Workshop Descriptions

dancersPartner Yoga & AcroYoga

With Tyler Blank

Through the dynamic Sacred Play of Partner Yoga, AcroYoga (Basing & Flying) & collaborative Conditioning exercises, we’ll explore the connection between one’s self and one’s partner, by stretching, breathing, and supporting in a variety of fun, unique poses.
Experience your body in ways that you never thought you could…  This is your chance to support a partner with courage; surrendering, building trust, removing obstacles, creating friendship, and enjoying yourself in community. Arrive ready for anything, and leave feeling totally uplifted.

131212_ecstaticdance_-997Chi Kung:  The Dance of Energy 

With Tyler Blank

On the Bluffs above the Waves, we will Gather the Energy of the Morning Sun, and Distribute it with the Ocean Wind… Burning up Obstacles… Clearing the Path for Chi (Energy) to Circulate with our Breath, Voice, and Visualization… Dancing with the Elements as Dawn Emerges.  Merging Wisdom from Traditional Chinese Medicine, the 16 Ways, and Tibetan Shamanic QiGong, we Journey in a Meditative and Prayerful Dance of what we know as Energy, Awareness, Spirit, and Nature.  These Elements can then be Enjoyed on the Dancefloor, or Anywhere we want to experience a deeper Connection with our Surroundings, Inside and Out.

131210_ecstaticdance_-498Bhakti Vinyasa Flow 

With Sita Devi

Bhakti Vinyasa Flow is a heart opening intentional practice combining Kirtan, the art of ecstatic chanting with Hatha Vinyasa Flow Yoga. The practice often begins with a meditation and some intention setting and creative visualization. We then join together in a kirtan to begin our practice which takes us into our bodies moving into our hatha vinyasa practice. The practice slowly builds heat in the body and the practitioner is free to move at his or her own pace, finding his or her own personal flow. Once enough heat is generated we move into some deep stretches and make our way to the floor, ending with a nice long savasana, or final relaxation and close our practice with kirtan.

The practice is accompanied by live chanting of Kirtan and Bhajan by Sita, and other musicians. The goal of this practice is to experience Bhava, the nectar of devotion, through union of the body mind and soul.

131212_ecstaticdance_-1091Yin Yoga 

With Sita Devi

Yin yoga is a slow grounded practice. The word yin, comes from yin and yang, the balance of fire and water, masculine and feminine, strength and softness. Yin refers to the water, the feminine, the softness and this practice encompasses that energy. It is comprised of long holds and deep relaxation with an extended savasana and accompanied by sweet, gentle music.

 

131213_ecstaticdance_-1763Kirtan 

With Sita Devi & Friends

Kirtan is an ancient spiritual practice of Bhakti Yoga designed to collectively raise our vibration through call and response chanting of Sanskrit mantra. Through this repetitive ecstatic chanting we are able to drop in, unify, channel and access the divine within ourselves.

131210_ecstaticdance_-283Contact Improvisation

With Sita Devi

 

 

 

 

Zen Thai: Parnter Therapeutics

With Anjuli & Alok

ZenThai Flow is a journey of partner stretching, contact improvisation, and healing touch that will be sure to leave you feeling free, uplifted, and balanced. Within these practices, we will delve into the current Seasonal Element and explore specific exercises to connect us to the season. The first part of the workshop will be movement-focused in both group and partner exercises. In the second part, we’ll be sharing a dynamic, yet easeful ZenThai sequence that you will both give and receive with a partner.

Contact Yoga

With Anjuli & Alok

Contact Yoga is a journey of partner stretching, contact improvisation, and healing touch that will be sure to leave you feeling free, uplifted, and balanced. We will explore a wide range of touch, from subtle to dynamic to therapeutic. You will gain skills to align your body in supporting others as well as tools to be more responsive and flexible. Contact Yoga invites playful connection while challenging your edge. Anjuli and Alok will end the session with a dynamic ZenThai bodywork sequence that you will both give and receive with a partner. Suitable for all levels, no partner needed!

131214_ecstaticdance_-2005Bana Kuma African Dance

With Chris Berry

The dance of Bana Kuma is an intentional dance form whose main purpose is to cleanse and clear blockages and to re-allign one with their greater selves. The live music and dance moves of the Bana Kuma are based on ancient techniques that held music and dance in hi regard as powerful healing modalities.

KASHA Ceremony

w/ Chris Berry, Craig Kohland and friends

KASHA is the practice of creating HEAT (fire) through MOVEMENT, within the body, bringing up BLOCKS (fears) to be released, allowing one to touch a deep place within, bringing forth true hearts’ desires. HEAT (fire) purifies, and releases the old to make way for the new; igniting passions, charging up motivation and excitement. Allow the deep beating of your internal drums to take you within and rise above all fears. 

 

 

1014008_10100271709569375_1268330138_nTAI CHI &

CORE AWARENESS

With Erin Brutlag

Tai Chi

Discover your healing power and healing movement using the principles of Tai Chi. Tai Chi Chuan can be translated into “The Supreme Ultimate Fist”, an internal martial art, practiced in accordance with Taoist philosophy, is used for healing and defense training, Yin and Yang. You will be instructed in how to connect your energy, qi, to posture and movement using qi-cultivating exercises, a short Yang form, and push hands exercises. You will leave this class having learned a type of movement and posture, that when practiced regularly, can lead to life long vitality and health.

Core Awareness

Our body continuously gives us signals about blockages and inefficiencies that can lead to pain, dysfunction, and interruption of your dance.  During this workshop, learn through observing subtle movements where your blockages may lie. Gain insight into what core strength truly means and how it affects every movement of your body. Leave the workshop with a few simple activities and exercises to help you connect to your core and allow more freedom in your dance.