As Mira Jamadi said in her Teacher Spotlight, “Paris is on the verge of becoming an important center of yoga, not only in Europe, but internationally. It’s an exciting time and place to be.” I couldn’t agree more! Since Yogateau launched, workshops and trainings have multiplied, every flip of the calendar page bringing talented teachers, resonant teachings and enthusiastic students to the capital. It is indeed an exciting time to be a yogi in Paris as there have never before been as many opportunities to learn, refine and develop your practice. And none of this growth would be possible without the many Paris-based teachers who, every day, invest their hearts and souls into building and nurturing this community of unique, engaged and bright yogis. Gratitude and pranams to them for being the devoted engines of this yogic (r)evolution.
September is going to be a month of yoga abundance, kicking off with Mira’s Prana Flow workshops. Keep checking the listings in the right column for an introduction to Mysore-style practice; workshops in Holistic, Vinyasa, Iyengar and Hatha yoga; and a workshop on manifesting your Shamanic Self through yoga and power animals (rrrowrrrrr!) And that’s just the first part of the month! Many more events are scheduled with fantastic teachers (Cat Alip-Douglas! Elena Brower! Petri Räisänen!)
International focus shines on l’héxagone from 12 through 14 October when European Yogi Nomads set up camp in Paris. As you know, EYN is all about bringing yoga students and teachers together for affordable weekend getaways that combine equal parts practice and friendship. You book your own cheap travel, hit up local yogis for some couch surfing/slumber parties, do yoga, connect with like-hearted souls and explore the city. In general festivities begin on Friday evening with a welcoming class, then unfold throughout the weekend with a 3-hour workshop, a teacher’s practice, pop-up classes and other chances for mat-time and urban exploration. It’s a way of extending the idea of community beyond the yoga studio’s walls, and beyond the borders of your home country. To become a member of EYN, request membership in the EYN Facebook group by clicking on “Join Group” in the right corner of the page. Details and registration information for EYN’s “Paris, je t’aime” edition of workshops and classes are available here.
Later on in October, from the 19th through the 21st, Paris hosts its first every yoga festival! The Yoga Festival Paris 2012 takes place at le Centquatre in the 19e arrondissement and will host yoga workshops and panels with international teachers from many different yoga traditions. The prices are quite reasonable for the high caliber of instruction, and the Festival’s site makes it easy to search by teacher, day, school, and theme. You can also simply buy a daily pass (8€ is a steal!) to the Festival and explore the options available in the Yoga Village. This space is devoted to discovery and experimentation: from classes and demonstrations to performances and concerts, the Yoga Village will also feature 80 exhibitors showcasing food, yoga clothing and accessories, travel and retreat information, books, and beauty products.
I am thrilled about the Festival, and I’m looking forward to participating, writing about it and live Tweeting/Instagramming my heart out!