Saturday 7.3.2020 : Asana Practice and Contact Improvisation

Join this workshop ! We will practice Asana on the Yoga mat, we will leave the Yoga mat and go into movement, breathe more, sense, move towards Contact Improvisation. A beautiful journey awaits you ! Read more….

The Asana practice on the mat allows us to connect with our breath, movement and awareness. Within the clear boundaries of the Yoga mat, we experience the body’s movement possibilities with clarity. Contact Improvisation on the other hand…. is in comparison anarchistic. It is really only “limited” or framed by our innate and organic connection to Gravity and to Earth.

If the Asana practice teaches us actions, directions and positions, Contact Improvisation can teach us the lightness found within gravity.

In this workshop we will practice Asana on the Yoga mat, and we will enter the organic moving universe of Contact Improvisation. Both practices will be given the space and time they need and deserve, and the deeper connections and interactions between the two will be gently revealed. Join this beautiful journey and learn to experience yourself in movement, in gravity and in clarity, at once.

Where? Yoga at Lobe Block, Gesundbrunnen, Berlin.
When? Saturday 7.3.2020 starting at 14:00, going on until 16:30. To make it possible to start on time, please arrive 15 minutes before.
How to join? First, please write to me and let me know you are coming ! Places are limited….
Cost: 25 Euros, or 17 Euros + check in via Urban Sports Club. Write me a short message, then either pay to secure your place, or drop in.

This workshop will repeat itself, every time diving into a different theme. The next planned date is: 4.4.2020. Same time.

Saturday 1.2.2020 : Asana Practice and Contact Improvisation

Saturday 1.2.2020 from 14:00 to 16:30 @Yogaatlobeblock. Read more about it here, then write me a short message to say that you’re coming ! Looking forward to see you there!

The Asana practice on the mat allows us to connect with our breath, movement and awareness. Within the clear boundaries of the Yoga mat, we experience the body’s movement possibilities with clarity. Contact Improvisation on the other hand…. is in comparison anarchistic. Choreographically, it is only framed by our innate and organic connection to gravity and to Earth.

If the Asana practice teaches us actions, directions and positions, Contact Improvisation can teach us the lightness found within gravity.

In this workshop we will practice Asana on the Yoga mat, and we will enter the organic moving universe of Contact Improvisation. Both practices will be given the space and time they need and deserve, and the deeper connections and interactions between the two will be gently revealed. Join this beautiful journey and learn to experience yourself in movement, in gravity and in clarity, at once.

Where? Yoga at Lobe Block, Gesundbrunnen, Berlin.
When? Saturday 1.2.2020 starting at 14:00, going on until 16:30. To make it possible to start on time, please arrive 15 minutes before.
How much? 25 Euros, or 17 Euros + check in via Urban Sports Club. Write me a short message, then either pay to secure your place, or drop in.

Preview of the next workshop dates: 7.3.2020, 4.4.2020, 2.5.2020, 6.6.2020 always 14.00 – 16.30.

Asana Practice and Contact Improvisation

Sunday 19.1.2020 10:00 – 13:00 at yogaatlobeblock.de

To see the workshop information directly on the LobeBlock website, click here.

The Asana practice on the mat is a wonderful movement practice. It connects breath, movement, attention and thought, and because it is anchored on the Yoga mat, it also allows us to experience the body’s movement possibilities with clarity.

Contact Improvisation on the other hand…. is in comparison anarchistic. It intentionally aims to break loose from all anchors but one: our innate and natural connection to gravity and to the earth. If the Asana practice translates movement to the language of the brain, Contact Improvisation tries to speak only Body.

Which is exactly why it is so exciting to practice both side by side !

In this workshop we do exactly that. We practice Asana on the Yoga mat, and we enter the organic moving universe of Contact Improvisation. Both practices are given the space and time they need and deserve, and the deeper connections and interactions between the two are gently revealed. Join this beautiful journey and learn to experience yourself in movement and in clarity, at once.

Michael is a Berlin-based performer and Yoga Teacher. He has studied Improvisation with teachers such as Nancy Stark Smith, Lilo Stahl, Rosalind Crisp, Sten Rudstrom and others. He has created and performed his own original solo work and has performed with the Berlin Ensemble Nico and the Navigators, directed by Nicola Hümpel.

Cost: 25 Euros -OR-  17 Euros + check-in through Urban Sports Club.

The number of places is limited, to secure your place write to me (click here) and you will receive payment information and additional arrival information.

Looking forward to move with you !

Michael.

2020 ! New year, new things

The 1st of January is as good as any day to make new plans, to set intentions into motion.

With my 500 hour yoga teacher training now completed, i am looking forward to start this year with more of my energy available to implement my ideas, to try things out. I am very happy to launch a workshop series at Lobe Block which will offer space for an exploration of Asana Practice and the practice of Contact Improvisation.


“Asana practice and Contact Improvisation” is a workshop series that will take place at Lobe Block. Here is what i have to say about it:

The Asana practice on the mat is a wonderful movement practice. It connects breath, movement, attention and thought, and because it is anchored on the Yoga mat, it also allows us to experience the movement possibilities of the body with clarity.

Contact Improvisation on the other hand…. is in comparison anarchistic. It intentionally aims to break loose from all anchors but one, our innate and natural connection to gravity and to the earth. If the Asana practice translates movement to the language of the brain, Contact Improvisation tries to speak only Body.

Which is exactly why it is so exciting to practice both side by side !

In this workshop we do exactly that. We practice Asana on the Yoga mat, and we enter the organic moving universe of Contact Improvisation. Both practices are given the space and time they need and deserve, and the deeper connections and interactions between the two are gently revealed. Join this beautiful journey and learn to experience yourself in movement and in clarity, at once.

The workshop series will take place at Lobe Block, Wedding, Berlin. More information on dates and cost will be coming soon – here on the webpage, on the Lobe Block webpage and on facebook. So stay tuned !
And in the meantime come to the contact jam at Lobe Block every Saturday at 20:15, and get to know the beautiful space !

What did i learn 14

Lentils ! I am crazy about lentils these days. I take them as a symbol for all my good qualities – they are simple, rich, they take a long time until they are ready, they have an acquired taste that is very satisfying once it’s acquired, and they go well with rice.

This week i was thinking of something i heard from our teacher, as we were first walking and later running towards a wall with our eyes closed, reaching with our hands to catch ourselves when the wall was coming. She told us to notice this little moment of being nervous, affraid, just before hitting the wall. This feeling that arises because you know the wall is coming, is actually a kind of energy. It’s something stirring up inside of you. Maybe most people have the reaction of becoming stiff or shrinking or slowing down when they feel this but you can also use this feeling and bring it out in stead. Extend even more, speed up, direct this tension out instead of in.

What did i learn 13

Here are two very different approaches:
Through movement, through thinking about it and imagining it, try to soften your sternum and let it melt inwards. Your arms are long and alive and their power comes directly from the spine and goes through the sternum. Move and let your arms lead you into space. Do some body work together with a partner: help each other to feel your thorax changing as you breathe, moving up and down and in and out.

The other approach is: Lift your arms. Point your fingertips to the ceiling or the sky. Now stay there. Stay there very long until you start to worry. Then take the arms down, not completely but until they are parallel to the floor. Now stay there. Lengthen your arms more than you think you can and feel the sternum softening. Stay there more and more, until you can’t any more and then stay some more.

When you finally take your arms down you will feel different than you did before.