Slow Flow Yoga


This class is taught by:

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.

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/

Alice Price-Styles

Alice has her mother to thank for introducing her to the wonders of Yoga and of Paris. After several special trips to Paris with her mother as a child and teenager, Alice began to dream of one day living here. So, she finally booked a one-way ticket from the U.K. (her home country), packed her bags, and made that dream come true.

She started practising Sivananda Yoga with her mother when she was 15, and over the years has experimented with many types of Yoga, including Ashtanga, Hatha, Jivamukti, Yin, and Restorative.

She completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow at Sampoorna Yoga in Goa, India. She has long been drawn towards Eastern philosophy, and is as concerned with the spiritual elements and benefits of yoga as the physical.

Outside of class, Alice is a writer and music journalist, specialising in interviews with hip-hop artists. Music is an integral part of her life, believing that listening to music has the potential to be a sublimely spiritual experience. She simply loves to combine yoga practice with the sonic vibrations that too stir her soul.

In her Vinyasa Flow classes you can expect to move, stretch, and sweat through dynamic sequences, with an emphasis on syncopating the breath to movement. And, of course, to hear lovingly curated playlists of underground and old school hip-hop.

Alice does not currently teach any regular classes with us. 

 

The purpose of this class is to provide a dynamically un-rushed collection of Vinyasa yoga postures that pay special attention to graceful transition, intimate body awareness, and purposeful fluid strength.  Think of it as the powerful counterbalance to a dynamic class where the intensity comes from speed.  Here, we invite the strength of slow-motion to deepen and inform our relationship to the body.
While beginners are certainly welcome, this is not necessarily intended to be an 'easier' class.   

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: https://affordableyogaaffordablefitness.liveeditaurora.com/pages/prices--packages

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

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

As we rent space in several venues across Paris, please verify the class location as listed on our schedule: http://www.affordableyogafitness.com/apps/mindbody/list-schedule

Location addresses and transportation details can be found on the ‘Contact Us’ page: http://www.affordableyogafitness.com/pages/contact

When you enter the building, look for the Affordable Yoga signs to guide you 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.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu 26 Oct 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Hayley Rowlands
  • Thu 02 Nov 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Benjamin Hart
  • Thu 09 Nov 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Benjamin Hart
  • Thu 16 Nov 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Alice Price-Styles
  • Thu 23 Nov 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Benjamin Hart
  • Thu 30 Nov 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Benjamin Hart
  • Thu 07 Dec 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Benjamin Hart