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After spending a year in Mauritius, an island off the coast of Madagascar, teaching yoga to a wonderful group at Northfields International High School, my family and I have finally settled back into my hometown of Oceanside, California. We are thoroughly enamored with the beautiful weather and coastal lifestyle North County has to offer. I am inspired by the dedicated yogis I have met here and look forward to contributing to this blossoming community.

The main reason I love yoga is for its focus on self-awareness. These techniques and tools have improved every aspect of my life; Everything essential comes from observation of one's self. Yoga clears your mind and takes away the cloud of mental chatter that causes us stress. I love all styles of yoga; My personal practice and teaching style is heavily influenced by Ashtanga Vinyasa. Through breath, movement, and concentrated focus, one can experience the meditative power of yoga.

"There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples, my philosophy is kindness." -Dalai Lama


From Taiwan to Thailand to Mauritius, for the past fifteen years, I have ecstatically appreciated my life abroad. Connecting with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures has inspired and fascinated me. I first discovered my love for yoga while living in Bangkok. I immersed myself in every style I could: Bikram, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa. Rather than adapting to just one style, I valued variety within multiples styles in my own practice. It is through this lens that I found Yoga Elements Studio in Bangkok, a place where I took my journey a step further by starting my teacher training. Through the support of the amazing friends and community I was lucky enough to have, I had the confidence and passion to finish my 200-hour Teacher Training Course and became a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2009.


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SANDRA CADET DE FONTENAY