Hello: Emilie de la Chapelle | Yoga Teacher & Massage Therapist
The extremely talented Emilie joins our team during the season as one of Vale de Moses’ massage therapists and in 2020 will be kicking off the retreat season by running her first retreat with us in March. She loves to takes good care of the people around her and makes a great part of our Yogic family.
Find out more about our lovely Emilie:
Emilie de la Chapelle is a movement enthusiast and bodywork therapist born in Finland. One particularly cold winter Emilie found herself in a small town on the East coast of Canada and her salvation became a hot yoga studio. Hot yoga lead her to Vinyasa/Hatha and eventually a yoga teacher training in Costa Rica, with many more to follow (RYT 500hr).
An interest in social justice and international politics drove her to study development studies and obtain a MA in Peace and Conflict studies. However, Emilie found a joy so strong in working with hands on healing that her dreams of becoming a war journalist were put aside as yoga/bodywork therapy became her full time occupancy and foremost passion. After years of studying and traveling she recently settled on the coast of Portugal in the old fisherman’s village Ericeira, where she manages a yoga retreat center and studio. When she isn’t teaching yoga or massaging you can be sure to find her in the water.
Growing up surrounded by nature, the biggest source of inspiration she has always found in the silence of the trees and the movement of the water. For Emilie, yoga is a continuous exploration of our existence. It is practices, rituals, and science that help us experience the magnificence of life. Yoga provides us with tools to understand how we can help, how we can heal ourselves, others, and mother earth.
Emilie practices and studies Ashtanga, Authentic Flow, Embodied Yin, Tantra and various types of bodywork therapies such as Thai Yoga Massage, Trigger point release therapy and osteopathy. As a sports and dance enthusiast, her yoga classes are inspired by different types of movement and music. She is caring, creative and present as a teacher. She aims to bring students back into their bodies, encouraging them to find their own patterns of movement. As a therapist, she meets each individual with curiosity, and with a lot of love and precision, finds the best way to unlock and release the body in to a state of deep relaxation.