PRIZE ALERT {good news for word fans from ana heart}

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I have a lovely little surprise for all Word lovers. If you send me a private message on my Instagram (@jjchase), I promise a surprise from Ana Heart that will make you very happy. Happy Friday my friends!

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Where to practice yoga in London {triyoga has the hookup for pilates and spa treatments too and locations all over the city}

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I must admit it was not been an easy task to find good yoga in London (sorry, just being honest). After countless visits, I nearly gave up – but then I found Triyoga. This multi-functional studio is calm and offers many different styles of yoga as well as pilates and treatments. They have several locations all around the city. Even from my short weekend experience, I can assure you that each and every one of their studios is a truly peaceful environment made for well-being.

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While at Triyoga, I did three different classes at three different locations. Upon arrival on Friday night, I went to a Hot Yoga class at their Soho location. The location was in Kingsly Court, a happening indoor food market with fun lights and atmosphere. The class was not vinyasa, nor bikram but an more “hatha” based practice in a (very) heated room. The class was an open level class, but I appreciated the advanced options also available and instructed by teacher Giorgos Aleandris. On Saturday morning I ventured to Chelsea for a Vinyasa Level 2-3 with well known yogi Adam Hustler. The class was exactly as described and focused on correct alignment in more difficult postures. I left with my heart feeling open and a more fluid flow. For the grand finale – on my last day in London, I took a Warm Vinyasa class with Imi Wiseman at their Camden location. First – big nods to this Triyoga studio. It is like a mini yoga village and smells (literally and physically) zen. This included the class was next level (in every way) . The emphasis on breath combined with the flow sequence was absolutely fantastic and Charli’s energy was spot on. Please do not miss this Triyoga location, nor this class next time you’re in town (or if you happen to be a London Towner yourself).

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All in all I must say this has been far and away my best yoga experience in London. I recommend their studio whole heartedly. And hey – if you’re not a yogi, I do truly believe their treatments and pilates classes must be wonderful (seeing their success in the yoga world). Not to mention, they always have a juice bar and healthy snacks available for purchase at all of their studios. For more information check out their website.

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Warrior Yoga A-Z {yoga that gets your cardio on & info on it’s inspiring founders aria and gus}

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Even if you listen softly, word on the street in Paris in the yoga world is that Warrior Yoga is the new best thing. If you haven’t tried it, you’re maybe asking yourself why? What is this famous “Warrior Yoga”? Who are Aria and Gus (the founders)? And why should I try it? Well here’s the inside scoop on why I highly recommend, without any reservation to give this magical practice a shot.

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For starters, Warrior Yoga is built on foundational strength, that allows you to boost your confidence. This practice teaches you how to progress quickly into postures you thought were physically impossible. Aria and Gus combine a series of flexibility-focused asanas that allow you to move into inversions and arm balances with care and ease. Their mantra: “I can”. While this practice is not “easy”, the answer is never no. Aria and Gus push their students to try even the most difficult postures (with their assistance), in order to go above and beyond. Personally, Warrior Yoga has given me the confidence to go far beyond my perceived physical abilities and impress myself with an advanced practice that has evolved very quickly. But let’s not forget about Aria and Gus themselves – the incredibly fascinating and inspiring duo, and founders of this practice.

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A musician, Aria (@aria.official) started yoga over 15 years ago when while living in LA working in the entertainment industry. It allowed her to find balance and sanity in this chaotic world. She knew immediately she needed to share this sense of revelation she found through yoga with the world, and soon found herself completing several teacher trainings. For more information on Aria’s spiritual and historical past, please get your hands on a copy of her book, “Aria, the Healthy Book.”  Here you will learn about her past as a dancer in Crazy Horse, her time spent in LA working in the music industry and most importantly the impact yoga has made on her life. Cool side note – you will also learn yoga postures and her favorite superfoods and vitamins. This book gives us a true inside look on this beautiful person inside and out. And for the absolutely wonderful Gus (@yogawithguys). A former martial arts, jujitsu and gymnastics master, Gus traveled the world from a very young age to train. This very physical background gave him him the facility to take on a new discipline – yoga. Gus discovered yoga when he met Aria, a discovery that was followed by a transformation changing his life forever. His body became stronger and more flexible, and his mind became even more balanced.

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Together this incredible duo is taking the yoga world by storm. Warrior Yoga has taken off in Paris, and Aria and Gus are now taking their concept global. They were recently in Australia, traveling the entire country and introducing Warrior Yoga to a new audience. The duo teach classes all over Paris and have many upcoming retreats all over the world. Practicing with them will surely change your mindset and internal confidence, and a retreat with them will most certainly change your life. It changed mine. For more information please check out their site, and follow them on Instagram. Click below to purchase Aria’s book.

 

 

A Parisian yoga teacher you need to know about, Coelia {your mental and physical well being will be better because of it}

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It’s about time we talk a bit about yoga, and I simply can’t think of a better place to start than with one of my favorite teachers here in Paris. Her name is Coelia (act like the o doesn’t exist, it’s pronounced Celia). I first met Coelia at Yuj Yoga Studio and was totally blown away by her infectious positive energy and intense yet very fun flow. I couldn’t understand why I had never taken her class before. Sooner or later, I realized the answer was simple. As hard to believe as it was, and still is, Coelia hadn’t been teaching for very long in Paris.

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Following a Masters degree in language, Coelia moved to Dubai to work for Emirates Airlines as a Chief Air Hostess. To cope with the stress and keep in shape she decided to try yoga. Previously a gymnast, it seemed like a fitting form of mental and physical exercise. She quickly discovered Strala Yoga, which gave her a sense of freedom and confidence that she had never felt before. Soon, she took off for a 4 day retreat in Thailand, an experience that changed her life forever. Coelia quickly decided to return to Thailand for a 4 week, 500h teacher training at Vikasa Yoga. These 4 weeks turned into 5 months.

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Coelia started teaching classes all over the world in May 2016 and moved back to Paris at the end of 2016. Coelia’s classes truly take you to a different universe, where things are playful and rewarding. She has already accumulated 12k followers on Instagram (@coelia.yoga) and her classes are nearly always full.

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In addition to her busy yoga schedule (available on her website https://www.fitinaplane.com/), Coelia is a cofounder of Smile Flow. In tangent with another wonderful Parisian yogi teacher Alix Alleguede (@alixalleguede), these ladies aim deconstruct the image of yoga portrayed in the media as pretty girls with a perfect body, doing seemingly beautiful and difficult postures. Thus, they have created a fun practice, focused on feelings and internal sensations. Smile Flow’s are a monthly event and the next one is on 27th of January. Info is available on: www.smile-flow.com. Coelia is also organizing an incredible 10 day yoga retreat in India this March. Check out her site for more info (I wish I could go). For more information on this awesome human, please visit her website: https://www.fitinaplane.com/  (where you will also be able to find her weekly schedule).

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