Still Life: Ashtanga Yoga Paris

One of the first things you see upon entering Ashtanga Yoga Paris’ new space on avenue de la République is this dancing figure of Ganesh. As always, Ganesh stands at the threshold, an elephant-headed, human-bodied harbinger of transition—between the busy street outside and the calm of the shala, between the known and the unknown, the You before and after your practice.

Ganesh represents a doorway to more, and that’s what yoga is all about. “Receive the gift of yourself, and love your life.”

(Remember Carolina/The Global Yogini from our April Teacher Spotlight? That’s her in the background of the above image! She teaches some of Ashtanga Yoga Paris’ Community classes.)