Urban Yoga Retreat à paris: an exploration of yoga, culture and self
Yoga + Paris. 'Nuf said -- but I'll say more because I'm too excited not to...
This retreat is born from my desire to share, jointly, my two most favorite things in life: yoga and living another language.
Yoga is a study of the Self. We use the asana practice as an opportunity to cultivate evenness of mind in comfort and discomfort -- to practice staying present, focused and engaged even when we feel challenged and uncomfortable. It helps us live life differently and see the world through another lens. Language and cultural immersion does the same thing.
I believe that language fundamentally shapes one's experience in any given moment. The words we use, how we communicate, is core to how we engage with others in this life. For me, travel, especially in a foreign language, goes far beyond being a tourist. It is an opportunity to try on different or hidden sides of self, to practice being uncomfortable, and to discover and adapt to new territory. It is about embracing a place's social norms and embodying its cultural nuances in a way that can't be accessed except through language. Doing so, the culture becomes a part of me and I, a part of it. It is about getting lost and then finding myself, again and again. In that, it is a practice of yoga -- an exploration of self.
I have been carrying the global citizenship flag since I was young. I spent my summers attending and then working at language immersion camps, where cross-cultural understanding was the ultimate goal and outcome. I've spent many years living abroad. In recent years, I facilitated local, insiders' experiences as a field producer and translator for National Geographic and PBS. This work only reinforced the yogic teaching of oneness -- of seeing oneself in the other, and the other in oneself. For a second year in a row, I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to present this retreat, overtly framing language and cultural immersion within the context of yoga.
Within the container of this retreat, you will dive deeply into your asana practice. You will wine and dine. You will visit historic sites and have plenty of time to stroll and shop and museum hop and eat baguettes. And you will se poser la question "Who am I en français?" as you wander through the dreamy Parisian streets that, for countless generations, have served as the muse creatives who arrive in the City of Lights hoping to find themselves through the process of getting lost.
Are you ready to join me? Registration opens April 15th, 2019.