An introduction to Taoist healing arts: Qi Gong & Acupressure Massage
Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

An introduction to Taoist healing arts: Qi Gong & Acupressure Massage

Qi Gong exercises cultivate and distribute Energy/Qi throughout the body and are a powerful tool that have been used for thousands of years to promote health and longevity. Participants will be taught a specific set of exercises, first learning each one step-by-step, then practicing them linked together in succession, using the group energy to create a palpable swell of energy. Sign Up

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Functional Flexibility Series for Yogis and Movers: Backbends and Upper Body with Alex
Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

Functional Flexibility Series for Yogis and Movers: Backbends and Upper Body with Alex

This 2-hour workshop will focus on active flexibility for the back bends and upper body using particular muscular techniques that correspond with the vayus of vyana (expansion/push), samana (contraction/pull), prana (upward/lift), and udana (downward/grounding). These vayus will enhance muscle strength and joint integrity all while increasing flexibility dramatically. Sign Up

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Functional Flexibility Series for Yogis and Movers: Lower Body with Alex
Sep
29
2:00 PM14:00

Functional Flexibility Series for Yogis and Movers: Lower Body with Alex

This 2-hour workshop will focus on active flexibility for the lower body using particular muscular techniques that correspond with the vayus of vyana (expansion/push), samana (contraction/pull), prana (upward/lift), and udana (downward/grounding). These vayus will enhance muscle strength and joint integrity all while increasing flexibility dramatically. Sign Up

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Decoding Motion
Aug
12
2:00 PM14:00

Decoding Motion

We learn how to develop our own movement intelligence using different exercises and techniques practiced and inspired from different disciplines, mainly from the worlds of martial arts, contemporary dance, and soft acrobatics, finding and exploring the connections and interfaces they all share between them. SIGN UP

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A Seasonal Sadhana: Summer Solstice
Jun
23
2:00 PM14:00

A Seasonal Sadhana: Summer Solstice

In the spirit of Dharma Mittra's "Maha Sadhana” and united with education from my teacher Nevine Michaan of Katonah Yoga:

We will engage with depth of breathing, breadth of movement and the place where they meet in meditation (both moving and seated). Our movement practice will be in the style of creative vinyasa flow, with limited pause, to relish in the experience of this asana style dance. Sign Up

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Feb
24
to Feb 25

Individualizing Instruction w/Noah Julian

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Individualizing Instruction w/Noah Julian: Advanced Teaching in One on One as well as Group Settings.

Individualizing Instruction: Advanced Teaching in One on One as well as Group Settings w/Noah Julian

A weekend designed for the intermediate student interested in finding more effective ways of advancing their own practice as well as the existing teacher looking to serve a larger population. Throughout the weekend we will examine ways to address individual goals, realistic time-tables and progressions toward them. Time will be largely spent identifying strengths, deficiencies and imbalances that will need to be addressed and identified (both in one’s self and students) to help reduce the risk of injuries.

We will navigate these territories by examining and utilizing tools of alignment such as those from Nevine Michaan of Katonah Yoga as well as introducing variety and some chaos from a variety of diverse Movement disciplines.

Saturday and Sunday 10-6pm

Investment:

$300 early-bird (register/paid before 2/16)

$350 (paid after 2/16)

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Movement Archery and Zen Acrobatics in Philadelphia
Feb
23
to Feb 25

Movement Archery and Zen Acrobatics in Philadelphia

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Movement Archery

Friday 5 - 7:30 PM at Pinnacle Parkour Academy Philadelphia

Saturday and Sunday 4 PM - 9 PM at PA Ballet Rehearsal Studios

“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

Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM - 12:30 PM at Pinnacle Parkour Academy Philadelphia

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

and Pinnacle Parkour Academy Philadelphia, 3500 Scotts Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19129

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

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Methodology of Alignment w/Johnathan Raiss
Feb
10
to Feb 11

Methodology of Alignment w/Johnathan Raiss

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Methodology of Alignment w/Johnathan Raiss 

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-6PM

Early Bird (Paid in full before 2/2): $300
Paid After 2/2: $350

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Yoga Anatomy & Physiology: an East-West Perspective w/Alex Brazinski
Jan
27
to Jan 28

Yoga Anatomy & Physiology: an East-West Perspective w/Alex Brazinski

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Yoga Anatomy & Physiology: an East-West Perspective w/Alex Brazinski

In this intensive workshop, we will explore anatomy and physiology from two major paradigms: Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine. We will dive into the structure of the body, magnifying cellular structure and function and then begin to broaden our perspective to a holistic view of the body through a meridian-based, connective tissue approach.   The goal of this weekend is to broaden the understanding of the effect of yoga, pranayama, and movement practices on the tissues of the human body. We will look at various approaches from both East and West on how to optimize somatic clarity, control, and strength in order to create a sustainable and successful practice. 

Topics Covered:

-Anatomy and Physiology (East and West)

-Mechanisms of Stretching and Joint Articulation

-Mechanisms of Pranayama

-Chinse Meridians: Assessment and Palpation

-Fascial Networks

-Yoga/Movement postures for isolated stretching and strengthening

-Yoga/Movement postures for global stretching and strengthing

Saturday and Sunday 10-6pm

Investment:

$300 early-bird (register/paid before 1/22)

$350 (paid after 1/22)

www.AlexBrazinski.com

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Unpacking the Body w/Sarena Kabakoff
Jan
13
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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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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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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