Hatha Flow Yoga - 60 min


This class is taught by:

Benjamin Hart

Benjamin is a Texas-Born World-Resident with a life-long relationship to movement and energy. A student of theater, dance, and gymnastics since the age of four, his yoga practice initially blossomed in the sand and sun of Barcelona where his ‘Beach Bikram’ classes took off.  Having lived in Los Angeles and New York City, Benjamin gainined his RYT 200hr Yoga Teacher certificate in Dallas, and came straight to Paris following Love and Life's Adventures. 

For Benjamin, yoga is truly a practice of Union with ourselves, with each other, and with the Divine, resonant in All. His classes utilize the flowing pace of traditional Vinyasa technique with an infusion of his studies as a modern day Urban Shaman focusing on the inner journey, energy harmonization, and intentional manifestation. Beginners will love his accessible approach while experienced yogis are certainly in for something refreshing and new.

The format for Benjamin’s classes has been well-described as ‘Rainbow Yoga’, meaning that the seven Chakra energy centers within each of our bodies are the foundation and focus of his series. These resonating energetic vortexes are paired with appropriate traditional yoga postures to awaken and purify the physical as well as energy bodies. The seven Elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Sound, Light and Thought are also incorporated for a joyful time of self-healing, counterbalance, and exploration of the infinite Here and Now.

While it may sound different from the standard class structure, students find Benjamin’s offering as a delightful addition to their regular yoga practice and an excellent opportunity to expand their daily routine.

For more information on Benjamin's additional activities, check out his MeetUp group: http://www.meetup.com/Namaste-Adventures/

Hayley Rowlands

Hayley Rowlands is a fully certified RYT 200hour yoga teacher. To gain her certification, Hayley travelled to India – the birth place of yoga – and completed an intensive teacher-training course with The Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre in Goa. She was born in South Wales, UK, and currently resides in Paris, France.

Hayley first came to Paris to work as a professional dancer, and fell in love with the city and its openness to the artistic side of life. Her career as a professional dancer has now spanned 12 years, and she feels fortunate to have worked internationally for over a decade.

Throughout her career as a dancer, Hayley has always found solace in yoga practice; she has always utilised yoga as a means of escaping the demands of her fast-paced profession. The consistently strenuous nature of her work, however, concluded in many injuries. This marked a significant turning point for Hayley and, most importantly, her relationship with yoga. She started using the postures in asana as a way to rehabilitate and grew to appreciate the healing properties of yoga. Becoming increasingly devoted, Hayley’s knowledge of the philosophy behind yoga developed and it became abundantly clear to her that she needed more than just physical fitness to feel truly happy. Through yoga, Hayley began to nurture her mind and spirit, as well as her body. Yoga has brought Hayley a sense of contentment and joy; it makes her feel healthier – both physically and mentally.

In Hayley’s classes, she combines her extensive knowledge of dance and yoga, ensuring her students’ movements are precise, whilst utilising a range of breathing techniques to achieve calmness. Hayley’s loving and thoughtful personality shines through during each of her classes, and she always fosters a relaxed, non-judgemental environment. She strives to ensure her students feel free to push themselves, whist maintaining focus on the mind. Through promoting harmony between the body, mind and spirit, Hayley is extremely committed to helping others to thrive. She endeavours to lead a practice that is challenging and focused; however, her adaptability means that she can tailor her practice to suit her students’ needs and abilities. It is of upmost importance to Hayley that yoga is accessible.

Having experienced first-hand the positive impact that yoga can have on a person’s wellbeing, Hayley is incredibly passionate about the everlasting benefits of yoga, and she is committed to bringing yoga to everyone.

Céline Vetter

French speaking
Céline spent the last 10 years abroad: in the USA, Swizerland and the UK. During the past 4 years she was enjoying life whilst teaching fitness classes in London including Zumba, Dance and Body&Mind classes. With some international experience in her pocket, she is now back in her home country of France, where she continues teaching fitness classes with a passion!

Céline is passionate about her job and her main interests are yoga and Dance. She likes to try new choreographies, classes and she loves sharing ideas about classes, postures and fitness practice.

She passed her sports diploma in Switzerland in 2011 where she became a Group Certified Instructor , reaching the required international professional standards for employment in the fitness industry. Céline soon after certified as a Zumba teacher and she also became a BodyBalance certified instructor. BodyBalance is a body & mind class that increases strentgh and flexibility, mixing tai- chi, yoga and pilates. This program combats anxiety and stress. It also improves cardio-respiratory function, promotes weight loss, and improves balance. It is especially recommended to practice during pregnancy.

Her teaching style varies depending on the type of class, but she always teaches from the heart. Students can expect to get a warm, efficient and professional workout in Céline's classes. She likes to connect with people in class, being herself, making jokes, and feeling the music (if any) to nail the workout.

Louise Cutler

French speaking
Louise is originally from England, where she grew up in beautiful Cornwall. In 2001 she moved over to Brittany and in 2009 Louise moved to Paris for her job as store manager in an organic Naturalia shop. After leaving this stressful and exhausting job, Louise decided to stay and teach yoga in Paris.
 
Louise is a huge fan of cooking and eating! As a vegetarian, she combines flavours, spices and origines to create a colourful, healthy, international fusion.
She loves to travel, to meet new people, discover places, ideas, and collecting recipes where ever she goes.
 
Louise followed an intensive 200h classical yoga teacher training in Spain in 2013. This is where she learned the basics of alignment and asana, aswell as breathing and relaxation techniques and meditation.
In 2015, Louise followed one of her inspiring teachers in a ten week ayurveda course, the Dinacharya, where she discovered the basics of ayurveda and how to bring it into everyday life to live a more peaceful, happy and healthy life.  She has also studied crystal healing, Korean relaxation massage and Reiki.
 
In her own practice, Louise enjoys the natural mix of subtle and dynamic movement. Being on her mat and listening to her body and practicing what it asks for. She especially loves the energy created in a slow, mindful, expansive flow which balances both the body, the mind and the more subtle elements of the self.
As much as possible Louise moves from the heart when on the mat, she also reminds herself regularly to smile and have fun !
In the past few years, breath work and mantra have eased themselves into her practice, as well as self massage and gratitude.
 
Louise's classes are light hearted with a positive and optimistic vibe. She encourages students to listen to their body, to feel their breath and to relax into each posture.
In each class Louise focuses on alignment, grounding and expanding.   Falling over, cracking joints and laughter are all welcome in her classes which begin with intention and finish in gratitude.

This Hatha Flow class will focus on the breath, proper alignment of postures, and simple, yet dynamic transitions to strengthen the physical body and calm the mind. Intensely focused postures with modifications for every level, and a deeply relaxing cool-down will be offered. This class could be considered the merging point between the traditional Hatha (static) and Vinyasa (fluid) offerings.
This class is held in English, most of our teachers do speak some French, don't hesitate to ask for help understanding.

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 to purchase for 24€ each. 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 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 or fitness.
 

Upcoming classes:

  • Class Full
    Tue 24 Oct 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Benjamin Hart
  • Thu 26 Oct 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Hayley Rowlands
  • Tue 31 Oct 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Benjamin Hart
  • Thu 02 Nov 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Céline Vetter
  • Tue 07 Nov 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Benjamin Hart
  • Thu 09 Nov 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Céline Vetter
  • Fri 10 Nov 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm with Louise Cutler
  • Tue 14 Nov 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Benjamin Hart
  • Thu 16 Nov 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Céline Vetter
  • Thu 23 Nov 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Céline Vetter
  • Tue 28 Nov 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Benjamin Hart
  • Thu 30 Nov 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Céline Vetter
  • Tue 05 Dec 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm with Benjamin Hart