Shiva Rea visits Washington regularly, but the renowned instructor has never led one of her signature trance dance sessions here before. The Trance Dance is part of the Summer Solstice Regeneration Weekend Shiva will offer June 23-24. Sign up today!
Over the “Summer Solstice Regeneration Weekend” she’ll offer a series of workshops and a two-hour session explaining the history of ecstatic movement and giving participants a chance to feel the release that comes from this very different kind of yoga. More info
“It’s all music-driven. There is no trance dance without music,” says Jessica Lazar, a local senior prana flow teacher. The experience begins with Rea cueing collective movements, such as lifting arms, crawling and jumping. “There’s something about doing the same thing that takes away pressure to bust out the best steps,” Lazar says.
When students get comfortable in the rhythm of the dance, there are short spurts of free movement, giving them the chance to connect with their creative sides. June 23 at 7:30 p.m.; $50; All Souls Church, 1500 Harvard St. NW, Flowyogacenter.com
Vanessa King is a Certified AcroYoga teacher, sharing the practice in DC since 2008. She’ll be at Yoga on the Mall leading the group warmup and a demo by AcroYoga students from Yoga District, Capitol Hill Yoga, Yoga Chai, Flow Yoga Center, Willow Street Yoga, Rivers Edge Yoga, Annapolis Yoga and Embrace Yoga.
AcroYoga brings people together, since by nature, you can’t do alone! It’s a partner practice that fosters community. It’s rooted in diversity- a combo of yoga from India; acrobatics, originating from Greece and healing arts such as Thai Massage, from Thailand/India. Yoga is the glue.
My first yoga studies were based on Patanjali’s teachings of the Yoga Sutras. AcroYoga embodies the full spectrum of yoga outlined in his four chapters on freedom- practice and surrender, strength and sweetness. An AcroYoga practice can travel from the deepest surrender of receiving therapeutic flying or Thai Massage to the dynamic action of high flying acrobatics.
I’ve heard that our highest yoga is that of relationship. AcroYoga is that kind of yoga. The union not just with the divine in yourself but the divine in another person. It develops trust, connection and playfulness in practitioners and inspires clear and positive communication. I’ve learned so much about myself and humanity from its practice. I find it fascinating that almost universally we are more capable of being there for others than believing others can support us.
What do you like about teaching AcroYoga in DC?
DC is a serious town. We live big questions! However, after teaching AcroYoga in various countries, I have to say the DC crew make the biggest shift- from ultra serious to ready to play and laugh and have fun together in a second. I love this community and am always excited to come home. We are loud and boisterous and everybody has a voice. It’s powerful and all love. Show us your Acro yoga with a photo reply!
Somewhere around 2006 we had the idea to include a Yoga on the National Mall with our annual DC Yoga Week. The first year we tried this, it was about 50 degrees and drizzling.
We did yoga with frozen hands, hoodies, and down coats. Nearly 100 people showed up anyway! We organizers thought they must be crazy, but we knew that DC Yogis wanted to be together as a community.
So we persevered and kept offering Yoga on the Mall, through difficulties with port-a-potties, high humidity, and helicopter landings.
Last year we were given the threat of 80% chance of severe thunderstorms, and so at 5 am on the morning of the event, Deb and I reluctantly decided to cancel. For the rest of the day we madly texted asking each other, where is the rain!?? We were discouraged at having wasted efforts, but decided to keep moving ahead for 2012 preparations and be sure to include a Rain Date.
This year, we will hope for a sunny beautiful day on Saturday, May 19, but if it does rain, we have learned our lesson, and have a rain date on Sunday. I am sad that this is the very first year that I won’t be able to join you there, but I know it will be a huge success. Have a great time! xo, annie.