Workshops / Training

Teacher training Hormone Yoga men/women GPBalance

  1. Friday, May 27, 2022 – Thursday, June 2, 2022
  2. Aix-en-Provence
  3. With Gustavo Ponce + Frédérique Verdeau + Fanny Lehideux


GPBalance is based on traditional yoga, honoring Indian philosophical heritage, while offering a modern and concrete method, largely supported by solid scientifically physiological evidences. This hormonal yoga technique will allow you to restore your vitality and naturally rebalance your hormonal health and / or the one of your students / patients.
Teachers, therapists, medical or paramedical professionals … etc. are welcome. Your motivation is essential!
At the end of this training, you will be able to teach hormonal yoga in a both structured and creative way to your students or to transmit to students or patients the tools and techniques which will be transmitted to you by adapting them to their physical and / or therapeutic context.
This teaching will teach you to be benevolent with your body and your mind, precise and attentive in your relation to the body, focused on your breathing, concerned about others as well as yourself.
The training count 50 hours over 7 days. You can also opt to participate for a personal practice, without a teaching objective.
All of these different modules will be taught according to the dates scheduled by Fanny Lehideux, Frédérique Verdeau and Gustavo Ponce.
There is no set number of hours to obtain a teacher certification, it will depend entirely on your initial level, your progress in the technique and the time you can devote to it. However, it is recommended to participate in a full 50 hour session to master the technique. The training will end with the full teaching of the series and will be evaluated by Gustavo during the summer session or by video if you cannot be present in May / June.
From the completion of the 7 days composed by a training session, you are asked to practice, study and deepen the aspects set out in the course. You can also start teaching one-on-one or in a small group to familiarize yourself with teaching the practice. You will be asked to write a report where you will note the perceived changes in yourself and your students.
Each session will systematically and gradually approach the 5 sections that make up the GPBalance series:
The whole series uses different techniques and concepts that we will see in detail throughout the teaching:
- mudras, especially kechari Mudra (used throughout practice)
- kriyas
- bandhas (very frequently used during practice)
- Chakras and Prana
- Visualization and concentration (very frequently used during practice)
- meditation
- Neo-Tummo
1. Study of different breathing and postural techniques: Kaya Stairyam Sankalpa, Bija Mantras, Prana Vidya, Kapalabhati, Bhastrika 1, Bhastrika 2. These techniques work on the stillness, stability and concentration of body and mind as well as channeling of energy.
2. Preparatory work on simple postures lying on the back, accompanied by visualizations and the different respiratory techniques studied in the previous section, it essentially allows energy to be mobilized in the pelvic region.
3. Work of standing postures having for primary objective to reinforce the flexibility, strength, balance and agility of the whole body, it also allows to mobilize your energy in the whole body.
4. In this section, the emphasis is on the pressure of the pubis on the floor and the strengthening of the central area of ​​the body as well as the abdominal area. We will also perform a series of inverted postures.
5. This last section performed seated will address different techniques such as Uddiyana Bandha, Agnisara Dhauti, Nauli (techniques working on creating a vacuum in the abdominal area) Ashwini Mudra, Nadi Shodhana Pranayama. The main objective of these techniques is to achieve a rebalance of the hormonal system in a more intense way than during the different techniques and asanas proposed in the previous sections. They also cleanse and lighten the body of functional obstacles caused in large part by stress. We end this final section of the practice with a brief contemplation (which includes your last Sankalpa), Neo-Tummo and Yoga Nidra.


  • Friday 27/05: 9 a.m. / 5.30 p.m.
  • Saturday 28/05: 9 a.m. / 5.30 p.m.
  • Sunday 29/05: 1 p.m./7 p.m.
  • Monday 30/05: 9 a.m. / 5.30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 31/05: 9 a.m. / 5.30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 01/06: 9 a.m. / 5.30 p.m.
  • Thursday 02/06: 9 a.m. / 5.30 p.m.


  • 850€ full training
  • 150€/day

Gustavo Ponce – Biography

Pioneer of yoga in Latin America, Gustavo Ponce, Chilean, born in 1947. Yoga teacher but also ex-Ambassador of Chile in Japan, international entrepreneur, writer, columnist in various international yoga magazines.
He speaks 6 languages (including French!) And has trained the majority of yoga teachers in Chile.

When he was 11, he found in a second-hand book store a book that made him dream and gave a definitive direction to the few years he had: “Yoga and Sport” by the Indian Selvarajan Yesudian and Hungarian Elizabeth Haich, the couple that opened the first Hatha Yoga school in Europe.

In early 1968 he left his country, Chile, by bus. In Argentina he boarded a cargo boat that left him in Kobe, Japan, 4 months later.

Japan, no doubt, left an indelible mark on him. He ows to this country almost everything he became afterwards. The reason that made him travel to Japan, the farthest most country from Chile, was his love for Japanese martial arts, which he started practicing with Japanese friends almost at the same time he began with yoga. When he arrived in 1968 with little knowledge of the language, zero English, just a bit of French which was useless, and without contacts or money, he tried desperately to find a job.
After that he did many jobs from teaching Spanish, to being an interpreter and translator Spanish-Japanese-Spanish and working in television, where he had his own program, a sort of late-night show.

He lived in Japan for a total of 20 years. He left and came back to the country of the Rising Sun many times. In 1971 Ihewent for the first time to Europe by boat and train all the way from Yokohama to Helsinki passing through the cold steppes of Russia, and Moscow. After many adventures in the old continent he returned in 1972 by land and sea from Italy to Japan. In India he made a stopover of 6 months: he found a beautiful family who adopted him and introduced him to the Theosophical Society of Madras, (Chennai), founded by Madame Helena Blavatsky in 1878, where he took his firsts formal yoga lessons.

In his early days, in an Aikido class he met who would be his first yoga teacher in Japan, Per Winther, a Norwegian yogi who had lived 17 years at the foot of the Himalayas. They became friends. He advised him to travel to India to deepen his studies with Shri Yogendra, a legend in India. At that time, in 1985, he was already working as commercial attaché at the Embassy of Chile.

When he was at the Ashram of Shri Yogendra, he heard for the first time about B.K.S. Iyengar, the lion of Pune, as people used to call him because he was very strict. he became very curious, so during his holidays the next year, he went to see him and became his pupil until 2000. A few years earlier he had
opened his own yoga center in Chile, Yogashala, where he was the first person to teach the Iyengar method in Chile.

While he was a student of Mr. Iyengar, he heard about Pattabhi Jois and his method, Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Of course, he went to see him and became also his student in 1992. Along with Iyengar Yoga, he taught a few years later, Ashtanga Vinyasa in his school in Chile, introducing this method in his country.

In 1987 he became Ambassador of Chile to Japan. His new position allowed him to travel more around the world, and of course to India. He held this position until March 1990, when he decided that he wanted to explore new horizons and returned to Europe to work as CEO of a multinational company in Belgium.
From Belgium it was rather easy to travel to India where the company had two offices and its personnel at his disposal. He continued attending the Iyengar and Jois schools, but also went to visit the Yoga Mandir, the school of T. Krishnamacharya and his son Desikachar in Chennai (Madras).

As the company had an office in Calcutta, every time he went, he paid a visit to Mother Theresa, a real Karma yogini.

Throughout the years he kept going to India and met many masters, unfortunately unknown in the west, and perhaps it is better they stay unknown, because fame can destabilize anyone.

While setting back in Chile and putting in motion both his school Yogashala ( and Canal Om (, the retreat center, he was diagnosed with a Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a very aggressive type of cancer to the immune system, in 2003. He was given just a few more years to live. During the 8 months that lasted the chemotherapy he began to put together a system of yoga to energize the body and mind, Prana Shakti, the original foundation of GPBALANCE.

From 2007 he began to develop and teach his own yoga methods based on the teachings of all my masters. First, he developed his own vision of Iyengar Yoga: Axis Yoga; then Dynamic, a softer version of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Sattva Yoga and original sequence of 60 postures done with the wall (Chikitsa) and the same 60 postures done in a flowing manner (Vinyasa). This method has become very popular in Brazil where he has formed many teachers.

He wrote in total 17 books so far, mostly on yoga.

Frédérique Verdeau – Biography

After 20 years expatriated to London and Chile and numerous trips around the world, Frédérique moved to Aix-en-Provence in 2007 and a few years later founded Aix Yoga Center, a multidisciplinary yoga school. In 2014, she continued her yoga dissemination activity by organizing numerous yoga-related events: courses and training.

She started practicing yoga in 2000 and followed numerous trainings, internships with great teachers from around the world.

“Yoga, as some human encounters may have been in my life, has clearly given me a path that has allowed me to build myself. I would now like to be able to communicate to others, tools that give meaning to their own human research, I wish to transmit techniques and tools to allow you to take charge, independently, of your body, your mind, your energy and your health. “

The discovery of GPBalance a few years ago echoed my needs, my intuition, and that is what motivated me to do this teacher training in order to share it in my turn. The holistic work proposed by this technique makes all the more sense in the current context: the method offers a systemized and effective way to rebalance your hormonal level, stimulate the immune system, decrease stress and therefore prepare us for a more balanced life, healthy and serene.

The series is accessible to everyone, women and men and easily adapts to your physical level.

Fanny Lehideux – Biography

Fanny has a life rich in travel and encounters. Between France, Belgium, Argentina, it is in Chile and Brazil that she met Gustavo Ponce, with all his life of Yoga and other richeness, himself a student of B.K.S Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois and T.K.V. Desikachar and there a light went on and it is him that she chooses to train as a teacher, while she has been practicing yoga since her childhood!

Through the different methods developed by Gustavo, syntheses of the different integrated methods of Hatha Yoga, she discovers the richness of experience, flexibility and freedom, adaptation and accuracy, precision, knowledge and balance!

Today, Fanny teaches 3 of his methods which represent for her the main tools we need to feel in a healthy and balanced body.

“As a teenager I did not know that Yoga would become the common thread and the oxygen of all my life!

I have always been in search of the natural and the right, both in the way of being, a philosophy of life but also an objective of consumption.

Yoga has become a passion and a way of sharing it and transmitting this tool to those who are interested and who need it. “

In difficult times Hatha Yoga has helped me breathe, focus on the essentials and get me back on my feet. In the good times it allows me to maintain balance and stay centered while keeping a body full of vitality, good health and an open and calm mind. “

About GPBalance Hormonal Yoga

GPBALANCE is a therapeutic method developed by Gustavo Ponce with the essential objective of reactivating and rebalancing the hormonal level of our body!

The main action consists of stimulating the immune system, thus participating in the resolution of the problems and side effects associated with menopause, andropause, stress and various physiological dysfunctions impacting the hormonal system.

The result is a stimulation of fertility, sexual activity, reduced stress; helping accordingly with other hormone-dependent disorders. The series is accessible to all, women and men, and easily adapts to your physical level. GPBalance offers techniques and tools to help you take charge of your body, mind, spirit, energy and health.

“Balance is the ultimate state of well-being, where everything is perfectly aligned and functioning perfectly. In our chaotic lives, balance can seem like a totally unattainable goal, or at least one that requires profound change. Once you learn to balance with GPBALANCE, it is a free, easy, complete, and definitive path to improving hormone health and lasting vitality. “

GPBALANCE acts on the whole body: From a physical point of view, exercise improves balance, posture, flexibility and mobility. It strengthens and tones muscles and bones. However, its most particular effectiveness is the extraordinary increase in energy levels and vitality due to the reactivation of the endocrine system and sex glands. Regular practice helps us protect ourselves against infections and illnesses caused by a weakened immune system. It helps women in difficulty conceive by freeing the mind: less stress, anxiety and depression. It provides better sleep and emotional stability. It gives us energy and mental clarity.

GPBALANCE is based on a proven scientific basis, but for it to work it is necessary to reduce stress levels as much as possible. In other words, the level of cortisol. GPBALANCE can be combined with other types of exercise such as swimming or weight training. Yoga is not about what you do, but how you do what you do. It is suggested that people who are serious about practicing GPBALANCE for, say three months, have the following blood tests before and after starting the practice. Men should normally take a full testosterone exam (ideally free and bioavailable) and a SHBG exam. For women, testing for estradiol and progesterone is recommended. For both men and women, 24-hour urine FSH, LH, ACTH, TSH, and cortisol tests are recommended. This is a clear way to show you the benefits of the method.