Our Yoga Teachers
Creative Director and founder of Shanti Yoga Shala. Nathalie is one of a handful of teachers in the country to be certified by Annie Carpenter (Los Angeles – CA) in SmartFLOW and the only one in New Orleans. Nathalie is ERYT 500 hours Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher.
She is consistently finding ways to deepen her practice and teachings of yoga, movement and shakti prana energy through frequent investigation and inspiration from her mentors, her students, the community, animals and nature.
She has a bachelor’s degree in dance and kinesiology, is a long time yoga practitioner having spent significant time in India during four extensive trips the past ten years, training at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute., where she studied under the guidance of Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Jois.
She has also extensively studied transcendental meditation (TM), the yoga sutras and philosophy under Dr. M.A. Jayashree and Professor M.A. Narasimha of Mysore, India.
After College Nathalie moved to Los Angeles, where she worked and completed her third teacher training program at YogaWorks with Annie Carpenter, formerly of the Martha Graham Dance Company and Lisa Walford, a certified Iyengar instructor.
She is eternally grateful to all her teachers, their wisdom and the countless hours they’ve spent together over the many years.
Nathalie assisted Annie Carpenter’s SmartFLOW teacher trainings in Los Angeles at Exhale Center for Yoga and currently teaches weekly classes at her studio, Shanti Yoga Shala in New Orleans.
In 2013 SmartFLOW Teacher Training will be taught in New Orleans for the first time.
She believes teaching yoga is a blessing and it gives us the possibility of realizing our full potential.
Happy Yoga Practice!
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Elle Sweetland has a unique understanding of the body in space, which she gained during her years as a pre-professional dancer, dancing with Giacobbe Acadamy in New Orleans for 15 years and spending summers in New York studying at School of American Ballet and at the Martha Graham School. Repetitive and chronic injury led her to her first yoga class in 2007 and has been a practitioner ever since. Elle majored in psychology with an interest and focus on neuroscience and developmental psychology at Colorado College. Starting in 2011 she began to deepen her practice by taking an academic interest in Buddhism and meditation, studying it both in and outside of a classroom setting. After taking a Buddhist course at her college, she attended several meditation and mindfulness retreats in California and Nepal along with a 10-day silent retreat in Thailand. Elle completed her first 350h Yoga Alliance certified Yoga Teacher Training in Nepal coupled with a Traditional Thai Massage course with the Yogi-Nomad School. She has traveled to Bihar, India and lived in Swami Satyananda’s ashram for 2.5 months practicing Karma Yoga and participating in ashram life. In 2013 Elle was certified to teach Yoga Nidra through the California College of Ayurveda. She is invested in learning skills to help benefit others and thus will be entering the Occupational Therapy Masters program at LSU Health Sciences Center in January 2015. Currently, she works with special needs children at a pediatric outpatient clinic.
After teaching private classes for the last 2 years, she became a regular student at Shanti Yoga Shala in August 2014. She is currently assisting Nathalie as well as taking the Shanti Yoga 200h Teacher Training.
Elle is first and foremost a regular practitioner of yoga and believer in the healing arts. Yoga asana practice to her is a moving meditation. In her classes she works your body to your edge while emphasizing physical alignment and a feeling of oneness through the breath. The focus of her classes is to help her students to wake up to the now, shift and become more deeply connected in their life so that they can make space and manifest the life they want.
Elle lives in gratitude for her teachers and the experiences she moves through in life (both the good and bad) as they have all led her to this moment. Right now.
Other than sharing her profound love of yoga, Elle’s other passion’s include painting, learning to play the harmonium, and running.
Share in happiness and light at any of her classes for an mindful and soul-full vinyasa flow!
“Awake, arise and go forward to your goal.” Swami Satyananda
life-changing experience for her. Soon after, a 200hr SmartFlow teacher training came to the studio from Los Angeles and she took the opportunity to deepen her practice. She has apprenticed with Nathalie Croix for months, and is currently assisting her at Shanti’s 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training. Giselle is always looking for ways to deepend her pratice attending as many workshops as she can.
Join her on any of her classes, as she shares her love of yoga with you, one breath and one movement at a time; finding balance, body, mind and
spirit together as a community.
“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” - The BhagaVad Gita
Studio owner Nathalie Croix is mostly responsible for Sam’s decision to get certified this past year with Annie Carpenter’s SmartFLOW method, a method that through smart sequencing and specific alignment instruction allows students of all ages and body types to practice yoga safely.
Further, Sam’s classes aim to create a playful space for students to open up to their untapped potential for love and flexibility of mind, body and spirit.
A native of France, Sam also teaches yoga to Kindergarten and 1st graders at the Lycée Français. When she’s not teaching yoga, Sam teaches to 2nd graders at the International School of Louisiana as an ELA remediation specialist. She also handles most of Shanti’s social media.
Off the mat, Rebecca is the mother of two lively children, a dog lover, runner, and an Emergency Medicine physician.