Outdoor Bootcamp with a Yogic Twist - Tuileries, GRANDE LAWN


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
This will be predominantly a fitness-style class with some yoga moves included to increase its effectiveness.
This class is for those who like to mix their yoga with a more intense style workout while being active outdoors.
• If you are keen to shed unwanted weight and get fit and strong
• If you enjoy being outside and not afraid to get a little dirty and muddy once in a while
• If you like the feeling of the positive rush of endorphins through the body
- this class is for you!!

Its main focus is fat burning and toning of all muscle groups to make you feel lean and confident.

You don't have to be super fit to participate - all levels welcome. This class is designed in such a way that can be adopted to each individual ability without affecting the group. If you are starting on your journey to better fitness or are already very sporty and want to increase your performance by cross training, this class will be equally beneficial in getting you to your goal.

The class will be a mix of 3 types of activities:

1) Bodyweight Resistance Training - Exercises that are designed to engage maximum number of muscles in one movement, and mimic your natural functional movement patterns and hence develop your strength and fitness that would be useful in improving your quality of life (as opposed to isolated gym equipment exercises that only work on a few muscles at a time and often make you work in superficial range of motion that is rarely utilised in your day-to-day life.)

2) Yoga Postures and Sequences - Performed in between the resistance training moves to work the muscles in a static way (which increases blood flow to that particular muscle). By bringing more nutrient-rich oxygenated blood to the area, we will promote faster muscular development, moreover, the nature of most yoga moves brings a more balanced development to all the muscles trained during the workout.

3) Cardiovascular Interval Training - designed to improve your heart-centered fitness as well as increase your body's fat burning capability during, and even after your workout. This will involve running, jumping, skipping, kick boxing and other fun activities

To increase its effectiveness even further by keeping your muscles and joints supple, - the class will start and finish with a yoga warm up and cool down and deep guided relaxation (weather permitting) to help you regenerate and become stronger faster.
This class is held in ENglish, most of our teachers do speak some French, don't hesitate to ask for help understanding.


DIRECTIONS
We will meet outside the Metro Tuileries, just inside the gates of the gardens. About five minutes before the start of class, we will walk over to the lawns between the the Museum des Arts Decoratifs and the Louvre School of Art. So be sure to arrive in plenty of time to get checked in and walk over with the group. For those arriving late, come find us there!

CLASS CANCELLATION
- BAD WEATHER
This class is subject to cancellation depending on weather conditions. If the teacher deems the conditions or forecast unsafe or too disagreeable then the class will be cancelled 2 hours or more before the start time. An auto-email will be sent out to students and credit will be restored to accounts. Please check the schedule on days where the weather forecast looks questionable.
-Low Attendance
Classes with 4 or less students will be cancelled 2 hours before the class. An auto-email will be sent out and credit restored to accounts.


WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING

- This class will require you to wear trainers / sports shoes.
- Please wear comfortable clothes, and several layers so that they can keep you warm during the warm up and cool down, but something that you can take off during the main part as you may get a bit hot and sweaty.
- Water Bottle
- Yoga mat or Towel - not necessary but it is likely to provide you more comfort during the yoga parts of the class.

CLASS LEVEL

Can be adapted to all levels from beginner to advanced, so all levels are welcome at all classes. The instructor will demonstrate all exercises in detail and give different options for participants of different levels.

Any problems, follow link for teacher's phone numbers: http://www.affordableyogafitness.com/pages/contact

*If you need to contact the instructor, please do so at least 20 minute before the start of class. As our teachers will be busy checking in students with their personal smartphones 15 minutes before class, please 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 of class.

CHANGING FACILITIES

As we will be exercising outdoors, there are no dedicated changing facilities. If it is possible, please come changed into your exercise clothes. 

HEALTH SCREENING
Please notify your instructor if you have undergone any recent surgeries or are currently experiencing any physical injuries. While yogic bootcamp 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 this type of physical fitness.

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue 24 Oct 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Ellen McQueen
  • Tue 31 Oct 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Ellen McQueen