About YOGAYANTRA & Dominique Renucci




About Dominique

My name is Dominique (杜美妮in Chinese), the director of Yogayantra 500-RYS. I am a 500-ERYT with Yoga Alliance. I discovered yoga in 1975, after a motorcycle accident left me with a paralysed spine for three years and a half and many joints dislocated. Later I had a few more accidents (falling off trees, horse, bikes, etc), and every time I had to rebuild my body, rediscover it, “repair” it through a renewed yogasana practice.

E-RYT means Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher
RYS means Registered Yoga School

 Dominique’s studies

I have studied with many teachers —famous or not- across Europe and Asia, attended my first TTC in 1995. I practiced Iyengar-yoga for years, and then switched to “Astanga”-style. Now, I teach and practice Vinyasa-yoga, emphasising mindfulness, with fluidity and athleticism and also the detailed knowledge and precision of Iyengar-style into an integrated style.

I have attended many intensive retreats and teacher-training courses (who never left me satisfied actually), read loads of books to be firmly rooted in the Indian thought (philosophy), Tibetan Buddhism and Dzogchen teaching, and spent months of self-retreats in secluded places, living in the most basic conditions. I practiced Zen meditation for many years, attended many ten-day Vipassana-meditation courses, have received empowerment for a few Tibetan practices. Now I do my best to follow the Dzogchen teachings Choegyal Namkhai Norbu, a great Dzogchen master, gives us.

I left my country in 1991 after visiting Nepal. Since then, I have lived in Asia, spending more than three years in India, and six years in China.

I started teaching in Asia in 1991 (on the rooftop of my guesthouse in Kathmandu). In Beijing, 1997, I turned my flat into an informal yoga-studio. I ran my own studio in Myanmar (probably the first yoga studio in this country, 1999). I worked in one of the world's leading restorative health centres (where I used yoga-therapy for the guests), and trained the local yoga instructor staff. I ran my yoga-studio in Siem Reap Angkor, Cambodia, which I left to travel again and further my Shiatsu studies. I have lived in China for over five years, and lead many yoga-teacher training-courses.

Faithful to the tradition of Hatha-Yoga, I believe that it is one of the paths to the only goal of Yoga: liberation. Yoga is a lifestyle, as well as a sacred path, and I combine it to the Dzogchen teaching received from Choegyal Namkhai Norbu (I mean to guruyoga).

Dominique’s skills

I have developed my own Vinyasa style in an eclectic way, based on Krishnamacharya's method (not system), and integrating interesting elements from any other schools that can enhance my practice and teaching. I do not follow any 'system' in order to remain open, free: a system is a closed box and often in the world of yoga, involves some "worshipping" of the master who created it, cult of personality; such worshipping or narrow-mindedness is not for me! Therefore my style is utterly “open”. Vinyasa-style is the art of sequencing, and like a ballet it has a choreography. However, I remain faithful to the ancient teachings of Yoga and do not try to “reinvent” Yoga.

     I am continuously refining my own practice, constantly studying anatomy, philosophy, then I share all this new knowledge with my students.

     I complement my knowledge of Yoga with a practical understanding of four distinct sciences of the body: Western anatomy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese Shiatsu (
指压), Indian Ayurveda. I am a Reiki master. I have experience teaching complete beginners, as well as established teachers. I have run many yoga retreats and teacher training courses. Through perpetual study, my asana and pranayama practices continue to evolve and deepen. Pragmatic, I observe excellent progress in my students' practice: they all improve, which means, they all reach their full potential.

What is a teacher?

     A teacher, especially a yoga teacher, is not someone who can do all kinds of amazing yoga postures, but someone who can TRANSMIT her knowledge.

     She is not the most flexible or stronger yoga teacher in the world, in China or even in Shanghai, but she has an exceptional sense of observation and of priority.

     She explains clearly, she guides the students into getting in touch with their sensations, with their subtle body made of energy, through the physical aspect of the asanas

     She has studied all aspects of yoga for decades: asanas, pranayama, philosophy, anatomy, psychology, etc. and other topics: that’s why she possesses a deep general culture and she uses this huge background into her teachings. In daily life, she doesn’t make any difference between life and practice. And she has been on this planet for 59 years already!







Adjusting lovely Sylvia in parivrtta parsvakonasana, Shanghai

In Krishnamacharya’s teachings the term “Vinyasa” simply designates an appropriately formulated sequence of steps (krama) for approaching a given posture, and not the fixed, repetitive schema of Ashtanga Vinyasa.

Krishnamacharya was innovating all the time in response to his students. He would make up variations of the postures when he saw that some of his students could do them easily. He was inventing and innovating. Krishnamacharya never emphasized a particular order of poses; there was nothing strict about observing order with him.

Krishnamacharya’s teaching did not conform to a fixed or rigid order of postures but was undertaken in a spirit of innovation and investigation, an assessment confirmed by T.K.V. Desikachar: Krishnamacharya used to modify postures to suit the individual, and would create (or “discover”) new postures when needed. The fundamental principle of Krishnamacharya’s teaching is that the yoga practice must be adapted to suit the period, location, and specific requirements of the individual. The age and the constitution of the students, their vocation, capability, and the path to which they feel draw all dictate the shape of a yoga practice.

This is why I have chosen Vinyasa style: I consider it totally open, and just the opposite of a system. It is a method. Moreover, Krishnamacharya’s Yoga Makaranda (1935) recommends long timings for most poses, generally from 3 to 15 minutes… [this is inspired from the precious book, “Yoga Body” by Mark Singleton to who I am grateful]

You can contact me at

Skype: yogayantra

Facebook: Yogayantra Dominique Renucci

Note: I need to remain free from long-term commitments such as having my own yoga-studio (I keep on receiving mails asking me for a job in 'my' studio. As I don't have a studio, I simply delete them). 

PAST TTCs & retreats

 200 hour TTC: 1 ~ 30 May 2017, in Shanghai, China
 200 hour TTC: 20 March ~ 17 April 2017, in Taitung, Taiwan
 300 hour TTC: 1 December 2016 ~ 14 January 2017, in Nha Trang, Viet Nam
 200 hour TTC: 17 October ~ 14 November 2016 in Shanghai, China
 300 hour TTC: 4 August ~ 17 September 2016, in Santiago de Chile

 200 hour TTC: 4 June ~ 2 July 2016 in Fuzhou, China

 300 hour TTC: 11 April ~ 25 May 2016 Shanghai, China 

 200 hour TTC: 18 November ~ 16 December 2015 in Nha Trang, Vietnam

 200 hour TTC: 12 October ~ 9 November 2015 inShanghai, China

 300 hour TTC: 10 August ~ 23 September 2015 in Rishikesh, India

 200 hour TTC: 1 ~ 29 July 2015 in Montpellier, France

200 hour TTC: 13 April ~ 11 May 2015 in Shanghai, China

• 200 hour TTC: 23 February ~ 23 March 2015 in Amman, Jordan

• 300 hour TTC: 10 December 14 ~ 23 January 2015 in Rishikesh, India

• 200 hour TTC: 3 November ~ 1 December 2014 in Nha Trang, Viet Nam

• 200 hour TTC: 22 September ~ 20 October 2014 in Shanghai, China

• 200 hour TTC: 8 August ~ 5 September 2014 in Shenzhen, China

• 300 hour TTC: 1 April ~ 15 May 2014 in Shanghai, China
• 300 hour TTC: 30 January ~ 15 March 2014 in Santiago de Chile
• 200 hour TTC: 8 November ~ 6 December 2013 in Santiago de Chile
• 200 hour TTC: 28 Septembre ~ 26 October 2013 in Shanghai, China
• 200 hour TTC: 16 August ~ 13 September 2013. Yogayantra in Shenzhen, China, at HotZYoga Studio.
• 200 hour TTC: 6 July ~ 3 August 2013. Yogayantra in Cebu, Philippines, at Citigym Studio.
• 200 hour TTC: 31 May ~ 28 June 2013. Yogayantra in Nha Trang, Vietnam, at Danh Xinh Yoga Studio.
• 200 hour TTC: 1 ~ 29 April 2013. Yogayantra in Shanghai, at Fanling Yoga Studio.
• 200 hour TTC: 14 November ~ 12 December 2012. Yogayantra in Shenzhen, China, at HotzYoga Studio.
• 200 hour TTC: 8 October ~ 5 November 2012. Yogayantra in Hanoi, at Zenith Yoga Studio.
• 200 hour TTC: 1 ~ 29 September 2012. Yogayantra in Shanghai, at Fanling Yoga Studio.
• 300 hour TTC: 23 May ~ 6 July 2012, Yogayantra in Santiago de Chile at Surya yogastudio.
• 200 hour TTC: 16 April ~ 14 May 2012, Yogayantra in Santiago de Chile at Surya yogastudio.
• 300 hour TTC: 11 February ~ 25 March, 2012. Yogayantra in Rishikesh India.
• 200 hour TTC: 7 January ~ 4 February 2012 Yogayantra in Rishikesh, India.
• 200 hour TTC: 31 October 2011 ~ 28 Novembre 2012 Yogayantra at Fanling Yogastudio, Shanghai China.
• 200 hour TTC: 26 August ~ 23 September 2011 Yogayantra at HOTZ YOGA, Shenzhen, China.
• 200 hour TTC: 28 February ~ 28 March 2011 Yogayantra at FANLING YOGA, Shanghai, China.
• 300 hour TTC (level 1): 4 October ~ 10 November 2010. YOGI-NOMAD was the organizer with Yogayantra's participation. Nepal, Kathmandu Valley. The 300 hours included the 200 hour-TTC as set up by Yoga Alliance plus 100 hours for Thai massage certified course + nutrition and other topics. 
• 200 hour TTC: 19 July ~ 25 September 2010 Yogayantra at YOGA SPACE, Shanghai, China.
• 200 hour TTC: 14 June~12 July 2010, Yogayantra at Zenith Yoga studio, Hanoi, Vietnam. 
• 300 hour TTC: 1st part 15-29 March, 2010. Second part 2-18 May, 2010. At Guang Yin yoga studio, Shanghai (China)
• 200 hour TTC, 13 July ~ 10 August, 2009, Ko Naka, off Phuket, Thailand
• 300 hour TTC, Level 2, June 1st part and September 2nd part led by Yoga Arts at Yogashala studio with my participation for philosophy and anatomy, Shanghai, China.
• 200 hour TTC, 5 July ~ 30 August, 2008 at Guang Yin yoga studio, Pudong, Shanghai, China.
• 200 hour TTC, 25 February ~ 22 April, 2008 at Yogashala Shanghai.
• 200 hour TTC, 13 October ~ 9 December, 2007 at Yogashala Shanghai.
• 200 hour TTC, 16 June ~ 8 September, 2007 at Guang Yin studio, Caoxi lu, Sanhghai.
• 200 hour TTC, 24 March ~ 5 May, 2007 at Guang Yin yoga studio, Yan An Xi lu, Shanghai.
• 200 hour TTC, completed in April 2006 at YuTao yoga studio, Kunnming, China with Yutao's participation.
• 200 hour TTC, September ~ December 2006, in Shanghai.
• 200 hour TTC, June ~ December 2005, at YuTao Yoga studio, Kunming, China.
• Intensive 72 hour course, January ~ February 2005, in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
• Intensive 72 hour course, July 2004, Algarve, Portugal.


 To see more, we have posted albums on facebook at Yogayantra Dominique Renucci: adjusting Yvonne in a flipflop, adjusting Ineke in a handstand, adjusting Nipa, August 2009, adjusting Liu Jian, 2008 TTC A, adjusting Liu Zhou in a flip flop, 2007, non-renunciation, teaching from vasisthasana to visvamitrasana, teaching vishvamitrasana, teaching visvamitrasana

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