Over the weekend, I (Martine) spent 8 hours studying yoga.
If you had told me when I first started practicing that in the future, I would think nothing of attending a 2-day, 8-hour yoga workshop, I would have laughed at you. But that’s precisely what’s so great about yoga: you are constantly surprising yourself.
It helps, of course, that yoga workshops are not two or three solid hours of movement—most combine physical activity with discussion, philosophy, pranayama and meditation. And many workshops narrow their focus to help you broaden your perspective without becoming overwhelmed; they’re designed to support, encourage and challenge your preconceived notions of what is possible.
Workshops are like putting your yoga practice into an accelerator: in a very short amount of time, you’ll see and feel changes. This is especially useful if you’ve reached a plateau, if you’re confounded by a class of poses, or if you need a review of the basics. This week’s Parisian workshop picks run the gamut from general to specific: you can spend two and a half hours learning the Moon Sequence, give meditation a try, get into the nitty gritty of the knee, or learn to use yoga as a healing modality for your hips and back.