So, what is NATA?
NATA is a new center that will open this fall in Paris. On the menu: yoga, meditation, and vegetarian cooking classes, but also films, lectures, discussion and reading groups, workshops...
The NATA team practicing together.
We start from the basic principle that it's possible to feel better--in your body and in your mind. (Whew, that's good news!)
Putting your body in motion, improving your circulation and breathing, revitalizing your spirit: yoga invites us to discover new sensations and new possibilities. Practicing yoga will do for you what NO MEDICINE will ever be able to accomplish.
A restorative variation of supta matsyendrasana to soothe and strengthen the kidneys.
Anatomy and physiology help yogis understand classic postures better.
You will find different styles of yoga at NATA (check out our website www.nataparis.com to learn more!), as well as workshops on the fundamentals of yoga: anatomy and alignment. We will also offer regular meditation classes to improve your concentration and to quiet those spinning voices in your head!
Meditation can help calm mental stress.
A meditation retreat in 2013.
Hatha, vinyasa, yoga for seniors, for children, pre- and post-natal yoga: all will have their slots on our schedule. Our team will help you choose the class that's right for your needs and body type.
NATA's promise: our classes will be affordable: only 10 euros/hour with a class card (16 euros/hour without a card at the regular rate), you can even try yoga and meditation in 30-minute classes for 5 euros. Our website (www.nataparis.com) will give you all the details!
And the place of vegetarian cooking in all that?
Once you've taken care of your body, it's time to think about what you put in it for fuel. We believe that a healthy, plant-based diet is good for everyone and will support your quest for sustainable health.
Our table during a photo shoot for our web site.
Free from dogmatism, our chefs are excited to teach everyone - vegetarians, vegans, macrobiotics, raw foodies, ayurvedic, gluten-freebies (does that exist? oh well, we're inventing it!), lactose-freebies (while we're at it...), diabetics, flexitarians, even omnivores - to discover the pleasure of cooking, to express their creativity in the kitchen and to make beautiful and balanced plates that beg to be savored...and this without imposing a strict, hard-to-follow dietary regimen.
Adieu to the old brown rice-brown lentils-seaweed plates of the hippies of yesterday... They've given way to a new style of energetic cooking, full of vitality, bright colors, organic and fresh ingredients. Our classes are an invitation to travel deeper into a plant-based culinary universe!
Let your creativity loose in a cooking class!
You can choose from demonstration or participation workshops, 1-hour, 2-hour, 3-hour, 4-hour, or (why not, if you're excited to learn!) whole day workshops to fit your interests and schedule.
There will be technique-based sessions and more thematic sessions, workshops focused on a single ingredient or those designed to develop an entire menu.
Our chefs will take over the kitchen in rotation to share their secrets with you, without ever launching into things too complicated to reproduce at home.
We can almost hear you drooling already...so don't forget the best moment of all: the tasting! You can even invite a friend to join you and share in your efforts to discover new and delicious dishes.
A vegetal composition designed by Senêt.
OK, sounds great. But who's behind all this?
After following the renaissance of vegetable-based cooking in the US, we wanted to direct some that wind towards Paris, so... a big life change and we were off for our new adventure!
Pamela and Senêt Weber, the founders of NATA.
We met in a yoga class in Paris in 2001. Senêt is Swiss, a graphic designer by training and has worked as a painter for the past forty years. Pamela is American, has a Ph.D. in art history and taught for eight years as a university professor. We both practice yoga and healthy eating; in fact, if you put our lives together, we have over fifty years of experience in these areas! No surprise then that we got married in Paris in 2006...
A surprise kiss for Senêt in city hall!
After two yoga teacher trainings, some chef's training and eight years living in Providence, Rhode Island, we decided to chase our dream and move back to Paris to create NATA in 2013. We want to make NATA an integral part of the neighborhood where Senêt has lived for more than 25 years. With a welcoming reception area, places to rest and relax with some vintage touches in the decoration, NATA will be good for you and, we hope, participate in the renewal of the southern 20th arrondissement of Paris, between the Père Lachaise cemetery and the Place de la Nation.
We're putting in place a caring and gifted team of certified yoga teachers and chefs who want to share their passion, their know-how, and their humor. Laughter is the best medicine, right?
Got it! Where will it all take place?
After looking for a suitable space for over a year, and after eight LONG months of negociations (it is France, after all...), the city of Paris has finally assigned an amazing space to us. With 160 square meters surrounded by private gardens, NATA will be an oasis in the midst of a busy neighborhood. But the space needs some work in order to reveal all of its potential... and that's where you come in!
The studio space after the previous renters moved out.
We're so excited, we've already started demolitions!
Now we're turning to you to give us a helping hand to complete the necessary renovations. With your support, we can make NATA into a true community center, where everyone can discover a new passion!