Yoga is Balance – Workshop November 26 & 27th

Saturday November 26th 2016

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“To remain ensconced in evenmindedness during all states of activities is yoga; he who can preserve in himself this mental balance in every kind of changeful circumstance is a yogi.”
~The Bhagavad Gita translation by Yogananda

Price: 140 for whole weekend or 40 euros per session

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga is a dynamic, flowing yoga practice that brings us strength, endurance and flexibility. Restorative yoga is a soft, static yoga practice that brings us ease, relaxation and softness. They both bring physical well-being and mental evenness. Knowing how to choose the approach that will give us exactly what we need on any particular day brings more balance to ourselves on a daily basis. Finding peace of mind, energy, health and balance are keys to living a happy, contented life; the combination of these two practices that rest on the polar opposites of the yoga line will bring you all this!

These workshops are open to all levels of practitioners, join us in yoga!

Reservations with Celine : 06 28 720 797 or by email : celinegeers@gmail.com

Samasthitih & Rooting the Legs in the Ashtanga Standing Sequence

Saturday November 26th 11h30 – 13h30

Samasthitih is the very first pose we do and it informs every single other pose that comes after it.  Sama means same or equal.  We will dive into the details of Samasthitih in order to find balance throughout our practice.  Exploring ways to avoid hyperextended knees, to root our feet and strengthen our legs in order to bloom to the sky with steadiness and grace.  Learning to ‘stand on our own two feet’ in the yoga class and how to bring those principles out into our life off the yoga mat.

After exploring Samasthitih we will use this knowledge to go through standing poses and finding strength and stability with the balance of the center of our body (aka Bandhas).

Flowing Forward Bends & Hip Opening moves into Restful Restorative

Saturday November 26th 14h30 – 17h00

When we open our hips and hamstrings we free our spine; allowing more movement overall.  We’ll approach this workshop as a flowing practice to heat the body to allow the muscles to dissolve into the movements focusing on sitting forward bends and hip opening.

Then we’ll slow it down and go into deep relaxation with a restorative yoga practice for a little over an hour.  Bring extra layers of clothing to keep warm and cozy!

 

Core Connection ~ Chaturanga and more Ashtanga Primary Series

Sunday November 27th 11h30 – 13h30

In this workshop we’ll discover our arms and shoulders in a profound way.  Working on how to safely align the joint in the āsanas, how to find the balance between flexibility and strength and lastly how the core of the body plays a significant part in both flexibility and stability of the arms and shoulder girdle.  We’ll connect top to bottom with this powerful pose, chaturanga dandasana.

After exploring the details of Chaturanga we will move through the standing and many more fun poses to invigorate the core of our body (aka abs).

Back Bending for All & Using Restorative to Ease & Open

Sunday November 27th 14h30 – 17h00

This will be a workshop for those with tight or flexible backs!  First we’ll start with a flowing practice to warm up the body with fun ways to approach back bending poses.  Then we will review some basics principles and add new ones, so that you will feel able to tackle heart opening asanas in a safe and structured manner.

Then we’ll slow it down and use wonderful restorative poses as ways to dissolve into back restoring and counter posing!  This will be at least an hour.  Bring extra layers of clothing to keep warm and cozy!

Gérald Disse

Gérald has been practicing yoga since 1989 and teaching since 1996. He discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 1991 with Sri K Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India. He spent 8 years traveling to Mysore spending 4 – 6 months per visit to learn more of the system, then going off to some other exotic location to practice daily what Guruji had taught him. Gérald was taught up to the third series and was one of the first French students to have been personally authorized to teach by Sri K Pattabhi Jois. As he had learned directly from the Guru at a time when there were not so many yoga students in Mysore, he started to give workshops around the world. He gave Ashtanga workshops in Australia, New Zealand, and around the USA and Europe.

In addition to his Ashtanga practice, Gérald continues to cultivate a meditation practice in the tradition of Kriya Yoga.  He has a daily pranayama practice and has been certified to teach kriya and pranayama by his teacher, Sri O.P. Tiwari.

During his travels he visited Auroville, an international spiritual community in Tamil Nadu, South India. He related with the place immediately. It was a way for him to remain connected to the spirituality of India and also still have connection to the west, so he decided to build a house and a yoga shala and become a part of the Auroville community. Gerald spent 5 years there teaching daily Ashtanga Mysore style classes in between his workshops around the world; until 2004 when he decided, after being away for 17 years, to move back to France. Gérald is now settled in Paris where he has founded a beautiful community of yoga with Linda and their children.

Linda Munro

Linda took her first yoga class in 1995 in Toronto, Canada with Ron Reid. But a couple of months later she was in a fairly serious car accident and had to have physical therapy. This is when she decided to use the yoga as a way to compliment the therapy. Soon after she realized that the yoga would be a life time practice. A practice of asana, pranayama and meditation but also a practice of being truthful, a practice of being kind, a practice of being fearless, peaceful and happy. She believes that the practice of “yoga” is continuous; the practice does not stop when you roll up the yoga mat. The practice of yoga includes the way you live your life, the way you relate to your family, friends, co-workers and to the strangers on the street. This is the life long practice of developing yogic awareness.

In 1997 she moved to New York City with her work in the fashion business while continuing a daily ashtanga practice studying under Eddie Stern. The year 2000 brought her to Paris, France. After thirteen years in the world of fashion she decided it was the time to move fully into the direction she had been moving since her first yoga class. She felt a strong desire to sincerely give to others what her teachers have given to her; so in 2002 she started teaching yoga as her own study and practice continued. Gerald and Linda opened Ashtanga Paris in February 2004.

She studied yogic scriptures and philosophy, having completed a 250 hour study program of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, and a 120 hour course on the Bhagavad Gita under the supervision of Georg Feuerstein. She was one of his 10 mentoring students until he passed away in 2012. Linda is also a student of Sri O.P. Tiwari and is certified by him to teach pranayama.  As well she has completed the anatomy for yoga training with Leslie Kaminoff and is a junior yoga anatomy trainer. Not to mention she has studied with the late guru of Ashtanga Yoga, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India and NYC.

Nathuropathy- Workshop October 25th

naturopathieWe are so honor to welcome Véronique Thomazeau one of our devoted yoginis and knowledgeable naturopath for a workshop based on donation.

Come with a notebook and pencil to take some notes.
Workshop taught in French and translate in English.

Program :

  1. Naturopathy, what is it ?
  2. The 3 basic concepts of naturopathy
  3. Learn to recognize diseases that destroy the lives and those who protect.
  4. Focus on immune system
After 20 years in selling advertising in Paris, Véronique is brutally struck in 2009 by the disease, and then became fully aware of the impermanence of life. That’s when his new life since Nice, the beginning of a long quest of knowledge, experience and learning: the word of the Buddha, meditation, cardiac coherence, initiatory journeys, openness to others, new therapies …

Reserve your spot : celinegeers@gmail.com

HIP HOP YOGASANA WORKSHOP with BENEDETTA SPADA

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Saturday, June 25th 2016 – 14:30 to 16:30

Fee : 35€

Benedetta Spada is back to Art Yoga Studio for a hip hop yoga session !

Dancing is an opportunity to breath steadily, to learn how to let flow and to know better your own life rythm.

The intensive yogasana sequence will help to let body and mind “speak” together.

Losing and finding back alignment in the yoga postures, create a personal teaching from inside to let your energy flow, and to feel in better shape.

All levels are welcome.

Benedetta Spada is a yoga teacher, writer, blogger and Mind-Body discovery expert who has spent her entire life immersed in yoga and half of her life teaching yoga (Over 10,000 hours of teaching in class room settings, private consultation sessions and teacher training programs), mind-body discovery and wellness.

Spada has advanced certifications in both Hatha, Yoga therapy and Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation. She is one of the pioneers in the burgeoning field of Yoga and MindBody exploration and has over ten years of experience assisting others holistic masters such as Patrian, Jodorowsky, Sharon Gannon, Franco Berrino, Bhole…

Spada speaks regularly at radio, and teaches at conferences and festivals, including Yoga Festival in Milan, Padova or Rome and the first edition of The Yoga Tour among others. After 3 years of study with her husband in a community called Casa della tenerezza (Perugia) found the 25 hours’ Tenderness teacher training lastly presented to Yoga Festival in Milan. Spada’s first book, (only in italian) Yoga Dinamico Facile has sold 5,000+ copies in here since 2006 and got published again in 2015 (Anima edizioni).

WORKSHOP WITH NADEGE & AMAN SINGH

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Sunday June 11st 2016 – Limited number of places

16:00 to 18:30 : FEE : 35€

Arm balance yoga workshop with Nadège & Aman !

Learn how to safely balance on your arms and explore the techniques to strengthen your core.

Weather you are just beginning to take flight, or looking for more tips and inspiration, this workshop will develop awareness of what it takes to bring your world into flight.

All levels are welcome

WORKSHOP WITH SELINA

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Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th may 2016

RASA VINYASA – FEE per workshop : 35€ – FEE for entire weekend : 120€

Information about Selina : www.selinayoga.net

Bookings : celinegeers@gmail.com

Art Yoga Studio feels truly honoured by Selina’s presence, a completely unique professor, with a solar approach, connected with the true essence of the world “YOGA”.

Join us for a weekend of fluid yoga, mantra and meditation.
Reconnect with the beauty inside you through conscious movements, sounds and stillness.

YOUR PROGRAM :

Saturday, 10:00 – 12:30 | Roots and Flow – Shanti Rasa – Standing postures, hip openers and fluid movements

Saturday, 16:00 – 18:30 | Fire and Air – Vira Rasa – Deep core, inversions and heart openers

Sunday, 10:00 – 12:30 | Ether and Vision – Adbhuta Rasa – Throat opener, mantra and visualisations

Sunday, 16:00 – 18:30 | Space – Karuna Rasa – Meditative movement, breathing and inversions

Sunday, 18:45 – 19:30 | Loving Kindness Meditation for all, for free

“Bring your partners, your children, your friends and family and let us gather all together and use the positive vibrations of our meditation to help and bring more love into the world!”   

Selina

WORKSHOP WITH ISADORA

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Sunday April 24th 2016 – Limited number of places

10:00 AM to 12:30 PM – FEE : 30€

Bookings : celinegeers@gmail.com

 

DEVELOP THE FLUIDITY IN YOGA WITH DANCED MOVEMENTS.

I invite you to join this innovative workshop that aims at making accessible the junction between yogic postures and the most simple danced movements, with joy and authenticity.

First of all, a course of yoga Vinyasa in the most pure tradition. The linked-up movements conducted by the vital rhythm of the breathing, will allow us to practice a number of chosen postures.

Then, thanks to the music, we will access an enchaînement increasingly more fluid, in the discovery of an essential and meaningful movement.

Re-enjoy or discover the ease of the body that seizes its own space smoothly, and evolves towards a gesture almost ritual, less mechanical, but always coordinated by the precision of the musical tempo.

« I have the desire to see you, yogis and yoginis, bringing life to the postures, defining trajectories, setting free the interior plumb line of your own proprioception! »

Isadora.

WORKSHOP WITH NADEGE & AMAN SINGH

Nadège et Aman

Sunday March 20th 2016 – Limited number of places

10:00 AM to 01:00 PM : FEE : 50€

03:00 PM to 05:30 PM : FEE : 40€

Make an early reservation before March 15th, and you can do both workshops for 80€. Cancellations will only be accepted if done at least 48h before the workshop.

Due to the workshop, please be informed that the Dharma Vinyasa course will take place in the Shala 2 room at 5:00 PM.

Bookings : celinegeers@gmail.com

 

A MINDFUL APPROACH TO INVERSIONS
While it is true that we rarely have the opportunity to find our heart above the head, reversing the usual gravity yet has many benefits. In yoga practice which is essentially the search for equilibrium in lifestyle, inverted postures are considered as king & queens of the postures. They are simply another way to change our habitude and think outside the box; they allow us to see things from a different angle and enables us to find new perspectives and cultivate confidence.
The inverted positions equilibrate the energy flow in our body whilst stimulating the vital systems and a regular practice of inversions makes healthy pure blood flow through the brains cells.In the course of two workshops, we will explore these powerful postures and their specific effects, addressing progressively with variations and modifications to make them accessible to all.
(i) Stimulating, energising inversions (morning practice) (ii) Restorative, calming inversions (evening practice)
We invite you join us to experience this upside down journey in which we will gradually uplift ourselves and look within from an alternate perspective, explore potentials whilst avoiding the injuries.

YOGA WORKSHOP with BENEDETTA SPADA

Benedetta SPADA

We are so happy to welcome a little pearl that I met through a random encounter. She is a well of knowledge embodied in sweetness and efficiency. Benedetta Spada will be coming from ITALIA FORCA ITALIA

Vinyasa therapy : is yoga as a medecine?
The yoga work is designed to boost our immunity, the powerful yoga sequence will put together the best of Yoga vinyasa flow and Yoga therapy from Mukund Bhole (http://www.yogabhole.com/yogabhole/Approach.html).
Including the Breath check up with personal profile, and based on a vinyasa sequence with specific techniques to improve the listening of our uniqueness, and a guided meditation inspired to mindfulness. In the end Benedetta and her husband will have a talk about the secret of health (in French/English) and answer to your questions of health, alimentation and asana practice. Multilevel workshop, dynamic practice in english and yoga talk in french.

Saturday, January 9th 2016 – 15:00 to 17:30

Fee : 35€

Benedetta Spada is a yoga teacher, writer, blogger and Mind-Body discovery expert who has spent her entire life immersed in yoga and half of her life teaching yoga (Over 10,000 hours of teaching in class room settings, private consultation sessions and teacher training programs), mind-body discovery and wellness.

Spada has advanced certifications in both Hatha, Yoga therapy and Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation. She is one of the pioneers in the burgeoning field of Yoga and MindBody exploration and has over ten years of experience assisting others holistic masters such as Patrian, Jodorowsky, Sharon Gannon, Franco Berrino, Bhole…

Spada speaks regularly at radio, and teaches at conferences and festivals, including Yoga Festival in Milan, Padova or Rome and the first edition of The Yoga Tour among others. After 3 years of study with her husband in a community called Casa della tenerezza (Perugia) found the 25 hours’ Tenderness teacher training lastly presented to Yoga Festival in Milan. Spada’s first book, (only in italian) Yoga Dinamico Facile has sold 5,000+ copies in here since 2006 and got published again in 2015 (Anima edizioni).