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ShinGaia merges the Japanese word for heart/mind/core with the ancient concept of earth as a living system
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 (action …

An Interview with Ann

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Ann:  My class is quite simple really. I am more interested in the depth of our attention, more than visible tricks or feats. I am most interested in exploring our sense of wholeness -- how we bring that sacred space of our being with us wherever we go...



https://youtu.be/3EZj5zVXE-0
Thank you Annette Foland.

May 1st weekend Retreat in Angoulème, in southwestern France

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May 1-3, 2020

I'd like to propose that we focus this weekend's practice on the functions and sequencing of asana (postures) and pranayama (breathing practices). Having the luxury of time over this long holiday weekend will give me the opportunity to work with each of you, whether you wish to dive into your practice with more knowledge, to create your own home practice, or are beginning to share your practice with others. Even very experienced students are often astonished at how much more there is to learn and know from the ancient tradition of yoga!



A small group of we Parisians who participated in last year's retreat were delighted with how thoroughly delicious the local fare in old town was, and are looking forward to returning. Please let me know if you would like to join us.


There are a limited number of rooms available on site (both shared and private) in this charming old mansion in the oldest and most charming part of town, but you are also welcome to organise your…

Movement Improvisation Retreat

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April 24-26, 2020 co-led by Ann Moradian and Corinne Ott near the Loire Valley, south of Tours

     No experience necessary! 
             Just a willingness to                  move                   explore                      connect                          and enjoy! 

This movement practice blends 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. 
We'll be nested in a charming retreat centre (that looks a bit like heaven) with fresh organic vegetarian food prepared for us daily. All rooms are shared with single beds. We hope this cosy housing arrangement will make this retreat even more meaningful. 
We believe that we can and do naturally develop our capacity to respond creatively and constructively to the unforeseeable and 'the other' by becoming more comfortable with the natural feedback of our embodied experience, and extending this comfort zone by practicing m…

Dancing Through Time and Space under the Perseids Meteor Shower

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August 11-15, 2020
Ute Lodge, Colorado

Nourishing body, mind and soul with dark night sky stargazing, geology hikes in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, daily yoga, breathing practices and guided movement...

Atmospheric scientist and geologist Scott Denning and yogi and movement artist Ann Moradian join forces once again to offer this exceptional 5-day retreat that combines stargazing (we have timed this to catch the annual Perseids meteor shower), geology hikes, yoga, breathing and guided movement practices. This is an immersive exploration of the natural world that spans scales from the birth of the universe in deep time, through geological time, to the incoming and outgoing breath of the current moment that sustains each of us. 

Nested in this almost private haven under the dark night skies of the new moon in the Rocky Mountains (about one-hour from Meeker, Colorado), we'll nourish and replenish body, mind and soul. This year, we have the luxury of shared meals, skillfully prepared for…

Movement Improvisation Workshop

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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

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Navigating Complexity for young adults for teenagersfor parents
Sunday, January 12th from 14h00-18h00


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 this January for parents, young adults and teenagers on a donation basis, in the hope that it …

Spring 2020 Retreat in Brittany

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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

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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) gmail.com

Retreat in southwest France- May 30 to June 2

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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

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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.