The Dancing Spine
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My style of yoga:
Alignment focused Vinyasa: All movement begins in the spine. A healthy spine yields a strong and flexible body. Our bodies are meant to move. Freedom in the body ultimately leads to freedom in the mind. My practice is a dynamic tapestry of methodically chosen sequences composed of standing postures, deep hip opening, arm-balancing, back-bending, inversions, meditation and pranayama.
I also teach GYROKINESIS®: The Gyrokinesis method is a movement method that gently works the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original, and unique movement method which has benefits & qualities similar to those found in Yoga, Tai Chi, gymnastics and dance.
Each class begins with a gentle warm up sequence to awaken the senses, and stimulate the nervous system. This is followed by a series of fluid spinal motions which increase range of motion, and prepare the body to explore more complex movements with agility, and ease. Class continues on the floor with exercises that expand on the spinal motions, gradually adding more complex sequences, incorporating more movements of the hips, shoulders, hands and feet. The floor exercises are followed by a rhythmic standing sequence that incorporates balance, and cardiovascular exercises; then ends with a calming, unwinding sequence designed to prepare the body and mind to reintegrate with the every day world.
My retreat offering:
This retreat is about re-connecting. Re-connecting to the earth. Re-connecting to nature. Re-connecting to self.
Each morning we will start the day with meditation and breath work and then progress into a Gyrokinesis class to open up the body, to awaken the senses, and stimulate the nervous system. We will then take the body through all healthy range of motion to increase mobility in the joints and stretch & strengthen the muscles. You will leave the morning session feeling energized and ready for a day exploring the island.
Afternoons will be filled with a dynamic vinyasa yoga class. Each class begins with a series of sun salutations followed by a new emphasis each day that will evolve throughout the week: standing poses, forward bends, backbends and inversions.
Our yoga & Gyrokinesis work will be interspersed with some hula hoop fun, and mindfullness meditation walks to connect and breathe in the pristine beauty of the island.
The afternoon yoga practice can be physically demanding at times if one is not accustomed to practicing yoga on a daily basis. Students often find the morning Gyrokinesis classes restore their bodies and prepare them for the yoga practice enabling them to go deeper into the the work, and leave the island feeling energized and restored.
Who would benefit from my teachings:
This retreat is open to anyone who would like to develop their yoga practice and learn more about their body. It's perfect for those who live a busy life and would like to unplug for a little while and plug back into nature while learning deepening the mind body connection.
What you will take home:
My intention is for you to leave the island feeling energized and full of information and soul food that you can chew on for at least a year.
My other special offerings:
- Osteopathic Manual Therapy €100 per hour
- Private Yoga & Alignment Clinic and/or Gyrokinesis Lessons €80 per hour
- Mindfulness Meditation (Free)
- Hula Hoop Evening (Free)
- Introduction to Aromatherapy & Essential Oils (Free)
- Katerina will also be offering shiatsu therapy sessions at €80 / £63 per hour
Why I teach Yoga
I do many things. Yoga has been one of the most influential components of my life and who I am today. A professional dancer & hula hooper with a BFA in contemporary dance, initiating ballet training at the age of 5, I was initially drawn to yoga in my early 20's purely on the physical level to create beautiful shapes with my body. It wasn't until I began practicing regularly that I noticed the impact that yoga was having on my mind. I continued my practice diligently, studying all methods of yoga specifically Ashtanga, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Anusara. In 2007 after a dance injury that nearly ended my career, I decided it was finally time to start considering a profession as a yoga teacher. I completed my teacher training in 2008 with Hart Lazer (Iyengar/Ashtanga), and went on to teach and study with many more teachers thereafter. My main influence in my teaching and my practice has been Australian teacher Paddy McGrath whom I studied with in the Czech Republic in 2013 while I was organizing the world’s first urban hula hoop festival “Hoopurbia”. Mr. Iyengar has also been a huge inspiration to me, and I consider yoga as an art form. The ashtanga practice has been a consistent source of inspiration, while practising yoga daily as an artist. I rely on the healing benefits of breath work, and connecting to source to keep me grounded and centered in my life.
In 2013 I became a GYROTONIC® Instructor. The Gyrotonic & Gyrokinesis method was developed by Juliu Horvath, an ex-ballet dancer. You can learn more about it on Gyrotonic.com. In a few words, it is a movement method that allows all bodies to experience the joy of dance through healthy movement of the spine. I have worked with many osteopaths throughout the years to heal my own body and also learn more about how I can help my students. In 2016 I decided to pursue a career in Osteopathic Manual Therapy to complement my work with my yoga & Gyrotonic students. I look forward to sharing my work with you - A combination of everything I have learned from my teachers integrated with my own experience, including the work I develop each and every day with my students here in LA. If you want learn more about my approach, please check out my blog at rebecca-halls.com/blog