Vinyasa Yin Yoga


This class is taught by:

Laura Packham

Laura first dipped her toes into yoga as a teenager but it wasn’t until she moved to China that she really got hooked.

Hailing from a small desert town in Australia, the ex-journalist and mum-of-one, moved to Paris on a whim seven years ago and stayed.

Her move to Zhuhai, China in 2015 was transformative in more ways than one, as she began to see yoga beyond just asanas.

A few years later, in Argentina, she earned her teacher certification (Vinyasa Flow), studying under Noah Mazé and Sandra Kessel.


She founded the yoga studio, Aura Yoga, in Buenos Aires, offering a range of different yoga classes to locals and English-speakers alike.

Laura’s main goal is to welcome people where they are, as they are. And it is her deep belief that yoga is a practice for all.


Her teaching style is thoughtful and introspective. She encourages deep listening, inquiry and anatomically-aligned, safe movement.


She aims to bring balance to a busy lifestyle through uplifting Vinyasa-style sequences, focusing on breath and including guided-meditation to awaken the soul.

She is passionate about human and animal rights, mindful living and personal exploration.


Laura lives in Paris (again), with her husband and darling girl, and enjoys practicing acroyoga, writing, cooking plant-based recipes and snapping street art.

 

Helen Watkins

Helen is a 200h Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She practiced yoga in Paris and London before going to Indonesia to undertake her teacher training.
 

Helen sees yoga as an empowering and self reflective practice. She teaches slow but deep and strong informative flows. Her Vinyasa classes are a mix of mindful movements and a playful approach to asanas. Indeed, she doesn’t think the practice should always be serious, and will probably be wearing a huge smile on her face 99% of the practice.

 

Her Yin classes are deeply meditative, focus on mindfulness and always end with a very long feel-good savasana!

 

For her, Yoga is a way to find your authenticity and to learn to know your body in movement as well as in stillness and she encourages her students to find their own uniqueness.

Nika Jurov

Nika started doing postural Hatha yoga in 2009 as a part of her obligatory sports course of the university program in Slovenia.
 
Only a few months later as she was travelling in India she incidentally discovered dynamic yoga style. At first completely terrified of what people did in Ashtanga class, she somehow found herself in 2014, again in India, doing the 200-hour yoga teacher training course - in ashtanga yoga. She holds a certificate in Ashtanga Vinyasa/Power Yoga from Universal Yoga, McLeod Ganj, India.
 
After teaching for a while in various fitness centers and yoga studios in Slovenia, she was back to India in 2016, this time in Mysore, and spent two months practicing with Saraswathi Jois, daughter of Ashtanga yoga founder Sri K. Patthabi Jois. She also taught in Oman for a while and is now teaching in Paris, France, while doing her second Master studies in linguistics.
 

Nika loves movement and having completed several shorter workshops on postural yoga, she makes sure to include all the possible alignment tips in her class. She has an even greater interest in breathing and meditation, which in connection to movement makes a yoga class that nourishes the body and the mind much longer than the time spent on the mat.

This class artfully combines dynamic movement with restorative postures for a harmonious experience of mind-body care.

The first half of the class will energise and invigorate, building heat and strength through an active Vinyasa sequence. Then, the second half of the class will invite relaxation and calm into the body and mind through a restorative set of floor-based Yin postures.
 
Because we rent our spaces, props are not always available for the Yin part of the class. If you'd like props to help you get further into some of these postures (belt, bolster, block, etc.), we encourage you to bring your own.

This class is held in English, but most of our teachers do speak some French, so don't hesitate to ask for help understanding.

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING:

- Comfortable clothes that don't restrict movement* (this class is generally practiced barefoot)

-Mat** or towel (there are only mats available to borrow in specific locations, as listed on our locations page at www.affordableyoga.com/locations)

-Water bottle

-Optional: Yoga props (blocks, straps, cushions, etc)

*Showers and designated changing facilities available only at Studio Bleu, 75009; all other indoor locations have restroom facilities available for changing.

**Yoga mats can be purchased from our online store at www.affordableyoga.com/shop

 

✅ CLASS LEVEL: This class is open to every level of practitioner from beginners on up. Our instructors give careful guidance to ensure that everyone is comfortable in the foundation of the posture, and modifications to increase or decrease the intensity of each position will be available. Feel free to ask for modifications.

 

📍 DIRECTIONS: Please verify the class location or address on our schedule at www.affordableyoga.com/schedule

 

Find a map and details (nearest Metro, etc.) at www.affordableyoga.com/locations

 

📱 CONTACT: If you have any problems, or if you are running late and want the teacher to hold your space in the class, please text the teacher directly: www.affordableyoga.com/contact-paris

 

Please note that there is limited mobile phone reception at the studios. If you need to contact the instructor, please do so at least 20 minute before the start of class. No communication will be possible after the start time of class.

 

⚕️ HEALTH SCREENING: If you have any physical limitations or injuries, please notify your instructor. For significant injuries or limitations, please consult a doctor before starting a new physical activity.

 

✧ CANCELLATION POLICY: All late cancellations will be charged the full cost of the class, whether or not you attend. To see the full policy, please visit affordableyoga.com/faq#policies

 

If we cancel the class (due to bad weather, teacher absence, low attendance, facility conflict, etc.), your class credit will be automatically returned to your Affordable Yoga & Fitness account, to be used for a future reservation. We do our best to notify all students of cancellations and changes, but we can only do that if you have a valid phone number and/or email listed on your account, and if you opt in to notifications: https://affordableyogafitness.liveeditaurora.com/apps/mindbody/myaccount?tab=client_info.

 

We look forward to seeing you on the mat!


Upcoming classes:

  • Fri 04 Jan 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Laura Packham
  • Sun 06 Jan 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Helen Watkins
  • Fri 11 Jan 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Nika Jurov
  • Sun 13 Jan 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Helen Watkins
  • Fri 18 Jan 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Nika Jurov
  • Sun 20 Jan 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Helen Watkins
  • Fri 25 Jan 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Nika Jurov
  • Sun 27 Jan 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Helen Watkins
  • Fri 01 Feb 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm with Nika Jurov