Friday October 5th
1) AcroYoga 101: Setting You Up For Success
Mary Aranas + Chris Loebsack
Empower yourself for AcroYoga success this weekend and beyond. Learn to flow through transitions with grace and ease. Build trust and communication while celebrating the joy of the AcroYoga journey. We will sample both the acrobatic (solar) and therapeutic (lunar) sides of the practice, cultivating balance in body, mind and community.
Skills You Will Learn:
Prerequisites: Willing to learn and to support others in learning!
2) Biomechanics, Anatomy, and Physiology for Acro
Dr. Jaimie Harrow, Physical Therapist
It’s time to up your level - not with a new trick, but with a new understanding for how bodies work, and increase your practice or teaching skills. We will explore essential joint biomechanics, strength and conditioning fundamentals, neurology, injury patterns, research behind flexibility, and more - all geared towards increased efficiency, increased capability, and injury prevention. This workshop is beneficial for all practitioners interested in getting the most out of their bodies and teachers looking to take their instruction to a far deeper and more informed level. If knowledge is power this workshop is steroids.
3) The Art of Zenthai Shiatsu Gwyn Williams
Zenthai shiatsu on the surface is the integration of Zen Shiatsu, Thai massage and osteopathic techniques. However, below the surface is where where the real juice is found. How to touch? Ways to move?
Where are you focusing your intention and attention? Are you relaxed ?
If this is a conversation between two ..what are you really listening to?
Pressure points for tonification of deficient areas
This daylong will truly magnify the potential of assists in a yoga class whilst igniting an innate joy, yearning to use your hands as extensions of your heart.
4) Montréal pour tous
Heidi Blais and Jill Campbell
Known for being unorthodox and expressive, Montreal Style also incorporates yogic principles to support the practice with breath and alignment. Join Senior AcroYoga Montreal teachers Jill and Heidi, known for their precision, to discover techniques that live just outside the box and challenge body and mind. A day with these ladies will leave you intrigued and buff.
5) Introduction to Standing Hand to Hand
Christine Moonbeam & Aaron Lind
Spend the day with Aaron and Christine of LIFT School of Acrobatics training: a tried and true path to standing hand to hand. If you’ve been wanting to get on the road to having a ton of fun with standing hand to hand skills, this is the day long for you! The day will be thorough, and we’ll cover everything from solo work for bases and flyers to grips, body alignment, balance skills, and proper movement mechanics. This day long will give you a significant degree of experience in class, and more importantly, it will teach how to train safely in your home community.
Prerequisites: 1 minute handstand belly to wall, safely attempt free handstand without a spotter, cartwheel, roundoff, 1 minute L-Base F2H on bent and straight arms, 3-5 second L-Base H2H (preferably jump in) 1 minute Standing F2H, and Standing Cathedral (trio). Partnerships are highly encouraged in this day long training.
Shawn Wilson & Andre Newman
A fun collaboration of movements from Acro and Capoeira. Touching on Many aspects of the Art forms and blending connection and community to explore how movement can become universal. Individual, partner,and group exercise and movements. Building to Combinations of movements which can grow into exploration Some Instruments, with clapping, Signing. Learning a song or two, and listening of certain rhythms which tell us what styles of games to play inside the Roda. So many aspects of Acro are approachable as well with Capoeira. The different modalities allow something for everyone.
Hold plank 30 sec. Attempt cartwheel, A front roll. Enjoy jumping around. Ups and downs. Spinning. Willing to throws some kicks (no contact), Somewhat decent wrists. The more you come with the more you can try. Smiling, can clap, will sing :), will self assess
7) Performance Daylong Intensive
Cassie Drew, Ryan Hamity & Ryan Madson
Roughly half our day will be spent workshopping dynamic partner and group skills, and the other half will be be spent constructing, learning, and rehearsing a group act set to music for the Saturday night show. Together we will develop impressive group movement, detailed musicality, and fluid transitions within a short and action packed narrative.
Prerequisites: Ninja star, four-step, as well as knowledge of a handful of other washing machines (with closed eyes a plus), headstand or handstand with the ability to flex feet and point your toes, comfort walking in 2 high with multiple partners, standing side star, tanding bird, flag, solo strength drills: 30 second plank, 45 second hollow body hold, 60 seconds of finger flicks.
8) Get Bossy: Acro Re-Imagined
In the morning we will flip your acro universe upside down. Drawing from Capoeira, Circus Acrobatics, Biomechanics, and Contact Improvisation, you will come away from the morning with new perspectives in flying and basing like the boss you were born to be. These tools, from a Movement Professor (actually a movement professor, not just a cool slogan - though that would make a cool slogan), will reframe the acrobatic task, relationship, and pathways to discovery and success.
In the afternoon, we’ll take what we rocked in the morning, and apply those principles to some Bossy Acro, including shapes, progressions and machines. We’ll finish with bossy the way it was intended - creating original performances.
*Material will be accessible for intermediate students, with variations to challenge more advanced practitioners. Prerequisites: Fly & Base: Star, Side Star, Reverse Star
9) Slackro: The Art of Duo Balancing
Raquel Hernández and Sam Salwei
In this daylong intensive we will explore the foundations of slackro and how they differ from traditional acro. Through this process we will be able to share with you our favorite acro moves and how they can become a little extra spicy by transforming them into Slackro.
Slackro or duo balance calls on the constant balance and non-verbal communication between partners. It is a way to move with freedom and ease. The ultimate partner calibration. Come learn what is all about.
Prerequisites: 30 sec Free Star/ 30 sec Foot to hand/5 sec x Low Hand to Hand/ 6 clean jumps into Reverse Star in 1 min
10) Dynamic Hand to hand & foot to hand
Tom Mörtl & Ayla Moes
Advanced/ Expert /Acrobatics
What we teach:
Prerequisites: standing h2h 5 seconds, standing f2h on long arms or tempos/straight jumps
max students: we are comfortable to teach 30 - 40 people.
11) Sports Acro and Recovery: Playing the Long Game
Train hard, smart, and learn how to recover so you can train for many years. We will go through L Base calibrations to prep for hand to hands, foot to hands, and dynamic transitions. We will train similar skills with the whole group, offering modifications depending on your level. We will train two thirds acrobatics, one third recovery. The recovery will depend on the needs of the group, but will be the smartest easiest and most effective tricks I know. We will address: wrists, shoulders, lower back and more.
Prerequisites: Come with a partner, Standing Hand to Hand, Desire to learn recovery