ShinGaia merges the Japanese word for heart/mind/core with the ancient concept of earth as a living planet
We delve beneath surface and appearance to reconnect body-mind-heart-soul, at all levels. Our practice is based on active engagement in and with the world. We dedicate our practice to a healthy, thriving planet. We recognise that not only are we affected by our world and our cultural inheritance, we also influence and affect them, contributing to the creation of the 'reality' we experience. We call on all tools available to us -- including the wisdom of the body, the intelligence of the intellect, our capacity to care and connect -- to help us navigate our lives, even in the midst of paradox and contradiction. As we establish healthy patterns and embrace our power of conscious choice-making, we embrace our lives in the spirit of sacred adventure -- as living works of Art.Based on traditional Integral Yoga, ShinGaia Yoga is an integrated and embodied practice of karma yog…

Introduction to ShinGaia (video)

Please click here to see our brief video introducing ShinGaia:

Yoga Detox Weekend in Dax

A Yoga Retreat in Southwest France
September 28-30, 2018

Autumn cleansing practice for detoxification and purification in the beautiful countryside of southwestern France, near the well known spa town of Dax... 

We'll cleanse and nourish our bodies and minds with daily postural practice (asana) focused on digestion and detox, along with breathing practices (pranayama), meditation and self-study (svadhyaya). Fresh, local and organic food will be prepared for us by our host, as he welcomes us into his family home. 

300€, including food, lodging and full yoga program (transportation and any additional activities we might decide upon as a group are not included). We begin with lunch on September 28th and continue through until early evening on September 30th. 

All photos © 2018, Ann Moradian.

ShinGaia : Module I (video)

Please click here to view Nannette Bertschy's short video of our ShinGaia practice, Module I:

Dharma and Complexity

A Yoga Retreat in Southwest France
May 19-21, 2018

We have the pleasure of gathering together to practice yoga in a pleasant country home near Dax, with local French cuisine and a family-style welcome. A wonderful way to welcome in the Spring!
Nous avons le plaisir de nous rassemblons pour pratiquer le yoga dans une maison familiale près de Dax, avec le cuisine local et une accueille chaleureuse. Quel manière de saluer le printemps!
€230 includes room, board and yoga program.
Space is limited. Contact Ann to reserve your place!


Toby Brothers and Ann Moradian join forces once again, with Reading the Body, a deep plunge into body, being and nature through literature and yoga-based movement practices, in the idyllic setting of the Swiss Alps.


Cultivate your Mind with salon-style literary study of transcendental essays.Fine-tune your Body and waken to its wisdom through yoga-based movement, meditation and breathing practices.Reconnect with Nature and flourish.This retreat will be enjoyable for anyone looking to immerse in nature, great writing and deep connection to the living, breathing body. An extraordinary escape that includes room, board and a full program of activities.
The magical surrounding of this Alpine environment will inspire and amaze you. No experience of formal preparation is required. The preparatory reading comes with supportive and guiding notes. 
Ann and Toby have each been exploring in their work the movement from personal understanding to connection and global engagement. They have desi…

Wishing Everyone Health, Wholeness and Prosperity in the New Year! ॐ

New Year Dedication Practice (with Ann Moradian)
a clearing and cleaning out of old, toxic material (mental, emotional and physical),
reconnecting to source and purpose, and aligning to embody our own best becoming in 2018
10h-13h30, January 13, 2018 (Saturday)
55€, pre-registration required

Introduction to ShinGaia Yoga (with Ann Moradian)
in Paris at Paris Yoga Shala (M° George V)
19h-21h00, January 20, 2018 (Saturday)
gratuit (free), pre-registration required

Class descriptions

Hatha Yoga – Aimed toward managing the mind through meditative practice of asana (physical postures), pranayama (breathing practices), dharana (concentration), pratyahara (quieting of the senses) and dhyana (meditation), it may also include mantra (chanting) and netyavyamam (eye exercises). Hatha Yoga balances both the generative and receptive energies of the body-mind, and encourages stability and ease in all that we do. 
Hatha Flow – Embracing all aspects of Hatha Yoga, Hatha Flow moves through traditional yoga postures fluidly from one position to the next, incorporating breath into a moving practice. This dynamic approach can be excellent for balancing strength, stability and ease, while improving joint health and agility. While Hatha Flow tends to be gentler than Vinyasa styles (which tend toward the athletic), it remains dynamic and toning. 
Gentle Hatha Flow retains the fluidity of Hatha Flow, while offering a less strenuous approach. It is excellent for gentle dynamism, and stre…

The Wheel of Yoga (What is Yoga?)

Yoga is “the stilling of the whirling of the mind.”
The word yoga comes from the root word, yuj (Sanskrit), meaning union, or to yoke. Yoga is often defined as union, and in a physical practice, we begin by uniting the attention and the breath in the body.
Georg Feuerstein’s Wheel of Yoga (from The Yoga Tradition) illustrates the many paths of yoga (the spokes), with the shared outer hub of the yamas and niyamas (the ethical practices), and the common aim depicted by the inner wheels of samadhi (enstasy) and transcendence of the "egotropic" consciousness to realise the Self.

All physical yoga practices, most popular in the west, fall under the category of Hatha Yoga. Common names for yoga (like Integral Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Kundalini, Bikram, ShinGaia Yoga, etc.) are different schools or approaches to yoga within the larger genre of Hatha Yoga.
Hatha Yoga – "Cultivating an adamantine body" and aimed toward managing the mind through asana (physical postu…

Purnahuti Mantra

Purnamadah Purnamidam
Purnat Purnamudachyate
Purnasya Purnamadaya
Om shanti, shanti, shanti

That is whole. This is whole.
From the whole, the whole becomes manifest.
From the whole, if the whole is negated, what remains is again the whole.

Cela est infini. Ceci est infini
De l'infini est apparu l'infini.
En prenant l'infini de l'infini, 

il demeure comme le seul infini.
Il demeure le même, 

même si l'infini est apparu à parti de lui.

Interview: Ann Moradian - Yoga on the Wild Atlantic Way

Ann Moradian:  "How do you bring the sacred space of your being with you everywhere you go, so that no matter where you are in your life that’s always with you, and that just becomes ordinary... exquisitely, deeply, humanly, beautifully ordinary – wholeness. I think my aim is the wholeness, more than anything that would necessarily be visible..."