Entries in Vegan Cuisine (9)


RDV Ayurvéda : Les Brunchs de Nathalie

“Se nourrir est un acte intelligent et sacré où les aliments que nous apportons à notre bouche ont cette capacité à réveiller l’intelligence innée de notre corps à assimiler, transformer et construire à partir de ce dont il se nourrit.”

Vous faites du yoga et vous vous intéressez à l’Ayurvéda, mais vous ne savez pas trop par où commencer. C’est quoi les doshas ? Le vaghar ? Vous buvez de l’eau citronnée tous les matins mais savez que si vous pouviez intégrer dans votre vie de tous les jours quelques astuces ayurvédiques vous pourriez être mieux dans votre peau, votre tête. Mens sana in corpore sano. Pour ça, je vous conseille Les Brunchs de Nathalie !

Nathalie Babouraj est une triple (quintuple ?) menace de la santé holistique : fondatrice de l’Institut de Santé Intégrative à Paris, elle est docteur en medecine, coach en santé intégrative, elle est spécialiste en Ayurvéda, yogathérapeute et hypnothérapeute. Elle allie la médecine occidentale aux sagesses anciennes, et comprend que la Santé n’est pas seulement l’absence de maladie, mais un état de vitalité physique, mental, et spirituel.

Ce qui est chouette chez Nathalie, c’est qu’au lieu de vous faire un long discours sur l’Ayurvéda, vous en ferez l’éxpérience; c’est une éducation aussi intellectuelle que sensorielle qu’intuitive. Pendant le brunch, vous goûterez et décortiquerez quelques principes de base, vous ferez des pratiques de mind-body, vous ferez vous-même la cuisine à partir de recettes Ayurvédiques, et vous partagerez un repas délicieux, multicolore, varié et salutaire. Vous sortirez avec des techniques simples à adopter, des recettes, et si vous apportez des boîtes/bocaux avec vous, les restes de votre brunch. 

Il y a un atelier par mois, et la thématique change selon les saisons. Celui auquel j’ai assisté était axé sur les Chakras (c’est pour ça que les photos sont si vives,) mais le prochain le 11 avril au centre CAMkeys dans le 13e mettra l’accent sur le rituel de l’auto-massage, une technique qui alimente la peau et la nourrit (ben oui, il faut bien qu'elle mange, elle aussi !)

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You do yoga and you’re interested in Ayurveda, only you don’t really know how to begin. What are doshas? Vaghar? You drink warm water with lemon every morning but know that if you could integrate a few ayurvedic tricks into your everyday life, you’d feel better in your body, in your mind. Mens sana in corpore sano. For this, I recommend Les Brunchs de Nathalie!

Nathalie Babouraj is a holistic health triple (quintuple?) threat: she’s the founder of the Institut de Santé Intégrative in Paris, a medical doctor, an integrative health coach, an Ayurveda specialist, a yogatherapist and hypnotherapist. She connects western medicine to ancient wisdom, and understands that Health is not just the absence of disease, but a state of physical, mental and spiritual vitality. 

What’s cool about what Nathalie is doing is that instead of going on and on about Ayurveda, she has you experience it; it’s an education that is as much intellectual as it is sensory and intuitive. During the brunch, you’ll taste and deconstruct some basic principles, you’ll do some mind-body exercises, you’ll actually cook from ayurvedic recipes, then share a meal that is delicious, colorful, varied and healthy. You’ll leave with easy-to-adopt techniques, recipes and, if you bring plastic/glass containers with you, brunch leftovers.

There is one workshop per month, and the theme changes depending on the seasons. The one that I attended was focused on the Chakras (which is why the photos are so bright,) but the next one on April 11th at the centre CAMkeys in the 13e will highlight the ritual of auto-massage, a technique that feeds the skin and nourishes it (well, it has to eat too!) 


Go, Green Goddess, Go!

Photo: Rebecca LefflerUbiquitous on social media, and in tight with the Parisian yoga community, journalist Rebecca Leffler has spent years infusing her work in France with a big helping of New York energy. Her new book Green, Glam & Gourmande converts that energy into a lively compendium of all of the ingredients that power Rebecca’s busy and healthy lifestyle: yoga and wellness practices, juices and smoothies, and a colorful, seasonal, gluten-free vegan diet.

To celebrate the book’s publication, Rebecca will be hosting a book signing event at Le Tigre Yoga Club this Sunday 16 March, beginning at 13h.

Photo: Rebecca Leffler

Sprinkled throughout the afternoon (like the chia seeds Rebecca recommends!) will be mini yoga sessions led by Mika de Brito and Sandrine Bridoux, tastings by La Guinguette d’Angèle, cold-press juices and smoothies by Bojus, and teas by Løv Organic.

This will be a fun and informal chance to experience Rebecca’s holistic philosophy, live and direct! Pepper her with questions, grab a book and have it autographed, or just get cozy in one of Le Tigre’s yummy sofas and enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon.

Photo: Editions Marabout


Do Yoga in Paris!

This week, another big holiday! As mentioned on Friday, le 11 novembre (Armistice or Veterans Day) is creating a 3-day weekend that is the perfect time for doing more yoga and creating more vibrancy in these early days of Autumn.

Photo: Ross Rayburn

EXTRA SPECIAL shout-out to Ross Rayburn (pictured above) who is teaching 2 Master Classes at Big Apple Yoga France! It would be impossible to list all of the ways that Ross’s teaching has influenced my own yoga practice. Suffice it to say, he is fantastic and you should check him out.

4-5 Nov Master Classes with Ross Rayburn 
6 Nov Balance and Confidence with Edith 
8-10 Nov First Time in Paris! Stephanie Snyder Vinyasa Yoga 
8-29 Nov “Yoga Vegan” with Carolina (1 of 4) 
9 Nov Developing a Personal Practice with Naomi 
9 Nov Guerilla Yogi (Donation)  
9 Nov Vinyasa Yoga with Benoît 
9-11 Nov Nadi Shodhana—Intro to the Intermediate Series with Linda 
9-11 Nov Yoga Version November with Delphine  
9-11 Nov Autumn Intensive with Julien  
10 Nov Kundalini Yoga with Francine/Kushwa  
10 Nov Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Didier 
10 Nov Basics of Hatha Yoga with Sri Venudas  
11 Nov Welcome/Discovery Day of Yoga (11€ per class) 

6 Nov Yoga Vinyasa at Anima Athletica with Tonic (FREE! GRATUIT !)
9 Nov Zen Back Care with Lolë Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !) 
10 Nov Vinyasa at Wanderlust with Lolë Paris (FREE! GRATUIT !)  

9-11 Nov Family Yoga Weekend in Normandie 
15-17 Nov Intro to Yoga in Basse-Normandie 
29 Nov-1 Dec Yoga Weekend in Normandie  
2-6 Dec Raw Food + Detox Yoga in Pyrénées-Atlantiques  


Gentle + Detox Yoga Meets Vegan/Raw/Organic Cuisine Event This Sunday!

Photo: Yoga Village

This Sunday at Yoga Village, discover how to nourish body and mind through yoga and nutrition. On the menu: gentle asana as well as asana for detox, pranayama, kriyas, meditation, and vegan/raw/organic cuisine. Join Nathaly and Karl-Otto von Oertzen for a workshop that marries gentle yoga with delicious food. You’ll come away refreshed and armed with recipes to maintain balance, vitality and well-being!

Reserve your spot by emailing


You + Yoga + Raw Cuisine + Music = An Unforgettable Experience

Photo: Tout Ça Pour Ça

Rasa is a Sanskrit term that is often defined as “flavor” or “essence.” Arranged in a wheel, the nine rasas describe the tones and qualities of our experiences -- from wondrous to gruesome -- and help us see value where at first we might not. This spectrum of tastes helps us engage more deeply in our lives, helps us appreciate all of the diversity in the world, and perceive our surroundings not as separate from us, but connected and intrinsic to us.

“… l’occasion de découvrir des nouvelles saveurs.” —Mika de Brito

Discover new rasas by participating in Tout Ça Pour Ça, the first-ever crowdfunded yoga experience in Paris! This project will unfold on Saturday 30 June from late morning on through the afternoon with yoga; vegan, raw and organic foods; vendors of all kinds, DJs and live music. Created by yoga teacher and musician Mika de Brito and Happy Crulture’s chef Camila Prioli, this happening needs your creative juice to succeed this month and in the months to come.

Add your rasa to the mix and fund the project!

Tout Ça Pour Ça has many levels of participation, depending on your desires and funding abilities: from 15€ (access to vendors and music) to 200€ (yoga, brunch and music at the event, plus a private class with Mika,) you get to choose the potency of your own experience. There is a flavor for everyone, from seasoned yogis to raw food newbies to music aficionados. If past performance is an indicator of future success (my sonic immersion in Mika’s YogaLab was, for me, one of the highlights of 2012’s Yoga Festival Paris),Tout Ça Pour Ça will be one-of-a-kind and not to be missed! And its success depends on you, so contribute and do your part to ensure this project comes to life.