20 Questions with Nathalie Luce

Nathalie is our first Francophone Yogi!  As our first bilingual teacher of The Collective to offer classes in both French and English, Nathalie brings to the table a diverse offering to correspond with her unique connectedness in the Swiss Lemanique-French region. In addition, she has with a brand new studio on the horizon due to open in Divonne, France very soon.  Welcome to The Collective, Nathalie!

NL6GY: What is your go-to yoga pose when you’ve only got a few minutes to practice? Why do you think it’s so appealing?

NL: Anjaneyasana … it feels so good! With a little back bend, it is just perfect!!! I close my eyes and feel the bliss!

GY: Early morning routine? What’s yours? Coffee? Tea?

NL: Right now, I get up at 6 in order to practice before the kids wake up at 7 or 7:30. I work in the evening, so sometimes it’s hard to get up that early. But my day just doesn’t taste the same without my practice. I really need time before going out and starting my day: 2 hours! But this time is precious. I also like the atmosphere in early morning, when everything is quiet and gently waking up.

GY: What is one song you never get tired of hearing?

NL: One by U2 — But I love music in general!

GY: Do you have a favorite quote, affirmation, or saying that gets you through the tough times? What is it?

NL: “Let it go” … and breathe. I try to accept things as they are and stay positive. The more you resist, the more you suffer so it’s best to surrender … but it’s not always easy!

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GY: How would you describe your yoga teaching style?

NL: I teach a soft but also challenging yoga. I like to have the students feel, observe, explore, and learn.

GY: How old were you when you fell in love with the practice of yoga? What was so appealing about it to you?

NL: I was quite old … too old! I wish yoga came to me earlier. I fell in love with yoga at the age of 30! I guess that’s how it was meant to be! I used to do a lot of dance and yoga was another way of expression through the body. But I discovered something else – peace. It was the beginning of a great journey to my Self!

GY: What made you want to become a yoga teacher?

NL: Teaching is my dharma. I always say that it’s the only thing I’m good at! I’ve been teaching French to foreigners for the last fifteen years. I have also been a teacher trainer for the last five years. It is part of me. And teaching yoga just became evidence of that. I didn’t expect life to take this turn, but I’m really grateful about it!

GY: Describe yourself at 21.

NL: I was very naïve, coming from a small town in the countryside, and eager to travel the world and live amazing adventures. At that time, I was studying in Philadelphia at UPenn through an exchange program. It was an amazing experience. I thought I would be on the road forever, but one year later I met my husband and my daughter was born when I turned 24! Life is just full of surprises!

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GY: What would you say has been one of the best parts of growing up, getting older?

NL: I know what I don’t want anymore and I definitely know myself better. I feel more at peace with myself and with life in general. I still have existential questions but I’ve found the answer doesn’t really matter. I am in more of a Carpe Diem state of mind. And I feel free. Freedom is a big thing for me. It’s all about how you see things, how you live things. It’s all in yourself.

GY: Snack wise, what is your greatest weakness, what can you simply not pass up?

NL: Chocolate …. and blueberry muffins!

GY: What are a couple of traits of your own that you hope your kids (or future kids) may inherit. Maybe a couple you hope they don’t?

NL: I’m very independent and my daughter is too. She is also very helpful. My son is 10 and I know he is very cerebral. This is not a very positive trait to inherit, unfortunately. I would like them to be open-minded and curious. But all in all, I hope they will find their way and I just want them to be happy with who they are, to be authentic and true.

GY: Describe your first love, in six words or less.

NL: There’s no word to describe it. My very first true love is my husband, so I would say: true and intense. He’s my soul mate.

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GY: A Sunday all to yourself, how do you spend it?

NL: If I’m with my family, we might walk the dog, watch a movie all together and bake a cake (and I would do yoga!!). By myself, I would probably read, do (more) yoga, and daydream.

GY: What about a night out on the town? Who would you spend it with? What would you do?

NL: I would spend it with my husband and friends or only my girlfriends. We would go to a cool restaurant and probably a bar after that. But we also like to invite friends over, or go to friends’ places. We would drink and dance. These are usually the best nights!

GY: Who have you been friends with the longest and how did you meet?

NL: I can’t really say who I have known the longest. I have childhood friendships but many of my friends moved and we rarely see each other now. And I have very strong friendships with people I haven’t known for very long. Each friendship is unique and I love them all!

GY: What yoga teacher has most influenced your practice and teaching?

NL: Many teachers have influenced my practice and teaching, to name a few: Joan Hyman, my teacher trainer from Yogaworks, Mary Bruce and Jessica Magnin, both from Parayoga.

GY: Can you name three traits you cherish most in this teacher?

NL: I can talk more about Jess since I know her better. What I love about her is her radiance, the love she gives, her positivity, and her listening.

GY: What do you love most about your home space?

NL: I don’t have a particular space to practice; I often go in my son’s bedroom. It’s so quiet, but I feel good anywhere in my house. It’s luminous, quiet, and peaceful. My kids are big now and they know when I need some time for myself and they respect that. Sometimes I practice with my daughter or my husband which is really nice!

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GY: What was the last thing you binge watched on Netflix?

NL: I don’t watch TV, but I have to admit that my husband and I did fall into “Game of Thrones.”

GY: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

NL: In my yoga practice: “Keep it simple.” My first teacher trainer gave me this advice and I keep this in mind when I prepare my classes and when I teach. To me, simplicity gives space.

In my life in general: If you want, you can : “Si tu veux tu peux.” You have the power to make wonderful things. You just need to believe in yourself, believe in your ideas and work for it.

photo credit: Fabio Filippi

Nathalie grew up in Divonne Les Bains, a small town in France surrounded by mountains, right at the border of Switzerland. She has just opened her own yoga studio there. She is also working on a new project with one of her best yogini friend, Sara MacDonald . Get ready for stunning retreats! More to come soon.


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