Phoenix in Paris

Healing through Yoga // Affordable Yoga & Fitness, Paris

I’m overhauling my life. This choice was not entirely voluntary and comes with a great deal of pain; yet I feel incredibly grateful to have to the opportunity I do right now to grow.  Every day I am bombarded with new ideas and perspectives that challenge old beliefs and allow me to view the world, and myself, in a different way – to reflect and delve deeper into my being, if I only choose to allow myself to be open and vulnerable.  To be a phoenix. And yes… this is often overwhelming.

Yoga is one of the “constants” I’m clinging to. The physical benefits seem minor compared to the inner peace and calm I feel during and after my practice – especially in a class setting, surrounded by other beautiful souls.  I’ve noticed a remarkable difference since I started going 2-3 times per week… I highly recommend Affordable Yoga & Fitness here in Paris.  The quality of classes and teachers is terrific, and it truly is affordable – just 6€ for 60 minute classes and 10€ for 90 minutes (and you can drop-in).  I especially like Colleen’s classes, though I’ve enjoyed all of the teachers/classes I’ve attended!  Their Studio Bleu location in the 9th is my favorite (since it’s a dance studio, the rooms are great – and air-conditioned – and they have nice changing/showering facilities).

Wherever you live, just try a class – even if you aren’t very flexible right now or you feel intimidated.  For some free practice at home, I really like Yoga with Adriene – she is delightful. Some other favorites:

And I leave you with this “Namaste,” shared by a very wise and dear guide, L. H.:

I honor the place in you where the entire universe dwells.  I honor the place in you which is of love, beauty, peace, and light.  When you are in that place in you and I am in that place in me, we are One.

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