France

Enlightenment in the City of Light

Elena Brower by Elena Brower | October 7th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Yoga | tags: ahimsa, Andrea Boni, Anne Vandewalle, Anusara, Be Love Now, Champ de Mars, City of Light, City Yoga Berlin, cloud shapes, community, David Newbery, Eiffel Tower, Elena Brower, flowers, France, freesias, French, gratitude, Guerilla Yoga, HOPE, International Day of Peace, Kai Hill, light, love, Mahatma Gandhi, Marc Holzman, Paris, puja, Ram Dass, rodney yee, travel, Wall for Peace, White Yoga Session, Yoga, yoga mass, Yoga Planete, yoga-practice

White Yoga Session, Paris

Traveling comes with its own distinct set of trials and truths. If yoga is a practice of equanimity in the face of constant change, that evenness takes on new meaning when we’re far from home.

On October 2, 2011, I led a class of 3,000 yogis, all in white, on the Champ de Mars near the Eiffel Tower’s Wall for Peace to honor Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday and the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.

Whether I’m lost, found, late, early, confused or completely uplifted, Paris offers me lessons on Light — on being light, on absorbing light, on offering light. I’ve been teaching there twice a year for seven years, and my dream of teaching a class about the Light of True Gratitude and Peace in front of the Eiffel Tower has finally come true.

With this photo essay, I honor my beloved city of Light, Paris.

Universal Family

Cynthia James by Cynthia James | July 6th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships | tags: affirmation, connected, couple, cultures, diversity, family, France, generosity, hospitality, inspiration, joy, love, marriage, relationship, universe, wedding

Diverse generations

I recently had the honor of attending a family wedding in France. The groom was French and brought up in the Catholic tradition. The bride was born in California and raised in the Jewish tradition.

The family and friends from both sides assembled in a small town in the south of France and the celebration began. There was lots of food, wine, and joyous gatherings. The groom’s family exhibited the most amazing hospitality. Here is the interesting thing: It seemed perfectly natural that the French and the Americans were in the same place honoring the love of this beautiful young couple. Some spoke only English. Some spoke only French. Others had varying degrees of language learnings. It didn’t seem to matter. Somehow, we all found a way to connect and get to know each other.