Merkabah Yoga: Embodiment of Unity Consciousness
Madeline Grace Fauss
The Merkabah is a chariot, a form that consciousness can embody as a vehicle to commune with the divine, universal aspects of existence. Merkabah Yoga is a unique fusion of Kundalini-Naam Yoga, Universal Kabbalah and the fundamental principles of Sacred Geometry. Lux Moderna invites you to galactivate your personal Merkabah as she guides you through a series of yogic and meditative practices that emphasize the conscious, embodied alchemy of sound and light!
In this workshop we will specifically engage Ajna, the third eye, in order to call kundalini energy fully to the level of the heart and throat. By doing so, we enhance our capacity to love and express ourselves. In this process, we align our hearts and minds in the spirit of intuitive grace. We will work through practices such as the Phi Ratio Breath, Pranayama, Sacred Geometry-oriented Asana, Mantra (Chanting), Mudras (Sacred Hand Gestures), and a Heart Singularity Meditation.
Madeline has had seven years experience instructing others in meditation and intuitive development. In 2010, she was certified as a Naam Yoga Therapy instructor, and in 2011, became an Emissary working alongside The Resonance Project Foundation. It is her hope to help others consciously and harmoniously embody resonance with the fundamental principles of the universe through yoga, meditation, music and chanting mantra. This yoga workshop is carried by mantra bass music composed by Sacha Csicsery-Ronay (Dubvirus) and myself (Lux Moderna).
Tribal Fusion Belly Dance: Sonic Bloom Style
Root yourself back into your body and embody the intoxicating, earthy qualities of Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. Learn how to access the deep core musculature of your body and feminine power source to create the ultimate slink factor in your movements. Fusing ancient Gypsy rhythms & spirit with contemporary influences of underground glitch and dubstep from some of Sonic Bloom’s featured artists, we’ll break down torso isolations, pop/locks, and glitch as well as the ooey-gooey serpentine movements quintessential to Tribal Fusion, for you to use at home or bust out on the dance floor. Come get your Glitch on! Begins with brief yoga-based warm up highlighting Deb’s core-integrated approach.
Deb Rubin, MA, CMT, RYT. is an internationally-acclaimed teacher and performer of tribal fusion belly dance based out of the SF Bay Area. Coined “The Queen of Slink,” for her captivating performance style, she is honored to have shared the stage as a guest artist with the musical inspirations of: Balkan Beat Box, EOTO, Beats Antique, David Starfire, Brass Menazeri, Zilla, Vibesquad, Lynx&Janover, Fishtank Ensemble and more. Founder of SattyaBody Women’s Health & SF Mecca Immersion retreat into the heart and soul of San Francisco Tribal, Deb teaches retreats and workshops around the globe, fusing yoga, tribal fusion, performance artistry, and therapeutics. With 15 years experience working in the field of mind/body medicine, and 30+years in dedicated study and performance of dance, she is honored to return to Sonic Bloom this year!
Christina Bingham & Garrett Goforth
Basics of Acrobalance
Not simply an acro yoga class, this acrobalance workshop integrates elements of strength training, meditation, circus toy combinations and thai massage to make your mind and body more flexible.
Garrett and Chrissie own a circus studio in the heart of Detroit’s market district. The Detroit Academy of Kinesthetic Arts (The DAKA) acts as a circus co-op and community space benefiting not only their students but the circus community at large. The two teach weekly acro classes as well as specialized workshops such as acro for couples and acro for strength training and conditioning. When their not running The DAKA at home Chrissie and Garrett are performing fire dance, acrobatics and aerial with their troupe Dakini, teaching workshops across the country, or hiking off into the woods.
Garrett is a certified massage therapist trained in kinesiology, anatomy and physiology (including sports), pathology and kinesthetic awareness through movement by Finger Lakes School of Massage.
Blossoming in the Year of the Water Dragon: An Evolutionary Yoga Journey
Michelle will guide you through an evolutionary Yoga journey from Seed through Full Blossom. You will be invited to discover and deepen your own transformational path; learning how to Root in times of transition and Ground in the midst of Flow. Weaving breath and heartbeat, you will answer the call of your own Divine Vibration and marinate in the resonant nectar of sacred space.
Michelle weaves her professional training in Yoga and Somatic Psychology to blend with her passion for dance and the mystical arts to create a healing and transformational experience for her students and clients. Michelle encourages you to discover your own harmonic resonance through deepening your conversation between mind, body and spirit. Michelle is a Yoga Psychotherapist, Vinyasa Yoga Instructor, lover of the Dance, and servant of the flow of Balance… Living, Loving and Dreaming in Denver Colorado.
Tribal Vinyasa Yoga
Ryan combines his passion for the “yogic” sports (rock climbing, snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding), his love of musical exploration, and his dedication to a healthful lifestyle, living yoga at all times. He is certified in Prana Flow by Shiva Rea and draws from his studies in Qi Gong, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Buddhism, Bhakti Yoga, and Trance Dance to lead fun, creative and powerful classes with wild tantric explorations into the present moment.
Sunshine Yoga Lounge: Solstice Flow of Body & Soul
Tune into the shifting energy of the earth as we stretch out in the sun & shade, welcoming the flux & greeting the summer with a smooth 360 degree circular flow. Breathe in fresh energy, release tension, align chakras, soothe & refresh the body & soul in the Sunshine Yoga Lounge with Susan.
Susan graduated from KU with a degree in writing, which led to various careers in dance, fashion, and nutrition. While living in Boulder in 2003 she began her yogic journey, eventually training with Baron Baptiste in 2006, and began teaching asana. She now lives in Boulder and teaches for Corepower & Radiance (the new Baptiste studio) and uses her colorful life experience, guiding students to move through both the practice and life with grace, ease, & flow. Yoga helps us find strength within struggle, grace in the most awkward of moments, meet chaos with peace, encounter ego with awareness, and when life seems serious, simply laugh, breathe, and enjoy the ride.
Yogaroma Flow brings Yoga and Aromatherapy together in this unique and fun mind-body-spirit class. Together, Yoga and Aromatherapy create an environment that connects our physical body to our immediate surroundings. The use of aromatic herbs and essential oils during our yoga practice invokes a deeper focus and mental clarity. Each Yogaroma Flow class moves through certain smells that ground, awaken, ignite and balance our mind, body and soul. Our practice will bring us into the present moment and create a collective intention. We walk away from our mat with a tool to use in everyday life in order to invoke the same emotional state created on our mat.
Jocelynn Rudig is a certified Yoga, Aerial Yoga and GYROKINESIS® Instructor. Her gentle, yet dynamic classes flow and dance in and out of traditional and non-traditional poses with a strong base in alignment and focus on intention. Her generous assists allow her students to find a deeper integration in the poses and feel confident to try new and challenging poses. Jocelynn lives in Northern California where she practices Clinical Herbal Medicine, teaches Yoga, GYROKIENSIS® and Aerial Dance and performs handstands all over the world.
Family Fun Yoga
Leonie Vernassal & Arthur Espinosa
Finally, a yoga class designed to benefit all members of the family! Join Leonie on a magical journey as she guides kids and parents into yoga through vivid storytelling. You will encounter many mystical animals in the depths of a wild Indian jungle in this yoga adventure. Be prepared to have fun, move your body and awaken your spirit. Enhanced with Live music and shamanic drumming led by Art Espinosa, a Multi-instrumentalist/Audio Engineer from Los Angeles. This playful and entertaining class also includes a gong soundbath . Appropriate for all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent.
An experienced Family Yoga Practitioner based out of Los Angeles, Leonie specializes in Pre-Natal, Mommy & Me, and Kids Yoga as well as Infant Massage. With over 10 years coaching and caring for children, Leonie has developed a special gift for making yoga fun and interesting for kids. Leonie has a background in Kundalini yoga and incorporates meditation and sound healing in every class.
Sacred Spirals & Shapes Yoga
By focusing on this aspect of our alignment, as described by Anusara yoga, we embody the merkava. The merkava is depicted by the inverse triangles that are within and around us, allowing us to align with heaven and earth, the feminine and the masculine, and to tap deeper into the well of infinite power of which we are a part. This will be an all levels class.
Shifra is a certified yoga instructor, trained in the Anusara tradition. She is based in Boulder, Colorado, and travels around the globe. She has spent time living in the ‘birth city’ of Kaballah, Tsfat, Israel, where she studied mystical teachings of Judaism and ancient Jewish medicine. After her time in Israel, she took her yoga studies to a deeper level and was amazed at the similarities between the yogic and Jewish mystical philosophies. As a clinical herbalist and someone who loves to study the healing modalities of the ancients, Shifra is engaged in a quest to find and understand universal principles that underly ancient healing traditions.
AcroYoga: Freedom Flight
Come experience the playful practice of AcroYoga, that blends the spiritual wisdom of yoga, the loving kindness of Thai massage, and the dynamic power of Acrobatics. This all-levels workshop introduces you to the exhilaration and empowerment of partner flying. Through this practice, we will cultivate the sense of community and gratitude around us. No need to bring a partner.
Yuki Tsuji-Hoening is a Boulder-based yoga teacher, a certified AcroYoga teacher and a Thai Yoga massage therapist. She loves the creative side of AcroYoga and also performs AcroYoga. When she’s not working or training, she’s mostly found outdoors climbing, skiing or hiking.
Paul Robinson, her AcroYoga partner, has practiced yoga and acrobatics for 4 years and enjoys sharing the practice with anyone who will listen. He likes cabbage and coffee.
The Art of Mindful Stretching
Mindful Stretching is an art form that utilizes the breath to gain deeper flexibility and discover inner-freedom. The ART of mindful stretching helps to feed the electrical body network and release toxins. Stretching is an essential path of obtaining increased mobility and interdependence. This practice involves a dedication of body-love with mindful intent. The level of discipline needed to have freer movement in the physical body requires intent and discipline. The inner discipline of mindful stretching entails a life-long adventure that explores the body-edges of discomfort both in the physical body and in the psyche. This is more than a practice; it’s a way of life that involves the breath of intention.
Onamare Heart M.A. R.D., is excited to share a new art form fed by her passion for mindful living and self-mastery. She has been studying how the body becomes more flexible and fluid to life’s subtle changes. She is passionate about helping individuals to increase their range of motion and find more freedom in movement. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Mind-Body Medicine that has educated her on the tools to bring upon harmony and self-healing. She is dedicated in finding innovative modalities that encourages physical discipline with self-love. She loves to share her gifts and talents as an intuitive movement artist, integrative nutrition educator and registered dietitian, and fertility awareness guide
Expanding the Current on Hoop Dance Technique
Focusing on introducing new techniques and movements, Nick will push your hooping limits and leave you inspired with a whole new perspective on hoop dance. We’ll pay attention to an area of our bodies that is mostly forgotten when we hoop, thus Expanding our Current to a new level. We’ll learn the basics of head hooping and how it lifts the barrier of our hoops up and out of the way so our body can move and dance more freely, allowing us to explore movement with new eyes. We will go over dance techniques, momentum, and off body moves that can become connections to other movements and techniques, realizing that if you can see it in your head you can make it happen. Thinking of the word “Current” in a different light, Nick will explain moves like body rolls in a digestible way while breaking away from strict and exact direction. We would like you to discover connections, to seek your own flow, and to explore the world of your body in relation to hoop. Throwing away our trick mindset for a more open sourced view, we learn that movement is free and is ours for the taking!
Nick Guzzardo has become known as a prodigy in the hooping society. Since 2010, Nick taught and performed at multiple hoop events, festivals and retreats around the country. A winner of a 2011 Hoopie Award and member of the Electric Forest Hoop Troop, Nick is still somewhat of a newbie hooper and instructor in the scene. His innovative dance style of “Head Hooping” and dynamic athleticism is what makes him a unique and inspiring talent in the community.
Discover Hooping – Exploring Foundations of the Hoop
This workshop introduces and revisits foundations of hooping while inviting you to connect with your hoop in new ways. We will explore a variety of movements and layers of variations to activate imagination and play, while learning key techniques and tips. This transformational workshop will shed new light on your movement practice and empower you to embrace your unique flow. Be ready to engage your mind and body while expanding your heart and elevating your awareness. Tap into natural universal rhythms and connect with music in a new way. Discover the inspiring world of hooping. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged. Please bring a hoop if you have one, some will be provided for use.
Danielle is a hoop dance artist extraordinaire based in Golden, Colorado. She teaches weekly classes, coordinates local and national workshops, and co-coordinates a variety of spin jams in Boulder/Denver/Golden. She is the founder and co-administrator of the Spin Summit and is forever a student of object manipulation and movement arts – always expanding and engaging. Her connection with the hoop has helped her through life transitions and empowered her to move forward with confidence, creativity, and happiness. Inspiring and encouraging others to connect to their center while expanding their horizons, she makes custom hoops and teaches private lessons. She performs with various DJs and bands both locally and nationally using LED & fire props. Danielle has performed and taught at a variety of events, festivals, and shows; including performing in the Electric Forest Hoop Troop with String Cheese Incident and hooping on two tours with BoomBox. She continues to share her passion of hooping with the greater community. Join in her Sonic Bloom hoop workshop to expand your sphere of knowledge and explore a network of movement in some joy inducing hoop play.
Exploring the Flowers of Poi
In this workshop we will explore one of the most beautiful parts of poi spinning: Flowers. We start by opening up our shoulders for this new movement with a stretching exercise that will explore all timings and directions that our shoulders and arms will be doing in this workshop. After a small warm up we will jump right into flowers and what they can mean for your Poi dance! We will explore pendulums/extendulums, in spin flowers with variations, anti-spin flowers , and variations combining all the different movements. This workshop will be a great introduction in full reach movement for beginners while challenging experienced spinners to think about the pattern they are drawing and how these movements can break open the doorway into finding your flow.
Kanyon Walker started spinning poi in his small apartment in Ann Arbor, MI in 2007. In the past 5 years he has performed and taught at a variety of events and festivals across the Midwest and Colorado. Kanyon has performed for acts such as Shpongle, Dirtyphonics, Of Montreal, FreQnasty, and many more. Fusing a unique approach of the old style poi dance with the new technical world, to explore the true freedom of movement in his dance, Kanyon has taught locally and at events such as Kinetic Fire. His partner, Danielle Odette, and him are the two head organizers of the Colorado flow arts retreat, The Spin Summit. Kanyon also performs and teaches Isolation Hoop, Double Staff, Club Manipulation, and Double Hoops.
Qi Gong Activation Through the Ancient Art of Silk Reeling
My teacher told me that if you ask a master how he circulates Qi (Energy), he will say, “I think and it moves.” But how? The foundation of Qi Gong is the silk reeling exercises. Silk reeling is the practice of performing specific movements with Shin Fa (Chinese Biomechanics) that activate lines and spirals of energy through the body. There are specific physical movements that activate every meridian (Energy Channels). By performing these movements with awareness, you begin to understand how everything you do in life moves energy one way or another through the body. Learn simple and efficient ways to open the doors of Qi sensing. The sensing of Qi can be easier then most think and less esoteric than some perceive. Learning to fly through the Emerald Bamboo forest is another class!