AcroYoga: Learning to Fly with Paige Elenson
March 20th - 22nd
R1500 for entire weekend or R375 per session
AcroYoga takes us from the solitary practice on our yoga mat, and calls us up to be a yogi in the community, inviting us to play!
For the first time in South Africa, Yoga Warrior is thrilled to be hosting Paige Elenson, an AcroYoga Teacher from the US visiting Joburg to spread this unique form of playfulness. AcroYoga blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. These three ancient lineages form the foundation of a unique new practice that cultivates trust, connection and playfulness. Only born in 2003, AcroYoga was started in the US by yoga teachers Jason Nemer and Jenny Sauer-Klein. Jason had worked with the olympic acrobatic team while Jenny had been a yoga teacher for many years and trained with ex-Cirque du Soleil artists, together they explored different body and movement techniques and out of that created AcroYoga. AcroYoga has been met with huge international interest and so workshops are held across the globe each year. This is the first time an AcroYoga workshop has been offered in South Africa.
"In our world of social networking and online communities, connection is the norm. But as we meet and interact electronically, many of us miss an important aspect of community: physical contact. We crave the magical interaction that occurs when flesh meets flesh, when energies entwine. AcroYoga, a recently developed blend of many forms of ecstatic movement, is one way to fill this void."
Conscious Dancer American Publication
March 20th, Friday Evening: 6pm - 8.30pm
AcroYoga: Learning to Fly ~ The Basics
Touching upon all the disciplines that AcroYoga offers, combining Partner Yoga, Acrobatics and Thai Massage with the principles of trust, connection and playfulness. Grounded in the breath, we will draw upon the natural forces of gravity and "metta"- loving kindness - to encourage the body to let go of fear and tension. Come Alone or with a friend.
March 21st, Saturday Morning: 10.30am - 1pm
Vinyasa Master Class: Upside Down & Inside Out
A challenging, inspiring, and invigorating class/workshop of Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga where we will focus on demystifying inversions such as headstand, forearm balance and handstand. All Levels!
March 21st, Saturday Afternoon: 2pm - 4.30pm
AcroYoga Therapeutics: Thai & Fly Beginning Level
Therapeutic flying and Thai massage are the practices that hone an AcroYogis ability to be sensitive and receptive. Students will learn and practice honest, clear, compassionate communication to build the foundation of partnership. We will draw upon the natural forces of gravity and "metta" loving kindness to encourage the body to let go of fear and tension. The flow of basing and flying, giving and receiving, honoring and accepting, inhaling and exhaling will take both yogis into a new place of union and bliss. Some yoga experience recommended, no partner needed.
March 22nd, Sunday Morning and Afternoon: 10.30am - 1pm & 2pm - 4.30pm
AcroYoga: Flying, Thai Massage, & Radical Assisting ~ Intermediate to Advanced
This workshop will explore creative ways to work as partners. Just as Baptiste Yoga focuses on intuition over tradition, we will break out of the box by learning to use our whole body to support one another's yoga practice. Flying opens the body and heart by creating balance and trust between partners. Gravity releases the spine of the flyer, encouraging the ease of backbending while grounding the base. No Partner necessary.
Paige is a native New Yorker and has been practicing yoga since the 90s. Before falling for yoga, Paige worked as an Accelerated Transformation Consultant on Wall Street for Cap Gemini/Ernst & Young's, it was there that she realised that yoga was the ultimate tool for transformation. As well as being a Thai Bodywork practicioner, she is certified in the Jivamukti method and other teacher trainings and considers herself an enthusiastic workshop junkie! Paige has studied and taught Baptise Power Yoga, and has assisted Baron Baptiste at his workshops across the US for the last 6 years (she is assisting Baron in Hawaii in February '09). In 2007 Paige became one of the first qualified AcroYoga Teachers; it was only when she took her first class in this style that she saw all the elements of yoga that she loves combined into one practice. She had found a home base for exploring and deepening her practice on and off the mat through this fun community that provides a safe, vibrant and supportive space for transformation to occur. Since then she has travelled across the globe sharing this joyful style of yoga in Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico and Europe. In 2007 Paige came to Africa and co-founded the Africa Yoga Project, an extraordinary movement that empowers the youth and women of Kenya through yoga. She has been dedicated to this movement for the last 3 years and now lives in Nairobi.
Africa Yoga Project's premise is that yoga transforms limitations into power; as yoga revolutionises our body, our emotions, our relationships and our ability to serve the greater good, it uncovers our limitless potential. In this light, yoga is a compelling call to embrace change and take action.
Over the last three years Africa Yoga Project has introduced yoga to hundreds of Nairobians aged between 16-30 from impoverished backgrounds living on $2 a day. Many are personally affected by HIV and live or have lived on the streets. The project has built a centre where youth can learn yoga and other movement forms, it is a haven away from glue sniffing, begging and stealing which for many is the norm. The centre teaches skills that they can use to earn money and also provides physical and mental stimulation that so many of them crave. During Kenyan electoral violence in 2008, Africa Yoga Project created Amani (peace) Circus which was built on chaos and stillness and the peace that can be found in between. The circus has subsequently travelled to violence torn communities and has been a platform for youth leadership and non-violence.
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