymnast, Katie began her journey as a yoga instructor by sharing her deeply personal understanding that the practice of yoga can extend far beyond the physical. Teaching since 2007, Katie has been fortunate enough to take her passion for yoga on the road, to teach, study and deepen her practice in Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Canada. Katie is 500 RYT certified through YogaMazé. Katie’s classes are physically challenging and dynamic, however they are designed to encourage and develop that positive, nurturing communication within.
Yoga found Lars in 1999 while living in Toronto and he loved the clarity, focus and vitality of the practice. Adventure called and Lars found himself living in Taiwan and exploring Asia for 18 years. In 2009 he began teaching classes. A passionate student, Lars has completed 700 hours of training and attends workshops on a regular basis with a keene interest in anatomy, alignment and therapy. His non-dogmatic approach to teaching includes: injury prevention and management; finding a smart balance between strengthening and creating space; and an encouraging, challenging and light hearted class environment for a variety of styles of yoga practice. His motto: discover with curiosity, learn with passion and be focussed but not serious.
Born in Taiwan, Nick has 15 years of experience working with the physical body as physical trainer, dancer, and performer in theatre. In 2005 he discovered the practice of yoga and its many physical and mental benefits. Teaching yoga since 2009, Nick began to integrate his knowledge and understandings from the different physical disciplines and grew his understanding of the body and alignment helping his students across dance, physical training, aerobics and yoga. Nick has an eRYT500 certification with a commitment to continued learning. In his classes you will be guided by clear alignment cues, a mix of humour, kind encouragement to help new and seasoned students go deeper into understanding their physical body.
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!
Sara is an American-Australian ex-gymnast who found the yoga practice after a knee injury forced her to retire from her training. With almost a decade of teaching in Australia and internationally, her mission is to encourage a curious and playful exploration of the body and mind through yoga and movement. She uniquely blends the old with the new, breaking down traditional yoga poses with a modern approach of anatomy and movement. Her creative and intelligent approach offers multi-level options to progress or regress the practice, experimenting with props, sneaky strengthening techniques and PLAYfullness, heavily influenced from her yearly Iyengar based trainings in India and the Functional Range Conditioning System.
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.
I teach each of my classes differently, depending on the style. I always focus on moving the body from where you are today. As a beginner, it’s easy to be seduced by what you see on Instagram. Everything looks perfect, and you may be made to feel that you don’t measure up. I like to bring a sense of adventure and play to the practice. A mindset of just getting in there and doing the work. Balance is always the key. Just bring your body. The mind and heart will follow.