Winter Solstice Restorative Yoga Pajama Party!!


Winter is almost here, and holiday craziness is at full throttle. Take a moment to cocoon and deeply nurture yourself with a safe, cozy-cave experience of restorative yoga at The French Retreat with yoga teachers, Sophie Hanson and Dielle Ciesco.

What’s Restorative Yoga? Think of it as “the art of the nap”, an indulgence in restful positions propped up with pillows and bolsters. Gently relieving. Deeply calming. Super relaxing for your achy body parts and stressed-out headspace.


The perfect self-care experience for:

• women and men suffering from chronic tension, pain or fatigue
• anyone who simply wants to step off the hamster wheel, slow down, and nurture a   stressed-out

nervous system
• those who want to increase body awareness and cultivate mindfulness anyone having trouble unwinding or sleeping
• can help with that holiday blood pressure and celebratory digestive issues



Date: Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10:30 – 12:30
Place: The French Retreat (Yviers)
Cost: 22 euros
Spaces: 10

Wear your anything cozy and comfortable, even your jammies and fuzzy bunny slippers! Bring your favorite blanket or stuffie! Mats, bolsters, straps, and other materials provided.


Register NOW for the Next Yoga for Absolute Beginners

This will be a six week course starting January 24th, 2020 in Brossac (16480). We’ll cover all the basics slowly, talk about modifications, and focus on body awareness. It’ll be the perfect entry into movement for yoga resisters/procrastinators, those who have been curious but tentative, and those who prefer to start from scratch in a safe, nonjudgmental environment. Class will have a maximum of 5 participants and everything you need will be provided. To receive updates, please contact me. You might find this post about 3 things beginners should know helpful.

We’ll cover everything you need to know via slides, video, demonstration and practice. Plus you’ll receive email support to practice at home every week!
Topics include:
  • breathing techniques
  • body awareness
  • yoga props
  • basic poses
  • modifications of poses
  • a little bit of ancient and current yoga theory
  • mindfulness

Class dates:

Fridays from 10:30 AM -12 PM, January 24th through February (with possible snow dates in March)

The 6 – week series is 89 payable in advance in order to reserve your spot.






Yoga Hot Topics are one-time workshops to address through movement and other tools an assortment of issues from anger, nervous tension, anxiety, detox, shoulder pain, back pain, etc. You’ll learn specific practices that when done on a regular basis at home will help you manage and/or improve such conditions or states.

May 5th, 2018 Did you  miss this workshop? Watch the video!
Hot Topic: Cooling the Fire – Yoga for Inner Anger
Yogi Bhajan says that anger is having no relationship with yourself. Learn a very powerful kundalini kriya (or sequence) to help you safely express and expel deeply held anger to transform it and come back into relationship with yourself.

July 7th, 2018 –  Did you  miss this workshop? Watch the video!
Hot Topic:  Destress Your Core Class will consist of a short informational talk about this important muscle complex, followed by a 75 minute gentle, slow and deep lengthening and releasing of the psoas. Be ready to relax deeply.  


Sept. 1, 2018
Hot Topic:   Mindful Brain & Body

2 – 5PM  30€   This will be an interactive, creative exploration of our narrative vs.
our direct experiencing neural circuitry. In other words, we’ll exercise the parts of our brain that we don’t use as regularly in day to day living and instead, zero in on our real-time sensory experiencing…mindfulness. This exploration will be body-focused through somatic movement and creation-focused through artistic expression. This is a three hour workshop.