Meeting with Caroline, #YUJgirl
A brief overview
Can you introduce yourself ? My name is Caroline, I am 37 years old. Artist, yogi, poet, hippy, nomad are all words that define me! I am from Annecy, a small town between lake and mountain, a place where I feel good, in connection with Nature - ideal for recharging one's batteries! But I am also a great traveler. Curious about life, I like discovering new landscapes, new cultures, meeting people, sharing. This is probably why I chose to teach yoga (adults and children). I offer dynamic yoga based on Anusara® and a softer practice (Yin yoga), for children I have followed a special training with Rainbow Kids®. www.carolinesutter.com
When and how did this passion for yoga come to you? It was in 2006 that yoga entered my life, I then worked in events and I practiced yoga to learn how to manage stress. From my first lesson (viniyoga) I understood the importance of breathing and immediately felt the benefit of refocusing. Postural problems push me to broaden my knowledge by orienting myself towards other styles (hatha, kundalini), by taking courses, internships, retreats and training (reiki practitioner), out of passion, without knowing that I will one day become a teacher. yoga J Then, I discover Anusara® yoga (dynamic practice) which brings me benefits in my physical and spiritual alignment (body, heart and mind connected to the present moment). And one day, it's obvious: I want to follow a teacher training to deepen the practice and above all to share with everyone this path which allows us to reach the best version of ourselves!
What does this represent in your daily life? When I find myself on the mat I feel good, free, calm, anchored, stronger, and "off the mat", it's a lifestyle, an Art of Living, we extend the experience of the mat in the daily. It is the way of being with others, our relationship to what surrounds us, our environment, and realizing that we can make our contribution to the world by acting in conscience. That's all yoga!
Do you find time to practice during your travels? The trips are organized around yoga, so I always have a mat with me!
What is your favorite YUJ product? The collection is pop, tangy and stylish while being ecological so it's not easy to choose J but I love the Mulhadara and Manipura leggings which offer a lot of flexibility during practice and especially the organic cotton tank tops with their original replicas “ My karma is Yuj” , “ Do more of what makes you happy ”, my mantra!
What is your favorite country so far? Without hesitation, I would answer Bali, the island of the Gods - magical - where everything I love comes together: yoga (outdoors), green food and Mother Nature!
Good addresses to share? In Bali, I recommend the Yoga Barn in Ubud, the place is exceptional with yoga classes and other well-being disciplines and their cafe offers delicious green dishes! When I'm in London, I like to hang out at the Triyoga Primrose Hill studio, it's teeming with yogis, and I love the atmosphere that's both active and cozy. In Paris, I love organic crepes from Breizh Café (rue Vieille du Temple) and I can't resist going to Ladurée in Saint-Germain, to taste one of their famous chocolate desserts.
For you, "the place to be" is it? with the people I love.
In the cinema, which actors/directors make you dream? So I'm a real cinephile (film studies), so it's a question that can lead to a long answer… I particularly like American noir films from the 1940s and directors such as Hitchcock, Orson Wells and Billy Wilder. I've been an early fan of Spielberg and Tim Burton, their imagination, their universe overwhelms me, just like the soundtracks that accompany their films - my best moments in cinema! For the actresses / tors: if I had to name a few: Elizabeth Taylor, James Stewart, Meryl Streep, Robert de Niro, Harrison Ford, Denzel Washington, Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson, Kate Winslet, Scarlett Johansson, Leonardo Dicaprio…
A quote that defines you? Horace's famous quote “seize the present day without worrying about tomorrow”.
What does a day in the life of Audrey look like? I wake up around 7am and start with a lemon juice in lukewarm water. I particularly like the tranquility of the morning and if I'm not teaching I take the opportunity to meditate or do a dynamic practice. After breakfast, I alternate my day between classes and administration (preparing classes, organizing internships, retreats, mailings, etc.). I like to cook so if I have time I prepare a vegetarian meal or otherwise I have lunch at the Encas Bio, in a family atmosphere and where I am always well received J On weekday evenings I usually come home after a lesson, that I gave or followed - in yoga you learn all the time so you remain an eternal student! The weekend is outings with friends and family meals if I'm not on the move. On the road again…