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Introduction


My name is Diby Stéphane Kouamé. Having practiced several styles of Martial Arts, mainly Quan Ki Do (Sino-Vietnamese) and Nichiren Buddhism for quite a number of years, has greatly contributed to what I do today: teaching yoga. This background has helped me to appreciate what yoga is about and to understand that it is not about being attached to any particular exoticism or form, whether it is traditional or not - although the connection with the original purpose and intent is crucial, it's the content and not the container that is essential.

The practice of Yoga is a permission for the present moment to unfold with less and less "need to know" and less and less resistance to it; a perspective that can be applied to our experience of life, whatever our social and cultural background, enabling us to become less centered around the certainties of our little ego and more appreciative of what lies in space and silence...

I recognize in Power Yoga a great formula to address the needs of body and mind in today's world as it focuses on re-balancing many dysfunctional attitudes due to our life styles - spending too much time sitting for example, and therefore compressing our lower spine and surrounding tissues - resulting in loss of mobility but also in many instances, in back pain and/or knee problems...

I have completed my teacher training with Dylan Ayaloo (Hot Power Yoga) and Craig Norris in August 2014. From time to time I enjoy attending classes of Hatha Yoga, Forrest Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga or Yin Yoga and allow the experience and clarity of inspiring figures and teachers to enrich my teaching and benefit the students who attend my classes.

Living on the edge... of the comfort zone


My classes combine dynamic elements, stretching and holding of poses. I also provide variations on poses to allow each students to deeper their exploration of the postures if they wish to. While respecting each student's integrity and capabilities, I invite all to reach a little further away from their comfort zone, to befriend the unknow....