Wednesday 30 March 2016

Update! Sintra Portugal August 7-14.

Update for the Sintra Yoga Retreat.
There is one more double room left, with private bath.  720 euros for 7 nights and 7 days of yoga twice a day.  Please see Yoga Retreats here and on the website for more information.

Booking information:   There is one more double room left with private baths 720 euros for a 7-day yoga retreat in beautiful Sintra, Portugal.   Rate includes breakfast and picnic lunch.  

If you cancel before June 1 you will receive 20% of your deposit back.  Any cancellation after June 1 is not reimbursable.  Thank you and looking forward to guiding you in this beautiful place.  Namaste,  

Monday 21 March 2016

Ça y est, le printemps est là

“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.”
– B.K.S. Iyengar

Dear Yogis,
Have you ever felt that moment that shift when suddenly you didn’t react to a situation in a way you always had before, you broke a habit that wasn’t the best thing for you.
That’s yoga working for you, and it always amazes me how the changes just creep up on you.  We all can become the change we want to see in the world.  And these changes
can’t help but affect others, as well.

Springtime reminds us that we can always start over, we can be like the shoots of new life, pushing through the soil toward light and everyday doing the best we can.

Our classes at the Center will always support you on your journey and we will be there when you fall, and need some help, too.  It’s life and we are in it together.
A number of us are giving workshops and here is a little click to list to see some of mine and if any of these offerings appeal to how you would like to nurture your
practice this Springtime.

April 3 Heart-Opening Chakra no. 4 practice.  A revitalizing practice that will clear out congestion so that we can open and breathe around the heart and shoulder area.
13h30-16h30 Sunday, Centre de Yoga du Marais. Details available here  

Sign-ups are available now for the summer retreat in Sintra, Portugal this year.  August 8-14.  It’s a delightful week of yoga and outdoor sports for the athletically adventurous or the pool and nearby beach for those inclined to recline for a week.  All details here as well as opportunities to visit the UNESCO heritage sites, an easy day trip from our beach. Details available here

Please note the Center will be closed for the Easter holiday, Friday, March 25-Sunday, March 27.  We are open Easter Monday, March 28.

Breathe, it’s Spring, we made it!

March 1, My French Birthday 15 years

Le Centre de Yoga du Marais
fondé novembre 2001.

I’m still pretty proud of that moniker as when I came to Paris, March 1, 2001 (my 15th birthday is around the corner), there were hardly any yoga centers in Paris.  The ex-pat community is and always was very well organized here, so it was easy to make friends and when the word got out I was a yoga teacher I was busy, busy, busy.  There were no yoga classes in English, and everyone I met was eager to get back to a yoga practice which they had abandoned when they left their community.

I was so busy in fact, that it was my fiancé’s idea to get a place for me and have students come to me, rather then spend much of the day on Paris metros giving private lessons to everyone from the well-heeled in fashion and industry to young students on trust funds who were in Paris finding themselves.  I found the center when I was walking my beloved cocker spaniel Lucy, who moved to Paris with me from New York.  We lived and still live in the 3rd arrondissement which I am sure we will never leave, I absolutely adore this neighborhood.   Rue du Vertbois at the time was a street of rather dodgy store fronts, but we saw potential and the space we chose is just behind the renowned Conservatoire Arts et Métiers and has an unobstructed view of the 13th century tower of the Benedictine monastery, and the largest remaining portion of the ancient crenulated Roman wall which marked the city of Paris. Victor Hugo saved this tower and the fountain on the corner from demolition with his words in 1882, "Demolish the tower, no!  Demolish the architect, yes!”  This corner has a lot of spunk and it was for me.
The most important aspect?  The ancient-beamed ceiling of the studio was just high enough for a space to reach up and stretch in.  Those who know the Marais, know it is old and rooms are tiny. 
This one worked.   Michele, then fiancé, and I bought it together on Halloween, we opened on Thanksgiving , 2001, flew to New York 2 weeks later and got married there in City Hall.  2001 was a very big year.  My Italian husband moved here to the Marais permanently in 2002.

Although, I run the center and its programs, my first love is and always will be teaching, the regular schedule, seeing the students come in every week catching up with them.  I know them all by first and last names.  I’ve helped a lot of moms bring their babies into the world when I headed the prenatal program for 9 years.  Then the first of it’s kind in Paris in French or in English and I started Mommy and Me, as well.  It’s been a profession immeasurably rewarding.  I still stay in touch with many who have moved away, as this is a high-transit city, and feel happy that there is this space that people can come to, to reconnect with themselves and to just be.  Many have told me that the classes at the Center was their favorite experience while they lived in Paris.  I feel the Centre de Yoga du Marais is my legacy and will be here for all the beautiful teachers who want to teach there for a long long time.