Christophe

Before Macalla Farm Christophe lived a very varied life and worked in many different areas including IT and tourism. In 2001, he gave up a promising :) career managing a small IT company and went to India to study yoga full-time. On his return he started a new life on Clare Island with Ciara; running yoga courses, breeding Connemara ponies and planting trees. His past love of sailing, which his son Theo now shares, is getting a new lease of life on the island.

Yoga
Christophe has been studying and practicing yoga daily since 1994. Originally trained as an Iyengar teacher in 1998, his practice and teaching has since been influenced by a number of other yoga styles, in particular ashtanga vinyasa and the atma vikasa style of Atma Venkatesh, Christophe’s main teacher for a number of years.

Pranayama (yogic breathing) has also been an important part of his practice. Christophe has been studying pranayama for many years with senior teachers Emil Wendel and S. OP Tewari.

More recently, his quest for a more balanced practice led him to study the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, whose teachings on ethics, mindfulness and meditation he found to complement his hatha yoga practice, and he now regularly practices vipassana (insight) and metta (loving kindness) meditation.

Christophe is certified by the Independent Yoga Network as a 1000 hours teacher and a yoga elder.

Horses
Christophe is an experienced horseman and has ridden, driven, bred and trained horses for many years. He has studied Intelligent horsemanship with Kelly Marks (a student of Monty Roberts) and Positive Horsemanship with Vanessa Bee (founder of the Horse Agility Club). He has also been inspired by the Parrelli method of horsemanship and the writing of Mark Rashid, Linda Kohanov and Chris Irwin (amongst others).

He is an an experienced barefoot trimmer, and is passionate about Natural horse care. His passion for horses led him to explore the therapeutic aspects of the horse / human relationship, and he is a trained Equine Assisted Learning facilitator with EAGALA.

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