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About Us

About Us






Transformational Yoga is a Yoga Alliance registered school, located in Paris, France

The idea for Transformational Yoga started from a journey to the East and the evolution of a student to teacher to trainer. Inspired by a trip to India to train in advanced Yoga and Meditation teachings, Gillian Grant returned to Paris determined to create a Yoga training style that offers a traditional practice with a modern twist.

Yoga is constantly transforming to adapt to the needs of the practitioner. New styles have developed out of ancient teachings and this has allowed Yoga to continue to thrive. Transformational Yoga is based on the belief that a training can offer the best of both traditional and modern that will prepare a new teacher to offer more than one style and adapt to the modern student's needs. The training is adapted to allow for exploration, discovery, and strong personal development, both physically and mentally.

Starting with group classes, Transformational Yoga has expanded to workshops, and affordable yoga teacher trainings in Paris, France. Most recently, we have expanded to international retreats. Our students and trainees come from all over the world. You can find all of the info within the pages of this website. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

Our accreditations and registrations meet or exceed every international standard for yoga teachers. More importantly, our graduates are confident, competent, and ready to work immediately after graduation. Our mission is to raise the standards and redefine professional yoga teacher education, and to ensure our

graduates are employable in every public and private sector worldwide. We train tomorrow’s yoga leaders.

Upcoming Dates 2023/2024:

200 Hour YTT, Yoga Alliance

February 3 - March 24, 2024

200 Hour Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training - 2500 euros (Paris trainings only)

300 Hour Advanced Teacher Training 3500 euros (Paris trainings only)


Do you want to learn more about the "behind the scenes" of Yoga that you don't often find in a 60 minute class?

Are you willing to devote your time and energy to learning more about yourself, as well as Yoga?

Transformational Yoga Teacher Training is an 8 weekend course offered to students of Yoga who can demonstrate a dedication to their personal practice and a desire to grow in their training (no need for perfection!) We are looking for students who are willing to expand and "transform" from a student to a teacher who is prepared to teach multiple styles in group or individual settings.

After successful completion of the course, a 200 hour training certificate will be rewarded. Transformational Yoga is fully accredited with Yoga Alliance, which is recognized as the standard for trainings so you will be able to teach anywhere in the world!

Our accreditations and registrations meet or exceed every international standard for yoga teachers. More importantly, our graduates are confident, competent, and ready to work immediately after graduation. Our mission is to raise the standards and redefine professional yoga teacher education, and to ensure our graduates are employable in every public and private sector worldwide. We train tomorrow’s yoga leaders.

Top reasons to train with Transformational Yoga:

#1 – World-Renowned Certification: Our school is registered with Yoga Alliance USA. As a graduate, this means you can work professionally in more than 41 countries, can easily obtain business and liability insurance, and can work in a wide variety of facilities, including yoga studios, gyms, fitness centers, and schools. If you plan to open a studio someday, your certification will make it easier to get bank loans and bring investors on board. A Transformational Yoga certificate opens doors professionally and gives you complete freedom of choice when it comes to where you would like to live and work.

#2 – Progressive Style of Yoga: Transformational Yoga is leading the way with a mind-body fitness-oriented approach that is fun, inclusive, and accessible to all ages and backgrounds.

#3 – Master-Level Training: Our curriculum is unmatched anywhere else in the world. From anatomy to public speaking, adjustments to business skills, there is no other training that offers even a fraction of what Transformational Yoga trainees receive during their studies.

#4 – Great Value: The cost of professional yoga training has nearly doubled in the last decade, but the average quality of the education has markedly dropped. Transformational Yoga continually raises the bar, rather than the price.

#5 – Amazing Community: The Transformational Yoga community is inclusive, non-dogmatic, friendly, and positive. We embrace diversity. Our teachers come in all shapes and sizes; what unites us is our shared love for learning and a true passion for mind-body wellness.

To begin the application process, please send an email to



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Gillian Grant

Gillian Grant is an American Yoga (500 E-RYT), Naturopath, Ayurvedic Therapist, and Ballet Barre Teacher living in Paris for over a decade.

Yoga became a major part of her life after giving birth to her son over 17 years ago. Her practice has helped to maintain balance in her personal and professional life. Teaching for Gillian is a way to help others also find balance in the often hectic urban environment.

As a student and practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine, Gillian finds joy in working with homeopathy that is complementary to modern treatments. As a Reiki master, she has practiced the healing arts through touch and redirection of energy in the body.

Gillian completed her first Yoga training (200 RYT) at the Sivananda Ashram in Orleans, France. The Sivananda style is very traditional Hatha with a major focus of meditation and spirituality. She completed her Kundalini Yoga training with 3HO, the association formed by the Guru Yogi Bhajan to bring the practice of Kundalini to the West. Gillian's advanced training (300 RYT) was at the Association for Yoga and Meditation in Rishikesh, India.

Her yoga specializations include: Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Power Yoga and Kundalini. She is also certified in Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic therapy & massage.

In 2015, Gillian completed her Ballet Barre training with Barre Concept and world- renowned teacher Emma Newman.

Gillian is currently studying the teaching of Higher Education at Harvard University to bring more academic focus into the world of Yoga and is developing a method based in Polyvagal Theory. 


Marjorie Favier

Since 2019, Marjorie has been teaching functional Yoga that is adapted to different types of audiences: beginners and intermediates, seniors... especially in the context of corporate environments.


After discovering yoga through business classes, Marjorie became aware of all the good that a yoga class can do in a working day. She knows how to adapt perfectly to the business environment and offers appropriate courses according to the audience that is in front of her.

Marjorie completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Transformational Yoga in May of 2019 and continued with her studies and passions by pursuing trainings in Yin, Functional Yoga, and Chair Massage. 

Matthieu Waddell

Originally from the USA,

I started yoga as a hobby. During a trip to India, a "chance" encounter with a yoga teacher changed my life forever. Unknowingly, it was the beginning of a wonderful journey into the world of yoga.

I was trained in classical Hatha Yoga (TTC and ATTC) by the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in South India.
I am also a certified Yoga Nidra teacher having received my Certificat d’Etudes Pratiques de Yoga Nidra from Satyananda Ashram in Paris. In addition, I have studied Indian vegetarian cooking with several ayurvedic doctors.

My yoga classes are energetic, fun and accessible to all students. For me, yoga is not just about the physical posture, it's a way of life.
For additional information on my activities, please visit:

Oranit Boucher

I'm originally from Israel and my parents are Indian. I’ve always been passionate about Bollywood dance. One of my first childhood memories is dancing at home to Indian music that my parents used to play. I was 4 years old! 

I was a Bollywood dancer in Israel for 10 years, as part of a live performance group called "Sapna", which means "dream" in Hindi.

I am very attached to my parents’ roots. They were part of the small Jewish community in Mumbai and immigrated in the 60’s. I feel deeply connected to everything related to Indian culture, Ayurveda, Yoga, Bollywood dance, Indian cuisine, Music and Art.

I have also studied Ayurveda and yoga in India and Israel and I keep on studying and exploring other ways of practicing yoga.

I now am a Ayurveda massage therapist, give private yoga lessons and Bollywood fitness. During my Bollywood fitness lessons I love sharing the experience of joy of dancing and fitness through the lens of Bollywood fun and happiness. 


Martina Fanelli

Benjamin Hart

Martina Fanelli is a professional dancer and graduated yoga teacher (2019). She has studied ballet in the Opera Ballet School in Rome, the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow, the American Ballet School and the Steps on Broadway School in New York City.


In the last 8 years she has lived and performed as professional ballet dancer in NYC, Dubai, Bern, and Paris. She has taught ballet since 2014 and yoga since 2019. She currently works as a ballet dancer in Paris while teaching daily private yoga and dance classes.


After having struggled with mental health during her ballet school years, she has developed a love for studying and practicing self-help and self-healing techniques that she loves to share with her students and friends!


She is also a painter, artist, and loves to breathe art and let it inspire her while going through her days of dancing and teaching classes.

Benjamin is a Texas-Born World-Resident with a life-long relationship to movement and optimistic energy.


A student of theater, dance, and gymnastics since the age of four, he is currently a 500hr Certified Yoga and Children's Yoga Instructor offering unique styles such as Yoga Dance, Slow Flow, Global Meditation Techniques, and Chakra Movement Meditation in addition to the traditional Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Practicces. His favourite moments include the magic found in Family, Partner, and Community Yoga experiences.

Benjamin's classes benefit from an infusion of his studies as a modern day Urban Shaman focusing on the inner journey, energy harmonization, and intentional manifestation. The seven Elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Sound, Light and Thought are also incorporated for a joyful time of self-healing, equilibrium, and exploration of the infinite Here and Now.


Contact Us 

Paris, France
Tel: 0688008864
(Outside of France): +33688008864

Mentions Légales

Gillian Grant
77 rue de Charonne

75011, Paris


SIRET: 813 895 935 00019


"Gillian was my very first teacher. She subbed a class and from then on I followed her to her regular classes. She taught me to fly in my very first arm balance - crow pose. This tall and willowy person is surprisingly strong and inspires her students to try all the poses in her sequences, despite how difficult they may look to the untrained eye; through clear instructions. She is also my Barre au Sol and Ballet Barre instructor and her classes have literally changed my body. Thanks to her I am bordering on the 4-minute plank, an unbelievable achievement for me. Her playlists are dope, too. Gillian has brought me a long way." - Marie B.

"Our training program was thorough, well thought out and well organized. I feel that we were given all of the necessary tools and training needed to become successful yoga teachers, whether or not we wanted to pursue it as a career or just deepen our yoga practice. The time spent on philosophy and anatomy was exceptionally helpful. We learned about a variety of styles and were encouraged to find our own teaching style and personality. I also enjoyed our focus on teaching practice and helping out in public classes giving adjustments. The attention given to adjustments, modifications and contraindications was thorough and will allow us to teach classes safely. Above all this was an amazing and transformative experience and I absolutely feel ready to begin to teach thanks to Gillian and the help from the other teachers throughout the training."

- Sarah G.

Transformation YTT 200h:

“I did my 200h YTT with Transformation Yoga; Gillian Grant was the lead trainer on our course. I highly recommend the Transformational Yoga teacher training both for the quality and depth of the course as well as for its openness. The course covered a wide range of topics associated with wellbeing and enabled us in particular to delve deeper into how yoga and the anatomy are intrinsically linked. Having compared other courses, it feels like the Transformational Yoga programme places more of an emphasis on the foundations of yoga and understanding the anatomy than other courses do. What is particularly good about Transformational Yoga teacher training is that we are encouraged to delve into different styles (not only hatha and vinyasa) so that we can decide for ourselves what we’d like to specialize in after the training. Gillian’s expertise in the area of alignment in the asana laboratory sessions enabled us to really understand each asana in detail. What really made the Transformational Yoga teacher training very transferable, is that we practice teaching (in short sessions of 10-20 minutes) our fellow trainees all the way through, so you leave the course feeling like you have the skills to teach. The intensive schedule means that you are totally immersed in yoga and yoga theory for 8 weeks, but as a result you feel enriched and stimulated with all the knowledge you are picking up. Yoga teacher training in such a small group atmosphere is a transformational experience and I would recommend Transformational Yoga’s training programme for anyone thinking of taking the course, either to deepen your knowledge of yoga or with a view to teaching”.



“I’ve been taking classes with Gillian in Paris for a few years now, starting with Kundalini yoga and then also taking her hatha classes (and now a graduate of her yoga teacher training programme). Gillian brings light, humour and a twist to our lessons. She creatively fuses elements of power yoga and other styles, whilst retaining the traditional discipline of hatha, encouraging us to hold the postures and to find stillness in our practice. Her classes are spiritual, starting and ending with a mantra, and finishing off with a deep relaxation. I love Gillian’s classes – they push me further in my practice, they ground me, and I feel stronger and more at peace afterwards. Gillian makes people feel at ease with her friendly teaching style and clear instructions which cater for various levels. Come and try her classes, you’ll be hooked!” - Sara

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