Anna


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.


Professional history

 

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!



Anna instructs the following:
  • Hatha Yoga - 60 min

  • Hatha yoga style incorporates a series of isolated / static postures that are held for between 30sec and 3mins with rests in between. This style of class always incorporates deep relaxation and breathing exercises in addition to the practice of yoga asanas / postures. The slower pace also allows for a more concentrated focus of proper body alignment in each pose. This is an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the traditional postures that are used in a more fluid Vinyasa class.
    This class is held in English, most of our teachers do speak some French, do,'t hesitate to ask for help understanding.

    Le yoga Hatha intègre une série de postures tenues pour entre 30sec et 3mn. On utilise des postures de "repos" entre chaque asana. Ce style de cours incorpore toujours une profonde relaxation et des exercices de respiration, en plus de la pratique du yoga asanas / postures. Le rythme plus lent permet également une approche plus concentrée d'alignement du corps dans chaque pose. Ceci est une excellente occasion de se familiariser avec les postures traditionnelles qui sont utilisées dans les cours de Vinyasa qui est plus rapide.
    Ce cours est en anglais. Si ce n'est pas votre langue maternelle, n'hésitez pas à demander des précisions au professeur. Prenez votre tapis de yoga ou une serviette, des vêtements souples et une bouteille d'eau. Pour plus d'informations sur le lieux, regardez notre site "contact us".

    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) 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.
     

  • Versailles Weekend Retreats Total Immersion Package

  • Choose between the following weekends - or come to all 3!
    June 9-11
    July 14-16
    September 8-10

    Make sure to double check the date(s) you are signing up for.

    The Total Immersion Package for 165€ includes 2 nights stay in a Canadian Tent - a luxury tent with amenities like beds (double or single), table and chairs, cooking facilities, wooden floors, and a terrace. Sleeps 5 people total.
    Price Includes:

    - 3 classes per day (2 yoga and 1 fitness)
    - 1 guided walk in VERSAILLES forest - Choose fitness or leisurely pace (on Saturday only)
    - Guided market visit (on Saturday only)
    - Hosts on-site to welcome you and make your stay comfortable
    - Welcome packs
    - Healthy recipes to take away with you
    - Educational talks on rules of good nutrition
    - Unlimited Hugs
    - Food (does not include additional cost of what you choose to spend at the market):

    • Breakfast: including, eggs, fresh cereal, seeds, nuts, yoghurt, fruit, yogi teas, and infusions.
    • Lunch: Ingredients that are not available at the market, such as olive oil, spices, condiments, paper plates and cutlery, napkins, barbecue coal and accessories, salad seasonings, etc. (You will additionally need to buy salad vegetables and things you want to grill for the day or weekend at the market.)
    • Afternoon snacks: coconut chips, seeds, nuts, dried fruit.
    • Dinner: Ingredients such as whole meal rice, quinoa, healthy snacks, nuts and seeds, beans and lentils, tofu, sour cream, salt, pepper, herbs, spices, cooking oils, etc.
    Canadian Tents reserved through us by purchasing the Total Immersion Package are only available for a minimum of 2 nights stay.

    To book:

    Select your option and click "Sign Up" on the Workshops/Retreats page:
    http://affordableyogafitness.com/apps/mindbody/enrollments.
    You will be prompted to log into your Affordable Yoga & Fitness account if you are logged out.

    *To book other options such as the 1 or 2 Day Pass, please visit those descriptions accordingly.

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    CANCELLATION POLICIES

    -1 or 2 Day Passes are refundable as Affordable Yoga & Fitness account credit up until 48 hours before retreat start.

    -Total Immersion Package is partially refundable as AY&F account credit. We keep 50€ to cover the cost to Huttopia for 2 nights of the Canadian Tent per person.

    All refund requests can be sent to
    management@affordableyogafitness.com

    Low Attendance Cancellation Policy
    Though it is very unlikely and has never happened in the past, we will need to cancel the retreat in the event that less than 10 people are signed up 1 week before the start date. In this case, you will be notified immediately and full refunds will be issued in the form of Affordable Yoga & Fitness account credit to be used towards any of our other services and products.


  • Versailles Weekend Retreats FULL DESCRIPTION (3 Weekend Options)

  • DATES
    June 9-11
    July 14-16
    September 8-10

    Escape Paris for a healthy weekend at an affordable price- starting from less than 58€ a day (57,50€ to be exact)!
     
    Tone up, slim down, de-stress, strengthen your yoga practice, and feel refreshed and rejuvenated at a fraction of the price of a typical yoga and fitness retreat!

    Experience Affordable Yoga & Fitness in the tranquility of nature, taking place in Versailles' surrounding forests at Huttopia, an environmentally-friendly luxury campsite: Just 30 minutes from Paris, and walking distance from RER (no car needed!)
    http://france.huttopia.com/en/destination/campsite/huttopia-versailles/site
     
    AFFORDABLE

    Experience the amazing value – An action packed weekend offering 2 yoga classes 2 fitness activities per day, access to outdoor heated pool, welcome packs with recipe books and onsite hosts all starting at 57,50€ per day.

    Want an Organic, healthy breakfast to be delivered to your morning yoga practice in the forest clearing? And then take part in a giant group BBQ for lunch, and later have dinner with us too? - The majority of the food cost is included in the price of each package.

    EASY TO GET TO

    Just 30 minutes from Paris, and a 10 minute walk from RER C Station Porchefontaine! Making it possible to fit in a day visit if you cannot spare the whole weekend.
     
    FLEXIBLE

    The uniqueness of this camp is that you can chose from many options to make it your dream gateway that meets your individual needs as well as fits your budget.

    Make it your own dream escape!

    You get to decide on the intensity and emphasis of your itinerary. Perhaps you participate in the yoga sessions to relax and de-stress, or the fitness sessions to get your heart pumping and shed some extra weight, take your own time to get in touch with the surroundings, or combine them all! You decide if you would like to take part in exercise classes once, twice or even 4 times a day.

    To help you stay in control of your budget we give you a choice of many options:
    - Choose the length of your stay - 1 day or 2 days. 
    - Choose your accommodation - no overnight stay, camping in a tent, camping in a luxury tent, or staying in a log cabin.
    - Choose your Catering option - While we provide cooking ingredients, breakfasts, teas, afternoon snacks, side dishes, and supplemental materials (such as plates, cutlery, etc) you choose how much you would like to spend on your own (or split with others) during the Saturday market trip. 

    THE ITINERARY

    We will provide a rigorous yet carefully planned, natural, and effective training regime that includes two different types of yoga practices and fun, varied cardio and resistance training (on land, in water, in the forest, and around the pool)! There will be options for body weight resistance training and yoga twice a day every day. Not to mention there are loads of other available activities to do around the area such as trekking, running, and cycling.

    The menu for the weekend will be highly nutritious, healthy and balanced which will coincide well with practical workshops and talks on healthy living.

    TYPICAL DAY

    8h30: Rise and Shine. Start the day with a hot lemon and ginger tea (teabags provided in your welcome packs upon arrival - Only applies to those staying overnight).

    8h50: Meet at the campsite entrance.

    9h-10h: Morning Yoga Class in a forest clearing near the campsite.

    10h05: Breakfast served in the forest clearing.

    11h: Trip to the local market to purchase food for the day or weekend. The Saturday morning market is a 5 minute walk from the Huttopia campsite where you will find a wide range of local produce.

    13h-14h: Fitness Circuits by the lake. A more intense fat burning and muscle- toning workout for those who would like to work up a bigger appetite.

    14h: Lunch BBQ – Vegan, vegetarian, and carnivore friendly. Using the food bought at the market and other key ingredients pre-purchased by the hosts we will cook together. We will suggest a recipe and demonstrate a way of cooking for everyone to follow.

    16h30-17h30: Free time or a walk around the forest trails near the campsite. The walk can be split into 2 groups:
    1. Leisurely paced walk on a trail that loops around the wild and picturesque forest.
    2. Fitness walk. Expect sprints, burpees, and various other challenges at several points during the walk.

    18h-19h: Evening yoga session in forest clearing. Ease into a gentle and relaxing yoga class after a day spent in the nature. This class will have a restorative focus to soothe and stretch tired muscles and re-energize the body and mind for the evening ahead.

    19h30: Dinner. Using the food bought at the market we will cook together a recipe from the book provided.

    20h45: Option to do a cultural activity in Versailles for those who still have the energy!

    *Please Note: Sunday will be organized slightly differently because the Versailles Market will be closed. The itinerary will still include 3 meals, 2 yoga sessions, and 1 fitness session. The day will end earlier around 18h.

    PRICES AND PACKAGES

    - 1 Day Pass (Saturday or Sunday): 65€
    - 2 Day Pass (Saturday and Sunday): 115€ - BEST VALUE AT 57,50€ PER DAY (without overnight accommodation)
    - Total Immersion Package (2 nights accommodation in a Canadian Tent and 2 full days of activities): 165€ (25€ per person per night accommodation in a luxury tent + 2 Day Pass) - 10 spots total available

    Canadian Tents reserved through us by purchasing the Total Immersion Package are only available for a minimum of 2 nights stay.

    *An additional cost not included in any price option is a trip to the Versailles Market on Saturday to shop for fresh ingredients for lunches and dinners (spend as much or as little as you like).

    Other accommodation options

    If you wish to stay 1 or 2 nights for less it is possible to rent a pitch directly through Huttopia and camp with your own tent. Tents are also available to rent from Affordable Yoga & Fitness for 5€.

    Alternatively, if you wish to go for an even more luxurious option you can stay in a log cabin or other options available in Huttopia.

    For these options we ask you to buy a day pass with us and separately book accommodation for yourself or your group through Huttopia:http://france.huttopia.com/en/destination/campsite/huttopia-versailles/site

    WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

    All day-passes :
    -3 classes per day (2 yoga and 1 fitness)
    - 1 guided walk in VERSAILLES forest - Choose fitness or leisurely pace (on Saturday only)
    - Guided market visit (on Saturday only)
    - Hosts on-site to welcome you and make your stay comfortable
    - Welcome packs 
    - Healthy recipes to take away with you
    - Educational talks on rules of good nutrition
    - Unlimited hugs (tax free!) 

    FOOD 

    - We provide you with delicious organic and nutritionally balanced breakfasts (brought to you in the forest clearing after our morning yoga practice)
    - We will then provide base ingredients and recipes, as well as host and help prepare a giant group barbecue for lunch and dinner (with fresh ingredients bought by you at a local market). We will visit a local market together on Saturday to buy the supplies for the day /weekend.
    -A shopping list will be provided as well as advice and guidance on the best products to purchase to put together nutritionally balanced and healthy meals for the weekend.
    Most meals will be cooked over open fire and using the Canadian Tent cooking facilities

    The price of each option includes:

    Breakfast: including, eggs, fresh cereal, seeds, nuts, yoghurt, fruit, yogi teas, and infusions.

    Lunch: Ingredients that are not available at the market, such as olive oil, spices, condiments, paper plates and cutlery, napkins, barbecue coal and accessories, salad seasonings, etc. (You will additionally need to buy salad vegetables and things you want to grill for the day or weekend at the market.)

    Afternoon snacks: coconut chips, seeds, nuts, dried fruit.

    Dinner: Ingredients such as whole meal rice, quinoa, healthy snacks, nuts and seeds, beans and lentils, tofu, sour cream, salt, pepper, herbs, spices, cooking oils, etc.

    FRIDAY EVENING AND SUNDAY FOOD OPTIONS

    - Those staying at Huttopia on Friday night can arrive from 17h and are welcome to try the onsite restaurant or go out in Versailles. You decide how much or little you would like to spend.
    - Those purchasing just a day pass for Sunday:
    The Versailles Market is only open on Saturday, so if you come just for Sunday and would like to eat with us- please send an email to support@affordableyogafitness.com and indicate to us if you would like us to buy you some reasonably priced market items. Please indicate any diet preferences and restrictions. We will then reconcile your account via credit card when you arrive on Sunday. 

    ACCOMMODATION - Optional (additional cost)

    The Total Immersion Package includes 2 nights stay in a Canadian Tent - a luxury tent with amenities like beds (double or single), table and chairs, cooking facilities, wooden floors, and a terrace. Sleeps 5 people total.http://france.huttopia.com/en/canadian-tent-rental-in-France

    BOOKING

    On our Workshops/Retreats Page select the option you would like to reserve for your selected weekend: Total Immersion Package, 1-Day Pass or 2-Day Pass. 

    Click "Sign Up" from that option.

    Day Passes and other accommodations can be purchased at any time as space is available.

    Alternative accommodation options

    If you would like to join us for one or both nights in another accommodation, we invite you to purchase a 1 day or 2 day pass from us, and reserve your own accommodation through Huttopia:
    http://france.huttopia.com/en/destination/campsite/huttopia-versailles/accomodation

    Want more luxury or a more budget friendly overnight option?

    -There are less expensive options such as renting a pitch and bringing your own tent for wilder camping or more luxurious cabin options.
    -Tents are available to rent from Affordable Yoga & Fitness for 5€ if you reserve a pitch, but still need a tent.

    We hope you will consider escaping with us this summer!

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    CANCELLATION POLICIES
    -1 or 2 Day Passes are refundable as Affordable Yoga & Fitness account credit up until 48 hours before retreat start.

    -Total Immersion Package is partially refundable as AY&F account credit. We keep 50€ to cover the cost to Huttopia for 2 nights of the Canadian Tent per person.

    All refund requests can be sent to
     
    Low Attendance Cancellation Policy 
    Though it is very unlikely and has never happened in the past, we will need to cancel the retreat in the event that less than 10 people are signed up 1 week before the start date. In this case, you will be notified immediately and full refunds will be issued in the form of Affordable Yoga & Fitness account credit to be used towards any of our other services and products. 

  • Versailles Weekend Retreats 1-Day Pass

  • Choose between the following weekends - or come to all 3!
    June 9-11
    July 14-16
    September 8-10
     
    Make sure to double check the date(s) you are signing up for.
     
    Join us for just 1 day, either Saturday or Sunday, with a 1-Day Pass for 65€.

    Price Includes:

    - 3 classes per day (2 yoga and 1 fitness)
    - 1 guided walk in VERSAILLES forest - Choose fitness or leisurely pace (on Saturday only)
    - Guided market visit (on Saturday only)
    - Hosts on-site to welcome you and make your stay comfortable
    - Welcome packs
    - Healthy recipes to take away with you
    - Educational talks on rules of good nutrition
    - Unlimited Hugs
    - Food (does not include additional cost of what you choose to spend at the market):
    • Breakfast: including, eggs, fresh cereal, seeds, nuts, yoghurt, fruit, yogi teas, and infusions.
    • Lunch: Ingredients that are not available at the market, such as olive oil, spices, condiments, paper plates and cutlery, napkins, barbecue coal and accessories, salad seasonings, etc. (You will additionally need to buy salad vegetables and things you want to grill for the day or weekend at the market.)
    • Afternoon snacks: coconut chips, seeds, nuts, dried fruit.
    • Dinner: Ingredients such as whole meal rice, quinoa, healthy snacks, nuts and seeds, beans and lentils, tofu, sour cream, salt, pepper, herbs, spices, cooking oils, etc.
    To book:

    Select your option and click "Sign Up" on the Workshops/Retreats page:
    http://affordableyogafitness.com/apps/mindbody/enrollments.
    You will be prompted to log into your Affordable Yoga & Fitness account if you are logged out. 


    *To book other options such as the 2 Day Pass or Total Immersion Package, please visit those descriptions accordingly. 
     
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    CANCELLATION POLICIES

    -1 or 2 Day Passes are refundable as Affordable Yoga & Fitness account credit up until 48 hours before retreat start.

    -Total Immersion Package is partially refundable as AY&F account credit. We keep 50€ to cover the cost to Huttopia for 2 nights of the Canadian Tent per person.

    All refund requests can be sent to
     
    Low Attendance Cancellation Policy
    Though it is very unlikely and has never happened in the past, we will need to cancel the retreat in the event that less than 10 people are signed up 1 week before the start date. In this case, you will be notified immediately and full refunds will be issued in the form of Affordable Yoga & Fitness account credit to be used towards any of our other services and products.

  • Versailles Weekend Retreats 2-Day Pass

  • Choose between the following weekends - or come to all 3!
    June 9-11
    July 14-16
    September 8-10

    Make sure to double check the date(s) you are signing up for.

    Join us for both Saturday and Sunday with a 2-Day Pass for 115€ (Best Value at 57,50€ per day!)


    Price Includes:

    - 3 classes per day (2 yoga and 1 fitness)
    - 1 guided walk in VERSAILLES forest - Choose fitness or leisurely pace (on Saturday only)
    - Guided market visit (on Saturday only)
    - Hosts on-site to welcome you and make your stay comfortable
    - Welcome packs
    - Healthy recipes to take away with you
    - Educational talks on rules of good nutrition
    - Unlimited Hugs
    - Food (does not include additional cost of what you choose to spend at the market):

    • Breakfast: including, eggs, fresh cereal, seeds, nuts, yoghurt, fruit, yogi teas, and infusions.
    • Lunch: Ingredients that are not available at the market, such as olive oil, spices, condiments, paper plates and cutlery, napkins, barbecue coal and accessories, salad seasonings, etc. (You will additionally need to buy salad vegetables and things you want to grill for the day or weekend at the market.)
    • Afternoon snacks: coconut chips, seeds, nuts, dried fruit.
    • Dinner: Ingredients such as whole meal rice, quinoa, healthy snacks, nuts and seeds, beans and lentils, tofu, sour cream, salt, pepper, herbs, spices, cooking oils, etc.
    *Does not include overnight accommodation


    To book:

    Select your option and click "Sign Up" on the Workshops/Retreats page:
    http://affordableyogafitness.com/apps/mindbody/enrollments.
    You will be prompted to log into your Affordable Yoga & Fitness account if you are logged out.

    *To book other options such as the 1 Day Pass or Total Immersion Package, please visit those descriptions accordingly.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    CANCELLATION POLICIES

    -1 or 2 Day Passes are refundable as Affordable Yoga & Fitness account credit up until 48 hours before retreat start.

    -Total Immersion Package is partially refundable as AY&F account credit. We keep 50€ to cover the cost to Huttopia for 2 nights of the Canadian Tent per person.

    All refund requests can be sent to
    management@affordableyogafitness.com

    Low Attendance Cancellation Policy
    Though it is very unlikely and has never happened in the past, we will need to cancel the retreat in the event that less than 10 people are signed up 1 week before the start date. In this case, you will be notified immediately and full refunds will be issued in the form of Affordable Yoga & Fitness account credit to be used towards any of our other services and products.