This session will be focused in three components: upper body (thoracic spine, shoulders, neck, jaw), lower body (feet and ankles, knees, hips and low back) and movement/exercises to integrate the whole. Using mindfulness, interoception and deep awareness, we will observe where we each hold balance and imbalance in the physical form. Joint-isolating exercises, active vs passive-range movement, resistance and load will be used to awaken and harmonize the physical body. Practitioners will then be guided through asana (yoga postures), kriya (cleansing practices), pranayama (breath-work) and meditation to integrate the physical, mental and emotional layers of the self.
Biography: Anya Porter integrates her many years of movement studies and exploration into a body of work that is both therapeutic and immensely physical in nature. She holds a BFA in contemporary dance, choreography and pedagogy from Ohio University. After years of dancing (contemporary, street dance, afro-modern) she came to yoga in an attempt to heal injuries. Since 2004, Anya has studied thousands of hours of yoga techniques, therapeutics, functional movement, and mindfulness meditation and has taught yoga and movement throughout the US and Europe. She lived and taught for ten years in New York City and now resides in Zürich, Switzerland where she runs MI-YA yoga, a studio specializing in intelligent, insightful movement and practice.