Beginner AcroYoga: Poses and Flows with Meghan Kazanski

Workshop Description:

Harness the power of partnership to expand both individual and collective practices. We will expand our skills in communication, connection, and weight-sharing, as partnerships work together to construct shapes and move dynamically between poses. Calibration exercises and foundational poses will utilize the capacities of partners to develop trust, strength, coordination, and increased mobility in both partners. The proper alignment and technique for calibrations and poses will be emphasized.

Fundamental roles of base, flyer, and spotter will be introduced, with emphasis on how each is performed effectively, and how each is essential to the practice of AcroYoga.

Concepts of counterbalance and L-base poses will be explored. Dynamic transitions linking these static poses will be introduced, using mechanical principles of force and momentum to establish elegance and flow. We will begin to dynamically engage with our partners to promote synergy with each other and our environment.

Location: Millbrook Marsh, State College, PA
Date: Oct. 22nd
Time: 3:30 – 4:10pm

 

Meghan Kazanski

Meghan Kazanski is an instructor, trainer, and student. She recently relocated from Austin, TX to continue pursuing her Ph.D. in Kinesiology at PSU. With experience in martial arts, dance, acrobatics, AcroYoga, and general strength and mobility principles, Meghan is most interested in developing fundamental movement capacities within her clients (perhaps a ‘jack of all trades’ approach). She believe that this contributes to joyful, pain-free and enriching freedom in movement applicable to any need, sport, or modality.While in Austin, Meghan started a group called ‘Austin Movement Meet-up.’ This group consists of health and wellness professionals, as well as those looking to develop an individual practice, meeting weekly to share approaches to integrating elements of play, creativity and movement diversity to improve patient, client, and personal outcomes. Meghan is passionate about connecting wellness practitioners to get people moving better and moving more.

Meghan highly regards group and partnership-based movement practices as fulfilling a critical social component of movement. For this reason, Meghan has intensively studied many dance styles, as well as partnered acrobatics and AcroYoga to render elements of trust, connection and non-verbal communication to her students and clients. Meghan has a unique approach to her instruction of AcroYoga, as she draws upon these concepts from many practices to facilitate enriching connections and a holistic regard for individual growth.

Let Your Chakras Move! A Conscious Dance/Dancing Mindfulness Workshop with Elisha Clark Halpin

Workshop Description:

This workshop is a channel for accessing mindful awareness though motion. The class allows for work in areas of breath, sound, body, story, acceptance, awareness, and flow. With attitudes of mindfulness, participants tap into their body’s expressive potential. Dancing mindfulness honors the invitation to “come as you are” and move as you choose. No steps or choreography are taught. We all move through the 7 in body chakras rising from grounded presence to open connection. Come move your body and energy. Tap into the transformational power available through movement and energy work in this practice.

 

Location: Millbrook Marsh, State College, PA
Date: Oct. 22nd
Time: TBD

 

Elisha Clark Halpin

Elisha Clark Halpin is a teacher, coach, mentor, and embodiment specialist who weaves sacred magic and neuroscience together to help her students and clients make transformational changes in life. She uses her training as a dancer/choreographer, somatic practioner, Warrior Goddess Training Facilitator, Dancing Mindfulness Instructor, and Neurosculpting Meditation Trainer to lead practices that result in embodiment, deep Self connection, empowerment, neuro-repatterning, and energy healing. Elisha is the founder of The Radiant Tribe, an online sacred circle for women. She also leads immersive experiences for women through sister circles, workshops, retreats, and sacred pilgrimage. Locally she offers many community workshops through the Arts Design Research Incubator, where she is an embedded faculty member.

www.elishahalpin.com.
Instagram: @thedancingpilgrims.
http://adri.psu.edu

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HoOp Dance Workshop with Bethany Seib

Workshop Description:

Hooping is a complete workout for the mind and body. Stimulating self-confidence and sensual awareness while toning the body. Hoop Dance promotes play and childlike, spirited celebration. It is a fun and energetic cardiovascular workout. Improves flexibility and endurance. Strengthens and tones abdominal muscles. Stress Relieving. Enhances coordination and balance. Everyone learns at their own pace and students can use the time to explore the possibilities of the hoop and clear their minds. You’ll be reminded of your childhood- where physical play was FUN- not a “workout”. Even if you never hooped, I have found that virtually ALL of my students are able to hoop given the proper tools and training. Simply put: you will sweat; laugh; and challenge your limits with every “swish” of the hoop. My Hula Hoops are easy to use; beautifully designed; and built to take a beating.

 

Location: Millbrook Marsh, State College, PA
Date: Oct. 22nd
Time: TBD

 

Bethany Seib

Bethany Seib is an artist, educator, and performer. Ten years ago she picked up a hoop at a festival and hasn’t been able to put it down since. Throughout the years she taught herself new tricks and moves with the help of fellow hoopers and videos. What started out as a fun hobby has grown into a passionate practice for her. Bethany continues to explore the possibilities of the hoop and challenges herself daily. She believes the flow of the practice allows her to calm her mind and feeds her soul. Bethany enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and love of Hooping with others. She believes that everyone can Hoop with the right hoop and attitude. As an instructor, she strives to create a comfortable environment that encourages exploration of the mind and body.  Bethanyseib@gmail.com

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Rites of Rejuvenation with Doug Hayward

Workshop Description:

The Rites of rejuvenation are a physical practice combined with breath awareness. You will learn a practice that hopefully will last a lifetime since,once learned, it only takes 15 minutes a day to practice. In addition you will be taught mudras, bandhas and mantras to stimulate the energy movement throughout your body.
The key to the success of this program is the way you start it. You must start it slow; only 5 minutes a day on the days that you do it. When you are doing the complete program; it is only going to take 15 minutes out of you day.

You will have the balance of an astronaut, the core of a athlete, the happiness of a songbird, the triceps and toning to the best you body is capable of and the strong back of a miner.

 

Location: Education Building @ Millbrook Marsh, State College, PA
Date: Oct. 22nd
Time: 3:30 – 4:10pm

 

Doug Hayward

Doug Hayward has was introduced to Yoga thru a Philosophy course at Millersville University as an undergraduate in the early 70’s. However, that exposure simply turned out to be a seed that didn’t blossom until the mid 90’s when he went to a Bikram class in West Reading Pennsylvania. Under the tutelage of Sarita Rocco, Doe Wails, Maryann Blefko, Joel Pier, JoAnn Morrell, Bikram, Jimmy Barkam, Eric Schiffman, Rama Berch and Bri Maya Tiwari he was introduced to the wonderful world of Asana and self discoverable meditation. His journey continued over a couple of years of practice till he became one of the first members of Yoga Alliance when their headquarters was in West Reading, PA. He went on from there on a trip to State College, PA to teach Yoga at a local Massage School and the Pennsylvania State University. Those opportunities continue to flourish to this day while at the same time he opened a small studio called Yoga in State College. Being an avid reader of antiquated Yoga Books, Doug helped to establish Yoga in State College as a portal of Yoga education for thousands of students.

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Mindfulness Nature Walk with Mark Agrusti, RYT-500

Workshop Description:

Join Mark Agrusti, RYT-500, for a pleasant mindfulness walk within the serene natural areas surrounding the festival. This nature walk is an invitation to step back from the bustle & busy-ness of everyday life, reconnect with the natural world, and to enjoy the peace that we uncover when living fully within our present-moment experiences. When we mindfully walk through nature with openness & awareness, we are reminded that we too are a part of the natural world and we begin to recognize our interconnection with everything that is. This hike will include simple, guided mindfulness meditation practices to assist us in focusing on the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations of our journey through the woods. Our walk will conclude with a sharing circle; an opportunity for us to gather together to share our experiences and realizations from the hike.

 

Location: Boardwalk @ Millbrook Marsh, State College, PA
Date: Oct. 22nd
Time: 2:30 – 3:10pm (Session 1) and 3:30 – 4:10pm (Session 2)

 

Mark Agrusti, RYT-500

Mark is an investigator; approaching all experiences in life with an attitude of curiosity & Self-Inquiry. As a teacher, he empowers students to discover this same sense of Inquiry in their own lives, by leveraging practices of Yoga, Mindfulness, and Meditation as opportunities for understanding the nature of the Self, mind, & identity. He is a co-founding partner at Yoga Lab and a co-primary teacher at the “Dharma Lions Meditation & Mindfulness Club” at Penn State. He is a mindfulness & meditation consultant for the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State. Mark is an advocate for vegan & plant-based lifestyles, and teaches mindfulness & meditation workshops at yoga festivals and vegetarian expos across the east coast.

When we cultivate this Awareness, we truly begin to see with clarity, the people in our lives and the world around us. We begin to observe the world as it is, instead of living within the stories and fears we’ve constructed in our minds. We become more resilient, more compassionate, more patient, and better listeners. Kinder to ourselves & others. And we discover Stillness.

Mark Agrusti is a co-founder of Yoga Lab (www.YogaLabStudio.com) in State College, PA. He has practiced mindfulness & self-inquiry since 2001 and has completed 800+ hours of yoga trainings in a variety of styles; including Vedic/Yoga philosophy at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, and advanced functional anatomy studies with Lara Heimann of YogaStream. Mark is a co-primary teacher for the Dharma Lions Meditation & Mindfulness Community at Penn State University and he collaborates on Mindfulness/Meditation research & implementation projects at the Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center. He teaches Meditation & Yoga trainings at Yoga Lab. He has tremendous love for all beings… and lives everyday embracing the truth that Animals Are People Too.

www.MarkAgrusti.com
www.YogaLabStudio.com 
www.DharmaLions.com

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