About Madeleine Rommel

Biography

Madeleine is the first name that was given to me at birth. 

 

Yet I was not called Madeleine until I was 30 years old. 

This change of name has been for me a rebirth… an opening to new potential.

 

Mad is not a diminutive: rather a common, concentrated form of the two given names, Mady, Madeleine.

Biographie de Madeleine Rommel ; la brousse africaine

The African bush

Ever since childhood, in the African bush, or on the 5th floor of the paternal building avenue de Tervuren, through nonsense, discoveries, dangers, the allowed, the forbidden, the hidden, the “between the lines”,… what interests me is what is not seen, the other side of things, their secret language, their wink… that weave life and gives it are piquant , its flavor,… its full dimension and its mystery.

Waulsort-sur-Meuse

After the African bush and Tervuren Avenue, the small village of Waulsort-sur-Meuse… 100 m from the river, 100 m from the woods. I arrive there when  8 years old. The school in Dinant and the trips in the little Micheline, or later by bike for the pleasure of seeing the rocks of Freyr in the morning mists… and having a moment of solitude… not luxury in a sibship of 5!

Photography...

Dad often makes us pose in front of his goal, which I hate! But photography intrigues me and attracts me; I ask for my first camera for my birthday. Then I save some money to buy the material to print my pictures in my room, darkened.

... and journalism

For the pleasure of writing and photographing, a bachelor’s degree in journalism at IHECS in Tournai. Technical thesis in photography: London by Pubs (a visit to London through the atmosphere of its pubs); Theoretical thesis on La Presse Feminine et Feminist in French-speaking Belgium.

Then first jobs in the associative, social and cultural press, in Brussels.

Massage

I started the massage in 1983, following the death of my mother, realizing in shock the impotence and blindness in the face of the disease. Screens and paper no longer interest me. I’m going to take a first training in Health Care Massage in London and, on the back trunk, I’m taking my massage table to Brussels; yet, when I’m massing, too many questions remain unanswered…

Ashtanga Yoga...

A few years later, I am trained in Psycho-Energetic Massages, then in Ashtanga Yoga (with JC Garnier) and, in parallel, physiotherapy studies in the evening at the Institut Libre de Bruxelles — Charles Hubert Strainchamps. 

I begin to travel to India, first in Mysore to follow with delight the teaching of Guruji, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, who gives me the desire to carry out my thesis there, in 1992: “Yoga Korunta and Physiotherapy”… Ashtanga Yoga being Yoga Korunta, originally. 

Over these few years, Ashtanga Yoga and Kinesitherapy clearly appear to me to have a common basis, which I dig and analyze to extract the unsuspected therapeutic aspects of the Ashtanga method.

Every situation teaches me more about Yoga, about the Human, about myself and this passion on which my life is focused…

Madeleine Rommel : les débuts de son Ashtanga Yoga à Bruxelles

... and The Physiotherapy Center

A few years in different physiotherapy practices, at the Institut de beauté Irène Kessler, at the Centre John Harris Fitness at Château du Lac, before creating my own space, avenue Henri Jaspar 89… a few meters from the Clinic Antoine Depage… created by my grandfather, Henri Depage, in tribute to his father. Two friends/colleagues join my project. On the piano nobile, three physio cabinets and, on the mezzanine floor, a “Fitness Space” for Yoga, gentle gymnastics and wellness massage.

I live at full speed: it’s perfect happiness for me!

Maternity and new life: birth and rebirth...

In 2002, the building was sold, which ended the Physiotherapy Centre.

At that time, my daughter is two years old.

 

I begin to question the life “on the fast lane” that I have lived until then… Sabbatical period, fallow… or chrysalis… during which my life is transformed in spite of me, first by meeting Yumma Mudra (Myriam Szabo) and participating in the Danza Duende project; then by resuming Ashtanga Yoga classes, especially during internships with John Scott. 

Beginning of a return to the sources that combines experience and knowledge into an intuitive, creative, living consciousness. This new consciousness, which is awakening, is the basis of my current work and the creation of new “Preventive Yoga” courses, both individually and in groups.

 
 

The bellicon soft canvas mini trampoline

In 2016, I discovered (during an ayurvedic cure!) , the mini bellicon trampoline with soft tissue: this experience reminded me of the pleasure of playing, jumping, adapting to instability… the joy of childhood, letting go of spontaneous movements, the relation to gravity and the response of the canvas, the connection with the psyche, the unconscious, which awakens intuition.

 

I have integrated this new practice into my Yoga and Health Prevention activities and explore through it breathing, balance, the challenge of coordination and rhythm, body consciousness… in a global, dynamic, preventive approach that, like Ashtanga Yoga, connects the body and frees the mind.

Achetez un trampoline bellicon© pour la prévention de votre santé
Consultations en Prévention-Santé (CPS) avec Madeleine Rommel

Yoga and Health Prevention

In recent years, I have deepened my practice and research on Yoga and Health Prevention by opening myself to other teachers, methods, or ways of practicing: at the Miami Life Center by Kino MacGregor (Ashtanga with Yanni De Melo); in Purple Valley — Goa (Ashtanga with John Scott); at 8 Limbs Yoga — Seattle (Hatha Flow, Vinyasa Flow, Yoga Nidra, Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Yoga Restorative Yoga), House of Yoga and Zen (Ashtanga with Nancy Gilgoff) — Maui / Hawaii, Sydney (Hot Yoga & Pilates), Byron Bay (Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga) and Ladakh (Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Yoga Nidra and Mindfulness, with Sandrine Rauter). 

Every situation becomes transcendent and leads me to dig into myself, to question my knowledge, my beliefs, my choices, my habits… to approach more deeply “the human being in the future”… who resides in me, as in each of us.