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Image, Movement and Metaphor: Yoga and Creative Expression

  • The Yoga and Movement Sanctuary 2623 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19130 United States (map)

What does your yoga practice stir up?

Join Emile Sorger and Jessica LaBarca for yoga, meditation, creative expression and discussion. This workshop will introduce a method for taking the fruits of your practice off of the mat and into your life. Expect to be in a supportive and encouraging environment as you dive into the personal meaning of your practice. 

All art supplies will be provided, students are asked to bring only what they need to practice yoga and an open mind.  No prior experience with yoga or art making is required, beginners are welcome!


Emile sees movement as a discipline, a conversation and a celebration of being. He began in the womb of his mother as a mysterious intelligence assembled his body in a profoundly elegant and organized way. Emile's childhood was characterized by inexhaustible physical energy coupled with a very serious interest in stillness and introspection, exemplified by his proclivity for climbing trees and sitting for long stretches in their highest branch. His formal yoga training began in 2005 at Goucher College where he studied yoga asana alongside meditation and religious philosophy. Since then he has studied meditation in India, Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayas, Yoga Asana and Capoiera in Baltimore, Handbalancing in Philadelphia and New York, more meditation in the hills of Virginia, geometrically based and mythically infused yoga in Manhattan and the Ido Portal method in Manayunk. Emile’s biggest influences include Kim Manfredi and Will Walter of Charm City Yoga, Nevine Michaan of Katonah, Marcy Vaughn of The Three Doors, Lin Junming of the Fu Jian Circus, Johnny Sapinoso of the Ido Portal method, the Iceman Wim Hof, his brothers in yoga Noah Julian, Johnathan Raiss and Ari Halbert, his sister in dance Lily Kind and the cosmic inner guru that permeates all matter. Emile’s classes integrate traditional yoga sequencing and creative movement with contemporary mythology, music and inspiration with the aim of creating a space in which students can discover and express themselves in their individual and universal form.


Jessica is a registered art therapist working primarily with adults recovering from eating disorders as well as refugee and immigrant populations.  With additional training in trauma informed art therapy and dialectical behavior therapy, her therapeutic framework is grounded in neuropsychology and includes a strong emphasis on mindfulness practice.  The use of a neurosequential approach led Jessica to become increasingly interested in the way trauma is stored in the body (somatically) and through images (visually).  Jessica began her yoga practice five years ago as a way to cultivate a healthy mind and body and is interested in continuing to explore the transformational healing potential of synthesizing movement with creative expression.

Later Event: October 8
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