Laurence Gilliot (E-RYT200) Bio
Growing up in a bilingual family in multi-cultural Belgium, Laurence learned from a young age how to bring people from different backgrounds together and let them connect as human beings. Soon after she completed her Master’s degree in Business, Laurence chose to follow a path of adventure and service to others. For 5 years, her work in an international non-profit organisation allowed her to facilitate deep community conversations in remote villages in DR-Congo to slums in the Philippines to violent neighborhoods in Papua New Guinea.
Along the way, Laurence started to practice yoga, which had a profound impact on her life. She saw that she could greatly contribute to this world by transforming her own emotional luggage and by sharing her practice with others.
With 6 years dedicated practice to yoga with a wide variety of styles and gifted teachers, Laurence now sees yoga as a journey home, reconnecting us to the deepest parts of ourselves, with our breath, humour and self-love as travel companions. Her classes are inspired by Anusara, Vinyasa, Restorative yoga, Yin yoga and Ayurveda.
Meditation in motion has been a common denominator in Laurence’s life. Besides the practice of yoga, she completed a 5-month walking meditation in the Himalayas, facilitates the dance of Compassionate Communication and is a certified facilitator of Dance Mandala, an ecstatic dance expression, where participants listen and follow the body’s intuitive wisdom.
Since 2006, Laurence has studied Buddhist mindfulness meditation on several retreats with Zen-master Thich Nhat Hanh and she co-facilitates a weekly meditation group in Chiang Mai. She combines this Eastern practice of Buddhist psychology with the Western practice of Non-Violent Communication to coach both individuals and groups towards more fulfilled and joyful lives.