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Friday
Jul112014

A little bit healthy

If you Follow/Like/Pin/Regram any yogi on social media, or subscribe to a yoga/workout/green/vegan/gluten-free/cruelty-free/dairy-free newsletter, or think about the newest/trendiest/most controversial way to eat or drink or apply to your skin the latest raw/cold-pressed/organic/phthalate- and paraben-free vegetable or fruit or seed or superfood from the Amazon, then you are probably MORE than a LITTLE BIT healthy.

One could even say, perhaps, MORE than a LITTLE BIT obsessed with health.

The other day, Garance Doré created a hilarious little health quiz to measure readers’ levels of health obsession (which in its most extreme form now has a scientific and diagnosable term: Orthorexia Nervosa.) In between recognizing my own deranged voice in hers and laughing at our shared paranoias, I was reminded that the key to wellness is… balance!

And balance means different things to different people. For Victoria Beckham, it means taking 60 vitamins and supplements per day. If you feel good on a vegan diet, eat that. If you feel happier as an omnivore, do that. If you prefer coffee to green juice? Cheers! The important thing is to feel good about your choices, and not let anyone shame you into thinking that to be healthy, you have to eat this or that, do this or that, believe this or that.

That said, here are a few of my healthy obsessions:

• Yoga
Obviously! 

• Juice of half of a lemon with warm water every morning
There are claims that this stimulates digestion, that it rids the body of Ama (toxins in Ayurveda) and that the Vitamin C helps with mineral absorption. I have read that none of that is actually, scientifically, true, but I still do it. Why? Because I like drinking a tart glass of warm sun in the mornings. For me, the positive effects are mostly mood-based and that’s good enough for me.

• Buying organic as much as possible
Whenever I can, I buy organic fruit, vegetables, dairy products and meat. I feel like this is good for me, and good for the environment. This is especially true of coffee and bananas -- the pesticides used on non-organic bananas, for example, are destroying songbird populations.

• Burn Palo Santo
Ever since one of my yoga teachers, Eric Stoneberg, burned a bit of this during a New Year‘s Day class, I have become obsessed with its “cleansing” properties. It is said to enhance creativity and chase away bad energy. Is this true? Does it matter? It smells good and I enjoy the ritual of lighting the stick, blowing out the flame and watching the smoke snake through my apartment.

No matter where you fall on the health obsession spectrum, it’s good to maintain a sense of humor and perspective about things! Life is too short.

Wednesday
Jul092014

Shine

Meditate. 
Live purely.
Be quiet.
Do your work, with mastery.

Like the moon,
Come out from behind the clouds!
Shine.

The Dhammapada

Monday
Jul072014

Cette semaine, mettez-vous au yoga ou bien approfondissez votre pratique !

ATELIERS/YOGA WORKSHOPS IN PARIS
7-8 juillet Strala Yoga with Tara Stiles 
8 juillet Activation Pour Ancrer avec Laurence Gay   
9 juillet Teachers Practice with Ross Rayburn 
9 juillet Pilates + Yoga: une étude comparative avec Edith + May 
11 juillet Ashtanga, pratique commune avec Renan de Germain 
12 juillet Vinyasa yoga (flexions arrières) avec Benoît Le Gourriérec 
13 juillet Le mur, un outil précieux pour la pratique avec Arnaud Caby 
13 juillet Le corps pranique avec Caroline Bénézet  
14 juillet MLC—méthode de libération des cuirasses avec Inès  

COURS SOLIDAIRES + GRATUITS/DONATION + FREE CLASSES
8 juillet Yoga (Core Work) au Squat à Bagnolet (10€, 5th class FREE) 
9 juillet Yoga on the Rooftop of BHV with Lolë Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !) 
11 juillet Hatha Yoga with Lolë Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !) 
12 juillet Cours d’essai/Trial class at Sivananda Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !) 
12-13 juillet Yoga avec Agathe devant le Pavillon des Canaux (10€, 2€ la loc d’un tapis) 
13 juillet Community Class at Centre de Yoga du Marais (10€) 

EVENEMENTS + FESTIVALS/EVENTS + FESTIVALS
12 juillet Journée avec Byron Katie/One Day Workshop with Byron Katie 
2-10 août Festival Européen de Yoga (Loir-et-Cher) 

FORMATIONS/TRAININGS IN PARIS + BEYOND
14-19 juillet Embracing the Essence of Yin Yoga Teaching + Practice (Level 2) with Biff Mithoefer 
15 juillet-4 août Formation 100H avec Mika de Brito (Cévennes) 
17-19 juillet Next Generation Yoga Teacher Training  
28 juillet-29 août Formation Professorale Intensive Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga avec Gérald Disse + Linda Munro 

RETRAITES YOGA/YOGA RETREATS IN FRANCE
11-17 juillet LuxYoga Forrest + Vinyasa Yoga in Côte d’Azur 
12-19 juillet Free-Spirited Jivamukti in Dordogne  
12-16 juillet Mini Yoga Retreat in Normandie  
26 juillet-2 août Yoga Surf Healthy Cuisine in Hossegor 
3-9 août Summer Iyengar Intensive in Ardèche  

Friday
Jul042014

Hip Openers…

Clip from "Les Amants" from Lenna Karacostas on Vimeo.

“It’s a perfectly acceptable response to hip opening exercises…We carry a lot of negative energy there…”

Wednesday
Jul022014

Tour Eiffel Drishti

Practicing in Paris has its own special set of rewards (ducking into a café after class for a quick allongé, jumping on a Vélib instead of the métro because of transit strikes, Bioderma Créaline facial wipes in the changing rooms) but one of the greatest rewards has to be the outdoor classes during the Summer.

Whether organized by yoga studios or by a group of friends, there is nothing like doing yoga without walls, gazing up at the limitless blue sky above your head, feeling the clouds move across your body, matching the sun’s radiance with the solar power of your practice.

There are a few more days remaining to experience yoga with the tour Eiffel at your feet! Please contact Paris Yoga Shala to reserve your spot. Make sure your camera or phone camera battery is fully charged, and don’t forget to pack sunglasses and sunscreen :-)