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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 discover them. My first experience with Yoga was disappointing, however. 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 my mind.

Honestly, that was  why I was there in the first place. Since I didn’t feel welcome, I never went back to that class,  but I still wanted to figure out what Yoga could represent for me. I soon learned that it is a very old practice from the East, one that brings philosophy and spirituality to my life.

A few years later, we moved to Germany, and my husband’s colleague invited me to the yoga class he was teaching in the evening.

Even though I was still not very good at German, I felt at home and knew after the first class that it was what I was looking for. During the years we spent in Germany, though I was still practicing Yoga for myself,  I already knew that one day I would teach it. I also began learning 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 both 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 career, the marketing part has always been  a challenge for me.

I love teaching classes, workshops, teacher trainings or cooking classes. Teaching is one profession, but 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 pursue your learning with the teacher or not, and this is why direct contact with the public is important for a yoga teacher, like local events or visiting lots of studios. Marketing myself definitely brings me out of my comfort zone and is still a challenge for me today.

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

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, and private sessions.

My understanding of Ayurveda and Yoga sets me apart as every class is unique. I assess all my students, the weather, and the time of the day to customize 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 definitively take all of these aspects into consideration to teach a yoga class.

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

I am proud of the tools I created for the Ayurveda classes: A planner and a manual. They help students organize their thoughts and habits, guiding them in their spiritual growth

Ayurveda can be confusing and taking 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, but big enough so that the stimulation of others in the group motivates each participant to apply what they’ve learned in class to their lives .

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.The only thing I might change would be to take a business course.

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