Veronique Gauthier Follow
Véronique is a yoga therapist and certified Advance Breathwork Practitioner.
Breathwork to boost immunity
Did you know that conscious breathing over 3 to 6 months can help to fight infections by increasing the number of killer cells? In this sequence, we'll bring our awareness to our respiratory muscles, lungs and chest before expanding our breath into the Full Yogic Breath, Dirga Breath. Then we'll explore the benefits of breath retention with the Wim Hof breathing technique, which has been proven to boost the immune system efficiently if practised regularly for a few months.
Breathwork to feel more balanced
Isn't life wonderful when everything is in harmony and you feel balanced? But as Albert Einstein said, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” In this sequence, we'll keep the energy of the breath moving. After warming up the upper body and the respiratory muscles, we'll practise a few rounds of Nadi Shodhana to restore balance energetically and a few rounds of Box Breathing to bring balance by regulating the Autonomic Nervous System.If you'd like to learn more about the potency of breathwork, Véronique's Academy course, Breathwork for Life, will help you to harness the breath for optimal health and emotional balance.
Breathwork for energy
This is a practice for those mornings when you find it hard to get going. In this energising breathwork class, Véronique will guide you through a series of movements and breathing techniques to first lift and then balance your energy for the day. You can practise this session whenever you feel a slump in energy - it’s also perfect for that afternoon energy dip!If you'd like to learn more about the potency of breathwork, Véronique's Academy course, Breathwork for Life, will help you to harness the breath for optimal health and emotional balance.
Breathwork for when you feel anxious or overwhelmed
Have you ever noticed how our breathing changes when we feel anxious or overwhelmed? In fact, when we're anxious or stressed, a whole series of reactions happen. Adrenaline rises, our heart beats faster, our blood pressure increases, and we start to breathe faster. Our airways open wider. But we may not be aware of these changes. This breathwork session focuses on these moments and will help to slow down the breath and the heart rate and help you to feel more serene. It is accessible to everyone and can be done either sitting on the floor or on a chair.If you'd like to learn more about the potency of breathwork, Véronique's Academy course, Breathwork for Life, will help you to harness the breath for optimal health and emotional balance.
Breathwork for a good night's sleep
Veronique leads us through a relaxing and satisfying breathwork session to help prepare the body for rest and sleep. During the last few minutes of the class, Esther guides us through a meditation.If you'd like to learn more about the potency of breathwork, Véronique's Academy course, Breathwork for Life, will help you to harness the breath for optimal health and emotional balance.
20 minute chair yoga
Do you have 20 minutes and a chair? In this sequence, Véronique shares a chair yoga sequence that will help you release tension in the upper back and legs, as well as strengthening the core. Perfect for people who work in an office or who cannot do a full standing sequence due to injuries or health issues. Seniors can also join in and enjoy the benefits of yoga on a chair.
Relax and restore
Because oestrogen plays a key role in regulating the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline, when oestrogen levels start to fall, our body generally finds it harder to cope with stress. Besides, life may also be a source of stress. So it is crucial to help the body trigger the "relaxation response". Restorative yoga does exactly that. It is wonderful to relax, restore and fully embrace this new phase of your life.
Reducing mood swings
Mood swings refer to emotions that come and go within an hour. During the perimenopause and menopause, women often experience mood swings due to hormonal imbalances. Although these emotions go away after a while, it is quite disrupting. In this sequence, Véronique shows you a sequence to alleviate mood swings and feel more grounded and quieter.
Strengthening is important
As we go through perimenopause and menopause, our muscles get weaker and less toned. In this sequence, Véronique guides you through a strengthening sequence for the belly, arms and upper legs. It will help you feel stronger and better. Remember, strength isn't just a muscular; Véronique invites you to cultivate a strong stable mind too.
Cooling down - soothing menopause symptoms
Menopause marks the transition from the Pitta to the Vata phase of a woman's life. From their mid-40s, women may start experiencing symptoms due to imbalances both in Pitta and Vata but most of the symptoms are Pitta-related. In this sequence, Véronique focuses on pacifying Pitta. This will help you to manage symptoms such as hot flushes, skin eruptions or irritability. For this sequence, you might need a block or a blanket.
This sequence focuses on balancing hormones in the body. After a gentle warm-up to open up the body, Véronique invites you to move slowly into various asanas - such as Eagle Pose, Garland, Bound Angle, Camel or Shoulderstand - to regulate secretions from the various hormonal glands. This will help you to feel more balanced and refreshed.
Yoga for back health introduction
In this video, Véronique introduces her program "Yoga for Back Health" This program covers the most common issues and will help you release, stretch and strengthen your back.
We often pay a lot of attention to what we eat and breathe, so we don't absorb too many toxins. But it is also necessary to ensure that we digest and eliminate properly. In this video, Véronique goes through a sequence to stimulate the digestion and improve elimination.
Strengthening & softening pelvic floor muscles
We all know the importance of core strengthening, but we often tend to ignore the pelvic floor muscles. By strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, we can create stability in asanas and keep the abdominal organs healthy as we grow older. It is however important to soften these muscles as well. Véronique explains how to do this.
Reducing vata imbalances
Vata imbalances can leave you restless, anxious, fearful and unable to sleep well. In this sequence, Véronique goes through a sequence to restore balance by reducing vata and stimulating pitta and kapha.
Releasing the upper back
In this video, Véronique shares a sequence to stretch and release tension in the thoracic spine. The sequence includes breathing and stretching exercises to help you warm up and stretch from within.
Yoga for knee injuries
Knee injuries may be due to a variety of reasons. In some cases, pain is due to the kneecap going 'off track'. One way to check if that is your case is to stand, with your feet hip width apart and lift your kneecaps. Do they move straight up? Or to the sides? If that is the case, you probably need to strengthen your inner quadriceps. Véronique will show you how to first warm up your knee joints, locate your inner quadriceps and then strengthen them to ensure your knee cap doesn't go off track.
Stabilizing the hips
In all asanas, ensuring that your pelvis is stable and that your alignment is correct is very important to ensure that you move without clenching the hip muscles. The abductor muscles draw the legs out to the side and are meant to stabilise the thighbones. But very often they are weak. In this video, Véronique shares a sequence to warm up the hips, strengthen the abductors and stabilise the pelvis and hips.
Protecting your wrists
Wrist pain is quite common. Due to repetitive movements, fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, among others, they can lead to aching, burning, numbness or tingling in the hands, fingers or wrists. Sometimes pain extends to the elbow. It is thus crucial to protect our wrists when practicing yoga. In this sequence Véronique will go through some warm-ups first. Then she will help you stretch and strengthen the forearms and wrists before giving some tips on how to modify asanas if your wrists are causing you troubles.
Stimulating the endocrine and immune systems
Together with the nervous system and the immune system, the endocrine (or hormonal system) helps the body to cope with different events and stresses. Véronique shares a sequence to balance the whole endocrine system and thus improve your body's defence mechanism. Part of the Health Boosting Yoga program
In this sequence, Véronique invites you to scan your body and release any tension before guiding you through a relaxing visualization. Part of the Yoga for Back Health Program
Keeping your back healthy
If you don't have any problems with your back, this class is for you. You will be guided through a sequence to keep a healthy back. It includes warming-up, stretching and strengthening postures. Part of the Yoga for Back Health program
Releasing the neck & shoulders
Tension in the neck and shoulders affect many people and is often due to bad posture and/or stress. In this sequence, you will first relax, release tension and improve your posture. You will also see how to protect your neck when practicing yoga. Part of the Yoga for Back Health program
Stretching & strengthening the thoracic area
In this video, Véronique invites you to stretch and open the thoracic area before strengthening it. Part of the Yoga for Back Health program
Building a strong core
Building a strong core is crucial to protect your lower back. If you suffer from lower back problems though, you need to be very careful. This sequence helps you strengthening your core muscles without creating tension in your lower back. Part of the Yoga for Back Health program
Stretching & releasing the psoas
The psoas is a key muscle in our body. Connecting the upper and lower parts of the body, it is often overworked and weakened. This video will guide you through a sequence to release, stretch and strengthen your psoas. Part of the Yoga for Back Health program
Relaxation - MS
In this short relaxation sequence, Véronique invites you to tune in to the subtle differences between inhalations and exhalations before moving to a count-down relaxation.Part of the Yoga for MS program
Strengthening with Control
Research has shown that people with MS need to do strengthening poses with control in order to avoid spasms. This sequence includes mudra, pranayama and asanas that help strengthen the core muscles and the legs before practicing a classical sun salute.Part of the Yoga for MS program
Stress relief - MS
This sequence focuses on mudra, pranayama and asanas that help to relieve stress and anxiety. It includes standing poses as well as twists and forward bends.Part of the Yoga for MS program.
Balance & Coordination - MS
This sequence focuses on Balance & Coordination, which are often problematic for people with MS. The mudra, pranayama and asanas selected in this sequence will help students feel more focused and balanced even in more challenging poses like Vriksasana or Ardha Chandrasana. Part of the Yoga for MS program
Managing fatigue MS
MS Fatigue is the most common symptom affecting people living with MS (multiple scerosis). In this video, Véronique guides you through a gentle sitting sequence to help you feel more energized without creating heat in the body. Part of the Yoga for MS program
Warm-up, yoga for MS
This 10 minute warm-up is based on the first Pawanmuktasana series and focuses on gently loosing up the joints of the entire body, from the toes to the head. Students are advised to do this warm-up before starting any other sequence in the series.Part of the Yoga for MS program
Introduction yoga for MS
In this video, Véronique introduces herself and her journey to a better health thanks to yoga therapy. She also presents the "Yoga for MS" program and gives some basic advice. Part of the Yoga for MS program