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This Week/Cette Semaine à Paris

17 Oct Twists + Cleansing  
20 Oct Iyengar Yoga + Pranayama   
20 Oct Opening the Hips + Shoulders  
20 Oct Vinyasa Yoga 
21 Oct Master Class with Fabrice Tyack  
21 Oct Dharma Vinyasa (1 of 3) 

19 Oct Yoga Fusion with Lolë Paris (FREE!) 
21 Oct Wanderlust with Lolë Paris (FREE!)

19-21 Oct Yoga Festival Paris 2012 (Many classes and events are free with entrance fee of 8€ so be sure to check the daily schedule!)


Et sous mon ciel de faïence, je ne vois briller que les correspondences…” —Serge Gainsbourg

“What about that woman you wanted to punch in the face?”

This is a question a friend asked me, facetiously, not long ago, in reference to an episode in which a woman made me so mad, I wanted to punch her in the face. Yes, even yogis have these feelings! This woman (who was dating a friend of mine) and I were standing on a New York City subway platform, and somehow the conversation turned to the subway. When she declared the NYC system to be the greatest in the world, my ears pricked up.

“New York City’s subway system may be good, but it’s not the best. Paris’ métro system trounces New York’s in terms of modernity, cleanliness, and efficiency. I’ve seen people texting and emailing on their mobiles while underground in a métro tunnel, and I’ve never seen that in New York. It’s so wired.”

Her response? “Well, that’s not surprising since Paris’ tunnels are not as deep as New York’s.”

(See why I wanted to punch her in the face?)

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European Yogi Nomads: Paris

Since they launched last October, European Yogi Nomads have made good on their promise of connecting yoga communities across the continent. So far, they have linked Berlin to Basel, Copenhagen to Gothenburg, and this weekend, the nomads yoke all of those splendid places to Paris, bringing with them an enthusiasm for yoga, and for extending friendship across national and sticky mat borders. The event’s workshops and guerilla-style pop-up classes have quickly filled up -- remember what I said about enthusiasm? -- however there are still spots remaining in some of the sessions if you’d like to register.

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This Week/Cette Semaine à Paris


Be a Star Sailor

A while back in New York, I took a meditation workshop in which the teacher Harshada Wagner said the most remarkable thing. He was explaining that while happiness and freedom are our natural states as babies, when we mature into adulthood, both happiness and freedom require diligent practice and cultivation. He said, “The fruit of discipline is freedom.”


Coming from a meditation teacher, “The fruit of discipline is freedom” makes perfect sense. The more you practice meditation, the easier it becomes to access your inner landscape, and the more spaciousness you experience inside yourself. It’s a bit like the “10,000 Hour Rule” for achievement that Malcolm Gladwell covers in his book, Outliers. The more hours you spend doing something, the better at that something you become.

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