Hello, I am Anna. My passion (sounds corny, but its true!) is to make people happier and healthier by introducing them to fitness, yoga and healthy nutrition. I have been practicing yoga for 7 years and now am Qualified Yoga Alliance Teacher RYT200 as well as hold a full diploma in Personal Training,
A bit more about me…
I am a British/Russian and have lived almost equal amounts of my life now in both the countries, before moving to Paris 2 year ago. I have a background in corporate career, but I packed it in and quit my job to become a health and fitness professional 3 years ago when I qualified as a yoga teacher as well as a personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Aside of my work-related passions, I love photography and design. I love trying to understand contemporary art, and spotting street art. I also love being outdoors, mountains, sea, forests, – all give me great pleasure to explore, especially when I’m doing something active with a great group of friends.
I Have been into sports and fitness from a young age. Growing up in a very sporty family (my dad is ex-elite decathlete, and my mum owns and runs a successful fitness centre for over 20 years.) I always got involved in and loved everything my parents did, and after getting a degree in Business Management in the UK and a brief stint in the corporate world I realised that my true professional calling was my lifelong passion for sports and fitness. I then quit my job and re-trained as a Personal Trainer, nutrition consultant, aqua-fitness instructor and then went to India where I trained to become a yoga teacher and reiki healer. After coming back from India I moved to France where I saw a need for affordable health and wellbeing and shortly after founded Affordable Yoga, where I now work full time.
There has been tremendous support and interest in this initiative so I have lots of exciting plans of expansion into different locations and adding new exciting services. If there isn’t something yet on offer that completely suits your needs in terms of time and location, please follow keep checking back for news!
The format for Benjamin’s classes has been well-described as ‘Rainbow Yoga’, meaning that the seven Chakra energy centers within each of our bodies are the foundation and focus of his series. These resonating energetic vortexes are paired with appropriate traditional yoga postures to awaken and purify the physical as well as energy bodies. The seven Elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Sound, Light and Thought are also incorporated for a joyful time of self-healing, counterbalance, and exploration of the infinite Here and Now.
While it may sound different from the standard class structure, students find Benjamin’s offering as a delightful addition to their regular yoga practice and an excellent opportunity to expand their daily routine.
For more information on Benjamin's additional activities, check out his MeetUp group: http://www.meetup.com/Namaste-Adventures/
Eliza moved to Paris in 2009 to further her training as an actress specializing in clown, mime, acrobatics and physical theatre.
Eliza grew up in Melbourne, Australia surfing, sailing, running, swimming, and all-round being outdoors. As a youth she competed as a gymnast in Victoria and afterwards moved towards soccer, hockey and netball. Realizing to her dismay that ball sports were not her forte, she was drawn to long distance running, athletics and rowing.
It was the boot camp style fitness training that she received that she loved the most. She loves to motivate people to achieve their goals, improve their well being and overall fitness and health. She is passionate about fitness and health, currently also training as a drama therapist, a vegetarian herself, and is keen to share this passion with others through her boot camp classes!
Students can expect a group training program that focuses on a full body work out including cardio and strength training. The group atmosphere will accomodate those who need that extra motivation to work out, complimented with the great social aspect.
An actress to the core, you can be sure that Eliza’s classes will be well animated!
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.
She loves to travel, to meet new people, discover places, ideas, and collecting recipes where ever she goes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A graduate from Kirovograd state pedagogical university in Ukraine, Iuliia also attended Norwegian College of Dance in Oslo in 2011. She holds degrees from both Universities.
She dances ballet, modern, contemporary, and jazz. She has also been an active dancer in Sport dance (disco, disco-freestyle, hip-hop, dance show) and has participated in many international competitions. She has won three First Place awardss in the world championship in Italy in 2007.
Iuliia loves to be creative and see people enjoying her class.
Originally from the USA , Matthieu started yoga as a hobby. During a trip to India , a "chance" encounter with a yoga teacher changed his life forever. Unknowingly, it was the beginning of a wonderful journey into the world of yoga.
Matthieu was trained in classical Hatha Yoga (TTC and ATTC ) by the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in South India.
Matthieu is also a certified Yoga Nidra teacher. He studied with Micheline Flak - Satyananda Ashram. In addition, he studied Indian vegetarian cooking with several ayurvedic doctors.
His yoga classes are energetic, fun and accessable to all students. For Matthieu, yoga is not just about the physical posture, it's a way of life.
For additional information on Matthieu's activities, please visit: http://www.svadharmaayuryoga.com
Her personal fitness regime includes dance classes, CrossFit, and weight lifting. However, yoga is her passion and stable foundation wherever she happens to be living. According to Atie her experience in yoga brings enlightenment and liberation for her being, and her practice is the ultimate journey to herself: body, mind and soul.
She has taught corporate/group classes as well as private clients in New York and Jakarta. Her style when guiding Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga classes is energizing, challenging, and playful and at the same time calming and nurturing. She believes that a smile is as important as the breath. "Yoga is for everybody and every body", and she encourages students not hesitate to ask her about postures and their modifications.
Her exploration of Yoga extends to other styles such as Iyengar, Dharma Yoga and Ashtanga. Patanjali's "Yoga Sutras" is the book of choice that she is always returning to, and that she brings with her wherever she travels.
As happy as she is in all of her other fitness endeavors she is on the lookout for a Badminton partner, so get in touch with her if you would like to play!
She trained in India with the Sivananda School in Kerala in 2007, and at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai in 2011 to study yoga Classical Philosophy and the yoga style of Krishnamacharya. One of her greatest teacher influences is Rod Stryker with whom she has completed a training and workshops. She is also influenced by the work of Jill Miller and completed a Yoga Tune Upâ training in 2013.
She combines her studies of yoga and background in Wellness to assist students to achieve balance in their lives.
She teaches four different styles of yoga (Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative) as well as Yoga Nidra and Meditation. Her classes are grounded in stability and awareness, she guides students to use their breath in order to find space in their minds and to go deeper into their bodies. Her classes incorporate biomechanics in equal measure to drawing upon awareness of energetics to move blockages.
Rachelle is a lover of cycling, books, life stories, French food and film, psychology, the ocean and chocolate.
Cole has been a life-long athlete & a yoga practitioner for the past 14 years. While working & living in NYC as a Fashion Designer for Victoria’s Secret, she received her RYT200h Vinyasa Flow yoga certification from the prominent NYC yoga studio, Sonic Yoga, under the direction of Lauren Hana & Johanna Bell.
Cole has been active in studying a multitude of practices in the yoga community including Budokon with Cameron Shayne, Kundalini with Kia Miller, AyurYoga with Maria Garre and Forrest Yoga with Ana Forrest.
Cole’s philosophy is, “If it’s not fun, don’t bother”. Come sweat and laugh with Cole!
You can follow her on social media by searching “Pop Up Yoga Paris” as well as staying tuned in between yoga sessions with her new online series with Dailymotion @ www.dailymotion.com/PopUpYoga
His passion for bodyART started when he was looking for more than a personal practice, specifically a methodology connecting mind and body together. He fell in love with the way bodyART combines a unique and harmonious synergy with a fun, intense and rehabilitative experience. bodyART has changed the way Miki approaches training methods for himself and for others. Now present in 22 countries, based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine principals of Yin and Yang, it is a functional training system that balances strength, flexibility and mental concentration at the same time.
Miki is now passionate about bringing positive energy and happiness into people’s life through the practice of bodyART. His classes are opened to all ages, genders or levels. All classes are performed barefoot with your body as your own equipment and uses breathing techniques to equalize your powerful and dynamic energy.
During the classes he motivates students giving variations for total newcomers to yoga as well as fitness addicts. bodyART means freedom for every participant on a personal level. Miki is there to support you through the whole training whenever you need advice or an encouraging smile.
Follow him on facebook or instagram for more information about his latest news, retreats, or classes.
Marybeth has had many home towns: Richmond, VA, Washington DC, Chapel Hill NC, London, and now Paris!
She discovered Nia (inspired by elements of Martial Arts, Dance arts, and Healing Arts) in 1998 after the birth of her 2nd child. After a few classes she was hooked; she loved to "dance like no-one's watching" in a roomful of smiling people. In 1999 she started training to become a teacher and she is now a Black Belt Nia Practitioner.
Marybeth’s passion is to inspire others through movement and and self-healing. She brings more than 18 years of experience, experimentation, and creativity to her playful Nia practice. As a teacher, Marybeth fosters a non-judgmental environment, empowering participants to listen to their bodies and to live with greater vitality, joy, and connection. Marybeth’s interest in self-healing and energy led her to the practice of Reiki. She has found her Reiki training to have a subtle yet vast impact on her Nia practice. Marybeth is a wife, mother, daughter, and friend, who uses awareness and joy to spread love and fun into the universe. She loves to travel the world and her motto is “Rock on!”
Céline spent the last 10 years abroad: in the USA, Swizerland and the UK. During the past 4 years she was enjoying life whilst teaching fitness classes in London including Zumba, Dance and Body&Mind classes. With some international experience in her pocket, she is now back in her home country of France, where she continues teaching fitness classes with a passion!
Céline is passionate about her job and her main interests are yoga and Dance. She likes to try new choreographies, classes and she loves sharing ideas about classes, postures and fitness practice.
She passed her sports diploma in Switzerland in 2011 where she became a Group Certified Instructor , reaching the required international professional standards for employment in the fitness industry. Céline soon after certified as a Zumba teacher and she also became a BodyBalance certified instructor. BodyBalance is a body & mind class that increases strentgh and flexibility, mixing tai- chi, yoga and pilates. This program combats anxiety and stress. It also improves cardio-respiratory function, promotes weight loss, and improves balance. It is especially recommended to practice during pregnancy.
Her teaching style varies depending on the type of class, but she always teaches from the heart. Students can expect to get a warm, efficient and professional workout in Céline's classes. She likes to connect with people in class, being herself, making jokes, and feeling the music (if any) to nail the workout.
Juliette was born in Paris and lived there until she was 17 years old. She then moved to Reims, Aix-en-Provence, Mexico city and then to Montreal before coming back to Paris 2 years ago to work in sustainable development.
Off the mat, Juliette is working full time to set sustainable projects in the business world. She loves to cook, travel, meet new people and find new alternatives to overconsumption!
Juliette completed a 200hr vinyasa yoga training : Expansion Freedom Voice by Janelle Olliel Waters and Amanda Dates in Paris.
Juliette created with her sister Pauline (also a vinyasa yoga teacher) SisterWood Yoga sisterwoodyoga.com
Juliette wants to make yoga accessible to most people. The main objective is to take time for ourself and have fun!
Juliette teaches dynamic vinyasa classes on music integrating asanas and core work to build a sustainable practice and reach one goal : Progress, not perfection.
Originally from Croatia, after a few years of frequent visiting she moved to Paris in 2014 where she teaches singing, holds workshops for singers as well as relaxation techniques to help reduce stress in every-day life. She was initiated into Transcendental Meditation as well as Tibetan Meditation in 1999 and has always been a supporter of Meditation as a meaningful tool to connect with your Inner Self and live a more peaceful life. In 2012 she completed the Art of Living course (by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar) and now uses Sudarshan Kriya technique as her home practice. Yoga has been present in her life since 1997 when she started practicing Yoga in Everyday Life. In the following years she has been trying out different types of Yoga, and exploring more during her teacher training in Croatia, but has chosen the path of traditional hatha Yoga, by Sri Dharma Mittra, called Dharma Yoga. She plans to specialize in this field in the future and hopes to spread these teachings.
She combines techniques used for voice teaching, Yogic techniques with the focus on breath, personalized meditations, affirmations and Reiki treatments to improve health - body, mind and soul, learn to relax and de-stress, connect with your true self and attract what you want in life. She is a promotor of positive thinking, healthy living, who likes to inspire and motivate others to live fully and follow their heart.
Maja is currently not teaching any regular classes with us.
She loves the practice of yoga simply because you can start wherever you are. It does not matter what injuries one has, how much one can bring hands to touch the toes or how many handstands one can do in a minute. As long as you want to, you can, but with adequate lessons and attention. With 6 years of yoga teaching and 11 years of mat practice, she is extremely humbled to guide yogis in Paris through the knowledge she has received from her teachers over the years.
Her influence includes teachings from the Anusara method, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Jivamukti and AcroYoga.
Yun does not currently teach any regular classes with us.
Nadine, originally from Montpellier in the South of France, has been living in Paris for 20 years. Passionate about languages and traveling, she has had the chance to visit, live, and work in several different countries.
Always curious about discovering and experiencing the different forms of movement, she has practiced Ballet, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and Flamenco as well as Kung Fu and Capoeira. To Nadine, our bodies are extraordinary tools for expression, and sometimes it just takes some time and practice to find our own.
By chance, she discovered Nia through a workshop in 2012 and she instantly loved it! Within one single Nia class, one can dance, practice martial arts, have fun, express oneself in a safe and non-judgmental environment, and get a taste of Yoga and relaxation. So, in 2015, she earned her White Belt to be able to teach, and she started the extraordinary adventure of sharing Nia with students.
What does she like most when teaching Nia? To communicate her joy of dancing to the students, to provide them with the freedom of moving in their own ways, and to see the smiles lighting up their faces.
Nadine is currently not teaching any regular classes with us.
Tea drinking, chocolate eating, hula hooping yogi and forever student brought to Paris by love (of course) and her passion for dance and circus arts.
Her vinyasa class is a creative, dynamic, and harmonious flow of movement led by breath and mindfulness accessible for all levels. She offers a practice to strengthen and awaken BodyMind.
Her restorative classes are Iyengar based infused with Buddhist meditation techniques with long held restoring poses calming the central nervous system and monkey mind!
Everything is in constant change and yoga is a way of living, guiding us through this. A practice of love.
"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured" B.K.S Iyengar.
Sade is currently not teaching any regular classes with us.
She started practising Sivananda Yoga with her mother when she was 15, and over the years has experimented with many types of Yoga, including Ashtanga, Hatha, Jivamukti, Yin, and Restorative.
She completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow at Sampoorna Yoga in Goa, India. She has long been drawn towards Eastern philosophy, and is as concerned with the spiritual elements and benefits of yoga as the physical.
Outside of class, Alice is a writer and music journalist, specialising in interviews with hip-hop artists. Music is an integral part of her life, believing that listening to music has the potential to be a sublimely spiritual experience. She simply loves to combine yoga practice with the sonic vibrations that too stir her soul.
In her Vinyasa Flow classes you can expect to move, stretch, and sweat through dynamic sequences, with an emphasis on syncopating the breath to movement. And, of course, to hear lovingly curated playlists of underground and old school hip-hop.
Alice does not currently teach any regular classes with us.
Hanna Rydén is an international yoga teacher and journalist with roots in Sweden.
She is currently based in Paris, where she is the European correspondent for the Swedish daily newspaper Göteborgs-Posten (www.gp.se). She also writes for Scandinavia's largest yoga magazine Yoga för Dig (www.yogafordig.nu).
Before Paris, she was living in India for 2,5 years where she was teaching yoga and freelancing as a journalist. She did her yoga training in India and Sweden.
Her yoga is based on classical hatha yoga and allows everyone to participate. Sometimes the lessons will be more with flow, other times there will be more influence of kundalini and yin yoga. Everything depends of the energy in the room!
The key words in her teaching are allowance, joy and warmth.
Hanna does not currently teach any regular classes with us.
University with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature. She pursued her passion for literature by working on a fiction book, spending too much time at Shakespeare & Co, and writing articles.
From Paris she was able to explore her love of travel, having now
visited countries in Europe, Africa, and a bit of the Middle East. Her enthusiasm for yoga began as a freshman in a Connecticut boarding school, and followed her to New
York City where she lived for five years.
In February 2017 she had the opportunity toparticipate in a 200 hour ashtanga vinyasa teacher training course in Goa, India with
Kranti Yoga. What began as an alternative to a high school sports requirement has become for Ellen an integral part of maintaining a healthy body, mind, and soul. In New York
City yoga was the perfect reprieve from the chaotic and oftentimes toxic metropolitan life, and in Paris it has provided her with an amazing community and a platform to build
strength and independence.
In an effort to combine a love of art with yoga, Ellen’s classes are typically
centered around a quote from poetry, literature, an artist, etc, and aim to follow a related theme throughout. Each class is intended to be as equally beneficial for the mind and soul as it is for the body. She enjoys variation, learning / incorporating new postures,
and lots of movement following breath. She’s happy to grab a coffee after class and enjoy conversation about yoga, literature, art, travel, history, etc
“I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art.” - Helena Bonham Carter
She has been practicing on and off since she was 12, doing sun salutations to her mom's Gaiam VHS tapes. She graduated from Vinyasa Yoga to Bikram, before finally falling in love with Ashtanga.
Yoga, to Micheline, is a practice in quieting the mind, being present, and listening. Ashtanga is her favored style because she believes it is especially conducive to being a moving meditation. It is always the same series of poses, and the practice changes from day to day based on the body (and mindset) of the practitioner. Her classes are fast-paced and challenging, but accessible to beginners that are ready to push themselves.
Micheline received her 200-hr teacher training from AV108 Yoga School in the Philippines and has studied Children's and Community Yoga with Rainbow Kids Yoga.
~~ Ashtanga is the original Power Vinyasa class: a very active moving meditation with many opportunities to both strengthen and energize the body. This Ashtanga Basics class introduces beginners to the primary series of this practice. Having the same sequence each time gives room for keeping the mind clear and focused, allowing students to observe how the body continues to change and evolve. Just be ready for a challenging practice that requires a humble and non-competitive outlook.
I teach the Outdoor Bootcamps in the Park as I love being in the nature, getting your heart rate up, working your body to its maximum limit to achieve your goals.
My style is supportive and encouraging as I love making everyone feel included and welcome, while pushing them to their limits to increase physical fitness and confidence.
Look forward to seeing you all in the park!