Filming In Paris: Days 1&2
Actually, I am in Boulogne-Billancourt, a beautiful little suburb right off of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. It reminds me of the Upper East side of Manhattan. I arrived yesterday around 2pm after sleeping on my overnight flight from Atlanta. The Yoga Conference in Atlanta went great; and I’m happy it wiped me out, I crashed on the plane. (PS My remedy to jet lag is to set myself on the time zone of the place I’m visiting immediately, drink lots of water, do a gentle yoga practice including legs up the wall and standing forward bends, then a glass of wine with dinner and a good night’s sleep).
I was greeted by a wonderful gentleman named Pascal and he brought me to my flat where the owner’s son, Simon, showed me to my little apartment and filled me in on everything. Here’s a hilarious picture of my tiny little elevator:
Today will be my first day on set. My schedule is grueling–30 yoga DVDS in 10 days. I wonder if I am setting some sort of world record DVD shoot marathon! I am so happy for this opportunity, though, and I know it will be incredible to have so many more routines to offer everyone. We’ll have 10 beginner, 10 intermediate and 10 advanced yoga sequences. I can’t divulge too much information other than that; but I will keep you filled in on each day as I make my way through 8 to 9 hours of yoga filming.
I will also try and take advantage of being in Boulogne and Paris and do as much as I can when I’m not filming. It’s so ironic when earlier this summer I said to my amazing husband that I wanted to visit Paris for our vacation and now I’m back!
DAY ONE ON SET:
It was such a great day! Without sounding too “Pollyanna-ish” I just have to admit, I am so grateful to have such cool opportunities. As I walked up the little side street to my flat, I couldn’t help but have the biggest grin on my face. All of the people here are so very friendly and great to work with. I have such a supportive husband and family and my older brother especially really helped me out big time to make sure I was going to be set up okay with the company I’m working for. I can’t thank him enough. My husband scoped out the area for me and also made sure I would be 100 percent taken care of.
We shot 4 DVDs today and it wasn’t so bad. My body doesn’t feel sore at all, it was actually all of the talking and explanation that started to get taxing. I realize now just how important it is to really try and make things clear. I am starting with the beginner series and I think it will be the most challenging that I do as far as detail and instruction. It’s also hard to keep track or my timing and make sure each one is roughly 45 minutes in length with the options of a 30 minute routine or 45 minute routine.
Last night I went to a great little pizzeria and had a delicious salad nicoise and tonight I went for Sushi in my neighborhood. I loved the sushi it was different than NYC and a wonderful little cabbage salad came before my rolls arrived. I am definitely going to a French restaurant as the week continues on, I wish so badly I spoke French! My goal when I return to Manhattan is to enroll in a French class. I know that learning a new language later in life helps keep the brain young and build new pathways in the neurons which can ultimately prevent alzheimer’s disease. (As well as lots of omega 3’s–that’s why I eat so much fish! But one night for sure I will get a great steak frites, maybe try steak tartar and of course all the other french delights).
DAY TWO ON SET:
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t exhausted! I shot 4 more DVDs today and I feel mentally drained more than anything. I worry that I’m not saying all the right things during each routine. I am also so super critical and such a perfectionist, I want everything to look great. We are doing most videos in just one take so I am nervous!
I am still loving the experience and I am having a ball watching all my French colleagues interactions. I’m trying to pick up on little saying’s here and there when I can. It’s amazing to me how many of them smoke; and I’m super impressed by the amount they all eat! I think French Women don’t get fat because they really don’t think too much about what they are eating.
Aurelie, my beautiful producer had a cheese danish type thing followed by some pasta with salmon and mayonnaise dressing followed by a big square of chocolate cake for lunch. She has a beautiful figure and wears her Chanel shoes to work all day. I just was shocked that she really could eat all of that and still be so svelte. One of the camera operators, Marine, had an entire little pizza with ham on it and she too is tall and slender. The boys were indulging in everything from french fries to salads and pastries. There’s really no such thing as sauce on the side and it’s so different then most New Yorker’s I know who are vegan or wheat free or pescatarian or lactose intolerant etc.
I think there is some magic water that they must all drink here. I also wonder if most Americans, myself included, worry too much about our food now a days. We’ve lost the connection to listening to our body’s and eating when we are hungry then stopping when we are full. We place too much judgment on what we eat instead of just enjoying ourselves. Everyone here at lunch time has so much fun. We talk and laugh and eat to our heart’s content. It also helps to buy food from local French chefs and bakers. The woman whom I visited today makes everything from scratch. I had some of the most amazing homemade tabbouleh today with some fish and vegetables and of course a bite of Aurelie’s chocolate cake! It’s a very nice experience for me.
I’m off to bed now it’s 10pm France time and I have another big day ahead of me tomorrow. Au Revoir!
View from the Bridge I cross over to get to and from the studio. I’m walking home from today and I had to get a shot.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!