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Do Yoga in Paris

This week and throughout the Summer (meaning “until the end of August”), many studios will be closing or offering lighter schedules. Please consult their websites or call them before grabbing your mat and running out the door to make sure the class you want to take is still happening!

And if all of that sounds too complicated, get your home practice off the ground :-)

29-31 juillet Developper Sa Pratique Personnelle avec Sophie Boller 
2-3 août Weekend Yoga avec Christian (Débutants)  

30 juillet Yoga on the Rooftop of BHV with Lolë Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !) 
2 août Cours d’essai/Trial class at Centre Sivananda Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !) 
2-3 août Yoga devant le Pavillon des Canaux (10€, 2€ la loc d’un tapis) 
3 août juillet Yoga Vinyasa au Wanderlust avec Lolë Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !)
3 août Community Class at Centre de Yoga du Marais (10€) 

2-10 août Festival Européen de Yoga (Loir-et-Cher) 
21 septembre Les Yogis du Coeur / Do Yoga at Versailles  

28 juillet-29 août Formation Professorale Intensive Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga avec Gérald Disse + Linda Munro 
3-17 août Formation Initiale de Professeurs avec Gaya Yoga (Bretagne) 

3-9 août Summer Iyengar Intensive in Ardèche  
3-10 août Vacances de Yoga en Bretagne 
4-8 août Yoga in Bourgogne 
23-27 août Yoga à la Montagne in Haute-Savoie  
17-21 septembre Stage Intensif à Guéthary/Pyrénées-Atlantiques 


Yogis du Coeur or in other words: Do Yoga at Versailles

OMG! In September you will have the chance to do yoga at L’Orangerie at the Château de Versailles. The event, Yogis du Coeur, is organized by Mécénat Chirurgie Cardiaque Enfants du Monde, an organization dedicated to providing heart surgeries to children whose families either lack the means to afford them, or who live in countries where these often life-saving techniques are not available. How apt and wonderful to do yoga -- a practice that connects you more deeply to your own heart -- in order to help another beating heart.

Aux tapis, citoyens ! To your mats, citizens!

Unfurl a yoga mat (generously donated by Nature et Découvertes, one of the event’s sponsors), and experience one of Versailles’ most beautiful spaces. L’Orangerie is tucked underneath the château’s cent-marches, and is made up of one central vaulted gallery, as well as two smaller ones on the sides. This will be the perfect vantage point from which to take in the citrus, palm, oleander and pomegranate trees (some of which are more than 200 years old,) the round pool and the soothing harmony of André Le Nôtre’s garden design.

After class, enjoy tea and light snacks (available for purchase from sponsors,) buy a commemorative t-shirt designed by YUJ (available for 20€,) and roam the grounds unimpeded for 45 minutes.


Sign up online here as soon as possible as space is limited! 
It is 25€ per person, or 49€ for the package which includes a Nature et Découvertes yoga mat. Consider making a king-size contribution! Every time you use your mat, you’ll be reminded of the heart you helped to mend.

Photo: Nature et Découvertes

• Wear white
This color symbolizes peace, not your Royalist sympathies ;-) 

• Leave your yoga mat at home
Mats will be provided. 

Admission begins at 10h30
As the event takes place during Journée des Patrimoines, access to the château will be highly restricted. Please enter on the south side of the château (route de St Cyr,) and plan to arrive no later than 11h15.

Yoga from 11h30 to 13h
This all levels class will be taught by Laurence Maman, who has been a student of T.K.V. Desikachar’s since 1977, and has been teaching and training teachers for more than 30 years. Laurence will be assisted by a team of volunteer teachers from l’Institut Français de Yoga.

Pour tous renseignements complémentaires, cliquez ici! (en français)

Photo: Yogis du Coeur/MCC


Bonheur au Soleil

For those of you who weren’t able to attend Paris Yoga Shala’s classes on the rooftop of the Maison Blanche, here’s a little video to get you excited about next year’s event (which, fingers crossed, will take place again.)

It was so much fun to practice in the warm air, to balance in Vrksasana using “Tour Eiffel Drishti”, and enjoy savasana with the sky above our heads.


Do Yoga in Paris

26 juillet Retrouver Alignement et Aisance Corporelle (Focus: la peau) avec Nadine Garnier 
27 juillet YogaFun avec Tatiana Avila-Bouru  
27 juillet Ashtanga, Pratique Commune avec Renan de Germain 
27 juillet Extensions Arrières—Ouverture des Centres Energétiques avec Jean-Louis 
27 juillet Hatha Yoga avec Sri Venudas  
27 juillet La Grammaire du Yoga avec Meïr  

23 juillet Yoga on the Rooftop of BHV with Lolë Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !) 
25 juillet Yoga Vinyasa avec Lolë Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !)
26 juillet Cours d’essai/Trial class at Centre Sivananda Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !) 
26-27 juillet Yoga devant le Pavillon des Canaux (10€, 2€ la loc d’un tapis) 
27 juillet Yoga Yin au Wanderlust avec Lolë Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !)
27 juillet Community Class at Centre de Yoga du Marais (10€) 

2-10 août Festival Européen de Yoga (Loir-et-Cher) 

28 juillet-29 août Formation Professorale Intensive Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga avec Gérald Disse + Linda Munro 

26 juillet-2 août Yoga Surf Healthy Cuisine in Hossegor 
3-9 août Summer Iyengar Intensive in Ardèche  
4-8 août Yoga in Bourgogne 
23-27 août Yoga à la Montagne in Haute-Savoie  


August is Coming! OMG! You need a home practice.

We are two weeks away from August, and the panic is setting in. As you know, Paris in August is dead, with yoga studios offering fewer classes or downright closing for a couple of weeks as part of their annual holidays.

OMG! You need a home practice.

A home practice is an essential part of yoga life. Of course teachers do it -- it is an important method for discovering and gaining insight into sequences and poses -- but yogis of all types can benefit from letting their breath and body guide their movements. You know how occasionally at the beginning of class, a teacher might congratulate the students for simply showing up? They are speaking from experience! There is sometimes nothing harder than unrolling your mat at home. Trust me on this. 

That said, teachers have an advantage over Beginners because they have an encyclopedia of poses in their heads and can feel their way into a postural sequence that responds to their energy level, their therapeutic needs or their desire to play with a particular pose or class of poses. Beginners, on the other hand, are not sure where to start. So many poses! Which one should follow trikonasana? This is where studying Ashtanga or Bikram has advantages -- students learn a set of poses, performed in a fixed order, and this repetition makes it easy to remember what to do when you’re away from the studio.

Don’t panic! Here are some ideas.

 Sign up for Sophie Boller’s series of three workshops (28-31 July) to develop your personal practice and greet the month of August with confidence. This is a terrific way to acquire or hone the trust and skills you will need for doing yoga on your own.

Use videos or podcasts to stay inspired! If you don’t yet have faith in your inner guru, let a teacher guide you.

• Mix your chocolate (Ashtanga) with your peanut butter (Bikram.) (Check out this super ridiculous commercial for the reference) Try a traditional Surya Namaskar A and B (1 breath per movement) then use Bikram holds for subsequent standing postures (1 minute for the first hold, 30-45 seconds for the second.) A nice standing pose sequence is Virabhadrasana II, Parsvakonasana, Ardha Chandrasana, and high lunge. Judith Hanson Lasater has some great advice for how to create a well-rounded practice, too.

• Make your practice area inviting by preparing the space with care. Make it pretty with flowers or meaningful mementos, make it smell good with candles, incense or essential oils, make it sound fun with a groovy playlist.

• Speaking of setting the stage… if you don’t already have your own yoga mat, now is the time to get one! Spend some time thinking about how you’re going to use it. Will you only use it at home? Will you travel with it? Is your practice super sweaty, or more zen? I’ve used a Tapas mat (light but not very durable,) Yogistar (easy to transport,) a Manduka PROlite (great however a bit heavy,) a Jade travel mat (super light and practical,) and I am now test-driving a Tayrona Tolima (so far, so good.)

• Cultivate a restorative or slow practice. Close your eyes, breathe deeply for five minutes. Move into a gentle rhythm of cat/cow before relaxing into Balasana. Inhale and exhale for five counts. Stretch back into Downward-facing Dog, hold for five breaths, then melt back into Balasana. Repeat as necessary.

Want to really, really relax? Try Yoga Nidra! This is a terrific complement to a more dynamic asana practice and feels especially delicious in the evenings after a sun-drenched day.

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