Weekly Meditation WorkshopS
with Jared MccANN + REBECCA CAUSEY
Wednesdays (weekly): February 19 + 26 @ 2:15-3:45pm
$10 for members (Premium Autorenew or Yearly)
FLEXIBILITY AND BALANCE Workshop
With Nikki ORTIZ and Françoise Voranger
Saturday Feb 29th 3:00-5:30pm + Sunday March 1st 2:00-4:30pm
Full Weekend Early Bird (before Feb 17th): $80 | Full Weekend: $100
Single Day Early Bird (before Feb 17th): $40 | Single Day: $50
Backbending is one of the healthiest practices for human bodies. Understanding the subtleties of the body and the way energy flows in a backbend allows us to safely access our range of motion while achieving a meditative state. Because the spine is intrinsically connected to the nervous system, healthy backbends results in better posture, mobility and overall health as well as better brain-body connection and a clearer mind.
The art of handbalancing is a linear quality of movement accompanied by an open, focused state of mind where we direct energy in specific directions to attain a state of balance while the body is supported on the hands, elbows, and on the head. Focussing on the foundation of handbalancing makes the introduction to this art form suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. Attendance both days is not required, but highly encouraged.
About Nikki and Françoise:
Nikki Ortiz believes yoga is a powerful tool for evolution. Trained in JM Vinyasa, her teaching integrates elements from various yoga traditions and is highly focussed on alignment. Nikki specializes in backbend and flexibility training, helping students use proper technique to access their body’s natural range of motion while developing a healthy approach towards flexibility. Under Jared McCann’s mentorship and guidance she became the 2015 USA National Yoga Champion.
In addition to teaching, Nikki is a designer and performance artist. Her performance work has appeared at The Brooklyn Museum, The Whitney Museum, Bonnaroo Festival and the House of Yes amongst others. She’s a collaborator at Hybrid Movement Company.
Françoise Voranger is a performance artist, visual artist and content creator based in Brooklyn. Her recent works have been commissioned by New Victory Theater, Alice Tully Hall- Lincoln Center, Nelson Atkins Museum, Universoul Circus, and City Center NY (sponsored by Rolex/CTFD) amongst others. Françoise also performs as a guest with Cirque du Soleil, AntiGravity, Ann Marie DeAngelo and the House of Yes.
She founded Hybrid Movement Company and Creative Lab as well as the Movement as Metaphor education program to facilitate performance, arts education, and A.I.R opportunities for local artists.
ACUPE's MONTHLY RODA (CIRCLE)
With MestrE CHORAO, CHAUNCIE PARCHMENT + GRUPO DE CAPOEIRA ANGOLA
Saturday March 7th @ 6-9pm
$20 for all guests
Capoeira, a movement tradition rooted in the Angolan region of southern Africa, was originally a rite for connecting practitioners to their ancestors and the afterlife. The practice developed into its modern in 16th century Brazil, where enslaved Angolans incorporated elements of martial arts, dance, and music to both preserve collective cultural roots and equip practitioners with the physical skills necessary for self-preservation. Attendees of this evening workshop will be treated to a Capoeira Angola performance and invited to participate in “angola” (ritual circle). Expect an immersion into percussion, call and response with voice and movement, and plenty of festivity.