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Entries in Paris (146)

Wednesday
Nov202013

Jamini Design: Party and Contest

On Monday, I had the good fortune to check out Jamini Design’s pop-up on rue du Château d’Eau in the 10ème arrondissement. I’ve been intrigued by -- and I have to admit, have felt a certain affinity for -- the brand’s story which weaves together Indian heritage and French chic in a way that is both ravishing and contemporary. After falling in love with images online, it was great to finally be able to see things with my own eyes, run my hands through the scarves, sniff their new candle, and gain a only-in-real-life appreciation for the quality of the textiles and graphic beauty of line.

Right now, you have 2 chances to experience the Jamini universe!

If you are in Paris: Tonight, you can see, touch and even smell Jamini’s products as well as all of the other collections represented by Les Petits Frenchies at the store’s inaugural opening party! The selections have been thoughtfully chosen with holiday gift-giving in mind so come shop for yourself and others while supporting cool, creative French entrepreneurs. And if you need incentive of the liquid kind, Le Coq is partnering with the party which means yummy cocktails are on the menu. Mercredi 20 novembre à partir de 18h, 10 rue du Château d’Eau (10ème). 

If you are not in Paris: No problem! You can still put a little Jamini in your life by entering to win one of the products pictured below. To qualify, do the following before 25 November:

1. Like Jamini's Facebook page
2. Share this post on your Facebook page, telling Jamini which of the products pictured you’d love to win. 
3. Cross your fingers, touch wood, light candles, do a little dance and make a wish. 

Photo: Jamini Design

Good luck! Bonne chance !

Wednesday
Oct232013

Yoga Festival Paris 2013!

It is hard to believe that the Yoga Festival Paris happened a little over a week ago. Perhaps it feels like time has contracted because the Festival itself was able to pack so much YOGA into such a short amount of time. The classes, workshops, lectures and conferences represented more than 30 different styles of practice and brought together people from around the world: India, Brazil, Japan, Martinique, Tibet, Uruguay, United States…

In its second year, Santé Yoga boosted the Festival’s profile through partnerships with established sports, health and wellness brands (Dr HauschkaLolë, Lululemon, Nature & Découvertes, Reebok) as well as through partnerships with media (MCS Bien-être, Doctissimo, Santé Sport and Clés magazines.) The diversity of these brands reflects the 21st century yoga spectrum, and helped reach a broader audience of new and seasoned practitioners, whether they “live with fire” or live with something less smoldering :-)

By moving the smaller workshop spaces, known as “Yo” and “Ga” off the main exhibitor floors, the Festival organizers were able to increase the number of vendors. In addition to more natural products, clothing, yoga schools, books, films, retreats and wellness purveyors, there were two restaurants this time around: SOL Semilla, with its superfood-laced vegan cuisine, and Ahimsa Bio, an Indian cantine, both of which remained open around the clock. I was thrilled to have more options after my workshops, and especially delighted to sip Vita Coco and Yogi Tea.

I keep thinking about something that Micheline Flak said during her Yoga Nidra and Meditation workshop*: “On ne peut pas connaître le yoga par les mots. Il faut le sentir à l’intérieur” (“You cannot know yoga through words. You have to feel it inside of you”). Learning about yoga through feeling**, through physical experience, is precisely what the Yoga Festival Paris is all about -- it is about deepening your understanding of and appreciation for yoga through direct contact, through the body and the breath.

* OMG, Micheline Flak is wonderful! If you have the chance to study with her, you absolutely must. She is brilliant.
** It also reminded me of Nikki Costello’s exhortation to “Feel the practice!” 

Monday
May132013

Do Yoga in Paris… Now!

Monday
May062013

Do Yoga in Paris… Now!

Friday
May032013

Tara Stiles in Paris

Photo: Tara Stiles

Have you been following American yoga wunderkind Tara Stiles? A globe-trotting yoga teacher, author of Slim Calm Sexy Yoga and Yoga Cures, and designer of Reebok’s line of yoga clothing, Tara was on her way back to New York City from Moscow (where she shared her bad-ass hotel room practice), and made a pitstop in Paris. In addition to sightseeing, she rocked some handstands in front of the Louvre’s pyramid.

Photo: Tara Stiles

In the video below, Tara asks for people’s favorite places in France so I thought I’d share with you in case this is Tara’s way to gauging interest in French workshops or trainings (oui, s’il te plait!) Let her know via her YouTube channel, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook page. So many touchpoints for connection! Just the way yoga intended ;)