Wednesday, 20 June 2018

International Yoga Day, International Yoga Life


Dearest Everyone,
I know it's been a while since a newsletter has appeared from me to you, and I hope this finds you well.
A lot of life has happened in the interim filled with its joys and sorrows, its ups and downs, continuously
confronting us with how we will respond to this amazing gift we have been given,
a gift we are able to share with each other. 
At the Centre de Yoga du Marais, so many babies have come into the world this past year including
triplets, yoga teachers from the training here here have had babies and as I write, three more are on their way!

But we lost a special soul in our sangha too, yoga teacher since 2014, Olga Sokolow, and we miss her dearly.
Every day reminds me of the circle of life and it isn't always an easy go when your friend is not here.

I feel retreats and taking care of ourselves and each other are ever more important and I am doing them,
again.  I am also planning ahead for 2019 so I would like to tell you in this very long letter which I hope you will
keep, what is going on.

First, for Olga there will be a concert of her songs with everyone who has worked with her and been with her
in her too brief life, it will be September 11, 2018.  The details are here:

 Je vous écris aujourd'hui pour vous parler du concert que nous ferons en hommage à Olga. Celui ci aura lieue le : MARDI 11 SEPTEMBRE 2018, À 20H, AU RÉSERVOIR, À PARIS

Je vous invite en amont à noter cette date dans vos agendas. L'idée de ce concert est de reprendre les chansons d'Olga avec tous les musiciens qui l'ont accompagnée. Les recettes de ce concert seront toutes reversées à l'ARTC (Association pour la Recherche contre les Tumeurs Cérébrales), association fondée par le Pr Huang qui s'est occupé d'Olga durant toute la durée de sa maladie. Olga souscrivait à l'association. 



























I will continue teaching the Thursday class Olga led at 12:30-13:30 along with my others and you can find our summer hours and full schedule here:  http://www.yogamarais.com/class-daily-schedules/
We are open all summer and special note:  prenatal classes will continue in July.  After an August break for most of our teachers we will be back to full schedule in September,
Again, we are OPEN.

The new class of Yoga Teachers is 
graduating this Sunday, June 24, and you are invited to meet them and come by the studio for an apero from 18:00.
Congratulations to the class of 2018!  Twelve new shining lights.

I am leading a retreat back to Greece this August to Corfu.
I am looking ahead to the beautiful island of Amorgos in June of 2019, if you would like to have a preview here.  These are special rates quoted below to us, you add 100€ more for the yoga, I am your teacher for the week in Amorgos.

Amorgos, Greece
For the dates 3-10 June 2019 (7 nights) package's cost per person will be:

798€ per person sharing an exclusive double/twin room
1073€ per person in a exclusive double room used as single
  • 7 nights accommodation in a Superior room with private balcony and sea view
  • Breakfast daily in buffet (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options are provided in case needed)
  • Lunch OR Dinner daily  (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free options are provided in case needed)
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure on Amorgos (port-hotel-port)
  • One 30' relaxing massage
  • 10% discount on Face and Body treatments at Lalon Idor Spa
  • Use of Lalon Idor Spa facilities (sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, indoor heated seawater swimming pool, fitness center)
  • Use of Yoga Shalas and Equipment
  • Use of wireless internet
  • VAT,City Tax and Government tax
How to come to Amorgos
1) France to Athens via a flight
2) Athens to Piraeus port (4 options : bus, metro, taxi, private transfer)
3) Piraeus port via a ferry to Aegiali Amorgos 

TRAVEL FROM ATHENS TO AMORGOS
We suggest visitors should arrive one day earlier in Athens or book a flight arriving before 14.00 so that they are at the port on time – most of the ferries to Amorgos leave at 17.30. There is one daily connection to Amorgos Island (except on Saturday during winter) from Piraeus port, Athens. Ferries dock alternately at the two ports of Amorgos Island: Katapola and Aegiali (closest to the hotel)

Let's get back to 2018!


At the end of August the Centre de Yoga du Marais is hosting Stéphane LeColas, once again.  He is offering a Thai Massage Training.
Details are here, there are still places left.  The hours run from Friday-Monday.  http://www.yogamarais.com/yoga-workshopsateliers/

Before September 1,  is the early bird price for the very special Integral yoga Reunion at the beautiful
Le Hameau de L’Étoile, outside of Montpellier.  It is Easter weekend of 2019, April 20-24. 

All the details are here, this happens every 2 years and it will be the first time we are having it in France.
Yours truly is the host and I have invited some wonderful teachers for 4 days of yoga in nature and
a culinary experience that the Hameau de l’étoile is especially known for.  It will be a treat this retreat!
You can book later, too, but the prices will be higher.  All the details are here.

Réunion de Yoga Intégral
cc Montpellier, France, du 20 au 24 Avril 2019
Retrouver l’émerveillement dans notre pratique du yoga Septième réunion Européenne du Yoga Intégral
Détails pratiques pour l’inscription
Adresse : Domaine Le Hameau de l'Etoile, Route de Frouzet, 34380 Saint-Martin-de-Londres

Prix de la conférence (Hors repas et hébergement)
1: 120€ avant le 1er Sep. 2018 2: 150€ avant le 31 Déc. 2018 3: 180€ avant le 1er jan. 2019

IMPORTANT: 2 réservations sont nécessaires. Une pour la conférence, une pour votre
hébergement et vos repas auprès du centre d'accueil de la retraite.

Prix de l’hébergement et des repas: A partir de 236€ par personne (à réserver auprès de
notre lieu d’accueil) Hébergement : Il doit être réservé et payé directement auprès du
centre (le Hameau de l’Etoile). Cliquez ici pour consulter les différentes possibilités. 
Email:
contact@hameaudeletoile.com

La réservation des hébergements se fait selon l'ordre d'arrivée des demandes. "Premier
arrivé, premier servi". Places limitées pour tous les types de chambres.

Réserver en ligne www.integralyogaeurope.org
Email: iyeventfrance@gmail.com

Relevé d’identité bancaire pour le paiement de la conférence
Nom de la Banque: Banca Prossima Pays: Italie Compte: IY European Reunion
IBAN: IT 66 O 0335901600100000160036 SWIFT: BCITITMX
Référence : IYCELEBRATIONwa
Un rassemblement yogique, d’anciens et de nouveaux amis…
LA VRAIE LIBERTE, C’EST AIMER FAIRE CE QUE VOUS FAITES, QUOI QUE VOUS FASSIEZ.- Swami Satchidananda

Let me know if I can help you with any more information about any and all of these events.  
Pre and Post-natal training is
coming in January, 2019.
Sending love, light and peace,
Michelle



Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Giving thanks for all the special things that happen daily that ask us to notice them.  Things that keep us healthy and balanced and remind us of Love.    It's those tiny things that add up to a beautiful life.

Celebrating 16 years this weekend on Nov 25, Thanksgiving weekend is when we opened our doors.


Handmade candle from my lovely niece, India.


Bonne fin d'année.
I will see you in the new year.
Namaste
Michelle
Joyeuses Fêtes!  Happy Happy Holidays!  Let your light shine.  


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

La Bonne Rentrée 2017

La Bonne rentrée,
Eight months of soul-searching and inner work has kept me from writing and sharing beyond what I give in each class for you.  But, what this time off has done for me, to delve in the inner and shy away from the outer distractions that have been tearing our spirit apart is, it has firmed my resolve to stay the path, to speak out against injustice to show and share how the yoga tools benefit us all and I will be there wherever I am needed.

I am doing an immersion of 200 hours for those who would like to go deeper in their practice and/or become teachers and guides themselves.  I will continue to be here to help all of you teachers as well.
The program is full as of this writing and there is a waiting list.  I'll do my best to continue to bring wonderful teachers and workshops to the center.

We have two new teachers in our midst, Laurence Barré, Tuesdays at 19h45 and Olga Spirkina, Mondays at 10h00.  We have an Open House on Sept 24 beginning with the community class and you can come and meet them.   All classes are complimentary up to and including the meditation that day at 19h00.  In recognition of the International Day of Peace, our Porte Ouverte is there simply for us to be together to remind us that in community we are stronger, we are better.

Here is to the new year and our higher selves.
Namaste,
Michelle

Sharing some photos and essays on this blog from the USF Semester Abroad Program.  Dancers studying in Berlin and Paris and learning Raja and Hatha Yoga.




 Our Sally reminding us it's all about the Joy that's always there when we just gotta do what we gotta do!




Thursday, 22 December 2016

Bonne fin d'année!

Je prend un petit pause, jusqu'au 3 janvier, 2017



J'ai apprécie énormément les moments de partage en 2016 et c'est avec plaisir et gratitude que j'attends avec impatience et passion nos prochains rencontres.
Om Shanti,
Michelle



This year has challenged all of us in so many ways, and it is my hope as your teacher that you have found some moments of peace and grace on your mat and in the between spaces in your busy days.  I feel enormous gratitude for the gifts that come from this practice and particularly for the sharing that comes from being a teacher and being a part of your lives.
And for all of you new to me, I am happy to have shared a moment with you in 2016 and look forward to many more.
Om Peace,
Michelle


Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Fifth, Listen

Strive to understand



Credit to all photos Chérif Ezzeldin


Fourth, be content





Third, give

Because we need each other.