Ellen

Ellen McQueen arrived in Paris June of 2015 after graduating from New York
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


Ellen instructs the following:
  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga - 60min

  • The purpose of a Vinyasa class is to link the traditional yoga asanas / postures together into a harmonious flow of transitioning positions while giving focus to active meditation. This could be considered a more 'active' class than our Hatha offerings.  It is dynamic yet soft in nature, and relaxation is often reserved to the end of the session. The sequence of postures will vary from class to class, building on the fluid transitions of core asanas to develop strength, flexibility, balance and focus.
    This class is in English, most of our teachers do speak some French, don't hesitate to ask for help understanding.

    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 5Etienne 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

    This class is open to every level of practitioner from beginners on up. Our instructors give careful guidance to ensure that everyone is comfortable in the foundation of the posture, and modifications to increase or decrease the intensity of each position will be available. Feel free to ask for modifications.

    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.