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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…

Oeuf: a creativity intensive

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A 12-week program
beginning early September
Time TBD, Porte Maillot
Course fee, €360

This workshop is offered for those looking to reconnect with that inner creative voice that is yours alone -- that playful and slightly wild child within that may have been overlooked, forgotten, ignored, devalued, rejected, or even sometimes overtly shut down. Using Jill Cameron's classic guide, The Artist's Way, combined with over 30 years of experience interfacing with my own creative self, along with my approach to identifying and reconnecting to our own ‘right paths’ (dharma), we will meet once-a-week for 12 weeks. This course will require daily engagement and weekly exploration outside of our workshop time, along with access to Jill Cameron's The Artist's Way.

Introduction to ShinGaia: Module II

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Saturday, September 22, 2018
Time & Location TBA (3 hour)
Pay as you can, suggested €20-60

This work is based on traditional Integral Yoga, and incorporates elements of dance, somatics, the martial and energy arts, systems thinking and yoga philosophy. Module I introduced some of the basic principles that many of you are likely to have already experienced in Ann's weekly Yoga classes. Module II begins to introduce some new elements from dance. 

In addition to our ever-constant weaving of mind, body and breath, we will explore aspects of self, the emotional body, its textures and stories. For those of you studying with Ann for any amount of time, you may recognise that this is an experiential continuation focused on self-study (svadhyaya). As Nannette Bertschy once said (and I am paraphrasing and probably also re-phrasing), knowing who and how you are, in your full-bodied being, is the first step to knowing where you are -- orienting -- so that you can respond and act in relation w…

Creating Your Own Practice - Yoga Workshop

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Sunday, October 14, 2018, Porte Maillot, 9h30-13h30, €65

If you are looking to create or refine your own home practice, this may be just the thing! We’ll look at the type of postures and practices, how they work on the body-mind, how to sequence your practice, and how to set realistic and attainable goals. The aim is for you to have a home practice that is appropriate to your personal aims and needs, and do-able within the constraints of your daily life.
CREER UN PRATIQUE POUR VOUS, CHEZ VOUS
Si vous voulez créer ou raffiner un pratique de yoga pour faire seul(e) chez vous avant l’été, ce stage est pour vous ! Un atelier en français, et un atelier en anglais, nous travaillons sur les type ou genres des postures et pratiques, comment ils travaillent sur le corps-esprit, comment de mis en séquence, et comment de créer un pratique personnel qui vous convienne.

Yoga Survival Tools for Teenagers

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Tuesday through Friday, October 23-26, 2018
13h30-15h30, location TBD, €180

A four-session course designed to give teenagers the tools they need to help manage stress and anxiety, harness their focus and concentration, develop confidence, relax, replenish and re-energize, handle emotions better, gently  build core strength, relieve lower back pain and tension in the neck and shoulders, and increase flexibility.
Course fee 180€, pre-registration required



Introduction to ShinGaia: Encounters I

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
15h00-8h00, near M° Chatelet
Course fee, 2 for €40 when you bring a friend / or €30 per person


Bring a partner or friend and move together, or come on your own. Through yoga-based practices and movement, we'll explore ways of setting boundaries, saying no or yes (as we feel it) to create a safe space for our work with breath, the emotional body-mind, connection, and our our full-bodied being in motion. This workshop is designed to be accessible for everyone (age 16 and up) with little or no movement experience, as well as for those who have been working with Ann over the years!  Course fee, 2 for €40 when you bring with a friend / or €30 per person


Navigating Complexity - Survival Tools for Daily Life

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Navigating Complexity for Parents Thursday, November 8, 2018 (5-hour workshop)
9h00-14h00, Porte Maillot Course fee €135
Navigating Complexity for Young Adults  Date, Time & Location TBD (4-hour workshop)
Course fee €120
If you are looking for some 'Survival Tools' to use in your daily life to manage stress, handle the intensity of your life better, this might be just what you are looking for! In addition to yoga practices, postures and techniques for managing stress and soothing the nervous system, we'll be exploring some questions, like: 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? It can be complicated, 
but it is more manageable than you might think! 

Dancing Through Time and Space - Summer 2019

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A Retreat to Remember
Jackson Hole, Wyoming - near Yellowstone National Park
June 29 - July 3, 2019, $550
I am delighted to be joining forces with atmospheric scientist, geologist and avid night-sky watcher Scott Denningand his science education nonprofit organization, ReachScience.org,to develop this once in a lifetime retreat for you. In addition to daily movement, breathing practices and self-awareness, we anticipate exploring the geology and ecology of this extraordinary region during the day, and nature's open galaxy under the very dark night skies of the new moon. 

We will explore the natural history of the Earth from its origins in the clouds of cosmic dust through the formation of our atmosphere and oceans, the origin and evolution of life and biochemistry, to the many episodes of mountain building and erosion that have produced the spectacular topography and landscapes of the Rocky Mountain region. We will see the effects of ice ages and flora and fauna that have transformed …

"You become what you hate"

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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

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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.


DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-51949_97-2

© 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

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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)

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Please click here to see our brief video introducing ShinGaia:  https://vimeo.com/271713012

Yoga Detox Weekend in Dax

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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.