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In this section, you can, among other things, read about:

  • Véronique’s journey with MS and yoga
  • Peter’s story and experience living with a partner who has MS
  • The Walrus
  • Our approach

Véronique Gauthier

Véronique Gauthier

Yoga teacher and therapist, living with MS since 2000

Véronique started yoga in 2000, at the age of 34, when she was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting MS. At the time, she was addicted to the gym. She loved aerobics, steps, spinning and spent 8 to 10 hours per week in the gym – but still smoked 25 cigarettes a day. Even though she was convinced that Yoga would be boring, she decided to join an Iyengar and an Ashtanga class a week. She now knows that doing yoga and sticking to it was one of the best decision she ever made. Over the years, she studied and practiced different types of yoga with different teachers: Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Forrest Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Therapy Yoga… She has been teaching yoga since 2009.

MOTTO:“Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right!”

READ MORE: Véronique’s story

Peter Simmons

Peter Simmons

Veronique’s partner, Father, Spreadsheeter, Cameraman, Project Manager, Mindfulness Trainee, Serial Entrepreneur, Seeker.

Peter has lived a colourful & unconventional life that has included 7 years living and working in Asia in the fashion business, 5 years in the USA living in s a spiritual community, working as a chimney sweep, painter, carer, cleaner and fence builder; a year in Paris working in the flea markets, 10 years in London working in Corporate IT and most recently 4 years in Spain, opening and managing a successful yoga hotel and retreat centre.
Throughout this time Peter discovered, explored and nurtured a passionate interest in meditation, often travelling to far flung places in search of teachers and practices. This search has recently led him to a deep appreciation for the work of the founding teachers of Mindfulness, who have successfully articulated the practices of Mindfulness meditation so they can be taught and embraced in modern western settings.
As Véronique’s partner, Peter personally encounters the challenges of living with MS, and this has inspired him to train as a Mindfulness Teacher (MBSR & MBCT) and introduce the Mindfulness practices into the Taming the Walrus approach.

The Walrus

The Walrus

A challenging, unpredictable guest

Why a Walrus?

A few months before being officially diagnosed with MS, Véronique had a wonderful dream. She explains it here: “I was walking with a friend towards a house, a detached house, with outside steps on the right side, leading down to a small garden. My friend disappeared but I walked down the steps. The garden was barren with two miserable trees. No foliage. A double garage door was the only way in the house so I ventured in. As I entered the basement, an enormous female walrus slowly wobbled towards me.
My God, she was the most impressive being I had ever seen! The top of her head nearly reached the ceiling. Each time she approached closer, her whole gelatinous body quavered as if moved by an invisible wave. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t talk. I could only watch her. She had a friendly tusk-less face. She stopped close to me and gazed at me through long eyelashes. I could sense that she didn’t want to scare me, on the opposite. But she was so huge! Then she started to talk. And told me a charade. Deep down, I knew that I only had to solve this charade for her to let me walk on…” And then, I woke up. I had forgotten the charade! I believe in this dream. If MS were an animal, it would be my walrus, huge, shapeless, impressive but friendly. I know that I only need to solve this charade to move on.