Giselle’s introduction to Yoga in the early 90’s was a natural progression from her gymnastics/dance background, her passion for music, and her childhood; she was raised by a bohemian flamenco dancer. Today all of these influence her style and approach to teaching and to life.
An E-RYT 500 and YACEP, Giselle flavors her classes with spunk, grit, and spirit. Her light-hearted but comprehensive teaching style weaves yogic philosophy, Sanskrit, anatomy, skillful hands-on assists, funky, eclectic music, and unabashed authenticity into her classes. Her offerings are not only designed to make you move, sweat, and reflect, but also to empower fearless curiosity about your spirit, increase self-acceptance, reconnect to our humanity, and inspire spiritual activation—all while having a sense of humor.
Giselle has had the honor to train under the direct tutelage of Sharon Gannon and David Life of the Jivamukti Yoga method and assisted them for many years. As a senior teacher with advanced certification, she went on to serve as a faculty member for their esteemed teacher training and was a panel member for the advanced certification board exam. In addition, Giselle is grateful for the teachings of Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, Jai Uttal, Jill Miller and her Sanskrit/philosophy teacher Manorama who has illumined her path beyond words.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Giselle presents her teachings all over the world and is a trainer and mentor of teachers. She’s graced the covers of Yoga Journal (US, Japan, and Spain) and Yoga International Magazine, as well as appeared in many of their articles. She’s also featured in both Kathryn Budig’s book Women’s Health: The Big Book of Yoga and Linda Sparrowe’s Yoga at Home. She’s written for Origin, Mantra Magazine and Yoga Journal, and is a teacher on YogaGlo. When not teaching, she loves being with her amazing husband, daughter, four dogs, and two frogs, all of whom inspire her every day.
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