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Nathalie Croix is the 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.

Nathalie 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 is a registered yoga teacher at the highest level E-RYTs 500 and is also a YACEPs certified trainer for continuing education in the Yoga Alliance International Registry.

Her classes are rooted in traditional yoga and yet students are encouraged to practice at their own pace with the understanding that the practice is always changing in the belief in adapting the asana to the individual rather than the individual to the asana.

Nathalie has a daily meditation and yoga practice and incorporates meditation and yoga philosophy into all her classes, honoring and creating space for the body, mind, and spirit connection.

She has a bachelor’s degree in dance and kinesiology and is a long time yoga practitioner having spent significant time in India during four extensive trips the past ten years. There she trained 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.

Her teachings are greatly influenced by also her teachers Seane Corn, Melanie Fawer and Maty Ezraty.

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 . Has been a presenter for Rasa Lila Yoga Festival, assistant teacher for Wanderlust and South East Yoga Conference and travels teaching weekend workshops.

Currently she is a 200 & 300 Hours Teacher Trainer for – Shanti’s Vinyasa Yoga Trainings RYS (Yoga Alliance Registered), teaches weekly classes at her studio, Shanti Yoga Shala in New Orleans, and leads yoga retreats world wide.

She believes teaching yoga is a blessing and that yoga is transformational – it gives us the possibility of realizing our full potential while becoming the highest version of ourselves.

Through the practice of yoga we learn to love ourselves and from there we cannot help but love others and together up-raise the current vibration of our Planet and create a new Earth, hence a better world.

Yoga gives us the possibility of finding true health and happiness.

Happy Yoga Practice!

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