Gillian

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!


Gillian instructs the following:
  • Hatha Yoga - 60 min

  • Hatha yoga style incorporates a series of isolated / static postures that are held for between 30sec and 3mins with rests in between. This style of class always incorporates deep relaxation and breathing exercises in addition to the practice of yoga asanas / postures. The slower pace also allows for a more concentrated focus of proper body alignment in each pose. This is an excellent opportunity to become familiar with the traditional postures that are used in a more fluid Vinyasa 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 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

    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.
     

  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga - 60min

  • The purpose of a Vinyasa class is to link the traditional yoga asanas / postures together into a harmonious flow of transitioning positions while giving focus to active meditation. This could be considered a more 'active' class than our Hatha offerings.  It is dynamic yet soft in nature, and relaxation is often reserved to the end of the session. The sequence of postures will vary from class to class, building on the fluid transitions of core asanas to develop strength, flexibility, balance and focus.
    This class is 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 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 5Etienne 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

    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.
     

  • Hatha Flow Yoga - 90min

  • 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:  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. 
     

  • Ballet Barre
  • This increasingly popular exercise regime incorporates the precision of Pilates with the positions, moves, grace and technique of ballet. Add to this the alignment of yoga and the strength from sports conditioning and you will have all of the aspects of a typical Barre workout. The combined elements of the different methods fuse to form a challenging and exciting workout, which stretches and sculpts the muscles, whilst burning fat. Balance, strength, stamina, power, flexibility and motor control all improve. This workout produces dramatic results that sculpt and redefine the entire body, without even being a dancer.

    The result is a body that is realigned, rebalanced and works harmoniously and efficiently. This workout is suitable for every-body as various adaptations are given throughout the class to suit the abilities of all students.

    WHAT TO WEAR
    - Just like for yoga, comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely with no restriction are recommended.- This class is mostly done bare foot, however students can wear dance shoes or specially designed ballet barre grip socks available at most dance outfitters.

    *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

    - Please bring water and a sweat towel if you would like.
    - Due to some exercises that take place on the floor, a yoga or fitness mat is recommended for safety.

    *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 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.

    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.

    WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

    This class is open to both men and women of any age or physical ability.

    HEALTH SCREENING

    Please notify your instructor if you have undergone any recent surgeries or are currently experiencing any physical injuries. While dance and fitness have 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 physical fitness.


  • Dynamic Flow Vinyasa Yoga

  • Dynamic Flow Vinyasa is a high-intensity class geared towards building heat, detoxing the body, exploring personal limits, and letting the body sweat!  Each class will focus on a varying theme including opening the heart & backbends, hips & twists, full body flow, or a sequence for inversions & arm balances... just to name a few.  As the class is structured around traditional Vinyasa technique, special attention will be given to the fluid transition between each posture allowing for a vibrant and intimate connection to the self. 
    This class is taught in English, some of our teachers do speak French, don't hesitate to ask if you need 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 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, but please note that this particular class is geared towards a higher intensity pace for students familiar with their practice. Our instructors give careful guidance to ensure that everyone is comfortable in the understanding the transitions, but if you are looking for a softer, more foundational yoga experience, check out our full schedule of classes where most all other options cater to a more 'all-levels' offering.

    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 or fitness.

  • Barre au Sol (Floor Barre)

  • This exciting exercise regime is based on movements and techniques of ballet training in seated and prone (lying on the stomach) positions. The combined elements of ballet, pilates, and yoga forms a challenging and engaging workout which stretches and strengthens the muscles.
     
    This class will work your body in an efficient and dynamic way with the aim of toning, increasing flexibility, and alignment awareness whilst developing heightened coordination and muscle control.
     
    Focus will be on targeting muscle groups around the legs, hips, glutes, and core. As the class is practiced on the floor, the body will not feel the usual effects of gravity - making it a very fluid practice.
     
    This barre class - without the barre - is suitable for all levels. Set to some vibrant, upbeat music, the different sequences will give you a strong workout through constant flow and variety of movements.
     
    A mat or at least a towel is strongly recommended.


    WHAT TO WEAR
    - Just like for yoga, comfortable clothes that allow you to move freely with no restriction are recommended.
    - This class is mostly done bare foot, however students can wear dance shoes or specially designed ballet barre grip socks available at most dance outfitters.

    WHAT TO BRING
    - Please bring water and a sweat towel if you would like.
    - Due to some exercises that take place on the floor, a yoga or fitness mat is recommended for safety.

    *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. This class is open to both men and women, any age and every physical ability.

    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 or fitness.
     

  • Hiking Yoga Retreat on the Camino October 26-30
  • Join Affordable Yoga & Fitness on a 3 day journey hiking along the iconic route, the Camino de Santiago, and practice yoga daily in one of the most beautiful and spiritual natural settings in the world.

    RETREAT SUMMARY

    - 3 full days of hiking with your own AY&F guide
    - 6 yoga classes (45 minutes each)
    - Daily walking meditations
    - 70km of travelling on foot
    - Accommodation and dinners organized for you by AY&F

    DETAILS ABOUT THE HIKE


    The Camino de Santiago, also known as St. James's Way in English and Le Chemin de Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle in French, is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Even prior to this Catholic pilgrimage, the Camino was a path of migration for many other groups of people including Pagans, Celts, Goths, and Muslims. While many take up this route as a form of spiritual retreat, others may do it purely for love of hiking and fitness.

    Whatever your reasons may be, we invite you to join us for 3 full days of traveling on foot from Pamplona Spain to Los Arcos for a total of 70 kilometers. For the very affordable price of 86€ per day you will receive guidance on one of the oldest and well-known pilgrimage routes in the world along with walking meditations, yoga sessions, and more!

    GETTING THERE AND BACK AGAIN (additional, separate cost)


    You are responsible for booking your own transportation to and from the retreat. The earlier you book, the better for prices and availability. You may choose to arrive earlier or stay later and do additional exploring based on your preferences.
    Here are our suggestions for the retreat dates:

    By Plane from France

    From Paris to Pamplona.

    To Return to Paris:

    Buses from Los Arcosto Pamplona, there are several per day and take about 90mins. Then there are also multiple flight options and itineraries from Pamplona to Paris.

    ***We advise getting transportation tickets that are refundable in the event that the trip cannot take place for any unforeseeable reason such as not enough participants, trial guide illness or emergency, dangerous weather forecast, etc.

    THE ITINERARY


    Day 1


    -Upon arrival to Pamplona, we meet at the Pilgrim Welcome Center and the Albergue Municipal.

    -After receiving our Pilgrim Passports and checking into the Albergue, we will have dinner and relax until bedtime.

    Day 2

    * Pamplona – Puente la Reina – 24.2km

    The route from Pamplona is a mixture of countryside and busy roads, and one of the best views that you are ever likely to have of Pamplona. Leaving Pamplona the route is well marked out of the city and takes you across some local parks before heading into a small valley.

    The 12th Century Church of San Miguel has a fortified tower and was part of the Monastery de las Hospitalarios de San Juan de Jerusalen. The church was restored during the late 20th century after being used for farm storage for more than 100 years.

    The climb up the Alto del Perdon leaves the Atlantic Basin behind and the scenery changes after the descent to mostly crop fields. At the top there are various status of pilgrims from the past.

    The town of Puente la Reina was granted a charter in 1122 by Alfonso el Batallador to encourage repopulation. At that time a wall encircled the new layout of parallel streets perpendicular to the river. In 1142 King Garcia handed the town over to the Knights Templar who owned the town until they were outlawed and their expulsion from Spain in the early 14th century. Calle Mayor is the main street and the route travels the length. Here you will find many cafes and restaurants feeding hungry pilgrims.

    -We will wake early in the morning and leave the Albergue by 7h30, have some breakfast at a local café, and start our hike for the day by 8h.

    -Around 11h, we will pause our hike for a 45 minute yoga practice on the mountain before eating a picnic lunch.

    -We will continue our hike around 12h30

    -Restorative Yoga will be offered for 45 minutes before dinner.

    -Dinner will be either in one of the local restaurants with the Pilgrim's menu or we will cook a community dinner.

    -Bedtime around 22h.

    Day 3

    * Puente la Reina – Estella – 21.7km

    This day on the Camino follows closely to the N11 and climbs steeply to 450m after leaving Puente la Reina drops back to 400m then climbs again to 500m and finally drops to about 430m entering Estella. This day is much quieter than the last two now that we are away from Pamplona, most of today is along tracks through farmland and sometimes on the special pilgrims footpaths that is constructed from compacted earth.

    After crossing the Pilgrims Bridge leaving Puente la Reina walk down to the next bridge to get the best view and photographs of the most famous bridge along the Camino.

    We will pass through the small, quaint village of Cirauqui, which is Basque for viper nest in reference to the rocky hill on which it is built. The village with a population of about 500 retains much of its enchanting medieval character. The Church of San Roman, the reason we walk to the top of the village, was originally constructed in the 13th century and remodelled in 1692. The church has an impressive Gothic multi-lobed main portal.

    Leaving Cirauqui the route leads along a stretch of Roman road flanked by cypress trees and over a restored Roman bridge.

    Estella was a planned town built on the former village of Lizarra, (Basque for Ash due to the abundance of ash trees around the river Ega). One of the reasons for Estella being so interesting is the Camino route was changed slightly in 1090 by King Sancho Ramirez who wanted to encourage settlement in the new town.

    For such a small compact town Estella has an overwhelming amount of sights to see that were built due to the Camino passing through the town.

    Next to the tourist office is the 12th century Palace of the Kings it was built by Sancho el Sabio and is an excellent example of Romanesque civil architecture built in the style of the palaces in the French Benedictine area of Cluny. Although it was built as a palace there is no records to suggest that any monarchs lived here.

    The Church of San Pedro de la Rua is a 12th century fortified Romanesque church, which was located in the original French area. Within the church is a fragment of the True Cross and a bone of San Andres.

    The Church of San Miguel, half church - half castle, controls the eastern approaches to Estella.

    -Sunrise Yoga in the courtyard of the Albergue before leaving for the day.

    -Breakfast at café along the way

    -Pause for lunch around Midday

    -Restorative Yoga for 45 minutes offered before dinner.

    -Community dinner in the Albergue or dinner at a local restaurant with the Pilgrim's menu.

    -Bedtime around 22h.

    Day 4

    * Estella – Los Arcos – 22.5km

    The day starts at about 400 meters and reaches its height at Monjardin around 650 meters. From here to Los Arcos you will be walking along gravel tracks that are surrounded by vineyards and farm land. There are great views down along long sloping tracks, which make the latter half of the day easy on the eyes and the feet.

    The route passes by the famous wine fountain at the ancient Monastery of Irache in Ayegui. There are two fountains, built in 1991, which are known as the Wine Source and Source Irache, one dispenses wine and the other fresh water. The fountain is gated and open between 8am and 8pm daily.

    There are two signs at the fountain:

    “We are pleased to invite you to drink in moderation. If you wish to take the wine with you, you will have to buy it.”

    “Pilgrim, if you wish to arrive at Santiago full of strength and vitality, have a drink of this great wine and make a toast to happiness.”

    -Pause along the way for 45 minutes of yoga before lunch.

    -Community dinner or at a local restaurant.

    Day 5
    -Morning yoga class

    -Breakfast across the street from the Albergue.

    -Parting ways! Some of us may travel together by bus back to Pamplona, or, you can stay and enjoy another few days in Los Arcos!

    PRICE AND WHAT IS INCLUDED


    For just 345€ per person (or around 86€ per day), your journey includes:

    - 4 dinners : Options for local restaurants with Pilgrim's Menus and cooking community dinners with ingredients bought along the path by the organizers

    - 4 nights of hostels

    - Trail guidance with motivational and mindful walking meditations

    - 2 Yoga classes per day

    What our price does not include:


    - Breakfasts and lunches. Food items can be purchased in towns at grocery stores and cafes along the way at cost. Lunches will be picnic-style.

    - Transportation from and to Paris. Please See Bus and Plane options listed above.

    FOOD

    For dinners at local restaurants, here are some dishes that can be found on the Pilgrim's Menus (included in AY&F price):

    First Course:
    Mixed salad: lettuce, tomato, onion, tuna
    Russion salad: potato salad with mayonaise and peas
    Vegetable stew
    Spaghetti with tomato sauce
    Lentils, usually with some form of pork

    Second Course (usually served with french fries):
    Fried eggs
    Chicken
    Steak
    Pork back
    Fish

    Dessert:
    Crème caramel
    Yogurt
    Fruit
    Cake (apple, chocolate, homemade)

    In the restaurants, there are generally other vegetarian and vegan-friendly options such as pasta, salads, eggs, and fish that are not shown on the sample Pilgrim's Menu. We will ask participants to let us know about dietary restrictions in advance.

    ACCOMMODATION

    Each night, we will stay in pilgrim's hostels known as albergues in Spanish which are dormitory-style accommodations (included in AY&F price). For more information about these hostels, please visit this website:
    http://www.hikingthecamino.com/on-the-way/accommodation/pilgrim-hostels-albergues.

    BOOKING

    Visit our Workshops/Retreats Page:
    http://affordableyogafitness.com/pages/workshops-retreats - look for the Camino Retreat
    Click "Sign Up"!

    YOUR GUIDE- MEET GILLIAN GRANT

    Gillian first hiked the Camino in July of 2013, starting in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and finishing 34 days later in Santiago de Compostela. Because she enjoyed the adventure so much, she has hiked portions of the trail each subsequent year and would now like to combine her love of the Camino and Yoga to create a unique experience for others. Gillian is a trained teacher in Sivananda (Hatha) and Kundalini yoga, as well as a Ballet Barre/Barre au Sol.

    If you would like to read more about her adventures along the Camino, feel free to check out her blog here:
    https://everydaycaminodotcom.wordpress.com/

    HEALTH ADVISORY

    When signing up for this hike, you are acknowledging that you are physically able to hike at the pace of the group (about 3.5 km per hour or 17 mins per km) for at least 25 km per day, which is up to 8 hours of physical activity in potentially unpredictable weather conditions. Except in the cases of injury, the group will not be able to stop or slow down too much for those who are unable to keep the pace as it is important to make it to the final destinations on schedule.

    CANCELLATION POLICIES

    In the event of a cancellation, refunds will be given as Affordable Yoga & Fitness account credit up until 10 days before the hike (October 16). After this date, no refunds will be available. Please email management@affordableyogafitness.com for all cancellation and refund requests.

    Weather Cancellation Policy
    - The hike will take place rain or shine so please be prepared for the forecast. However, the hike will not take place if the weather forecast is deemed too dangerous, which will be gauged in the weeks/days before the trip and communicated to the group. In this case, full refunds will be given as Affordable Yoga & Fitness account credit. Affordable Yga & Fitness reserve the right to cancel any or all of the outdoor yoga classes if the weather is too bad. No refund will be given.

    Participation Policy
    - There must be a minimum of 4 participants for the hike to take place by 1 week before the hike (October 19). If we do not have this number of participants, we will need to cancel the hike and refunds will be given in the form of Affordable Yoga & Fitness class credit.

    We advise purchasing refundable train, plane, or bus tickets from and to Paris in the event of cancellation for any reason.

    We hope to see you on the trail!

  • Kundalini Yoga - 90min

  • Kundalini Yoga consists of active and passive asana-based kriyas (exercises), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditations which target the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness, consciousness and spiritual strength. Kundalini Yoga is a yoga that uses the angles of the body through alignment to allow for maximum flow of energy from the base of the spine to the crown of the head (Also known as the chakra system). Each Kundalini class includes a warm-up, dynamic movement, relaxation and meditation. The physical practice and meditation of the class are to prepare the body for the flow of Kundalini energy.
    This class is taught 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.
     

  • Foundations of Yoga - Bilingual

  • 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.

  • Kundalini Yoga - 60min

  • Kundalini Yoga consists of active and passive asana-based kriyas (exercises), pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditations which target the whole body system (nervous system, glands, mental faculties, chakras) to develop awareness, consciousness and spiritual strength. Kundalini Yoga is a yoga that uses the angles of the body through alignment to allow for maximum flow of energy from the base of the spine to the crown of the head (Also known as the chakra system). Each Kundalini class includes a warm-up, dynamic movement, relaxation and meditation. The physical practice and meditation of the class are to prepare the body for the flow of Kundalini energy.

    This class is taught 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.