Hirokoyoga@LesGrandsVoisins

Let’s start the weekend with a yoga pause! At the lovely “Les Grands Voisins” in Denfert Rochereau (Line 4&6/RER B)
Really look forward to seeing everyone there 🙏Commençons le week-end avec un yoga pause! À bientôt🙌

VENUE : Les Grands Voisins
82 Avenue Denfert-Rochereau, 75014
*LA MÉDIATHÈQUE (5 min walk from the entrance)

HORAIRE : 10:30-11:30
(appreciate you coming 5-10 min before to secure a spot!)

PRIX: 10 Euros 
There will be some mats but please bring your mat if you have one!

*LA MÉDIATHÈQUE is on the far left corner. From the entrance go straight, and stay on the left side, it’s all the way down at the end!
*C’est tout au fond dans le coin gauche. Quand vous êtes à l’entrée vous longez à gauche jusqu’à la médiathèque.

 

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Yoga à Paris? パリヨガ!

Bonjour! Je m’appelle Hiroko et je suis très heureuse d’être ici à Paris, ce qui me donne notamment l’occasion de partager le yoga avec vous !
Hi! I look forward to sharing yoga with you here in Paris!
皆さんとヨガを通してパリでお会いできることを楽しみにしています!
PRIVATES・GROUPS ・OFFICE・EVENTS in English, French or Japanese
NEWS at facebook: @hirokoyoga

I do my best to cater to personal needs (as no body is the same) . Let’s bring to light the best version of yourself! It’s all within 🙂

-Hiroko (hirokoyoga)

Encore en Octobre!

Hirokoyoga @ lululemon Paris! Getting cold but let’s ‘un-shrug’ those shoulders🙌

🇨🇵Je donnerai un cours public de Yoga le samedi le 21 Octobre à 9h @ lululemon St.Germain. Pas besoin de réserver (Venez 10-15min en avance de assurer une place) le tapis et le cours sont gratuits!img_3525

🇺🇸Come join me for a yoga morning on October 21st Saturday at 9am @ lululemon St-Germain! Everyone welcome, just bring yourself 🙂 (Come 10-15min earlier to secure a spot!)

🇯🇵10月21日の9時から~土曜の朝、一緒にヨガしましょう~!

→ 6 Place Saint-Sulpice, 75006

Yoga pour bien commencer la journée; et Septembre!

🇨🇵Je donnerai un cours public de Yoga le samedi le 26 Aout→2 Septembre à 9h00 @ lululemon St.Germain. Pas besoin de réserver, le tapis et le cours sont gratuits!

🇺🇸Come join me for a yoga morning on August 26th→September 2nd Saturday at 9am @ lululemon St-Germain! Anyone is welcome, just bring yourself 🙂
🇯🇵8月26日→9月2日の9時から~土曜の朝、一緒にヨガしましょう~!

6 Place Saint-Sulpice, 75006

http://www.eu.lululemon.com

https://m.facebook.com/lululemonParis/

Yoga à Paris? パリでヨガ?

Bonjour! Je m’appelle Hiroko et je suis très heureuse d’être ici à Paris, ce qui me donne notamment l’occasion de partager le yoga avec vous !
Hello! I am keen to share yoga with you all and look forward to seeing you in this beautiful city of Paris! 
これから皆さんとパリでヨガを通してお会いできることを楽しみにしています!
FACEBOOK @ hirokoyoga

I’ve accumulated (and continue to evolve!) so much from my own practice, experiences and wish to share the gifts with you. See details HERE (Courses/Cours)!

 Please contact me for trial lessons or for any questions! Classes can be offered in English, Japanese(日本語), or French (français)🇯🇵🇺🇸🇫🇷

I do my best to cater to personal needs (as no body is the same) , and be of help for one to bring to light the best version of themselves. The base of my practice is Balance. There are two sankrit words, “Sthira and Sukham” which translates as “Steadiness and Ease“.  By incorporating this idea in our postures; and into our life, we can surely find our balance in life. I hope to share more with you along the journey in real life 🙂 !

-Hiroko (hirokoyoga)

New reads, sleep, period.

I’m into these two books now. 


First, sleep. I’m marveled at Arianna Huffington‘s movement…because sleep is JUST THAT IMPORTANT.

I’ve had a hard time getting my mind and body settled after my move. 

Sleep is everything. In the beginning of my jetlag I couldn’t sleep and would open a book. If that didn’t work, despite knowing it would only exaggerate the situation; I would open up my iPhone. And voila, it’s 4am. Then you try to wake up at 7/8 am, so you are either tired all day or end up sleeping more during the afternoon which only creates an abnormal rut.

And with the 24/7 SNS and information via internet, this isn’t just the case during jetlag. Honestly it happens whether you are traveling, moving, or not!

This abnormal cycle gets or natural body confused. When is it time to rest? To sleep? To eat? To relax? To be active? And thus, our mind-body starts showing us signs. Fatigue, pain, emotional flucutuations etc. (and that is if we are lucky, sleep or lack of it is fatal) 

Honestly, I am constantly working on this…because you know, life! Relationships, work, family, unexpected situations, etc. But if we have the basics down; such as SLEEP it will help us to deal with everything much easier and more comfortably. We can approach life with ease, comfort, love, positivity and compassion.

Some routines I try to incorporate daily:

-No phone an hour before bed and the hour after getting up in the morning.

-Opt to read a ‘real book’ before bed. Breathe.

-Make the room dark to sleep, but have a window that may bring in natural light to you in the morning.

-Morning: Brush teeth right away and have a glass of water.

-Stretch, yoga with the breath, meditate 10 minutes before breakfast.

-There are some natural remedies for sleeping asides from sleeping medications. After incorporating the basics above, Try:

-having warm milk with turmeric before bed.

-warming up the feet. Wear socks, give your feet a massage (preferably with a little oil)

-there are naturally derived supplements such as glycine (amino acids), valerian, California poppy seed that can promote good sleep. But remember we all have different bodies so no single supplement will be the best for everyone. 

We are different in all ways. So unique and so beautiful for that. To bring out the best of each of us, we have to acknowledge that we are all different and first accept who we are, and others too. That comes by taking care of your body, understanding what YOUR body needs at this moment to express itself fully.
I think as women, the menstrual cycle is such a big part of our life. It might seem like a burden if we fall into a poor relationship with it; but if we can turn that around, it it the most powerful thing in the world.

I used to think; oh well there are only 2 weeks in the month where I can feel super! But that’s because I wasn’t completely in tune with my body , not knowing what it needed at each phase during our one month cycle.

Again, I’m still workin’ on it but I was really captured by Alisa Vitti who is so open to this, promoting the knowledge of our women’s cycle and really helped me to understand better. 

As motivational books I mentioned before; we need to part from the  social norms that is so ingrained in us, and let our creativity grow!

 I definitely think the way we think can change our world from a personal level.

My story: Learning to move with integrity. 

Yoga is in every moment; and within its practice, there are asanas. The poses that we frequently are used to acquainting with yoga. It’s not about being flexible, creating a ‘yoga-like’ pose. It’s about moving with awareness, being intelligent in each actions. 

I naturally am born with very mobile hips. So in my first yoga class, in the Supta baddhakonasana (butterfly pose), knees came completely down like a 180 degrees open butterfly. I thought to myself, this is for me! But what I didn’t notice at that point was the fact that I was only focusing on the opening of my hips. 

Was I conscious of how the abdomen was working? If my spine was lengthening? If my hip girdle was sitting upright?

I wasn’t, and through these ten years of practicing, I’ve gained knowledge of using counteractions to balance the pose (and of course teach them with all my heart:) ) but I’ve always had this bendy hip that would do a lot for me, while I unconsciously neglected my weak areas. In short, it compensated itself for me, greatly.

As I’ve learned from my teachers; it’s not only violence to the body when you are overworking an area, but also when you are not using a certain part at all.

I learned the hard way. This spring of March I suddenly felt severe pain in my left hip. I was doing some workouts with weights, starting up tennis again, and releasing that out with yoga and stretches. But I had overly used my hip , meaning I had let it compensate for a lot of work.

Because of the flexibility, I was not using intelligently the muscles around it. Though I always believed I did- I had gotten into a rut. 

I needed to take a step back. This meant working slowly, being aware of each minute second in an action. Working intelligently in each moment within its range of motion.

Though I was hurt, it came at a timely (and very happy) occasion that I was able to participate in a workshop with Carrie Owerko which brought me back to the basics. Moving with integrity.

It’s about counteractions to balance a pose. Opposing actions are the actions in a pose. There needs to be strength and intelligence within the range of  motion. And that we need to be wrapped in awareness.

Yoga has become a lifestyle for me, and after being introduced to it over ten years ago, it continues to live with me through experience. We are not perfect humans. We live laugh experience cry and we learn. And then we grow. And then keep growing.

I’m still recovering from my hip pain but I  learning everyday. And it was a turning point for me: to go back to basics. I am more than ever aware of the actions in poses, in everyday life. I will continue to learn through this and progress. And more than ever, it’s given me an even deeper approach in teaching, sharing to people; and working with issues each body and soul will have.

We accept it and realize what it’s given us to learn. As in the sutras, pain is gain when you see it’s benefits. That’s the power of mental strength.

Keep positive. Live, experience, learn, repeat. (And smile, always)

And remember, when you need the rest, you need the rest. Just accept it.