Featured Guest Presenter Line-up
JENNY SAUER-KLEIN - JASON NEMER - CIRCUS YOGA - ALEXANDRA RUIZ - PAU CASTELLSAGUE - DET & JIM - NIKO DOUWES - MASTER LU YI - ARTHUR DAVIS - ADAM RINDER - LUX STERNSTEIN - CHELSEY & JASON MAGNESS - JENNIFER YARRO - ARNO L'HERMITTE - SUZANNE STERLING & KERRI KELLY - DR. ERIC RUBIN - SHIRA
Helen Styring Tocci and Amy Dawn Verebay of Circus Yoga are passionate about creating space for people of all ages to explore their unique creativity and discover the innate strength and wisdom that lives in every body. Through the practice of CircusYoga, they have found the perfect synthesis for their work in yoga, acrobatics, dance, bodywork, connection, and play. With over 15 years of experience as a professional dancer, vocalist, yoga and movement teacher in NYC, Helen is the co-founder of Varoom Group Dance Collective and her multi-disciplinary performance works have been produced throughout the city and beyond. She shares her voice and bhakti with the world as a member of Kirtan Soul Revival, NYC's newest and funkiest devotional music experience. Amy Dawn Verebay is a teacher, performer, ritualist, yogini, and breathwork practitioner. Formerly, performing with CircusAmok and LAVA, and presently through leading empowerment circles for women and teaching CircusYoga, Amy shares her talents to bring joy and empowerment to diverse populations. Helen & Amy travel internationally- teaching workshops, residencies and retreats- sharing this innovative practice- most recently leading a week-long retreat at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Open to the whole community ages 10 to 110! Learn more
Niko Douwes is very experienced in the circus arts. He is especially talented in juggling and partner acrobatics. He has been training for more than 15 years and has performed and taught all around the world for people from all walks of life. He is a great teacher specialized in Dutch Acrobatics and handstands. Niko is always willing to learn, share and play!
Det & Jim have more than 30 years experience with partner acrobatics in the Netherlands. They are taught by the famous Dutch circus acrobats Como Brothers and Osmani’s. Det founded her own acrobatics school in Amsterdam nearly 25 years ago and has taught with the Academy of Modern Dance for 15 years. Jim is one of her co-teachers. Among their specialties are shoulderstands, handstands, lifts, 'downs' and transitions. Their technique is based on efficient use of energy for optimal result. They have developed a training system with a range of relevant pre-exercises. By their way of observing and analyzing they can contribute considerably to improving the technique on all acrobatic levels. They have a special eye for undeveloped talents people have. They are used to work with images and humor.
Arthur Davis III is a two time World Champion in
Acrobatic Gymnastics, USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame Member, featured
performer for Cirque Du Soleil, and Finalist on America's Got Talent.
He has performed and choreographed in over forty countries
worldwide, with featured appearances on Dancing With The Stars, So
You Think You Can Dance Australia, The Today Show, and NBC's Ice
Skating and Gymnastics
Arno L'Hermitte While traveling in Asia he came across Thai massage and has since has been working with the integration of eastern and western approach. Having trained first at the Old Medicine Hospital, then with Asokananda ,Pichett Boonthome and Chayuth Priyasith, Arnaud is an authorised teacher of The Sunshine Network. He runs courses in massage around the world and has a unique approach to his work which inspires people to shape the direction of their own practice. He is renowned for his gentle, firm touch, his development of the Thaï sacred dance. He is the co-founder of the Thai Massage Circus. Learn more.
Eric Rubin, DC, CMT has been helping people live in their bodies with more ease and awareness since 1995. He lives and practices in the heart of San Francisco and has created North Point Chiropractic and Family Wellness Center, a diverse multi-disciplinary wellness practice, to serve his community. Eric graduated with honors from Life Chiropractic College West in spring of 2003 and was valedictorian of his class. It was his great fortune to meet and begin studying Bio-Geometric Integration with Sue Brown, DC, early in his chiropractic education. He helped lead the BGI Club on campus at LCCW and after graduating, interned with Dr. Brown at the Essence Quality of Life Center in Carol Stream, IL. Eric is a faculty member at the San Francisco School of Massage where he teaches a variety of approaches to bodywork, energy work and massage since 1996. He is guided by a vision of a world in which skilled touch assists people toward the creation of health and harmony in their lives and relationships.
Suzanne Sterling is an ecstatic vocalist and composer whose devotional music has been called a "groove-loving and seductive journey into Spirit" and whose music has been commissioned for film, theatre and DVD. She has enjoyed mainstage billing at festivals such as Earthdance, Burning Man, Reggae on the River and The World Festival of Sacred Music (hosted by the Dalai Lama). Suzanne has also been a ritual designer and priestess for many years and has developed curriculums, teacher trainings and apprenticeship programs combining ritual and activism for numerous communities nationwide. She offers a unique blend of yoga, music, sacred ceremony and activism to conferences and festivals worldwide — most recently as featured speaker/artist at several Yoga Journal Conferences, The Esalen Institute, The Institute of Noetic Sciences. and Earthdance where she led the worlds largest Spiral Dance for 5000 people. Learn more about Suzanne.
Kai Hitzer is a senior student of Kalari Grandmaster C.M. Sherif Gurukkal. Kai has had a pioneering role in spreading the beautifl art of Kalarippayat in workshops outside of Kelara ever since he was authorized to teach in 2005. His inspiring and dynamic lessons are characterized by his long experience with yoga, movement, and martial arts and their underlying philosophies. http://www.kaihitzer.com/Kerri Kelly was drawn to the healing power of yoga in 1999. On her mat, she discovered a new vitality that awakened her purpose and desire to serve. Kerri immediately recognized the opportunity to share this gift and has been teaching for over 7 years. Her purpose is to invest in the greatness of others and use her teaching to help individuals discover themselves and their potential to shine. She has been instrumental in catalyzing the San Francisco community around yoga and service and mentors local leaders on how to be purposeful and effective in their activism. Visit Kerri Kelly's personal site.
Lux, Jason, and Chelsey have been described as some of North America's most innovative developers of the acrobatic arm of the AcroYoga practice. Team YogaSlackers is an eclectic mix of extreme endurance athletes, master yogis, rugged adventurers, and talented slackliners (some members are all four!) who all share a passion for environmental education and awareness. More on the YogaSlackers. Click here for more on SeattleAcro.
Jenny Sauer-Klein is a teacher, creator, community catalyst, relationship and communication coach, and the co-founder of AcroYoga. With a background in performing arts, she has been studying and teaching yoga, circus arts, and healing modalities for 13 years. She offers classes, workshops and teacher trainings world-wide and is dedicated to the path of relationship as a vehicle for transformation. Learn more
Jason Nemer, AcroYoga Co-Founder, has been blessed with countless teachers on his path. His early training was influenced by Russian and Bulgarian Acrobatic masters, and later Dharma Mittra. He performed at the 1996 Olympic opening ceremonies and has been studying and teaching yoga for ten years. He loves Bhakti and music. Learn more.
Pau Castellsague currently lives in Barcelona although he spends most of his time travelling around the globe teaching Acroyoga Immersions. His main goal in life is to spread the wisdom of Yoga into every corner and through all layers of society. Learn more
Jennifer Yarro, a coveted teacher of teachers, joyously shares the practices of AcroYoga, Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga, Meridian Yoga, and Thai Yoga Massage. She travels internationally to lead 200 & 500 hour Yoga Teacher Trainings, and serves as adjunct faculty for numerous programs offering advanced skills in Assisting Asana, Anatomy, and Thai Yoga Massage. Her in depth study of Thai Massage in Thailand coupled with her unique perspective and wisdom sets her apart in the field of bodywork. She is the co-founder of ‘The New England School of Thai Yoga’ and founder of the ‘Triple Gem School of Thai Massage.’ She delights in being home in the Berkshires at Frog Lotus Yoga. Learn more about Triple Gem. Visit Jenn's personal site.
Alexandra Ruiz was born in Mexico. Her studies include Breema, ThaiMassage, Yoga, Watsu, Indigenous Medicine and spa therapies. For the last 3 years she has dedicated herself to sharing worldwide her passion of bringing people together threw playfulness and loving touch with the intention of reaching all communities that have the desire to learn to FLY. Learn more
Denise Berezonsky Self-Breema: Exercises for Harmonious LifeAssociate Director of the Breema Clinic and a Senior Staff Instructor at the Breema Center. Since falling in love with giving and receiving Breema bodywork in 1989 and seeing the transformative effect of the Nine Principles on her own life, Denise has helped many people increase their vitality and discover new dimensions of health, well-being, and support for their relationship to themselves and to others. She has maintained an active national and international teaching schedule since 1994. Learn more.
Mary Cuneo is a Senior Staff Instructor at the Breema Center. She has been delving into the many dimensions of the Breema system since 1985, grateful for the way it supports self-understanding and genuine connection with others. The wisdom and principles of Breema have been invaluable for her, not only for giving Breema bodywork sessions and teaching Breema, but also in her life as a dancer, graphic designer, parent, and businessperson. Mary has taught Breema extensively in the U.S., and most recently in Barcelona. Learn more.
Shira Yaziv, co-founder of the Athletic PlayGround in Emeryville, CA, she has a vision of a healthy global community sustained by playful, interactive movement. Since 2008, Athletic PlayGround has provided the San Francisco Bay Area with a vibrant, community-oriented playspace, offering Open Play sessions and classes in AcroYoga, Parkour, Acrobatics, Partner Flips, Handstands, Aerials, Hooping, and much more.
Shira teaches daily Monkey Conditioning classes, using innovative exercises and games to engage the entire body and build adaptable strength that creates a stable foundation for athletic pursuits as well as balance in everyday life. Drawing from rich backgrounds in movement and health arts including capoeira, martial arts, dance, massage, professional cooking, personal training, and circus, Shira continues to move in the spirit of the monkey and invite others to join in the fun! Learn More
MAIN FESTIVAL TEACHERS INCLUDE:
Jean Jacques Gabriel