Hi, I'm Noémie!
I’m a movement teacher and educator with a strong interest in applying neurosciences to movement, prehab, and rehab, through play and exploration. I work with people who want to develop a movement practice that not only promotes the health and longevity of their entire body, but also help them to expand their movement repertoire, improve their movement quality, feel more confident in their body, and move with ease and pleasure.
My approach to teaching is evidence-based, inclusive, and educative, tailored to each individual’s needs and abilities.
Starting as a vinyasa yoga teacher, and after teaching vinyasa yoga for about a year, my curiosity and my inquisitive nature lead me to explore and experiment with movement as a whole. The more I went down the movement hole, the less I felt attached to a particular discipline, to a particular set of —sometimes arbitrary— rules. Having the freedom to create, to think outside the box, to look for new possibilities, to learn and evolve; that's what my teaching is about.
Mouvements Modernes® came from my desire to teach movement that encompasses different contemporary methods and techniques, while being factual, skeptical, inspired and informed by modern research in movement sciences and neurosciences. Interdisciplinarity is at the core of my approach; while I teach a lot from the movements I uncover during my own exploratory practice, my classes can be described as a blend of yoga, somatics, cognitive training, and other contemporary practices such as floorwork and Fighting Monkey. I am as passionate about the scientific aspect of movement as I am about its intuitive and exploratory forms.
The Tenets of Mouvements Modernes®
Adding playfulness and self-exploration to movement increases the assimilation of new inputs and information. We are more likely to improve our memory and refine our skills when play is involved in movement. I'm often using props and accessories to create playful challenges and movement puzzles. It opens up new movement opportunities that allow you to move more autonomously, which increases your confidence and empowers you to own your practice.
Moving with focus and attention is essential in order to get familiar with how our bodies move and respond to stimuli. Having an increased awareness of our movements helps us to integrate, refine, and sharpen our movement skills, so they become more spontaneous and automatic overtime.
Therefore, throughout the practice, I invite you to reflect on your experiences and what you can observe; cultivating mindfulness and attention helps us boost our cognitive functions, which helps us to assimilate skills better.
I believe it is my role to not only teach movement, but also to educate my students about movement. Whether it's to know more about how the body and the brain work or to be able to think and experiment for yourself, the idea of thoughtfulness encompasses knowledge and critical thinking.
Applying skepticism to movement is the key to broaden your knowledge and not fall into a dogmatic mindset, which closes more doors than it opens.
Besides teaching and practicing movement, art is a big part of my life. I love drawing and analog photography as creative art forms. I found a similarity between movement and art: both are a way of expression, evolution, and liberation. You can find out more on my other website, noemie-christensen.art.
I play “Minecraft” on a regular basis and I like to sneak remixes from diverse old-school video games into my classes. I’ve probably listened to all the lo-fi, trip-hop, and chillhop compilations on Youtube, and I drink more coffee than reasonable. I’ve got a seamstress diploma and I love designing websites, it is to me yet another form of art.
Traveling has been a big factor of personal growth for me; when I was 19, I lived and volunteered in Romania for 9 months, which triggered many more travels, mainly within Europe and Asia. It’s in Nepal that I got into meditation and participated in two Vipassana retreats, which eventually lead me to start practicing yoga. My fascination for Japanese art and culture brought me to teach yoga and movement for a year in Kyoto.
- Psychomotor Therapist Certification (1st year) - IRFP-EMAP
- FC1 Teacher Training - Floorwork Academy
- IKN Approach Level 1 - Integrated Kinetic Neurology
- Essentials of Elite Performance - ZHealth®
- FRC® - Functional Range Conditioning®
- Detour Method Synthesis - Yoga Detour
- Teacher's Immersion Online - Mindful Strength
- Detour Method Online - Yoga Detour
- 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance)