My name is Jeanine Munyeshuli Barbé

I was born of Rwandan parents in their exile. ..my late mom used to say that I was born “eyes wide open”. My memory cannot stretch that far back but I do remember, as a child walking carefully  to avoid stepping on ants …

It is to study that I landed in Geneva in 1994, leaving behind a million of my people swept away by the Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda. This beautiful city by the lake Leman adopted me and soon, I was working in the financial sector.  One fine day, I  pushed a yoga studio’s door … Finding myself not as flexible but as joyful as the little 9years-old-me.

I am very grateful to all my teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life and my teachers’ teachers … especially the gentle swami Nirmalananda.

I feel fortunate to have found my first jivamukti yoga teacher in form of Lady Ruth (Ruth Lauer-Manenti) who became my mentor.

Words are not enough to express my gratitude to Sharon-Ma and David-ji for the gift of Jivamukti Yoga and everything. Since the first day I met with Sharon Gannon, I knew I had found the teacher I had been looking for…  It is a great honor to be a member of the beautiful Jivamukti lineage.  

I am honored to serve on the board of the Azahar Foundation. We recently launched the Rwanda Project. Here is a short video about our work.

My family, friends and the fantastic people who call me their teacher are my everyday teachers and support. Their love and trust shaped me into the person I am today. Extending our togetherness to many more people is the story of my life …and such A JOY.

Om Shantih Om




  1. Aww… ‘avoiding stepping on ants.’ I looove this, why I’ve been a vegetarian/vegan for almost two decades now. I used to feed ants bits of bread, when I was a child. My mom thought I was barking mad 🙂

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