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.

AcroYoga Foundations: Trust, Connection and Weight-sharing with Meghan Kazanski

Workshop Description:

Yoga invokes elements of introspection, awareness and exploration of self. Can these elements be maintained (dare I say, enhanced) when we accept a partnership into our practice?

AcroYoga surfaces an entirely new set of vulnerabilities and uncertainties within us. All of which, necessitate acceptance, trust, communication, and connection for us to harness the power of partnership and contribute to each other’s individual growth.

Using exercises that encourage partnership, play and exploration, the weight and strength of a partner will be used to challenge gravity, and allow gravity to bring us together. We will develop trust — towards our partners, who will support our bodies, and in ourselves, that we are strong and powerful enough to support others. We will develop individual and collective proprioception — such that we may be airborne, but feel safe and grounded. We will develop connection — finding structural balance to achieve comfort, responsiveness, and synergy. These will culminate throughout the workshop to a series of counterbalance poses, where we will explore weight-sharing roles to elegantly form shapes and negotiate space in ways that are only achieved with the capabilities of partnered bodies.  No previous AcroYoga experience is required. No partner required.

Location: Millbrook Marsh, State College, PA
Date: Oct. 22nd
Time: 2:30 – 3:10pm

 

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.

Buti Yoga with Gabby Orcutt, RYT 200

Workshop Description:

We come into this practice to shed inhibitions – not pounds.

Our intentions are not to step into a smaller size – but to step into our power.

We come seeking our truth – not a number.

Buti Yoga isn’t just a workout – it’s a chance to create – let go – connect – and sweat with intention. A soulful blend of power yoga, cardio-intensive tribal dance, conditioning and deep abdominal toning this all-in-one workout tones and sculpts the entire body while facilitating complete inner transformation. The Spiral Structure Technique methodology of movement tones the core using a spiral instead of linear movement to address both the large outer muscles that move the body as well as the inner stabilizing muscles. Buti Yoga helps women tap into their inner power to unleash unshakable confidence, uncover true desire and bond with other women instead of compete.

Buti is an Indian Marathi word that means “a cure that has been hidden or kept secret.” It was initially used in reference to Ayurvedic herbs considered jadi buti. In today’s society, women are taught that the next cleanse or diet fad will give them happiness. At Buti, we believe the TRUE cure to emotional and physical ailments comes from WITHIN. The practice of Buti Yoga helps women strip away the layers that hide this cure and bring about total transformation.

We call our students and instructors “Butisattvas.” Sattva means enlightened one. Therefore a Butisattva is one that has successfully realized the power to heal is within. While the practice of Buti Yoga is mainly geared towards women, men are encouraged to unroll the mat, tapping into their shakti.

In Buti, the beat drives the movement. This 30 minute class is sure to make you sweat, put a smile on your face and free your mind. The music in a Buti Yoga class is LOUD and this class will be driven by the beat of live drummers. Join Gabby in setting your intention, clear away stuck energy, revitalize the body and spiral it away on your yoga mat.

Location: Millbrook Marsh, State College, PA
Date: Oct. 22nd
Time: 4:30 – 5:10pm

Gabby Orcutt, RYT-200

Gabby Orcutt found yoga her sophomore year of college thanks to an early morning yoga flow on TV. She saw the benefits of yoga first hand: a lightness in the body, better digestion and a reduction in anxiety. Eight years later yoga reentered her life after gaining 60 lbs. while pregnant with her second child. She needed to find a workout she loved, it must tone the body and not involve running. A college friend kept raving about Buti Yoga and her progress pictures were impressive. Gabby tried Buti at 8 weeks postpartum and was met with the disappointing reality of how out of shape her body was after giving her all in creating two beautiful baby souls. After practicing Buti

Yoga consistently for two years, she went to the closest certification and has been sharing the practice within a three county radius of her home. Falling even deeper in love with yoga and reveling in its benefits, she finished her 200 hour RYT through Buti Yoga in July.

It is Gabby’s life mission to lead women on the path to self love and acceptance. To learn to love the body parts she once hated, to drop the lies from body dysmorphia and step into her power to rise up and live in her truth, unapologetically, everyday. This is achieved through Buti Yoga movement, Goddess Coaching mindset, and Boudoir portraits.

A landlocked mermaid, Gabby lives in DuBois, PA with her two children, husband and Miss Ursula Kitty the aquatic goddess of floof. She currently teaches at SoL Wellness & Gathering Space in DuBois, PA and Organic Mechanics in St. Marys, PA.

Connect with Gabby: gabrielleorcutt.com

 

 

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Sound, Chakras, and Color Workshop with Sandy Vandeven

Workshop Description:

Join Sandy for an exploration into the ancient yogic breathing practices of pranayama (rhythmic breathing practices) and nada pasyanti (sound/light visualization) laying the groundwork for a peaceful meditation practice. We will systematically ascend through each Chakra center using visualization of color, light, and sound from base to crown, practice a variety of rhythmic breathing practices to focus the mind and calm the body, and conclude with concentration meditation (dhyana). This workshop welcomes yogis from all levels. A blanket or cushion is recommended. 

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

 

In 2013 Sandy fell in love with the calming flow of TriYoga. Ever since, she’s been enjoying and exploring the embodied wisdom that’s revealed through the power of peaceful focus accompanied by a conscious breath. After studying with TriYoga teachers Theresa Shay, Citrini Ware, and Matt Beigle, Sandy received her TriYoga Basics certification in the spring of 2016. A native of Annapolis, Maryland, she lived and worked in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia before moving to Boalsburg. With its abundance of nature and local food, Central Pennsylvania has captured her heart. She is happy to call it home, and excited to share the gifts of yoga with her new community.

 

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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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