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…

"You become what you hate"

Fort Collins, Colorado June 26, 2018
“You become what you hate.”  My dear friend and spiritual mentor, child psychologist Janet Culp, once told me that this is common knowledge in the field of psychology.  That thought has never left me since I first heard it, over 10 years ago.

And it is foremost in my thoughts right now, as I return from a gathering of well-intentioned people – a vigil – in Fort Collins, in support of humane immigration policy in the US. This is an important issue not only here in Colorado and the US, but globally too, with a staggering amount of people seeking safety and asylum worldwide.
How a country integrates refugees and immigrants without loosing its own sense of identity is not as obvious as we might wish it to be. As the number of people migrating is likely to continue to rise in the years to come, serious consideration and discussion on immigration and assimilation policy will be essential to each nation’s ability to receive these populations with our humanity…

Childhoodnature in Motion: The Ground for Learning

This chapter, co-authored by Ann Moradian and somatics expert Martha Eddy, "aims to establish embodied movement as both the physical and metaphysical grounds for learning, including aesthetic learning in an ecological context. We advocate the moving body as critical to celebrating and deepening childhood nature... We suggest that developing a lifelong somatic relationship with our bodies in motion, a relation in which we bring our attention to our lived (psychosensory-motor) experience, is a powerful way to reclaim that wholeness which allows us to care and connect for self and others, to feel a sense of place and belonging, and to self-regulate our behavior for optimal interaction with our world..."

To link to the abstract and online publication, click here.


© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
Eddy, M.H., Moradian, A.L. (2018), Childhoodnature in Motion:  The Ground for Learning. In Cutter-Mac…

Introduction to Dharma & Complexity

July 10, 2018 (Tuesday), 6-9pm
Fort Collins, Colorado

How do we navigate the complexity and contradictions that are knotted into the daily interactions of our lives?  How do we even begin to see the threads that are in play? And then how do we negotiate between the sometimes contradictory needs between self and other?  How do we make choices we can not only live with, but feel right with?
These are some of the questions that underpin this workshop, as we use the ethical framework of yoga philosophy and the idea of dharma, “right path” as a matrix for living with ease, strength and clarity in today’s world. 

photo ©Ann Moradian, 2018.

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…