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Voyager seule : je te dis tout

Hello hello,

J’espère que tu vas bien !

En complément de ma vidéo sur les avantages à voyager seule, je te partage dans cet article quelques réflexions…

Voyager seule n’est pas mieux que voyager en famille ou avec les amis, c’est juste une différente expérience. Voyager seul n’est pas à mettre sur un piédestal. Ce n’est pas quelque chose que tu dois faire pour être quelqu’un de mieux. Fais-le si l’occasion se présente ou si tu le désires profondément, mais ne force pas les choses.

Voyager seule a aussi des inconvénients. Et oui, comme pour toute expérience, il y a des plus et des moins. De mon point de vue, les bénéfices l’emportent largement mais j’aimerais tout de même citer les quelques aspects moins cool puisque ­— j’ai observé ­—personne n’en parle :

  • La solitude : oui, c’est un sentiment qui a des chances de faire surface. Pas que ce soit une mauvaise chose en soi, car ça permet de se rendre compte à quel point c’est une chance d’avoir des personnes qui t’entourent lorsque c’est le cas. Et pas d’inquiétude, bien souvent, c’est un sentiment qui ne dure pas. Cela permet de se remettre en question, et notamment son attitude envers les autres. A chaque fois que j’ai ressenti cela, j’ai observé que j’ai adopté l’attitude de la tortue qui vise à penser « OMG j’espère que cette personne ne va pas me parler » à chaque fois que je croisais quelqu’un. Au contraire, dès lors que j’ai adopté la pensé « J’ai vraiment trop envie de rencontrer du monde », des miracles ont lieu et j’ai fait de très belles rencontres ! Et si c’était tout simplement lié à notre état d’esprit en fait…
  • Il n’y aura pas forcément de « feeling » amical (ou autre) à chaque rencontre. Et c’est OKAY ! Comme dans la vie sédentaire, tu ne vas pas t’entendre de la même manière avec tout le monde. Je crois même que c’est assez normal pour une expérience humaine en fait…
  • D’un aspect pratique, j’ai pu observer que ça pouvait être plus cher car tu ne partages pas automatiquement les frais avec quelqu’un. Garde en tête que le voyage est le meilleur investissement qu’il soit.
Twelve apostles, Great Ocean Road, Australia

En somme, voyage seule et va à la découverte du monde si tu ressens l’envie. Ne laisse personne décider pour toi car il s’agit de ta propre vie et sans doute tu souhaites en faire une expérience incroyable ! Voyager seule m’a énormément et m’apporte encore énormément au quotidien ­— c’est une sorte d’apprentissage en continu. Mais je souhaitais tout de même nuancer tous les aspects positifs avec cet article car comme toute expérience humaine, il y a des hauts et des bas, et il me semble important d’y être préparée pour en tirer le maximum.

Et toi ? As-tu déjà voyagé en solo ?

N’hésite pas à raconter ton histoire dans les commentaires 🙂

À bientôt pour un nouvel article,

Mélo

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Best yoga studios in Paris

Hi there,

Are looking for the best yoga studio in the city of love but don’t know where to start with? Then this article is for you 😉

To be completely honest with you before I start getting into the subject, I had an unlimited pass that allowed me to test a lot of the yoga studios in Paris. Since there are sooo many, I didn’t test them all, but I did experience a good amount of them. In this blog post, I will only share the ones I did enjoy the most. Last note with a little disclaimer, this is my based on my own experience indeed the reviews are personal 🙂

YUJ Yoga Studio

Yuj Yoga Studio 1er

My favourite. Cosy and beautiful studio. Excellent teachers. You even are served tea before and after you practice to settle down, relax, or bond with other yogis. You can rent a towel and a mat for 2 euros. Shampoo, body lotion, soap, hair band and deodorant are all furnished. However, it’s non-vegan nor natural, just as a disclaimer.

The particularity of the studio

They use infrared light that heat the room up to 25 degrees. It helps to prevent injuries, gain in flexibility and detoxify the body since you sweat quite a lot! The yoga classes are dispensed with a motivating and inspiring playlist which makes yoga more fun and more enjoyable for your friends that still believe yoga is boring.

Teachers recommendation

If you have the opportunity, go practice with Alex Avila for a dynamic and funky class (told in French and English), with Manon for a challenging yet soft class, or Carole for a soft yin class.

Location

There are 3 YUJ yoga studios all over Paris, one in the 7th arrondissement, one in the 17th arrondissement and one in the 1st arrondissement.

Plus +

The staff is so kind and will help you to find a yoga class that is suitable for you (and I am not saying so because I worked there at the desk at some point haha while I was still in Paris). They also sell their own ethical yoga brand YUJ yoga if you want to purchase a new yoga outfit and try it you can do it before or after your yoga class.

Minus –

Probably the fact that the hair-care and beauty products they offer for you to use are neither natural nor vegan although the brand is ethical. So you might want to bring yours!

Yoga Tigre Club

Shooting in La Défense with Stéphanie

The most known, I believe. The approach of yoga is quite traditional yoga in high-end facilities. Everything is included in the price: yoga mat, towel, shampoo, conditioner, soap etc…) Great if you plan to go out just after haha!

The particularity of the studio

Yoga Tigre Club offers a variety of yoga practice, from Iyengar to Ashtanga Mysore, even Kundalini or Yoga Nidra. So if you are used to a particular style, you’ll find it for sure. Or maybe even try a new type of yoga? Up to you 😀

Teachers recommendation

I recommend Cyril for Ashtanga Mysore. Then I found Iyengar was maybe not my type so I wouldn’t recommend this class but if you are used to it, please go for it!

Location

There are Yoga Tigre Club located all over Paris. Really. I was used to going to Yoga Tigre Club Chaillot but you might consider to go to another one.

Plus +

My favourite vegan café of all times Wild and the Moon is located in the studio. They have the best acai bowls I have ever had. They also same Lululemon yoga clothes so you can have a look at the outfits if you arrive early for a yoga class (what would probably never happen in Paris lol).

Minus –

I found that the staff wasn’t particularly welcoming, especially for my first venue. And when I was asking questions, I felt like I was bothering them. Not so friendly and talkative indeed but that’s perhaps a strategy to let silence in before the practice lol!

Chez Simone

Upside down yay!

I love this one! Not only for yoga but for the good vibes and the cosy atmosphere of this Parisian apartment. You read well it’s not a casual yoga studio but a flat where you can move, eat and nurture your happiness with high energies. They also have a burning ballet class that I deeply enjoyed and boxing and HIT if you are keen to try something different.

The particularity of the studio

The mindset. I know the co-founder, the blogger Aurelia alias @jesuisbonne and she’s all about moving and eating well, but also to be indulgent with yourself to live a fulfilled and balanced life overall. I also feel once you step in Chez Simone apartment, you’re a part of a community so it is may additionally be a good way to make some friends with common interests.

Teachers recommendation

I loved the Olivia for the burning ballet classes and also for yoga. I saw there is also candle yoga on Friday night that I would have loved to try but I ran out of time.

Location

The “apartment” is located 226 Rue Saint-Denis.

Plus +

They have a café inside the “apartment” and there is always something vegan on the menu! Also, all is included in the price you don’t have to worry about the mat, the towel or the beauty care (shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser) that also appeared to be ethical and cruelty-free! Yay 🙂

Minus –

Maybe the fact, that there are not that many classes. But that’s not the price to pay to keep the concept small and have a cosy and friendly atmosphere, I guess. So you just have to organize yourself accordingly and cope with it.

That’s it! I hope this article will give you some clues to find the yoga studio that suits you. If you to step in one of these please let me know 🙂

Cheers,

With my yoga teacher friend Manon 🙂

Mélodie

Vivre ses rêves | Départ en Nouvelle-Zélande

Hello hello,

Si tu me suis sur Instagram @thegreenharmonia, tu sais sans doute déjà que je me trouve actuellement en Nouvelle-Zélande, à Christchurch pour une durée indéterminée.

Loin de la vie parisienne effrénée, j’ai fait le rêve il y a quelques mois de retrouver un environnement plus proche de la nature, plus calme, propice au développement de ma créativité et de mes projets personnels. Je rêvais aussi d’une profession éthique, qui me permettrait de me sentir utile, gagner en nouvelles aptitudes, gagner de l’argent, le tout en temps-partiel me laissant du temps pour mes mille et un projets. Je rêvais de partir à l’autre bout du monde, là où je ne connaitrais personne et où je n’avais jamais mis les pieds. Je rêvais d’une collocation végane. Je rêvais d’un chez moi cosy, propre, cosy, ordonné, d’une chambre éclairée avec vue sur les montagnes. Je rêvais d’un entourage bienveillant, me permettant de faire un pas de plus vers cette personne unique et singulière que je suis (et que tu es toi aussi !) et de m’assumer pleinement.

Et un jour, le 1 février 2019, j’ai pris un avion en direction d’Auckland, enfin nous deux avions, pour le plus long voyage en avion de ma vie !

Coucher du soleil à Auckland, 7 février 2019

La réalisation de ce rêve, et sa superposition avec la validation de mon M2 Médias et Numérique au Celsa-Sorbonne en parallèle de celui-ci m’a demandé beaucoup de préparation. Et oui, il n’y a a pas que les décisions spontanées qui sont à l’origine de changements majeurs :). La préparation, comprend notamment des étapes tangibles comme postuler à des programmes (comme celui grâce auquel je suis partie en Nouvelle-Zélande) et moins tangibles mais tout aussi efficaces comme la visualisation (qui consiste à te visualiser tes rêves déjà réalisés) .

MERCI la vie pour ce rêve éveillé que je suis en train de vivre au moment où je tape ce texte que je vais prendre un immense plaisir à partager avec toi ici.

Bref, j’ai eu énormément de questions sur la Nouvelle-Zélande, ce que j’y fais, si c’est cher, si les gens y sont écolos, si être végane c’est facile, si ça me plait…que j’ai décidé de créer un podcast Expore Nouvelle-Zélande, un intitulé franglais, tout moi :D.

Le premier épisode, nommé Premières Impressions est à retrouver juste ici ! Je te souhaite une bonne écoute et dans le prochain je te parlerai de ce fameux métier à temps partiel que je prends un immense plaisir à exercer du lundi au jeudi (dixit week-end de 3 jours yepa) !

Bon week-end à toi et à bientôt,

Mélodie

Learn French with mindful videos

Dear, you,

I see you.
You want to learn French.
You don’t know where to start.
Well, you are reading this article which is a great first step.
French is a complex language, but you can do it.
Try to have fun in the process thought.

What if you tried another way to learn a language? Thanks to Youtube videos for instance…

In this article, I will introduce you to 5 French mindful YouTubers that have not only a great pronunciation but that also share such interesting and uplifting content around personal development, online business, travels, spirituality and healthy lifestyle in general.

Heloise Monchablon – Easy Blush

I was lucky enough to meet Heloise twice and can tell her good vibes online and in real life. She is so beautiful inside and out. Her content is various. It goes from personal development to natural and organic makeup, as long with recipes and life experiences…lifestyle in a world 😉
What I also appreciate is that she produces slow content. What I mean is that the anything she creates is powered by her heart and not by pressure or obligation. You can feel it.

It goes without saying that the tone of her voice (so much serenity) and pronunciation will make it easy for you if you have an intermediary or advanced level. If you are just starting to learn French, – I think that if you share the area of interest, which includes spirituality, travels and a healthy lifestyle in general -, it might be worth the challenge. You might not understand everything in the first video but I’m pretty sure it will get better over the weeks.

Emilio Abril

Are you keen on online business, digital nomads life or/and you want to become an entrepreneur? Then’s Emilio Abril’s videos are for you. He has got 3 Youtube channel:

  • Vert Feuille: talks about healthy food habits and food you should eat to optimise your health. Emilio is vegan.
  • Emilio Abril: is about diverse topics such as personal development, online business, super humans (a concept initiated by himself which consists of optimising humans performance with habits and consistency) and overall how to become the best version of yourself.
  • Biziness Hacker is focused on entrepreneur life. Emilio gives lots of advice on online business and how to become a digital nomad.

Same as for Heloise, he’s French is very clear and his pronunciation amazing. The vocabulary used is simple and he goes straight to the point. He uses some slang words sometimes. Thus, it gives you an overview of the way the youth speak in French-speaking countries.

Emilie Anne

Do you fancy travel diaries and personal development? Then Emilie Anne‘s channel is for you! It contains so much inspiration and shows you that you don’t have to fit in a box to bloom and expand. That you can change your mind, your job, your location…and start all over again anytime! The motto of Emilie Anne’s ‘Time to bloom‘ and she certainly encourages you to become the best version of yourself. She even has a whole playlist dedicated to it.

Besides the positive vibes Emilie’s (Anne is actually her second name) she shares along with her videos, her French is very clear and dynamic. She might speak a bit faster than the other Youtubers presented in this blog post yet that’s a great training if you want to experience how French people talk in real life (as they speak quite fast in general.) Listen, listen and you will end up by understanding 🙂

Ferdinand Richter

Want free coaching to turn your dreams into reality? Well, Ferdinand Richter is here to provide you advice to live a better life. He’s a certified coach and he bases his method on understand human’s cycles just like the the nature. Check him out he speaks relatively slow and his content is so valuable.

Melodie – The Green Harmonia

And to finish with…why not following my Youtube channel hahaha? To be very honest, oral speaking was not my strength a couple of year back. I used to mumble and not finish my sentences. I have improved so much over the time. And I am sure YouTube helped a lot because I was able to hear me and realise that sometimes I struggled to understand myself and hence why I put a lot of attention to speak clearly. If you still want to hear me and be accountable for my progress, feel free to check out my latest video about my trip to Brazil:

Well, that’s it! Thank you so much for reading me and I really hope this blog post will help you to learn French and become more mindful at the same time 😉 Sounds great isn’t it? So #letssartfrench with #thegreenharmonia

Namastey dears,

Melodie