Yoga Profile

Michael Shapira

Dancer, Performer, Yoga Teacher.

Background

I discovered my passion for movement in my mid 20s while living in Stockholm, Sweden and studying Interaction Design. I started taking evening classes in Contemporary Dance and later on Contact Improvisation. At the same time i took my first Yoga classes and began practicing Ashtanga Yoga.

The interest grew stronger and brought me to Freiburg, Germany where i studied and trained Dance and Improvisation at TIP Bewegungs-art. Since 2011 I have been living in Berlin, Germany.

Human Factory. Improvisation at the International Dance Festival, Freiburg DE. Image by Marc Doradzillo

In the field of Performance and Dance, I have studied with Nancy Stark Smith, Lilo Stahl, Rosalind Crisp, and others. I created and performed my own original solo work and am a founding member of the artistic residence space and venue Lake Studios. I have collaborated with the Improvisation collective Human Factory directed by Harald Kimmig and with the Berlin based ensemble Nico and the Navigators, directed by Nicola Hümpel.

Die Zukunft von Gestern, Nico and the Navigators 2018.

In 2019 I completed a 500 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Sky, Berlin

The Pandemic beginning in 2020 has meant for me losing some work, but also adapting to new ways of teaching, and an opportunity to re-align myself to a new situation. I continue to teach in regular classes in Yellow Yoga, Berlin.

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa can be roughly translated as “placing something in a certain way”. I always approach the physical practice with a whole lot of softness. Beginning with breath, simple movements with enough repetition to let the movement become informed by sensation.

With this safe and stable ground, we can then move towards more powerful, even athletic expressions of the body’s possibilities, and learn how to build a sustainable life-long relationship with the physical practice.

Image by Robin Kirchner


“Underneath hard is soft, and underneath soft is soft.”

Julyen Hamilton

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