Guest teacher : Noah Julian
From January 31st to February 2nd 2020
Noah Julian has taught for well over a decade, served as co-founder of Philadelphia’s Yoga and Movement Sanctuary and lead multiple 200+ hour trainings. Noah’s teaching has its roots in yoga but is not bound by tradition. Sometimes fluid, always informative. Regular classes tend to have a “workshop feel” as we will look at the geometric alignment of the body and the possibilities that arise in one’s movement by correcting body mechanics and introducing old and new movement patterns.
Noah’s early life was informed by intense study of music and the pursuit of a career as a concert violinist. Following a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis Noah turned his attention toward meditation, breath-work, diet, and numerous movement modalities (including: Yoga-Asana, Acrobatics, Gymnastics, martial arts, dance, and WeightLifting). Noah has worked closely with yoga teachers of various styles (Katonah, Prana Flow, Vinyasa, Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, Acro-Yoga), spanning two decades. Using his experience with music pedagogy and the trials of recovering from a debilitating disease he brings personal tools as well as collected knowledge of moving through physical and mental challenges.
Master class with Noah Julian
Friday, January 31st, 2pm to 3:30pm @ Mile End
Noah Julian will lead this master class influenced by Katonah Yoga.
Katonah Yoga is a syncretic Hatha yoga practice developed by Nevine Michaan over 40 years. She and her teachers incorporate classical Hatha yoga with Taoist theory, geometry, magic, mythology, metaphor, and imagination — in a practical framework designed to potentiate personal and communal well-being.
Framing the practice, maps of time and personal space are defined and refined. Themes using asana as origami, manipulating form for function, and developing a sense of personal measure are incorporated in Katonah Yoga practices.
Katonah Yoga is organized around three principles of esoteric dialogue: all polarities are mediated by trinity; the universe has pattern, pattern implies intelligence; by virtue of repetition there is potential for insight.
Revelations are revolutionary.
Free for our members
Intro to Calisthenics: Developing Strength and Control through Body-Weight Movements
Saturday, February 1st from 2pm to 5pm @ Griffintown
The essence of body-weight training and the ultimate way for anyone to build strength, flexibility and bodily awareness. This type of training has obvious transferable benefit and can be a perfect complement to any physical endeavour one may wish to pursue.
We will focus on pushing and pulling for the upper body while also addressing the many ways one can develop very strong legs by introducing squatting, sprinting and jumping. In the spirit of calisthenics we will use whatever tools are available to us in the environment (whether that be walls, bars, poles, gymnastics rings or bodies. Be prepared to interact with the environment around you and the other practitioners within it.
Hand-balancing for everyone
Sunday, February 2nd from 10am tp 1pm @ Griffintown
Using techniques from yoga, gymnastics, capoeira and circus arts, this class will help in building a technical foundation for hand-balancing (including handstands and other inversions). After working with breathing techniques to better gain an understanding and control over the various systems of the body, we will begin to delve deeper into posture: dealing with subjects such as wrist preparation, handstand body-line/core and system integration, shoulder mobility, proprioceptive and strength imbalances.
While hand-balancing may at first seem like a more advanced skill than other asana/postural work, using it as a framework may allow students to move past sticking points in many other postures/movements
While you do not need a previous handstand practice it is recommended that you be able to hold a 30 second plank on hands or forearms before taking this class.