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“There Is Nothing We Cannot Do If We Harness The Power Within Us.” —Tao Porchon-Lynch

Photo: Keith Bedford/REUTERSAt this point, you probably all know about Tao Porchon-Lynch: she is, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, at 94, the oldest living yoga teacher. She has been a yogi for 86 years (!), and became a teacher at 73.

Ever since Yogadork reminded me of her accomplishments a few months ago, this idea of a lifelong practice has been rolling around my brain. I am fascinated by people who are inquisitive about the world, and have an intense desire to know, no matter their age. Tao Porchon-Lynch doing yoga for so many years is certainly inspirational, but so are my parents who continue studying literature in French and Italian for fun, and countless other older people whose lifelong practices include reading, traveling, ballroom dancing, bird-watching or becoming versed the art of ikebana. I have long thought that curiosity is the true fountain of youth! It is neither Botox nor a steady diet of green juice, but curiosity that nourishes a healthy and creative longevity. To have a thirst for trying new things, for sending tiny mental Mars rovers to the seams of your understanding, is to be deeply engaged in a process of discovery -- of the self and of our shared experience on this planet.

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Bhumi Sparsha Mudra

Photo: Joachim BärIn a yoga class last week, the teacher reminded us that wherever we place our ourselves is home -- an important lesson to remember daily, but an especially significant one to assimilate when life gets topsy-turvy or when you’re constantly on the road (as was the case with the teacher.) Before chanting Om to begin class, we sat in sukhasana, placing our hands into a very simple mudra called “Bhumi Sparsha” which translates to “Earth Witness” or “Touch the Earth”: left hand placed on the leg, right hand touching the floor. In this sweet gesture, one hand connects us to the circuitry of the earth, while the other completes the loop with ourselves. Sometimes in yoga, we get so caught up in lofty themes and Big Ideas and The Universal (whatever that means) that we often forget that the practice is really not that complicated. Yoga can be as obvious as sitting, and bringing awareness to your breath and your place. Home can be accessed no matter where you are because it doesn’t exist outside of yourself.

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This Week/Cette Semaine à Paris

14 Sept Moon Sequence  
15 Sept Vinyasa + Yin Yoga  
15 Sept Intro to Iyengar Yoga  
16 Sept Kundalini Yoga 
16 Sept Vinyasa + Pilates  
16 Sept Pranayama with Cécile Barra  

16 Sept Wanderlust with Lolë Paris (FREE!) 

10-16 Sept Semaine Portes Ouvertes (FREE!)
16 Sept Ashtanga Yoga Paris Tasting Day (FREE!)


La Rentrée 2012

LePetitNicolas from HM Brasil on Vimeo.

I wrote about La Rentrée last year, to introduce that Autumn’s abundance of yoga studio open houses and free yoga days. As you know, La Rentrée is a Back-to-School frame of mind that encourages everyone -- not just students -- to buckle down and recommit to their good intentions after the summer holidays. If you’ve been wanting to kickstart a yoga practice, check out a different studio, a new teacher or style of yoga, now’s the time! Portes Ouvertes offer day-long, and sometimes weekend-long, free yoga classes as well as special prices and discounts on class cards and other things.

Rather than list all of the Portes Ouvertes in one go, they’ll henceforth be listed as part of Yogateau’s “This Week/Cette Semaine à Paris” schedule roundup which is published every Monday morning. To ensure you always get the freshest news, you can subscribe to Yogateau as an RSS feed, or add it to a blog aggregator like Bloglovin :)

And if you’re not familiar with Sempé and Goscinny’s Le Petit Nicolas, the books are now published in English! I loved this series as a child, and identified totally with Nicolas. There was a movie made, and while I haven’t seen it, I have long admired the titles which are beautifully designed by Kuntzel & Deygas

Photo: Sempé


This Week/Cette Semaine à Paris

3 Sept Kriya Yoga 
5 Sept Shadow Yoga 
7 Sept Yoga for Runners 
8-9 Sept Forrest Yoga 
9 Sept What is Yoga? 
9 Sept Yoga + Power Animals—Manifesting Your Shamanic Self  
9 Sept Magic Yoga (Acroyoga) 
9 Sept Shadow Yoga  

9 Sept Wanderlust with Lolë Paris (FREE!) 

8-9 Sept Centre Anjaliom (FREE!)