My name is Amélie (you might know the French film?) which comes from the root word ‘Amal’ that means energy and effort.
I am 34 years old and have been living in Australia for 4 years now. I was born and grew up in France, raised by a South African mom and French dad. With these two different backgrounds, I grew up in a melting pot of cultures and love the diversity of people’s ideas, cultures and opinions.
I am passionate about sustainability, reducing waste and healthy, seasonal and organic foods and truly believe we can all make a difference, one small action at a time!
Coming back home
After a decade working in sport marketing, and living a rat’s life in busy Paris, I discovered Buddhism and Yoga and flipped my world on its head. It felt like I was finally “back home”, in tune with my Dharma, my life’s purpose and connecting to my childhood dream of making the world a better place!
I completed my first 200h training with Sukha Mukha Yoga Studio in Bronte and rapidly decided to focus on inclusive yoga, offering a diverse, non-dogmatic, nurturing and encouraging environment. I am passionate about body positivity, respecting our true nature and making yoga accessible to all. Since 2015, I study Buddhism with my beloved teacher Dharmagatu, at the Sydney Buddhist Centre where I also launched a free community yoga class open to all on Sunday mornings.
I am a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT®) and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT®) with the international professional association Yoga Alliance as well as Yoga Australia. I teach regular group classes in studios and with private students but also volunteer in the community whenever I can.
I have studied Nutrition, Aromatherapy (Essential Oils) and Ayurveda that is the traditional Hindu system of medicine which is based on the idea that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit and uses food, herbs and spices as well as everyday practices & routines. I integrate this knowledge globally in my practice as a Yoga teacher and Doula.
When the Australian Doula College (ADC) launched a new training in conjunction with the renowned Jivamukti and Prenatal Yoga teacher, Katie Manitsas, I jumped on the occasion. For the first time in Australia, it offered the combination of a full Doula Certification with a Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training. The ADC offers the most comprehensive, only peer-reviewed and Government accredited Doula Training in Australia (soon offering for the first time worldwide a Certificate IV course!).
Continuous education is key as a Doula and I have been lucky enough to be able to attend several incredible workshops with worldwide birth keepers.
I have been assisting Nadine Richardson on several SheBirths® childbirth education courses, as part of the She Births® Observation and Learning Program and I am part of their list of recommended Doulas.
I attended a Spinning Babies® workshop led by Ginny Phang-Davey from Singapore and a ‘Rebozo, Acupressure and Aromatherapy‘ Masterclass with the ADC Director, Renee Adair.
I took the SANDS “Caring for Bereaved Parents” course and I am currently studying to become a certified SBD Birth & Bereavement Doula® with Stillbirthday.
I went to the legendary Jane Hardwicke Collings’ Shamanic Pregnancy and Birth Workshop (School of Shamanic Womancraft) to bring back the focus on honouring this transformative rite of passage in a woman’s life.
I recently attended an incredible workshop with Debra Pascali-Bonaro, Director of the award-winning documentary “Orgasmic Birth: The Best-Kept Secret” which will explore the intimate and sacred nature of birth and I am so excited to be incorporating this new knowledge of birth in my practice.
In 2019, I am also taking up a new challenge and going o back to school to study a Counselling Diploma with the AIPC (Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors), as it is such an important tool and skill when working with fellow humans, especially during this transforming time that is a baby’s arrival.
I am so grateful. It has been such an incredible journey. Being a Yoga Teacher and Doula is a passionate life-long journey. It is a deep honour to be able to share this powerful and intimate time in an expectant parent, woman or a couple’s lives and to be the witness of the sacredness of a baby’s arrival in the world.