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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 as living works of Art.Based on traditional Integral Yoga, ShinGaia Yoga is an integrated and embodied practice of karma yoga, influen…

Movement Improvisation Workshop

with Ann Moradian and Corinne Ott
Saturday, November 30th from 3-6:30pm Tenri Cultural Center, 8-12 rue Bertin Poirée (downstairs), Paris 75001 Participation: 35 euros (sliding scale available if needed)
No dance experience necessary, just a willingness to move, explore, connect, and enjoy! 

The workshop will be blending elements from yoga, movement improvisation, and dance as a way to explore our relationship with our own body/ being/ self, with our environment, and with each other. 
Ann and Corinne believe that we can and do naturally develop our capacity to respond creatively and constructively to the unknown and 'the other' by becoming more comfortable with the natural feedback of our embodied experience, and extending this comfort zone through movement improvisation. We find, over time, that this type of responsivity carries over into our lives so that we begin to 'dance' creatively with our world. It is a way, in effect, of practicing participating in our lives as…

Navigating Complexity

Navigating Complexity for young adults for teenagersfor parents
This 4-hour workshop offers some basic and practical 'Survival Tools' to help manage stress and emotions, feel more steady and clear in mind, and live more comfortably in our skin. 

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 not impossible. It might even be more manageable than you think! 
This workshop is being offered in early January in three different (and separate) formats:
for young adults, for teenagers, and for parents. It is being offered o…

Spring 2020 Retreat in Brittany

A Yoga Weekend Retreat on the coast of Brittany
June 12-15, 2020 --> 2 places left! 

Last year was so much fun and so refreshing -- we are going back!

Spring rejuvenation -- 'air out' your body and your mind, as we reconnect to water, air, earth, space, and whatever light comes to us in this charming coastal setting. We will be staying in Paimpol, right off of the water.  (And just 2 hours from Mont Saint Michel and Saint Malo, if you'd like to extend your weekend to explore this beautiful and richly historic region. The Normandy beaches are just a bit further on, and well worth the visit, if you have not had a chance to visit them yet!).

We'll practice in yoga in the morning and in the early evening, leaving plenty of time to rest, explore or adventure -- each to their own rhythm. The local specialities of crepes and seafood are within easy reach, and the water is just through the garden gate!

Mediterranean Yoga Retreat - September 27 to 29, 2019

Mediterranean Yoga Retreat Séte, France

Plunge into a spacious moment Explore mindfulness in motion
September 27 – 29, 2019 With Ann Moradian

Morning and Evening Practice With pranayama (breathing practices) Asana (yoga postures) Kriya (cleansing practices) Mantra (sound)  Meditation and Relaxation
Yoga program for the weekend €150
For additional information contact Ann Moradian email: shingaiayoga (a)

Retreat in southwest France- May 30 to June 2

Dans le carrefour du coeur : Exploring Anahata Chakra
in Angoulême

During this retreat, we will make time to feel, to observe, to reflect, and to open to the world around us in this ancient and vibrant fortified town, which is positioned at the centre of many convergent pathways.
Using our full-bodied physical yoga practice, meditation, breathing, and sound, we will focus primarily on the energetic heart centre, anahata chakra, exploring: 
     - the depth of its wisdom      - the reach of its embrace      - its role as a space for connection, integration and expansion      - its foundational role in what we think of as our "humanity" 
In addition to the guidance of ShinGaia founder, Ann Moradian, we will be joined by Angouleme Integral Yoga instructor Belisa Evangelista, who will guide the group in a 2-hour workshop introducing the seven primary chakras within the context of our practice of the "sun salutation". 
Please contact Ann for additional information.

Mental Health and Youth in the US

The mental health crisis among America's youth is real – and staggering. Between 2009 and 2017, rates of major depression among 20- to 21-year-olds more than doubled. The first signs of a problem started to emerge around 2014: More young people said they felt overwhelmed and depressed. College counseling centers reported sharp increases in the number of students seeking treatment for mental health issues.

Even as studies were showing increases in symptoms of depression and in suicide among adolescents since 2010, some researchers called the concerns overblown and claimed there simply isn’t enough good data to reach that conclusion. The idea that there’s an epidemic in anxiety or depression among youth “is simply a myth,” psychiatrist Richard Friedman wrote in The New York Times last year. Others suggested young people were simply more willing to get help when they needed it. Or perhaps counseling centers’ outreach efforts were becoming more effective.

But a new analysis of a large…

Spring Yoga Retreat

A Yoga Weekend Retreat on the coast of Brittany
May 3-5, 2019

Spring rejuvenation -- take this time to 'air out' your body and your mind, as we reconnect to water, air, earth, space, and whatever light chooses to be available to us in this charming coastal setting. We will be staying in Paimpol, right off of the water.  (And just 2 hours from Mont Saint Michel and Saint Malo, if you'd like to extend your weekend to explore this beautiful region).

We'll practice in the morning from 9h-11h and in the afternoon between 16h-18h. Breakfast and a light aperitif are included, allowing everyone to rise at their own their own rhythm, and to gather before dinner to enjoy each other's company. The local specialities of crepes and seafood are within easy reach, and the water is just through the garden gate.

Please plan to arrive by Friday afternoon in time for the 16h practice. If we can get there by 11am, we can look at adding a yoga practice before taking a late lunch. We…

Open Class Schedule - January 2019

Mondays:  19h15 - 20h45 (Hatha Flow)
Wednesdays:  12h30 - 13h40 (Yoga Doux)
Please reserve your place in advance.

Oeuf: a creativity intensive

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

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

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.
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

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