Foundations of Yoga - Bilingual


This class is taught by:

Gillian Grant

Gillian is an American living in Paris for over a decade. Yoga became a major part of her life after giving birth to her son 10 years ago. Her practice has helped to maintain balance in her personal and professional life. Teaching for Gillian is a way to help others also find balance in the often hectic urban environment.

Also, as a student of Ayurvedic medicine, Gillian finds much joy in working with homeopathy as an alternative way of healing that is complementary to modern medicine. As a Reiki master, she has practiced the healing arts through touch and the redirection of energy in the body.

Gillian completed her Yoga training (200 RYT) at the Sivananda Ashram in Orleans, France. The Sivananda style is very traditional Hatha with a major focus on meditation and spirituality. Hatha is a slow and steady practice that helps build a strong body and mind while focusing on the breath and energy centers of the body. Gillian completed her Kundalini Yoga training with 3HO, the association formed by the Guru Yogi Bhajan to bring the practice of Kundalini to the West. Kundalini Yoga is called the Yoga of Awareness. It is a dynamic, powerful tool that is designed to give you an experience of your soul.

Louise Cutler

French speaking
Louise is originally from England, where she grew up in beautiful Cornwall. In 2001 she moved over to Brittany and in 2009 Louise moved to Paris for her job as store manager in an organic Naturalia shop. After leaving this stressful and exhausting job, Louise decided to stay and teach yoga in Paris.
 
Louise is a huge fan of cooking and eating! As a vegetarian, she combines flavours, spices and origines to create a colourful, healthy, international fusion.
She loves to travel, to meet new people, discover places, ideas, and collecting recipes where ever she goes.
 
Louise followed an intensive 200h classical yoga teacher training in Spain in 2013. This is where she learned the basics of alignment and asana, aswell as breathing and relaxation techniques and meditation.
In 2015, Louise followed one of her inspiring teachers in a ten week ayurveda course, the Dinacharya, where she discovered the basics of ayurveda and how to bring it into everyday life to live a more peaceful, happy and healthy life.  She has also studied crystal healing, Korean relaxation massage and Reiki.
 
In her own practice, Louise enjoys the natural mix of subtle and dynamic movement. Being on her mat and listening to her body and practicing what it asks for. She especially loves the energy created in a slow, mindful, expansive flow which balances both the body, the mind and the more subtle elements of the self.
As much as possible Louise moves from the heart when on the mat, she also reminds herself regularly to smile and have fun !
In the past few years, breath work and mantra have eased themselves into her practice, as well as self massage and gratitude.
 
Louise's classes are light hearted with a positive and optimistic vibe. She encourages students to listen to their body, to feel their breath and to relax into each posture.
In each class Louise focuses on alignment, grounding and expanding.   Falling over, cracking joints and laughter are all welcome in her classes which begin with intention and finish in gratitude.

If you are new to yoga, or if you would simply enjoy a review of the foundational concepts such as proper alignment in the poses, please come join! The class will move at a mild to moderate pace with plenty of explanations to help you feel and decide how to best situate your body in each posture, and will also offer you confidence and knowledge in preparation for faster and more advanced classes.
This class is held in English and French.

DESCRIPTION DU COURS
Si vous êtes nouveau au yoga, ou si vous souhaitez tout simplement profiter du nouveau des concepts fondamentaux tels que l'alignement dans les postures, le souffle, alors venez nous rejoindre! Le cours se déroule dans un rythme modéré à doux avec beaucoup d' explications et précisions pour vous aider à sentir et déterminer la meilleure façon de situer votre corps dans chaque posture. Ce cours vous offrira également la confiance et de la connaissance dans la préparation pour les cours plus rapides et plus avancées.
Ce cours est enseigné en Anglais et Français.

WHAT TO WEAR

-Comfortable clothes that don't restrict movement
-This class is generally practiced barefoot

*Showers and designated changing facilities available only at Studio Bleu in 75009; all other indoor locations have restroom facilities available for changing.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
-Mat or towel (there are no mats available to borrow in the spaces)
-Water Bottle
-Optional - Yoga props - blocks, straps, cushions, etc

*Yoga mats are available for purchase for 24€. Non-toxic materials, variety of colors, size: 63cm x 183cm. Follow link to purchase: http://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioId=39852&stype=43&prodid=10162

Mats can be delivered to our classes in the locations in 75001 (St. Roch), 75015 (Etienne Pernet) and 75009 (Studio Bleu). Once ordered, email support@affordableyogafitness.com, and let us know during which class and at which location you would like to pick up your mat. Please bring your receipt to the class. In some cases a few days notice may be needed to make sure the mat is at the class, so we appreciate your patience if and when this happens.

CLASS LEVEL
While any level of student will benefit from focusing on the foundational principles of yoga practice, this particular class is intended for a Beginner Level. Advanced modifications will not be highlighted. Check our schedule of other classes for intermediate and advanced offerings.

DIRECTIONS
Please verify class location or address on our schedule as we have several venues in Paris: http://www.affordableyogafitness.com/apps/mindbody/list-schedule

Location details can be found on the ‘Contact Us’ page: http://www.affordableyogafitness.com/pages/contact

When you enter the building, look to follow the Affordable Yoga signs to your specific room.

Any problems, follow link for teacher's phone numbers: http://www.affordableyogafitness.com/pages/contact

*Please note that there is limited mobile phone reception at the studios. If you need to contact the instructor, please do so at least 20 minute before the start of class. Since our teachers will be busy checking in students with their personal smartphones starting 15 minutes before class, please send a text as opposed to calling as they will most likely not be able to take a call. No communication will be possible after the start time of class.

HEALTH SCREENING
Please notify your instructor if you have undergone any recent surgeries or are currently experiencing any physical injuries. While yoga has many very beneficial health effects, we want to know how to best work with each of our student’s individual restrictions. Please consult a doctor if you have any personal concerns about practicing yoga or fitness.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu 29 Jun 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 06 Jul 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 13 Jul 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Louise Cutler
  • Thu 20 Jul 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Louise Cutler
  • Thu 27 Jul 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Louise Cutler
  • Thu 03 Aug 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Louise Cutler
  • Thu 10 Aug 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Louise Cutler
  • Thu 17 Aug 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Louise Cutler
  • Thu 24 Aug 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Louise Cutler
  • Thu 31 Aug 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 07 Sep 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 14 Sep 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 21 Sep 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 28 Sep 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 05 Oct 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 12 Oct 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 19 Oct 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 26 Oct 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Gillian Grant