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Friday 5/Vendredi V: Food for Thought

1/ SAVOR “Bread Winner: A daughter upholds the traditions of France’s premier baking dynasty” by Lauren Collins (The New Yorker)
The latest news about Poilâne in Paris…

2/ MAKE “Gâteau persan aux noix” (Cuisine Campagne) or “Yam and Peanut Stew” (FOOD52)

3/ PRACTICE “Yoga Tips with Christina Sell: Urdhva Dhanurasana
Her advice on how to use a variety of props is brilliant, and can help yogis of all levels to experience a delicious + energizing opening in the front of the body. Take that, Winter blahs!


4/ READ “The Snake in the Garden” by Pico Iyer (New York Times)

5/ SHOP Le Yoga Shop Paris’ second pop-up, this time at super cool bookstore 0fr
Photo: Mysore Yoga Paris


“Do or do not. There is no try.” —Yoda

Photo: Amazon.comLike most yogis, I have a bookshelf devoted to my practice. Most of what’s there is the fruit of a training or workshop (Light on Yoga, The Bhagavad Gita, Wheels of Life, etc,) and the books are proudly abused: dog-eared and covered in Post-Its and gribouillis, those are the ones I return over again and over again. There are, also, non-yoga books that are almost more valuable to me for their insight than the ancient texts, ones I reach for when I need inspiration from a more contemporary source: The Little Prince, It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be, D. V.Wisdom can be found anywhere, really, as long you are receptive to it!

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This Week/Cette Semaine à Paris

28 Nov Deep Core with Amanda Dates 
30 Nov Moon Sequence  
30 Nov Yoga for Runners (ongoing)
1 Dec Placing the Breath at the Heart of the Practice 
1 Dec Yoga + Meditation 
2 Dec Vinyasa Yoga 
2 Dec Kundalini Yoga + Creative Potential 
2 Dec Ashtanga Vinyasa 
2 Dec Hatha Yoga  
2 Dec Shadow Yoga 
2 Dec PosturePratik
2 Dec Giving Birth Together  

1 Dec Wanderlust with Lolë Paris (FREE!)  
1 Dec Guerilla Yogi (Donation) 
2 Dec Community Class (Donation)
2 Dec Le Yoga Shop Paris Pop-Up at 0fr.


Holiday Detox

Photo: oh-totoro.tumblr.comThis is what most of us feel like the day after a big, celebratory meal like Thanksgiving’s: tired, sleepy, bloated and sluggish. I know one person whose prescription for combatting that lethargy is surfing in frigid waters, but for me that’s too great a shock to the system. I’d much rather shake things up by gently cycling through a few sun salutations and twisting new vitality into my middle.

There are tried-and-true yoga poses that rinse the body of toxins, and if you’re feeling up to the task, you can use this “Yoga to Aid Digestion on Thanksgiving” guide to craft your very own personalized home practice. If, however, you need more assistance -- particularly of the audiovisual sort -- there are lots of online resources to help you out. Yogaglo has cleverly put together a set of classes designed specifically to help you offset Thanksgiving excess, from celebrating bird poses to sessions that promote healthy elimination or help you unravel stress. YogaChezMoi’s Pack Detox is a home practice plan that permits you to pick and choose a variety of classes that will boost your energy and eliminate toxins. From Vinyasa with Linda Munro to a restorative Yin session with Charlotte Saint Jean (who leads a workshop today at 16h30 at Atelier 77), you can decide how vigorous or how gentle you want your yoga to be.

And for those of you who are feeling so slothful that you can’t even muster the energy to unroll a yoga mat, stay on the sofa. You can just twist there!

OM-Work: Twists from Mala Yoga on Vimeo.


“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” —Meister Eckhart

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the United States, a day in which people gather to “give thanks” by sharing a meal inspired by Autumn’s bounty. It is unique among American holidays in that it truly centers on food, and many of the dishes served are composed of ingredients native to the New World: turkey, corn, potatoes and squash.

Early settlers at Plymouth Colony were able to celebrate their first harvest thanks to help from the Wampanoag tribe which is why Thanksgiving is also a day to express gratitude for friendship and community. William Jennings Bryan once said that on Thanksgiving Day “we acknowledge our dependence,” but I like to think of it more as a day to celebrate our interdependence.

Think of the people who support you, who answer their phones when you have a burning question, or who comfort you when you’re upset. Be grateful for them! Think of the farmer who cultivated the food you’re about to eat. Express your appreciation! In yoga, we give thanks when we put our hands together at our hearts for anjali mudra, a symbolic gesture that recognizes our kinship and amity. Thanksgiving may come around only once a year, but we should remember to be grateful every day.

Where to celebrate Thanksgiving in Paris:

Restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner (Merci, David Lebovitz!)
Restaurant Ralph’s (Nouvel Observateur)
Harry’s Bar (Sortir à Paris)
Laurent Manrique at l’Auberge Flora (Do It in Paris)
Dinner at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature (American Club of Paris) 

Thanksgiving inspiration:

• Jacques Pépin: “This is a gourmand holiday…” (New York Times)
Last minute menu ideas (Food52) 
Vegetarian menu ideas in case like Paul McCartney, you say ‘no’ to turkey (New York Times, Le Point)
• Anne Lamott: “Thanksgiving With My Mom…” (Salon) 
• Elizabeth Meister, Jonathan Gold, Mike Paterniti, Jack Hitt, and David Rakoff: “When is a chicken your friend? When is he your dinner?…” (This American Life) 
The Kitsch of Thanksgiving (Time) 
Timothy McSweeney’s Thanksgiving Gallimaufry (McSweeney’s)