Be true to yourself
Stéphanie Bilicz grew up in a very broad-minded family. « My father was a vegetarian, and my aunts were continuously seeking out their life’s mission, » she says. It didn’t take long for her liberal education to turn Stéphanie into an open-minded and open-hearted woman. She decided to take an Ashtanga course to become a yogini. She was greatly inspired by the videos of Kino Macgregor, a disciple of Sri Pattabhi Jois, in Mysore, India. In her practice, she integrates Macgregor’s advice and guides her students toward positive energy. As a dyed-in-the-wool Parisienne, she enjoys Paris fully every day. « I spent my childhood and all my life in Paris, and to this day, I have never stopped loving Paris. I love being able to walk everywhere; from one neighbourhood to the next, it’s easy to find yourself in a completely different atmosphere. My city is eclectic and ever changing. »
What’s your well-being ritual?
The first thing I do in the morning is drink a warm glass of water with freshly squeezed lemon, a bit of ginger and a spoonful of honey. It’s also the best time of day to do yoga or go running. I feel an incredible sensation of lightness when I begin my day this way. My body is fully energized.
What’s the best advice you ever got?
The best advice I was ever given came from my father, who always told me: « Always be yourself, no matter what happens! » That said, someone asked me recently what my philosophy of life was. I think it really is « live and let live! »
What do you think about before a yoga class?
I believe that, before setting foot on a yoga mat, you have to set your ego aside in order to connect with who you really are at this precise moment in your life. Personal fulfillment is one of the most important things to achieve during our incarnation on Earth. But it is also essential not to let our ego take control over our different life circumstances. I also believe in goodness. To my mind, it’s what helps us evolve the most in life. We should never set any store on people’s life story, origins or social status. We are all united at the Source within one and the same energy.
What is your view on nutrition?
I’ve always been fairly militant about home-cooked food. One of the best ways to stay healthy is by being in close contact with the food we eat.
Tell us about your Lolë White Tour experience…
I felt a vibration of unity that gave me a sense that I was connected to everything during the very first Lolë White Tour at the Grand Palais where 4,000 yogis gathered together. I remember that chanting “Om” with so many people almost made me cry. I always knew that yoga was extraordinary, but with the Lolë White Tour, I realised the true depth yoga can bring to a group. Such an experience can be transformative. There were many types of participants, from beginners to very experienced yogis, who were chanting for peace and love! I recently participated in the Lolë White Tour, which was held at the foot of the Eiffel Tower: 1,500 yogis gathered on the summer solstice in honour of peace. Being in the presence of Elena Brower, who was guiding the session, was definitely the epitome of all my yoga experiences…I have but a single word to describe it: WOW!
What are your favourite items in the fall collection?
My favourite clothing item in Lolë’s fall collection is the Unite cardigan. I wear mine even to sleep, and I always have it with me when I’m in the studio. I bought it in black and white. The Zion bra is great for training and yoga. It provides very good support when I go on my 10 km runs. I have even worn it out at night under a shirt. Lolë fabrics are colourful and soft against the skin.