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Meet Sophie Malahieude of Nature’s Wisdom in Temecula

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sophie Malahieude.

Sophie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I always thought that our mind has immense possibilities and that Yoga could help us to discover them. My first experience was disappointing. It was in France, I was 25 years old and the Yoga teacher didn’t want me to stay because he found me restless and incapable to quiet the mind.

Well honestly, it is why I was there in the first place. Never mind, I didn’t go back to the class as I was not feeling welcome but I didn’t give up on the mystery of what Yoga represented for me at this time. A very old practice coming from the East, bringing philosophy and spirituality to my life.

Few years later, we moved to Germany, my husband colleague invited me to the yoga class he was teaching in the evening.

Even I was understanding poorly German, I felt at home and knew after the first class that it was what I was looking for. During the years we spend in Germany, I practiced for myself even I knew that one day I would teach it. I also learned about Ayurveda, the science of life, and the sister science of Yoga. The more I learned the more everything around me was making sense.

Then we moved to the United States and here I found the opportunity to deepen my knowledge and become a Yoga teacher and Ayurveda consultant. One training leads to another and the more I learn, the more I can share.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Since the beginning of my 10 year Yoga/Ayurveda Teacher carrier, the marketing part is a challenge for me.

I love to teach classes, workshops, teacher training or cooking classes. Teaching is one profession, business is another one. Personally, business is not my strength, I feel shy and don’t really know how to promote myself. I love multimedia because I can write articles or make videos but I think the direct contact with people is fundamental for this profession as it is about trust. the feeling you receive from a direct contact is important to decide if you want to pursuit your learning with the teacher or not, this is why direct contact with the public is important for a teacher, like local events or visiting lots of yoga studios. Market myself definitely brings me out of my comfort zone and is still today a challenge.

Please tell us about Nature’s Wisdom.
I offer Yoga group classes and private sessions

I also teach teachers. My favorite subjects are history and philosophy, postures (asanas) breathing techniques (pranayama), meditation and ayurvedic Yoga.

I offer also Ayurveda group classes, cooking classes private sessions.

My understanding of Ayurveda and Yoga set me apart as every class is unique. I assess all my students, the weather and the time of the day to offer the most of the practice. I don’t teach a morning class like an evening one. I teach more cooling poses and breathing technique during the summer and more heating and stimulating ones in the winter.

Ayurveda taught me that we all are unique and we are affected differently by our constitution and the weather. I will definitively take in consideration all these aspects to teach a yoga class.

In my Ayurveda classes, I offer tools to my students to learn for themselves what diet, exercise and lifestyles bring balance and happiness.

I am proud of the tools I created for the Ayurveda classes. A planner and guide.

Ayurveda can be confusing and take the first step to a private session is not as easy as it seems. This is why a created a program open to small group. It is intimate enough to ask personal questions and the stimulation of others in the group motivate each participant to apply in their life what they learn in class.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I don’t know. Every step I made was made at the time I was ready to make it regarding the knowledge of Yoga and Ayurveda but I would definitively take a business course.

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Patrick Murphy

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