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Wednesday
Jul302014

Getting ready for vacances…

Vacation equals excitement! And for some, it equals a bit of stress because vacation also means packing, and there are people who hate to pack.

If you’ve been following for a while, you know that I have a decidedly MINIMAL style when it comes to packing and travelling. I totally agree with Diane Von Furstenberg’s statement that if you can figure out your suitcase, you can figure out your life. For me, this means making a list, choosing clothes that are versatile (I will be going to the countryside so I will not be wearing anything fancy, nor will I be bringing a shoe wardrobe,) and bringing my yoga mat as carry-on luggage. The essentials…

Some tips:

If you need to keep things wrinkle-free, use this technique
If it’s a 3-day trip, model Andreea Diaconu has good advice for what to bring  
Lucky Magazine’s 21 expert packing hacks (#12 is really clever) 
Pack like a Pro: Fathom’s 24 Best Tips (#22 is important if you might be bringing back gifts) 
• Even though he drives me crazy, Rick Steves’ “Packing Smart and Traveling Light” list is good

Some more tips:

• Fill your suitcase a day or two before you leave (this gives you time to assess and reassess)
• Load up your mp3 player with audio yoga classes + good music/playlists
• Limit your color palette so dressing is uncomplicated
• Bring a big scarf (good for savasana, for covering up when it gets a little chilly)
• Leave room in your bag for souvenirs! 

Monday
Jul282014

Do Yoga in Paris

This week and throughout the Summer (meaning “until the end of August”), many studios will be closing or offering lighter schedules. Please consult their websites or call them before grabbing your mat and running out the door to make sure the class you want to take is still happening!

And if all of that sounds too complicated, get your home practice off the ground :-)

ATELIERS/YOGA WORKSHOPS IN PARIS
29-31 juillet Developper Sa Pratique Personnelle avec Sophie Boller 
2-3 août Weekend Yoga avec Christian (Débutants)  

COURS SOLIDAIRES + GRATUITS/DONATION + FREE CLASSES
30 juillet Yoga on the Rooftop of BHV with Lolë Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !) 
2 août Cours d’essai/Trial class at Centre Sivananda Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !) 
2-3 août Yoga devant le Pavillon des Canaux (10€, 2€ la loc d’un tapis) 
3 août juillet Yoga Vinyasa au Wanderlust avec Lolë Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !)
3 août Community Class at Centre de Yoga du Marais (10€) 

EVENEMENTS + FESTIVALS/EVENTS + FESTIVALS
2-10 août Festival Européen de Yoga (Loir-et-Cher) 
21 septembre Les Yogis du Coeur / Do Yoga at Versailles  

FORMATIONS/TRAININGS IN PARIS + BEYOND
28 juillet-29 août Formation Professorale Intensive Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga avec Gérald Disse + Linda Munro 
3-17 août Formation Initiale de Professeurs avec Gaya Yoga (Bretagne) 

RETRAITES YOGA/YOGA RETREATS IN FRANCE
3-9 août Summer Iyengar Intensive in Ardèche  
3-10 août Vacances de Yoga en Bretagne 
4-8 août Yoga in Bourgogne 
23-27 août Yoga à la Montagne in Haute-Savoie  
17-21 septembre Stage Intensif à Guéthary/Pyrénées-Atlantiques 

Friday
Jul252014

Yogis du Coeur or in other words: Do Yoga at Versailles

OMG! In September you will have the chance to do yoga at L’Orangerie at the Château de Versailles. The event, Yogis du Coeur, is organized by Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque Enfants du Monde, an organization dedicated to providing heart surgeries to children whose families either lack the means to afford them, or who live in countries where these often life-saving techniques are not available. How apt and wonderful to do yoga -- a practice that connects you more deeply to your own heart -- in order to help another beating heart.

Aux tapis, citoyens ! To your mats, citizens!

Unfurl a yoga mat (generously donated by Nature et Découvertes, one of the event’s sponsors), and experience one of Versailles’ most beautiful spaces. L’Orangerie is tucked underneath the château’s cent-marches, and is made up of one central vaulted gallery, as well as two smaller ones on the sides. This will be the perfect vantage point from which to take in the citrus, palm, oleander and pomegranate trees (some of which are more than 200 years old,) the round pool and the soothing harmony of André Le Nôtre’s garden design.

After class, enjoy tea and light snacks (available for purchase from sponsors,) buy a commemorative t-shirt designed by YUJ (available for 20€,) and roam the grounds unimpeded for 45 minutes.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Sign up online here as soon as possible as space is limited! 
It is 25€ per person, or 49€ for the package which includes a Nature et Découvertes yoga mat. Consider making a king-size contribution! Every time you use your mat, you’ll be reminded of the heart you helped to mend.

Photo: Nature et Découvertes

• Wear white
This color symbolizes peace, not your Royalist sympathies ;-) 

• Leave your yoga mat at home
Mats will be provided. 

Admission begins at 10h30
As the event takes place during Journée des Patrimoines, access to the château will be highly restricted. Please enter on the south side of the château (route de St Cyr,) and plan to arrive no later than 11h15.

Yoga from 11h30 to 13h
This all levels class will be taught by Laurence Maman, who has been a student of T.K.V. Desikachar’s since 1977, and has been teaching and training teachers for more than 30 years. Laurence will be assisted by a team of volunteer teachers from l’Institut Français de Yoga.

Pour tous renseignements complémentaires, cliquez ici! (en français)

Photo: Yogis du Coeur/MCC

Wednesday
Jul232014

Bonheur au Soleil

For those of you who weren’t able to attend Paris Yoga Shala’s classes on the rooftop of the Maison Blanche, here’s a little video to get you excited about next year’s event (which, fingers crossed, will take place again.)

It was so much fun to practice in the warm air, to balance in Vrksasana using “Tour Eiffel Drishti”, and enjoy savasana with the sky above our heads.

Monday
Jul212014

Do Yoga in Paris

ATELIERS/YOGA WORKSHOPS IN PARIS
26 juillet Retrouver Alignement et Aisance Corporelle (Focus: la peau) avec Nadine Garnier 
27 juillet YogaFun avec Tatiana Avila-Bouru  
27 juillet Ashtanga, Pratique Commune avec Renan de Germain 
27 juillet Extensions Arrières—Ouverture des Centres Energétiques avec Jean-Louis 
27 juillet Hatha Yoga avec Sri Venudas  
27 juillet La Grammaire du Yoga avec Meïr  

COURS SOLIDAIRES + GRATUITS/DONATION + FREE CLASSES
23 juillet Yoga on the Rooftop of BHV with Lolë Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !) 
25 juillet Yoga Vinyasa avec Lolë Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !)
26 juillet Cours d’essai/Trial class at Centre Sivananda Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !) 
26-27 juillet Yoga devant le Pavillon des Canaux (10€, 2€ la loc d’un tapis) 
27 juillet Yoga Yin au Wanderlust avec Lolë Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !)
27 juillet Community Class at Centre de Yoga du Marais (10€) 

EVENEMENTS + FESTIVALS/EVENTS + FESTIVALS
2-10 août Festival Européen de Yoga (Loir-et-Cher) 

FORMATIONS/TRAININGS IN PARIS + BEYOND
28 juillet-29 août Formation Professorale Intensive Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga avec Gérald Disse + Linda Munro 

RETRAITES YOGA/YOGA RETREATS IN FRANCE
26 juillet-2 août Yoga Surf Healthy Cuisine in Hossegor 
3-9 août Summer Iyengar Intensive in Ardèche  
4-8 août Yoga in Bourgogne 
23-27 août Yoga à la Montagne in Haute-Savoie