comes to life with this energetic fusion of flowing Hatha yoga and dance.
Using moves from martial arts, belly dance, African dance, and modern
dance, we dance our way into and out of yoga poses in this playful lively
class. You get cardiovascular benefits plus strength and flexibility
while exploring your own unique creativity.
Dance movements are both strong and soft, yang and yin, for a balanced
mind body workout. Choreography is simple – we emphasize movement,
not memorization. No prior dance experience necessary but some prior
yoga experience is helpful, as this is a dynamic and challenging mind
body movement class.
Just when you thought you knew yoga, you discover a whole
new way to experience it.
Why yogis should take this class: Freeform spontaneous
dance is the natural progression of yoga, according some yoga lineages.
In this class we have a mix of structured time and freeform time which
enables you to catch a glimpse of liberation. When we're moving freely,
all the movements stemming from a seat of joy, disregarding comparisons
to others or perfection of movement, it opens a window to liberation.
Also, because we dance to warm the body and prepare the muscles for a
pose, we can often get deeper into poses. Because we dance our way into
balance poses,we can trick ourselves into challenging poses we might
normally dread. The combination of dancing, a training method used by
athletic trainers, further strengthens our balance.
Why dancers should take this class: While performance
dance is beautiful and powerful in its own right, dancers can sometimes
focus so rigorously on choreography and perfection, that they sometimes
forget the joy of moving and feeling the movement deep from within. In
this class, we move to work our way into poses, we move to express and
we move just to move sometimes. It helps dancers remember their joy of
movement and music. Because we use movements from a variety of styles
we move in a variety of ways: strong, slinky, choppy, fast, slow, wild,
controlled. It challenges dancers to move in ways outside of their normal
realm, which helps make them stronger dancers all around. Finally, because
we often dance while holding balancing poses, dancers sharpen their balance
and learn how to move while holding intricate stances.
Classes and Workshops
Kimberlee is planning some special classes and workshops in Brooklyn.
Mailing list: Please join our mailing
list to stay up-to-date on the when and where of this class.
AFAA Approved Continuing Education: Shake Rattle & Pose:
Create Your Own Class has been approved for ACE and AFAA continuing
education credits. She will be offering Shake Rattle & Pose
as an eight-hour practical continuing
education workshop for yoga and fitness teachers to add some
of this creativity into their classes. Contact Kimberlee at DoYoga@8thElementYoga.com if
you want her to present this workshop at your facility.
Certified Teachers: The following teachers are certified
in Shake Rattle & Pose:
Retreat planning: Kimberlee
is considering offering a Shake Rattle & Pose Yoga Dance Fusion
retreat in 2009. If you are interested,
please help out by indicating
in this quick survey. Thank you.