We had the good fortune of connecting with Sharline & Christiane Rofail & Coste and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sharline & Christiane, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“Have compassion; Breathe well; Keep it simple.” We both love this quote by Hamish Hendry, an Ashtanga Yoga teacher based in London. Often life feels complicated and overwhelming. Information and instruction on how to be and live comes in from all directions. Our minds are busy and we feel disconnected. These words remind us to pause, catch our breath, and see more clearly what is truly important in our lives. We both believe that compassion should guide how we live as well as how we practice and share yoga. It seems simple but it is a constant practice of self-reflection and quieting the mind.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

We are yoga teachers but like to think of ourselves more as yoga facilitators.
Sharline teaches Ashtanga Yoga in the traditional method which is referred to as “Mysore-style”. Mysore is a city in India where many students of yoga travel to. The Ashtanga classes are quite different in that learning and progressing is done at your own speed. You always work very closely with the teacher in a group setting and the idea is that you grow your own practice slowly and safely over a period of time. The emphasis is on practicing quietly to your own breath and the teacher helps you to understand how to move and work with your body and mind. Christiane teaches Rocket Vinyasa Yoga. This method is based on modifications and variations of the different Ashtanga Yoga series with plenty of opportunities to incorporate arm balances, inversions, and creative interpretations of poses. It is a dynamic practice that aims to allow each individual a space to express their uniqueness.
Currently we are super excited about our Pop-up Shala in Montrose at the Flatland Gallery were we offer Ashtanga classes in the mornings and Rocket in the evenings including playtime classes on Saturdays. Our aim is to create a space where both these practices can co-exist and inform one another. Absolutely anyone can join and no experience is needed. Our teaching style is definitely to encourage exploration beyond self-imposed limitations of the mind in a fun and relaxed way.
What sets us apart? Well, we are tiny little passionate women with dark hair, and big hearts. Lol. In all seriousness though what sets us apart is experience. Sharline is from South Africa and brings with her 14 years of teaching experience plus a background in Bodywork (myofascial realease) and Global Nutrition & Health. Christiane is from Mexico and is an activist whose work with victims of abuse, drew her to yoga as a path for healing. She has worked with various non-profits to create a safe space for BIPOC people, to enjoy the benefits of the practice. Both of us believe in the empowering nature of yoga and are endlessly passionate to share it with those who are curious to learn.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

Basically a day with us would include lots of eating and buying fresh ingredients to make scrumptious home cooked meals followed by some strolling around in nature.
We love getting together for an excellent glass of wine and vegan/ vegetarian treats. Favorite spots to visit include Vibrant to keep our vibes high, Pondicheri for chai and when we really miss India, Verdine for vegan delights, Toute Suite for Acai bowls and yummy cakes, Tiny Boxwoods cause it’s pretty and delicious, and Brasil for post yoga breakfast and bohemian music nights. Places that have character and offer clean, simple and environmentally conscious cuisine is always our number one choice as well as sustainably sourced food and products preferably locally crafted. Think Urban Harvest specifically Plant It Forward Farms and Refinement House. Check them out! Outdoor and green spaces we love include The Arboretum, The Menil especially when there’s jazz on weekends, The Bayou, the Miller outdoor theatre and yogaing outside at the Hobby Family Pavilion.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?

Sharline: My friend Andrea who dragged me to a yoga class 15 years ago definitely deserves some credit! I was convinced that yoga was not my vibe but she insisted and at the right time with the right teacher it blew me away. Actually it put me back together in a moment when I was completely burnt out and forever changed my outlook on life. I have studied with many inspiring teachers since then but it was the gentle and insightful guidance of Mikko Seppinen that has influenced me the most. I would like to acknowledge everyone I have had the privilege of sharing my love for yoga with. Their love and commitment to learning has been instrumental in helping me grow as a person.
Christiane: All my teachers, as each one has held space for me to explore and evolve. I am especially grateful to Davina Davidson, and David Kyle, who have not only shared their vast knowledge about the practice, but have also encouraged me to go beyond what I believe was possible. My yoga community, these amazing humans -who have become a chosen family-, and are a constant testimony of compassion, love and support. And last, but not least, my students, who push me to remain curious, continue learning, and give me the opportunity to share with them a practice that changed my life.

Instagram: @sharlinerofail, @christianecoste

Facebook: Sharline Rofail, Christiane Coste

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