Yesterday, My Little Paris’ newsletter featured a map illustrating their picks for the best terraces in Paris. Because “best” really depends on your audience and its particular tastes, the map presents an evenly distributed selection of options—from a terrace with a great view, to one that’s always sunny, to a terrace whose friendly vibe will have you chatting with a neighbor. These are terrific addresses to keep in mind when the weather turns summery, and you need a change from your local café scene.
I come from a studies-obsessed family. This may be unavoidable when both of your parents are educators, but I think that even if my mother and father had chosen different professions, each member of my family would still have the same enthusiasm for reading, for homework, for incessantly learning new things. You’d think that once retired, two language teachers would want to avoid anything that smacks of school, but not my parents. Once they closed the door on teaching, they jumped feet first into graduate school (again, this time in Italian), and opened the window on Tango lessons. Anything they undertake, they undertake with curiosity, passion and commitment – and what is that but Abhyasa, a dedicated and persistent practice over time? They are yogis without even realizing it!
When Iya Traore’s professional football career stalled (he played briefly for PSG,) he transformed his athleticism and skill into a new art form: freestyle football. Keeping the ball afloat and bouncing in percussive counterpoint to his poised exterior, Iya performs impossible-to-imagine feats of balance and strength. If you think sitting in sukhasana with a football on your head looks plenty difficult, check out the video after the jump and prepare to have your mind blown.
One of the best things about developing Yogateau has been getting to know the people who make yoga in Paris so unique. With every Teacher Spotlight, we discover how truly open and international the community of Parisian yogis is: of the three teachers so far interviewed, one is Canadian, one is Swedish, and one is Colombian! Their native cultures couldn’t be more different, yet they are all connected by their love and gratitude for the practice and by their desire to share it with others.