STUDENT ACCOMMODATION & INFORMATION FOR VISITORS

For students wishing to combine their regular traditional Ashtanga Yoga practice with a holiday, Ashtanga Yoga Shala is the perfect place.  Students have the choice of joining existing classes or scheduling a private class, and then spending the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the beauty of southern France.

 

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ACCOMMODATION

Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence has 2 bedrooms available for visiting students (Check out the photos on this website - 'PHOTOS - STUDENT ACCOMMODATION')

FEES

1 NIGHT

1 STUDENT

SINGLE BED

50 EUROS

1 NIGHT

1 STUDENT

DOUBLE BED

60 EUROS

1 NIGHT

2 STUDENTS

TWIN BEDS (same room)

35 EUROS

(per student)

1 NIGHT

2 STUDENTS

DOUBLE BED

60 EUROS

Discounts are available for students wishng to stay for longer (1 or 2 months...).  Please write to AshtangaYogaShalaProvence@hotmail.com with your dates 

* Please note, fees may be different when workshops are being held

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FOOD

SELF CATERING

Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence has a fully equiped kitchen for students wishing to cook and/prepare their own meals.Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence is also within walking distance of local food supplies such as food and vegetable shops, bakeries,butcher and seafood shops.

RESTAURANTS

Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence is within walking distance to a local Pizzeria, Home made Italian pasta shop, a French Restaurant and a local cafe...Aix-en-Provence has also an abundance of restaurants, bars and cafes to suit all budgets

HOME MADE YOGA LUNCH

15 EUROS - Available Monday - Friday lunch (Not available on full moons or new moons).  All meals are vegetarian (vegan, gluten free, egg free, dairy free available on special request).  Orders need to be placed the day before.

 

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Plateau de fromages de la Crèmerie Royale

 

TRANSPORT

To and from Calas/Cabries and the shala.

FLIGHTS The closest airport is Marseille Airport.  From the airport to Calas/Cabries, students staying in accommodation at Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence can either catch a taxi directly to Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence or catch the airport shuttle bus to the Aix-en-Provence TGV train station where they will be met and driven back to Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence. Airport shuttle buses run every 30 minutes, cost around 4.50 euros and take about 15 minutes to the TGV train station.  

TRAINS The closest train station is Aix-en-Provence TGV train station.  Students staying in accommodation at Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence will be met and driven back to Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence. Alternatively, students may wish  to take a taxi.  The TGV train station is about a 5 to 10 minute drive from the shala.

CARS For students with their own car, there is plenty of free parking around the shala.

Around Calas/Cabries

ON FOOT The shala is within easy walking distance to local shops, restaurants and the forest

BUS The bus stop is a 2 minute walk from the shala.  The L200 goes every 45 minutes to Aix-en-Provence.  The first bus leaves Calas/Cabries at around 6h30 in the morning and the last bus leaving Aix-en-Provence and returning to Calas/Cabries is at 21h00 in the evening.

TAXI

CAR HIRE There are a number of different car rental companies located at the Aix-en-Provence TGV train station.

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THINGS TO DO

CALAS/CABRIES

- Relax

- Read a book

- Watch a DVD

- Go for a walk in the forest

- Go for a bike ride

- Go for a horse ride

- Explore Provence

- Have a private French class (please ask in advance)

- Day spa (sauna/hammam/massage...plus...)

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Discover treasures in local boutiques

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Read a book or two

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Explore the many alley ways of Aix en Provence

 

PLACES TO VISIT

- Aix-en-Provence

- Marseille

- Avignon

- Cassis

- St. Tropez

- Nice

- Cannes

- St Remy de Provence

- The Luberon

- St a Baume

- Abbey de Sylvaccane

- The lavender fields of Provence

- The vinyards of Provence

- Visit the Aix-En-Provence Office of Tourism for more ideas...

France, Bouches-du-Rhône, Aix-en-Provence, Place d'Albertas:

Aix en Provence

It was an absolute pleasure to stay in your Shala Claire, you made me feel really welcome. Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence is a gorgeous place to relax, reflect and of course practice ashtanga with a gorgeous and amazing teacher.
Thank you again Claire, I won't forget you and I will make sure to come back next time I am in France.​ 
Stephanie, Melbourne AUSTRALIA

Marseille

I had a wonderful stay at Claire's yoga guest house. It was clean, comfortable, cozy, beautiful, and of course super convenient to get to/from practice. Claire went out of her way to make sure that my friend and I had a good stay. I would definitely come back!  ​Tiffany - London ENGLAND

Cassis - Cote d'azur, France:

Cassis

I had a fantastic stay at Claire's yoga shala, and she was a superb host. Her guided primary series was just what I needed to help recover from my jet lag. She provided mindful adjustments and I really enjoyed her teaching style. I look forward to practicing with Claire in the future. The village of Calas is beautiful and exactly what I needed to get away from the business of Washington, DC and NYC. I can't wait to return! Rosie The UNITED STATES

"Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence was home for our family of four (2 children,  1 and 3 years old) during two weeks in summer this year. We decided to spend some family and yoga time in the South of France because the shala is situated close to lovely Aix-en-Provence, to magnificent Marseille and to several nice beaches with crystal clear blue water. 
From the beginning, our host Claire made us feel really welcome. The accomodation is beautifully furbished and has a lot of space for the kids to play. Claire even provided some toys for the kids to play with, so we felt at home right from the moment we arrived. 
Claire is a wonderful yoga teacher. You can feel her dedication with so many years of practice with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois. She gives a lot of attention to your practice not only on a physical but also on a spiritual level. Our two weeks here brought more focus, clarity and strength to my practice. There is a warm energy in the shala and it was a joy to be practicing with this open and welcoming group of Ashtanga students. 
I would absolutely recommend spending time at Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence and I'd love to come back some time in the future."
 
Katharina GERMANY

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“I have been practicing with Claire for more than a year. I live in Tunis and travel to practice under Claire's guidance several times a year. Claire is an authentic ashtanga teacher who has the personal experience of what this practice can give you and the knowledge (and authorization) to teach it. I've learned so much from her because she has the instinct to know when and how to encourage me to realize my own potential. She is an excellent teacher precisely because she knows how to adjust what she knows about yoga according to the needs of the one in front of her. She manages a wonderful shala with a beautiful energy --- her students radiate her own strong, peaceful, energy. In addition, the shala offers accommodations for visitors. When I visit, I stay in a room upstairs and have access to a fully equipped kitchen. The shala offers peace if you want to come only to practice and also offers access to a quaint village (close to local farms!) with Aix-en-Provence and Marseille easily accessible by bus or train. I sincerely enjoy my visits to Claire and Calas.”  Melissa - Washington THE UNITED STATES

Business card front"Having been lucky enough to come to the Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence (AYSP) guest rooms for an extended stay of a few months, I think I can now justify a few impressions of it. In short, it has been oasis in a crazy world, but a bit more detail on that. The old farmhouse has been comfortably converted with classic french furniture, while keeping the space clear and simple. It is a welcoming yet unfussy space for anyone seeking to deepen their practice, take time for self-study and reflection, or for an excellent base to explore the stunning scenery that surrounds the village. There is a well chosen bookshelf for all things yoga and Provence and many cosy places to read them from. The kitchen is well equipped, especially if you need to cater for particular diets. There is also a raft of restaurants (with vegetarian options, although vegans be warned) close-by, including a popular pizzeria, judging by the many locals who eat there. The rooms are light and airy with high ceilings and views onto the church with Sainte Vittoire mountain beyond, which looks a stunning blue purple in the dawn light. The beds are luxurious and a delight after long day’s practice. The location is in the heart of the village while still feeling restful, with thick old walls and tucked behind the baroque church. Of course, having the yoga room at arms length, and classes held there everyday, is a special opportunity both to further your practice but also meet many wonderful, generous people who are part of the yoga community around here. I can only say what an amazing experience it is to have traditional yoga in this intimate, uplifting setting, and in the heart of Provence countryside too. Perhaps not the place for party-goers but ideal for anyone looking for a supportive space for exploration, personal growth and the physical/philosophical aspects of yoga practice." Simon - Cambridge ENGLAND

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"We loved our time at the Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence. My mom and I spent several weeks joining the morning yoga sessions and staying in the onsite accommodation. The shala is peaceful and restful and is located in a beautiful town where we enjoyed several local restaurants. It's a short bus ride away from Aix-en-Provence where we took French classes in the afternoon. Claire's teaching is exceptional and both my mother and I were able to learn and progress at our own pace and skill level. Claire possesses a gentle energy that is inspiring. She also shared aspects of yoga principles that go beyond the physical practice. Our shared mother-daughter experience was truly a memorable one and we'd be fortunate to have the opportunity to return"  Allison and Stacey THE UNITED STATES

Business card front 1"I stayed upstairs in one of the rooms at Ashtanga Yoga Shala Provence for five nights.  From my bedroom upstairs, I could catch a glimpse of Mont Sainte-Victoire from one of the windows. The bedrooms upstairs are light-filled and beautifully decorated with crystal chandeliers and French furniture.  It was a treat to practice with Claire, who is not only an advanced Ashtanga practitioner, but also a musician.  Her adjustments are gentle but holistic and I learnt details of poses, particularly where to strengthen.  The bus-stop is on the street right in front of the shala, and it's only 15 mins away from Aix-en-Provence." Viviane - SINGAPORE

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