Foundations of Yoga - Bilingual


This class is taught by:

Ellen McQueen

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

Gillian Grant

Gillian is an American Yoga (500 RYT) and Ballet Barre teacher living in Paris for over a decade. Yoga became a major part of her life after giving birth to her son over 10 years ago. Her practice has helped to maintain balance in her personal and professional life. Teaching for Gillian is a way to help others also find balance in the often hectic urban environment. Also, as a student and practitioner 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 first 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. She 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.
 
Gillian's most recent training (300 RYT) was at The Association for Yoga and Meditation (AYM) in Rishikesh, India. Her Yoga specializations include: Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Power Yoga and Kundalini. She is also certified in Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic massage.
 
In 2015, Gillian completed her Ballet Barre training with BarreConcept and world-renowned teacher Emma Newham. Gillian's Ballet Barre and Barre au Sol (Floor Barre) are a mixture of traditional Ballet foot and arm positions, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), Pilates, Yoga and Bootcamp. Her classes are dynamic, positive, and fun with upbeat music and will leave you feeling strong in your entire body and ready to take on the world!

If you are new to yoga, or if you would simply enjoy a review of the foundational concepts such as proper alignment in the poses, please come join! The class will move at a mild to moderate pace with plenty of explanations to help you feel and decide how to best situate your body in each posture, and will also offer you confidence and knowledge in preparation for faster and more advanced classes.

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 (Etienne Pernet) and 75009 (Studio Bleu). Once ordered, email help@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
While any level of student will benefit from focusing on the foundational principles of yoga practice, this particular class is intended for a Beginner Level. Advanced modifications will not be highlighted. Check our schedule of other classes for intermediate and advanced offerings.

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 or fitness.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu 26 Oct 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Ellen McQueen
  • Thu 02 Nov 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 09 Nov 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 16 Nov 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 23 Nov 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 30 Nov 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 07 Dec 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 14 Dec 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 21 Dec 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Gillian Grant
  • Thu 28 Dec 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm with Gillian Grant