Paris, symbol of romance, history and culture, have opened its heart to the practice of yoga. Tuning out its busy life to the art of consciousness and meditation.
Yoga is slowly invading cities and neighborhoods, and yoga mats being common inside people’s houses. Breathing, stretching and rooting ourselves has become the escape that does us good.
There’s a type of yoga for everyone: Ashtanga, Hatha, Hatha Flow, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Kundalini, Vibhava yoga, Vinyasa, Yang yoga and Yin. Each kind is recommended according to one’s needs.
Below is a mini-guide for the aspiring yoginis:
Ashtanga: Alternates breathing and dynamic postures. The mind constantly focuses on inhaling and exhaling. The purpose is not to perfect the postures but to perform an active meditation based on breathing.
Hatha: Basic yoga for newbies. It introduces simple movements and postures. The trainer guides the class and instructs his yogis on when to breath in and breath out.
Hatha Flow: Takes Hatha to another level. The body follows the rhythm of a dynamic breathing.
Iyengar: This type of yoga requires the understanding of basic posture beforehand. Because it aims for perfect alignment and flexibility before getting the the body to relax.
Jivamukti: a.k.a a ‘liberation while living’. It’s a dynamic, musical and rejuvenating moment. The class focuses on the sequence of postures through meditation, music, mantra chanting and reading of ancient texts and philosophy.
Kundalini: Recharges the body with breathing, meditation and dynamic exercises. The objective is to clear the mind from the accumulated stress. The Gong at the end of the class resonates within the body and liberates the spirit from tension.
Vibhava yoga: The meaning of Vibhava is evolution. While breathing and relaxing, the emphasis is put on muscles and joints.
Vinyasa: It’s a sequence of flowing almost dancing movements synchronized to the breathing. The purpose is to elevate the body’s temperature and to get the body sweating. This process allows the body to get rid of toxins.
Yang and Yin yoga: Yang yoga favors strength and endurance whereas Yin yoga is more relaxing and gentle. Each Yin and Yang are taught in two separate classes although they are both complimentary yoga.
Where to practise yoga Paris?
Among the many places where one can enjoy a yoga class, the Le Tigre Yoga Paris Club is certainly the place you’re looking for. Upon entering Le Tigre, we are instantly immersed into a cozy atmosphere by the presence of the lavender blue couches spread around the front desk and the warm wooden floors. The dimmed lighting is an invitation to slow down, take a seat, relax and disconnect from the real world. The air is filled with soothing vibes blended with a magnolia scent.
Why Le Tigre? The tiger is the symbol of strength and energy guiding neophytes into the jungle. The purpose of the Yoga Paris Club is to ally both awareness and spirituality by balancing the mind and the body.
‘To feel at home’, is the mantra of Marion Collard, architect and in line of Elodie Faramond, founder of Le Tigre. An image suggesting that we ought to envision our own inner self like our home.
Le Tigre has two locations: one in the 16th district near the Eiffel tower (Le Tigre Chaillot) and the other one in Saint-Germain (Le Tigre Rive-Gauche), on the left bank.
Booking a class is uncomplicated, just by calling the front desk at one or the other locations we will get half-way to a mesmerizing experience.
Le Tigre Yoga Paris Club
17 rue de Chaillot 75016 Paris
101 rue du Cherche-Midi 75006 Paris