The most important address to find while traveling (for me) – is the best yoga studio in the city. I must admit for Milano this was not an easy task. I spent a decent amount of time browsing the web to find the studio that correctly corresponded to my flow based practice. I must say the research was well worth it. Happiness was found at boutique studio Pura Vida Power Yoga. Located in the center of the city, this studio is calm, discrete and sweet. I spent the morning practicing with Claudia Allegreti, who led a harmonious and challenging power flow that started my day on a high note. Pura Vida executes a traditional vinyasa practice focused on inner dialogue to your outward expression. A practice that aims to reduce stress and focus the mind, while challenging your muscles. Let me say they did the job!
I likewise had the pleasure of speaking with founder and owner Gabriela Estrada, a fellow American expat who has been practicing yoga for nearly two decades. She has lived all around the world and has other new and exciting projects in store, so please keep your eye on the @puravidapoweryoga Instagram for the inside scoop – and most certainly pay a visit to Pura Vida when you are in Milan. It can only add bliss to your visit.
Blue Monday has come and gone, but it is never to late to take on a new resolution, or jumpstart an old one. My giveaway with Inscape is the perfect opportunity. The winner will be selected tomorrow, so please act quickly. Entering is simple, follow me @jjchase and @inscape on Instagram, and comment here or on any of my Instagram photos with the hashtag #SitAnywhere including your favorite place to meditate. In return you could win a free month’s use of the Inscape application. Not so bad, right?
I also want to share with you a new addition to my daily well-being, journaling. I have found it to be an incredible outlet for expressing my goals, hopes, wishes and even failures. I have been using a very special journaling tool, called Practice You, by Elena Brower. Inside you will find many tools and opportunities to express how you feel, who you are are, while discovering your inner strength and power. The book is available in France on Amazon. Please check out Elena’s lovely website for more information.
So if you follow my Instagram even a little bit, you’re probably more than aware that I am a huge (if not one of the biggest) fans of Yuj Yoga Studio. I started practicing at Yuj nearly 8 months ago and haven’t looked back. What was once a 4 day a week practice has turned into a daily yoga practice. I assure you it is all because of this magical place.
But enough about me, let’s talk about Yuj. So what is it all about? This flow yoga center is dark, lit by only candles allowing you to truly let go in your practice. It’s not that no one is watching, but no one can watch you, it’s just too dark and peaceful. Even better, it not not hot yoga, but it kind of is. This is because the studio is heated entirely by infrared lamps, which detoxes the body and has fantastic benefits for the skin. One of the best parts of YUJ is it’s ambiance of good vibes and real community. When I first started practicing at YUJ, I didn’t know a single soul. Now I have yoga friends that I hold near and dear to my heart.
Now for the new big news – drum roll please. They have opened a second studio! In the dead center of Paris – 68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1er arrondissement). The centrality isn’t the only thing that makes this space awesome, but you still get all those good vibes AND it’s easy for pretty much anyone to access. Not to mention, absolutely gorgeous. But hey, for those left bankers their first location is located in the 7th in between Alma-Marceau and Ecole Militaire (11 Rue Edmond Valentin). So really, everyone is happy. For more information check out their website: http://www.yujyogastudio.com/ and their Instagram @yujyoga_studio.