“The aim of yoga is to eliminate the control that material nature exerts over the human spirit, to rediscover through introspective practice what the poet T.S. Eliot called “the still point of the turning world.”
~Barbara Stoler Miller
It may seem that a French lifestyle: wine, food and beauty would be absolutely centering. Connection to the soul, source of life and inner peace: isn’t that included in delicious trappings of French daily life?
Perhaps, but many French citizens have included the lifelong benefits of Yoga in their collection of restorative and enlightening experiences. While the French aren’t known for their passion for exercise or fitness, this nonchalance actually makes France a welcoming place for Yoga as a holistic practice, rather than a function of body manipulation or change.
While Yoga is an ancient practice dating back thousands of years, French interest is more recent. In the 1960’s, as the study had become to creep forth from India, Westernized popular culture (think The Beatles) leaned into the spiritual practice. As modern life expands and accelerates, Yoga is a touchstone for personal peace, a down-shift of gears when everything else seems to speed up.
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