Acroyoga with Eric Mamuzich
Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

Acroyoga with Eric Mamuzich

In these workshops I create specifically for beginners we cover elements like, weight sharing, how to move with efficiency, developing a keen sense of feel, trusting, staying in your role, proper spotting, communicating, and breathing.
Alot of people think strength, power, will and determination alone will get the job done. We will run through specific excersizes together that will leave you feeling confident, informed, prepared, and inspired. You will begin trusting in yourself enough to continue exploring this practice safely on your own.


2pm-4pm Acroyoga w/Eric
$10 w/Yoga and Movement Sanctuary Membership (early-bird pricing before 11/20 $20 after)
$30 Drop in (early-bird pricing before 11/20 $40 after)


About Eric:
Eric found yoga in 2008 comitting to a daily practice. He loved the sense of moving with purpose that he began to feel. Practicing solo movement for years he immersed himself in a yoga teacher training in Philadelphia. Not long after AcroYoga had found him. Within months Acro had taught him an absurd amount of information about movement through the body with efficiency. After diving into partner acrobatics he became certified to teach AcroYoga. He includes in his workshops the value learned from a strict daily partner practice. Factors like precision, alignment, tempo, speed and predictability make easier. So important is a keen partner connection with room for constant adjustment. The ability to use and develop your heightned sense of feeling goes very far in this practice. He loves dissecting, refining and teaching complex tricks. He credits yoga for allowing him to move slow through the proces of learning and understanding partner movement. Eric warns you that this practice can become addicting. It will also make you highly aware of yourself. You might not always like what you see but through a strict training regime and proper coaching you can always change the results!

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Tom Weksler: Movement Archery and Zen Acrobatics in Philadelphia
Feb
23
to Feb 25

Tom Weksler: Movement Archery and Zen Acrobatics in Philadelphia

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Movement Archery

“The right art is purposeless, aimless. The more obstinately you try to learn how to shoot the arrow for the sake of hitting the goal, the less you will succeed in the one and the further the other will recede. What stands in your way is that you have a much too willful will. You think that what you do not do yourself does not happen.” - Eugen Herrigel

Each day of workshop will consist of 3 parts:
Part 1 - Warm-up Tom’s concept of warm-up is based on the mover’s need to tune into a clear and subtle quality before their practice and execution. The routine Tom follows and teaches is inspired by concepts of Chaya (Shadow) Yoga and particularly the “Balakarma” series (stepping into strength), and other forms of soft martial arts. The warm-up routine emphasizes the opening of the darkest parts of our bodies - our legs, which are also the most distant from our eyes. Demanding postures alongside gentle flow with circular motions and spirals will be introduced in order to provide better awareness of the lower parts. The second principle Tom wishes to unfold is preparations (or introduction) to low movement while maintaining the gentle functions of the wrists and neck as tools for balance, sensing the space and organically digesting physical information - internal and external.

Part 2 - Floorwork Tom’s technique of floor work serves as a “risk management” mechanism which ultimately, leads to freedom in a much larger scale than usually experienced by performers of a single discipline. Tom introduces dynamics of falling, rolling, collapsing, flipping and melting down in order to reduce and eventually eliminate the type of actions we usually refer to as “failure” in dance, athletics and martial arts. The practice is composed both of simple, almost “daily” actions, alongside “complicated” acrobatic risks without distinguishing between them or judging what’s important and unimportant. This approach allows a blend of influences from the Animal Kingdom, Capoeira, Gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, Parkour, Brazillian Jiujitsu and Bboying to fall effortlessly into an empty category of functional motions.

Part 3 - Archery The “Archery” practice is Tom’s sincere attempt to create a practice of movement which lies in the space between fight and gestures-free expression. The practice can be executed with two movers and up, and involves the development of both circular and sharp reactions which leads to high levels of awareness and a fluent - “tactical” mind. The movers will go through different forms of “games” which can wear strict rules and objectives or just a physical play of examining and interacting - a play we are all familiar with but tend to lose during our mature life in modern society. Upon practicing Archery one can feel either like he or she is involved in a very skillful combat or in a passionate dance full of risks and traps. It is important to note that the name “Archery” ultimately holds nothing behind it as it constantly changes and flows into the shape the practitioners make up according to their needs and passions.

Zen Acrobatics

Tom's approach for acrobatics training has developed from the urge to look for freedom in movement. The main goal is to find a movement quality that supports simple actions like walking and running, as well as acrobatic feats without a difference in effort or muscular usage. In order to do this, Tom searches for high levels of awareness and precision so the body can react quickly to the changes in skeletal stress, and to maintain flow without unnecessary tension. In classical acrobatic disciplines – Preparation, Climax and Landing are being treated as completely different aspects while usually one is more important than the other. In "Zen Acrobatics" the practitioner aspires to transform all 3 stages into one motion that can ultimately connect to any other type of movement. Sounds of take-offs and landings, Placement of Eye-Focus and Optimal breath for each element are all being covered aside from the Anatomical Instructions and Basic Conditioning. The acrobatic training allows the mover to tune into a "mind-quality" which is usually present only in Extreme Sports or Full – Contact Sports. The mover becomes animalistic and functional, and while attempting complicated feats he turns on "survival instincts" which allows him to reflect on his movement from an entirely different point of view.

Tom has been practicing Martial Arts and different forms of acrobatic disciplines from a young age. Tom graduated in 2009 from “The Workshop For Dancers and Choreographers in Haifa”. Since 2010, Tom has been dancing with “Inbal Pinto and Avshallom Pollak Dance Company” and performed with the comapny’s productions in many theatres and festivals around the world. Tom is currently performing around the world the performance “Collective Loss Of Memory” - choreographed by “Rootlessroot” (Jozef Fruček and Lind Kapetnea) and produced by “Dot504”. in 2014 Tom Created the Duets "SARU' and "Heder" in collaboration with Tokyo Based Dancer and Choreographer Mayumu Minakawa. Both Duets has performed internationally in various theaters and festivals. Since 2017 Tom has been dancing with Guy Nader and Maria Campose Dance Company. Tom's movement workshops have taken place in Dance Schools, Circus Schools, Dojos and Professional Companies in Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Athens, London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Cologne, Bratislava, Milano, Rome, Pisa, Paris, Lyon, Antwerp, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto, Montreal, Guadelajara, Kyoto, Tokyo, Nagoya, Hong Kong and more.

Location: PA Ballet Rehearsal Studios at 323 North Broad St. Philadelphia, PA 19107

Cost: Early Bird $400 before 1/1/18, $450 after. 

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Intro to Calisthenics
Nov
18
2:00 PM14:00

Intro to Calisthenics

The essence of body-weight training and the ultimate way for anyone to build strength, flexibility and bodiliy awareness. This type of training has obvious transferable benifit and can be a perfect complement to any physical endevour one may wish to pursue.
We will focus on pushing and pulling for the upper body while also addressing the many ways one can develop very strong legs by introducing squating, sprinting and jumping.

$10 for YMS Tribe Members
$20 early bird for general public (before 11/1, $30 after)

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Practice, Creativity, Food, Drinks and Frivolity
Nov
11
7:30 PM19:30

Practice, Creativity, Food, Drinks and Frivolity

Evolving the Yoga and Movement Satsang our third event will feature three very distinct short offerings preceding an evening of food, drinks and frivolity for all. We are asking donations of $10 or more to help us repaint YMS and begin a longer project of making our Sanctuary more conducive to the work of building a stronger and more resilient community.

Build your fire (w/Noah Julian)

A short breathing class to get your personal furnace going. Great for starting the day on a cold winter morning.

Playing with planters (w/Robbie Murphey)

What do meditation and succulents have in common? Everything! Build a DIY planter to take home a piece of playful reflection.

Booze bees (w/Carmela and Joseph Ferris)

Close the evening with an introduction to fermentation a mead tasting and an info session on the sweeter side of fermentation. Sips and nibbles provided. 

 

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Acroyoga w/Eric Mamuzich
Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

Acroyoga w/Eric Mamuzich

In these workshops I create specifically for beginners we cover elements like, weight sharing, how to move with efficiency, developing a keen sense of feel, trusting, staying in your role, proper spotting, communicating, and breathing. Alot of people think strength, power, will and determination alone will get the job done. 

We will run through specific excersizes together that will leave you feeling confident, informed, prepared, and inspired. You will begin trusting in yourself enough to continue exploring this practice safely on your own.

$30 Workshop Drop in ($10 discount for YMS Tribe Members)

 

 

About Eric Mamuzich:

Eric found yoga in 2008 comitting to a daily practice. He loved the sense of moving with purpose that he began to feel. Practicing solo movement for years he immersed himself in a yoga teacher training in Philadelphia. Not long after AcroYoga had found him. Within months Acro had taught him an absurd amount of information about movement through the body with efficiency. After diving into partner acrobatics he became certified to teach AcroYoga. He includes in his workshops the value learned from a strict daily partner practice. Factors like precision, alignment, tempo, speed and predictability make easier. So important is a keen partner connection with room for constant adjustment. The ability to use and develop your heightned sense of feeling goes very far in this practice. He loves dissecting, refining and teaching complex tricks. He credits yoga for allowing him to move slow through the proces of learning and understanding partner movement. Eric warns you that this practice can become addicting. It will also make you highly aware of yourself. You might not always like what you see but through a strict training regime and proper coaching you can always change the results!

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Yoga and Movement Satsang 3
Sep
16
8:00 PM20:00

Yoga and Movement Satsang 3

A Salon Style event of talks and performances serving as a window for the community to see into the ideas, projects and art that is taking place at YMS while also working as a fundraiser for future growth and more in depth offerings. As such, in addition to talks and performances we will be holding a silent auction, serving refreshments and accepting donations during a meet and greet directly following. We encourage everyone to stay for the entire evening and enjoy the warmth of the YMS community.

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Unpacking the Body w/Sarena Kabakoff
Aug
5
2:00 PM14:00

Unpacking the Body w/Sarena Kabakoff

Our bodies hold the stories of our lives. Every memory, every joy, every heartache, every look of longing sinks into the maps of our movement. So we move to unpack the weight of these stories. To shake them free from the container of our body so we can hold nothing in our hearts. So our hearts can be open and as vast as the sky. As we move in this workshop we will work through the weight of our past and come to a place where we can simply embrace the space. We will begin with a more codified yoga flow, and then move from the mats. We will progress through floor work, through dynamic pranayama, through sound expression, and find a crescendo in free form movement. This practice is for anyone and everyone, it is a therapeutic way to find the center of your heart. In this movement we trace back the thread to all things that make you feel alive.

Investment:

$25 General Public

$20 YMS Tribe Members

 

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Jul
8
8:00 PM20:00

Yoga and Movement Satsang II

Photo Captured By: Joe Longo

Photo Captured By: Joe Longo

A Salon Style event of talks and performances serving as a window for the community to see into the ideas, projects and art that is taking place at YMS while also working as a fundraiser for future growth and more in depth offerings. As such, in addition to talks and performances we will be holding a silent auction, serving refreshments and accepting donations during a meet and greet directly following. We encourage everyone to stay for the entire evening and enjoy the warmth of the YMS community.

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Yoga and Movement Satsang
May
20
8:00 PM20:00

Yoga and Movement Satsang

A gathering of individuals engaged in a spiritual practice: through movement, meditation, dance, martial arts, devotion, music, gardening or whatever discipline it is that our presenters see the Divine by whatever name or lack there of they give to the creative force, will give 10-20 minute talks, performances and demos (TED Talk style). We are hoping you can shout this out to your friends and attend if you might be free. This will be a (suggested) donation based event with food and refreshments during our meet and greet event immediately following the presentation.

This event is a window for the community to see into the ideas, projects and art that is taking place at YMS while also working as a fundraiser for future growth and more in depth offerings. As such, in addition to talks and performances we will be holding a silent auction, serving refreshments and accepting donations during a meet and greet directly following.  We encourage everyone to stay for the entire evening and enjoy the warmth of the YMS community.

Presenters Include:

Noah Julian; Emile Sorger; Alex Brazinski; Sarena Kabakoff; Carmela and Joseph Ferris; Aitch Jay; Brittney Marquand; 

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Yoga-asana Teacher Essentials
Apr
22
to Apr 23

Yoga-asana Teacher Essentials

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Anatomy: East and West
Understanding the inner workings of human anatomy, down to its core. Exploring postural diagnosis, eastern meridian line theory and the application of acupressure, as well as the somatic-emotional and somatic-visceral connections.  
Advanced adjustments and therapeutic techniques
Develop confidence to connect with others by touch and learn to use skillful adjustments to truly transform someone's perspective, changing the way they look at themselves and reshaping the lens with which they see the world.  
We will review the groundwork necessary for feeling comfortable in this realm of teaching, reviewing advanced adjustment techniques as well as therapeutic postures meant to restore and revitalize. 
Introduction to Astanga Yoga
We will explore the foundations of Vinyasa Yoga by understanding the system of Astanga Yoga and look at ways to modify based on students’ needs, while still staying true to the age old format.

See more info on the event page

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Celebrating One Year of the Yoga and Movement Sanctuary
Apr
21
8:00 PM20:00

Celebrating One Year of the Yoga and Movement Sanctuary

Join us for our one year anniversary with refreshments, a sign unveiling and exciting announcements and offerings!

 

We couldn’t be more excited for everything going on at YMS and want all of you to experience our evolution.

Haven’t seen us in a while? Well, we’ve evolved a lot and want you to experience the many ways how. So, if it has been more than 6 months since your last visit to YMS we would like you to take advantage of our new student special of $45 for a month of unlimited classes!

Also for existing members Johnathan Raiss and I (Noah Julian) will be offering abbreviated bodywork sessions of 20 minutes for only $25!

These specials will only be available for purchase until the end of April.

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Methodology of Alignment: How to Assess posture, See Pattern, and Allow or Create Movement Towards A Holistic Center
Feb
25
to Feb 26

Methodology of Alignment: How to Assess posture, See Pattern, and Allow or Create Movement Towards A Holistic Center

Our world and nature in general can be understood through patterns. The golden spiral, and Pi are two classic examples of numerical patterns which are expressed physically through architecture, the animal world, and also in the human body. The pattern of a wave in the ocean is a pattern that we can mimic within our form. The pattern of a circle, rectangle, or square can be used for the construction of an object or an asana (posture).

In a postural diagnostic context it is important to look at how one part of the body such as the foot may hold patterns within its structure and imprinting that are repeated across the body. 

Using specific principles of alignment we will gain a better understanding of ourselves, others, and our world in a reasonably objective manner.

Saturday 10am-6PM

Sunday 10am-5PM

Early Bird (Paid in full before 2/20): $300

Paid After 2/20: $350

 

 

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