YOGA: WEEKLY SCHEDULE (in PARIS)

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Do you want to practice yoga in Paris? Please come and join me on the mat!

MONDAYS

6:30pm – 7:30pm : Ashtanga Beginners 1 @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris (40, avenue de La République PARIS)
8pm – 9:30 pm : Intermediate Vinyasa class@ Ashtanga Yoga Paris (40, avenue de La République 75011 PARIS) – Be ready to sweat and try some fun asanas!

TUESDAYS

8pm – 9:30pm : Intermediate Ashtanga class @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris (40, avenue de La République 75011 PARIS) – We go through the Primary Series until Janu Sirsasana C / or some Marichyasanas.

FRIDAYS

10am – 11:30am : Soft Vinyasa class @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris (40, avenue de La République 75011 PARIS) – We’ll take our time in the postures and find some ease and quietness at the end with some yummy Yin Restorative postures.

SATRUDAYS

4:30pm – 6pm : Vinyasa class @ Casa Yoga Paradis (4, rue du Paradis 75010 PARIS).

6:15 pm – 6:45pm : Restorative Yoga class @ Casa  Yoga Paradis (4, rue du Paradis 75010 PARIS) – Let us release all the stress and tension from the past week and be ready to feel renewed!

SUNDAYS

3:15pm – 4:45pm : Vinyasa Yoga class @ Casa Yoga Canal (42, rue des Vinaigriers 75010 PARIS)

 

See you on the mat!

 

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Classes in Paris – July 2016

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SATURDAY, 2nd

10 – 11 am : OUTDOOR Ashtanga Beginners 1-2   @ Le Pavillon des Canaux (39, quai de La Loire 75019 PARIS)

SUNDAY, 3rd

4:30 – 5:30 pm : Ashtanga Beginners 1-2 @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris (40, avenue de La République 75011 PARIS)

MONDAY, 4th 

7:30 – 9pm :  Ashtanga 2-3 (Intermediate – Advanced) @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris (40, avenue de La République 75011 PARIS)

THURSDAY, 7th

7:30 – 9pm :  Ashtanga 2 (Intermediate) @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris (40, avenue de La République 75011 PARIS)

SUNDAY, 10th

Private sessions

12:30 – 2pm : Ashtanga 1-2 @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris

4:30 – 5:30 pm : Ashtanga Beginners 1-2 @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris (40, avenue de La République 75011 PARIS)

MONDAY, 11th

6:30 – 7:30 pm : Ashtanga Beginners 1 @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris

7:30 – 9pm : Ashtanga 2-3 (Intermediate – Advanced) @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris (40, avenue de La République 75011 PARIS)

WEDNESDAY, 13th

12:30 – 1:30 pm : Vinyasa Short @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris

6:30 – 7:30pm : Ashtanga Beginners 1 @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris (40, avenue de La République 75011 PARIS)

THURSDAY, 14th 

12:30 – 2 pm : Ashtanga 1-2 @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris

7:30 – 9 pm : Ashtanga 1-2 @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris (40, avenue de La République 75011 PARIS)

SATURDAY, 16th

10 – 11 am : OUTDOOR Ashtanga Beginners 1-2 @ Le Pavillon des Canaux (39, quai de La Loire 75019 PARIS)

SUNDAY, 17th

Private sessions

4:30 – 5:30 pm : Ashtanga Beginners 1-2 @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris (40, avenue de La République 75011 PARIS)

MONDAY, 18th

6:30 – 7:30 pm : Ashtanga Beginners 1 @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris

TUESDAY, 19th

7:30 – 9 pm : Yin Yoga @ Casa Yoga Paris (4, rue de Paradis 75010 Paris)

WEDNESDAY, 20th

12:30 – 1:30 pm : Vinyasa Short @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris

6:30 – 7:30pm : Ashtanga Beginners 1 @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris (40, avenue de La République 75011 PARIS)

SUNDAY, 31st

Private sessions

12:30 – 2pm : Ashtanga 1-2 @ Ashtanga Yoga Paris (40, avenue de La République)

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Karmas, Samskaras and Vasanas

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Karmas are said to be our thoughts and actions. With the time, our karmas turn into samskaras, aka habits. Those habits will also turn into vasanas, aka personal qualities.

Now … if we nurture positivity, kindness and honesty, our actions and thoughts will be positive and good. Our samskaras or habits will be full of love and kindness. And subsequently our personal qualities will change for the better.

With that being said, let us not focus on the end result. As for everything: Let us enjoy the journey. If we want to change a bad habit or a “fault”, let us try to change our daily actions, words or thoughts. Step by step, we will manage to “shade off” or erase our bad habit.

 

An example, you ask?

If we want to stop gossiping or judging a book by its cover, we shall be more aware of how we treat and consider people. We can work on stopping ourselves (or apologising) everytime we tend to be too judgemental or mean. Little by little, we will become more aware of our behaviour.

Then, this “positive” mindset will turn into a habit. We will be listening to people and feeling their struggles or pain, instead of judging them or being malicious.

Our “newly-acquired” quality will then be understanding and broad-mindedness, instead of contempt or rigidity.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: FINDING BALANCE

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Yoga can teach us how to find balance.
Throughout our yoga practice, we ought to find balance between flexibility and strength, between fluidity and stability, between letting go and holding a pose, between being compassionate with ourselves or challenging and pushing ourselves.
These yoga lessons can also be translated into our everyday life so that we experience balance in things we do or say.

Let’s take the example of the edge between compromising and unyielding. Being mindful and putting things into perspective can help us know when to take a step back and make compromises, or when to be firm and take charge of our beliefs and convictions.

If you feel you’ve entered a pattern of complaining about a person or a situation in your life; stop and think twice.Turn your complains around. Have a FLEXIBLE mind. Look at your own behavior and see if you are not to blame or judge as well. Then, start to give the universe or the other person what you “wish to get”.

You wish people were friendlier? Just go ahead, be friendlier yourself first and smile at strangers in the street.

You wish people were more “social”? Stop criticizing them about using their iPhone all the time and be the one to turn off your phone when you are on a date, at a family dinner or with friends.

You wish people were more helpful? Go and help this woman carrying her suitcase up the subway stairs. Positive vibes are contagious!

But, your core values -may that be honesty, integrity and respect eg- are your foundations. They are what make you grounded. Be FIRM and don’t let anybody make you doubt those convictions. You can be unyielding about those fundamental values: Don’t let anybody disrespect you, abuse you, play you, or whatever. Even if the people who are doing this to you are your (so-called) friends, partners, boss. You will forgive them at one point. But first, stand up for yourself and leave them. Don’t let anyone attack or use you in any kind of way. You are worthy of love and respect.

Namaste.

INDIGO AHEAD

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Hi pumpkins!

As some of you may know I’m working for YUJ – Yoga With Style, the first French yoga brand. I’m in charge of the sales and marketing department but also of the blog. Up to now actually… 

You’ll find below the article I co-wrote with the founder of YUJ, Hélène Duval, for the website Glowing.Co website.

Time to turn on our indigo chakra! 

Yogis make a big deal about chakras, and so they should. 

So, to get us all on the same page, here’s a brief introduction into the world of chakras and what they’re all about. 

Let’s make it short, shall we? We have seven main chakras or “energy centers” in our bodies. These are: the root chakra, the sacral chakra, the solar plexus chakra, the heart chakra, the throat chakra, the third-eye chakra and the crown chakra. It’s quite a combo. 

Following so far? Good! Let’s keep going. 

Each chakra takes a different “physical location” along the spine. It is said that our vital energy flows through these chakras and that, to stay healthy, the energy needs to be able to travel freely without hitting any roadblocks. If the energy is blocked in any way, we can become ill, depressed or we can feel unbalanced. 

Let’s focus on the sixth chakra, the “Ajna” in Sanskrit or third eye. It’s linked to a fabulous indigo color. 

The third-eye chakra takes its place between the eyes, on the forehead. This chakra is connected to our imagination and intuition, so it is often considered to be a door to our inner world. 

When this chakra is well balanced we are able to focus properly, to use our intuition, to see “the big picture” and to make wise decisions. All good things. 

But when this chakra is out of balance, we can suffer from disorientation, headaches, insomnia, and….what was the last thing again? Oh yes, poor memory. 

In our rational westernized world, we can relate the third eye chakra to the pineal gland, the organ in charge of producing melatonin. You know, the glorious hormone that is produced when it’s dark to enable us to sleep properly? Yes, that guy. 

A good melatonin release helps us to sleep well and subsequently prevents insomnia, headaches and other sleep disorders.

Sleeping is always good! Especially during the last months of winter. We all love smooching under cozy blankets or sleeping in on cold mornings and now we can do this guilt-free knowing it’s good for us! 

Why not try to go to bed 30 minutes earlier each night. Or, even more delicious, why not schedule a nap during the day? It’s not always easy but it is always worth taking the time to sleep. When you get some beloved shut-eye, your cells are renewed, your energy is restored, you can dream dreamy dreams, your brain detoxifies, your memory is enabled and your indigo chakra can heal and rest right there along with you. 

If you were to take part in a yoga session focused on stimulating the Ajna chakra, you’d work on positions that strengthen the neck and head. You would do inversions and try to visualize the indigo color. Imagine indigo flowers floating around in your forehead like a pretty fantasy movie! 

All in all, if you’d like to keep a clear mind and make more intuitive decisions, look after your third eye chakra. Sleep tight and dream big! 

MY VIEW ON ASHTANGA YOGA

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Hello pumpkins!
At the end of my yoga teacher training, my teacher asked me to write about what Ashtanga is from my personal experience and how the practice (and the teacher training) have helped me grow.
I shared more personal stuff on their blog (Here) but you can find below my thoughts about Ashtanga Yoga…
I hope it can inspire some of you to start practising Ashtanga yoga… or at least yoga!
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Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a practice that can help one link one’s body and one’s mind, bound oneself and the other people, oneself and the surrounding world.
It is most of all a practice that could do wonders to heal the body and the mind: Through moving the body and learning how to breathe, you can gain strength, flexibility and balance – which will help you be fitter and stronger in your everyday life. After some time of practice, it also can help with healing
some pains, some “emotional issues” you have. To me, Ashtanga yoga helps one to live a kinder life and to be more aware of one’s body, one’s soul and the surrounding world.
It is also an open-eyed meditation and a philosophy of life (i.e. a way of living). Indeed, through the theory, we learn more about the meaning of Ashtanga: the 8 limbs of yoga. These 8 limbs are also some ethical rules to live in a more moral manner. The principles of non-harming (ahimsa), integrity (satya), non-stealing (asteya), control of the sexual instinct (brahmacharya) and avoiding greed (aparigraha) are disciplines we have to work towards to tend to be morally better people.
Learning Ashtanga yoga is a process to try and heal your body and your mind through practice and patience (Abhyasa and Vairagya) and a way to connect with your breath and with your inner self.  While learning this, one should be eager to practice to get better in what one is doing, without being attached to a specific destination or goal. This is the greatest thing ever.
To me this discipline taught me how to be consistent, to develop endurance and willpower as well as to practice without expecting anything. I understood thanks to the concept of Vairagya that I should not be waiting for extraordinary end-results. I should not be waiting for anything. I should only enjoy the process of practicing with my body and spirit. The practice of Ashtanga is then also a way to let go of the ego and to fully be present.
The Ashtanga practice is not only a sequence of several poses that you have to master to heal your body and your mind, but it is also a step by step process that teaches one patience and determination. Why? Because before going further in the practice you have to master the first poses, i.e. the core basis. It is also similar for the more advanced levels: before being able to practice the
second series, you have to master the first one. This step-by-step process teaches humility, patience and gives you the drive to learn.
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is also a way to connect with your surroundings while trusting your inner feelings, your guts, your intuition. As it is a way to connect with your inner self, it may help one learn how to acknowledge one’s deepest feelings, observe one’s fears and overcome them to see the world differently from what society wants us to see. And, by the way, thanks to Ashtanga yoga a shift of perspective did occur to me: I strive to listen more to my inner feelings rather than to society.

Tips For A Good Night Sleep

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When I was anxious or worried, I used to take 2 to 3 hours before being able to sleep! And then it would become a vicious circle: Less sleep, more exhaustion, more worries, less sleep, etc.

But…

During my yoga teacher training, I learned some “life changing” tricks to fall asleep in a softer and natural way… I tried them several times… and it worked!!! (despite all the fuzzy noise of thoughts that were passing through my mind!).

Here are the tips:

1- IF YOU CAN, avoid using a computer or a phone just before going to bed (ok… that one is the most difficult one… Confession: I can never manage to do it since I need my computer for my work and studies.. that I can only perform late at night).

2- IF YOU WANT, you can set a cosy routine. Eg: Drinking a warm herbal tea before lying down in your bed.

3- TRY to sleep in a dark room since the melatonin hormone (that helps regulate sleep) is allowed in darkness (but inhibited by light).

4- Now… the tricks that really worked for me: First, check that the LEFT NOSTRIL is the active one before going to bed (you can check it by putting your hand in front of your nose and see through which nostril you are exhaling).

If the right nostril is the one working… you have to open the left one.

To do so: Place a soft tissue under the right armpit. Inhale through the right nostril (at the same time block the left one with your right pinky). Exhale through the left one (at the same time, block the right one with your right thumb). (This is one breathing technique that we learned in the Pranayama class… And it really worked for me! Such a simple way to unblock a nostril!!).

5- Then, fall asleep on your RIGHT side. Not the left one.

I hope it can help some of you!

Sleep tight!

PS: Tell me if that worked!

Yoga: Legs Up The Wall

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The easiest way to start  including yoga into your everyday life is to practise  “Legs Up The Wall” before bed time for instance. I love its healing process of cleansing and calming the body.

You can turn to this restorative pose as soon as you feel stressed, worried or tired. (And just surrender to its soothing effects.)

How To?

Just relax and lie on your back in front of a wall. Your sit bones should be as close as possible to the wall: The wall is here to support you. Now, rest your legs vertically. Breathe. And remember that this pose should be really comfortable. So no effort should be required to hold the pose. Hang out there and start feeling the health benefits of this asana!

Health Benefits:

It may help regulate your blood flow. You’ve been standing on your feet all day long. Give them a break and reverse the effects of gravity!

It can improve your digestion.

It will calm your mind and help you reach a meditative state.

It might relieve insomnia symptoms.