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AcroYoga Fun Day @ Stonemonkey

Back by popular demand AcroYoga @ Stonemonkey Yoga

When: Sunday 30th September 2012, 10.30-6pm

Where: Stonemonkey Yoga, Leamington Spa UK

Cost: £45 before 14th September or £55 after.

Tap into your light hearted self and your inner playful child. On the day you will discover the art of flying therapeutics at one en of the spectrum to your acrobatic genius and potential at the other. Don’t be put off by the word ‘acrobatics’ we will work progressively within the container of safety and joy. Come with an open mind and willingness to turn your world upside down.

We will explore therapeutic flying & Thai massage where you will explore your 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.

There is a proposed 1.5hr lunch break.

We will cover basic acrobatics and flying. Learn to flip, spin, drop back and float, all while suspended in the air with the support of a partner! Using time-tested acrobatic training techniques, students will learn how to combine basic flying positions with inversions to create dynamic flying flows. We will demonstrate techniques for bases, flyers and spotters that will keep the flying safe and supported. Come with a familiarity with handstands.

The day will be taught by Jaqui Wan and Naomi Hawkes.

Please contact the studio for bookings

Telephone: +44 (0)1926 425282

Email: stonemonkey.yoga@gmail.com

If you are concerned about whether AcroYoga is for you come along to a free taster session @ Stone Monkey on the 8th September 2-3.30pm with Naomi Hawkes

A letter from America

A letter from America

The sky is the limit

When you guys were here in California recently, me and my friend took two of your Acroyoga workshops (the one in West LA and the other in Long Beach). We were hooked right away at our first lesson, which was good because we had really high hopes of being able to incorporate some Acroyoga into a dance piece that I was invited to do at one of the largest bellydance festivals in Southern California.

After the two workshops we took (Art of Spotting and the one on Thai Massage) with you guys, Tari and I worked diligently twice a week for 5-6 weeks to learn more basics of Acroyoga with the help of the video and manual. It was fun and really hard at the same time. We laughed a lot. I farted on Tari a couple times which made us laugh more! We over did it once and I fell which I cried really hard over; luckily I didn’t get injured but it was a very emotional moment that brought us closer together and made me remember how important it is to have a spotter (which we did after that).

More importantly, we are in love with the practice and are committed to doing it for a lifetime! We really appreciate the skills you taught, how you taught it, and just for being so inspiring!

If you want, please view this video to see the fruits of our labor. The first part is my dance solo, followed by 5+ minutes of Acroyoga (much of it taken from the video with slight aesthetic modifications to make it look more dance-y). The last part with the juggling balls was taken from the first workshop we took with you guys (see what an impact you had on us!)

Love

Gigi



Near and Far

Near and Far

On a high in New York

On the weekend of March 20, 2010 I participated in a No Nonsense Acroyoga Intensive workshop taught by Tobias Frank and Jaqui Wan,  two Acroyoga teachers from Europe. Students also came from near and afar including British Columbia, Boston, Philadelphia,  New Jersey (they almost dominated) and native New Yorkers.

Tobias and Jaqui immediately established their skill, rigor, intensity, no nonsense attitude  and goofiness.  I quickly learned some important lessons: in conditioning drills: “Do not max out just because the teacher says so” and “Think twice before volunteering to spot Jaqui.” She is extremely “creative”  in demonstrating the pitfalls of various postures.

In all seriousness, we covered an enormous amount of material with complete safety due to the rigorous and highly entertaining focus on spotting technique. We did extended leg variations in star, lots of bird variations, shoulder stand to free shoulderstand  twisting to straddle bat, drop to straddle bat from back plank, bird to star to bird and handstand to back plank to drop… Wow. Phew. Several of the drills were particularly amusing, especially throne catch (as a juggler I noted and will attempt to recruit one particular acro teacher who showed an uncanny ability to catch errant throws while basing and without dropping her flyer) and cartwheel chorus line, which led to cartwheel in and out of star, which I never thought would be possible so soon.

I want to mention, there was an extraordinary clarity in the demonstrations by Tobias and Jaqui and an attention to detail that made the flows easy to understand. They both were great at helping the various groups as we were practicing.   I also want to mention our New York acroyoga teachers who participated and also assisted. There was some very touching evidence that the local teachers were proud of their students’ accomplishments and that the students were very grateful to their local teachers.

The second afternoon, a so-called curve was thrown at us which with hindsight should not have been a surprise.  It was signalled by the circle question in the morning “Have you ever performed?” You got to pay attention to those questions! We were told about this before lunch–allegedly so we wouldn’t stress out or worry.  (Jaqui and Tobias please explain the logic of this!  Perhaps a moment of sadistic pleasure at the thought of a group of students trying to digest their lunches?)

Each working group was given about an hour to prepare a  five minute performance. Despite substantial anxiety, the remarkable thing was that every performance was very enjoyable and each of the performances was unique.  In discussing the creative process it was interesting to hear how in each group the various members found they could build on each others ideas and create something together except in my group where we found that nobody could get on the same wavelength and yet we managed somehow to create something together anyway.  I still can’t figure that out.

Everyone I talked to felt a great sense of no nonsense (hah!) accomplishment at the end of the workshop, and the wonderful group spirit already existing in our acroyoga community was greatly enhanced.  I want to thank Jaqui and Tobias, all of my old friends from the New York acro community, and my new friends from near and far.

By Andrew Eisner

New York New York!!

Being in New York,…….

Don't you just love the view!

I was in New York for about a week, but am now in Chicago preparing for a weekend workshop. Anyhow you maybe interested in know what I got up to in New York, after getting over my mild jet lag and general over excited anxious hysteria in actually being here.

Firstly, stayed with a friend who happened to be out of town, but very conveniently lives on the 17th floor of big corporate looking building in the Financial District.

Guess what we landed gold, with a view to die for… looking out onto Brooklyn Bridge.

Anyways, I managed to check in with a couple of yoga studios in New York, which there are plenty to choose from. I did an Anusara master class at Vira Yoga, Vinyasa Flow at Kula Yoga Project and Flight School with Raghunath – oh my God! handstand vinyasas you have to check this guy out!  He does not have a lot on YouTube but I found this.  Any how I had so much fun in his class as I really got to work on my handstands in a dynamic and fluid way.  I am so checking him out when I get back to New York in a week’s time.

New York sky line with a sparkle

As for our weekend ʻNo Nonsense (aka Nonsense) Acrobatics Intensive, both Tobias and I were so humbled to have taught at Om Factory one of the homes and long established AcroYoga communities in the United States and to be supported by the New York teachers was true honor.

Welcome!

YogiForm1

Although I am freshly squeezed from my yoga weekender in Bath and en route to Germany, thanks to the wonders of technology I’ve just redirected my web site and experimenting with the joys of WordPress. And 10 November 2009 heralds the start of this trial and a blog. In this new beta site over the forthcoming months I’ll be revisiting and recounting the summer’s adventures: stories of Acrobatics, Italian getaways and thrilling European workshops. Plus, I’ll be consolidating all my online media so it is accessible all in one place. To get you started, please enjoy this courtesy of the legend in the making Vaclav Elias (and if you like where all this is going, please make use of the RSS feed.)

Also, it just would not be right kicking this off without giving thanks to all the people: friends, family, students, teachers and colleagues that have made 2009 memorable for all the right reasons. Thank you!

By Jaqui Wan