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Acro Yoga is a blend of acrobatics, yoga & thai massage. In Acro Yoga we are challenged to believe not only in others, but to believe in ourselves. Through this practice we are constantly shown that we, and others, are capable of so much more than we think possible.
Laughter Yoga helps to change your mood within minutes by releasing certain chemicals from your brain cells called endorphins. Laughter Yoga is combination of deep breathing exercises from yoga and laughter exercises, which oxygenates our body and brain, making us feel more healthy and energetic. We initiate laughter as a body exercise in a group and with eye contact and childlike playfulness. It soon turns into real and contagious laughter for a playful and sacred shared experience.
Partner yoga is the art of using each other’s body weight and breath to open and warm the body. This practice includes therapeutic flying as an inverted aerial massage.
Sound healing technique facilitates shifts in our brainwave state by synchronizing fluctuating brainwaves to a stable frequency which the brainwave can attune to. By using rhythm and frequency, we can influence our brain waves and learn to down-shift our normal consciousness to a state of deep relaxation, and even meditative trance, a space where emotional and physical healing can occur.
Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage. Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches.
Conscious Sexuality is a practice that connects our higher self to the physical, mental and energetic aspects of deep intimacy. Through safe and progressive exercises, we can facilitate the process of connecting our scared self and highest dharma with acts of love.
Intimacy Practices allow us to more deeply live in connection with what is divine in each moment. This includes opening the self to senses, emotions and feelings to experience intimacy from that place of openness. Intimacy can take shape in many forms.
Tantra is a Sanskrit word that means woven together. Join us in making time for yourself, to awaken, explore and inspire the sacred within. Interfusion Festival’s tantra program embraces the intimacy, connection and healing dynamics of the practice facilitated by world known instructors.
Bachata is a style of social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced all over the world. Both the music and the dance have been influenced by Cuban Bolero, the Merengue (also of Dominican Republic origin), Salsa and Cumbia. Most of the styling in this dance is from ballroom dance, and show moves like dips are commonly used. The more sensual interpretation of the dance is often expressed with more circular movements and body waves, except when the music has stronger beats, when the dance uses isolations and dips.
Kizomba is an beautiful and sensual dance, besides explosive and contagious, which conquered the world in recent years as a catchy melody and a dance which seduces our souls. Kizomba is for many of the Latin dancers a breath of fresh air, bringing something new and exciting, and perfect for anyone who wants to enter the world of dance due to its softness and easy basic steps, allowing any novice to gradually evolve to more complex steps, and more importantly allowing a beginner to enjoy the pleasure of social dancing much earlier than any other type of dance in pairs.
Salsa dancing mixes African and European dance influences through the music and dance fusions that are the roots of Salsa. Salsa is normally a lead & follow (freestyle) partner dance, although there are other recognized forms. Salsa On 1 tends to be more flashy than the South American forms, with many twists, turns, and even acrobatic aerial moves similar to the Lindy Hop. Often Salsa On 1 is done faster than some other Latin dances, with whirling partner moves, with some sensual moments that are influenced by Argentine Tango and Rumba.
Tango is a vibrant and playful dance between two people. It has very rich potential for expression, improvisation and connection and is danced in both modern and traditional styles. It is often described as a passionate dance, because of the close connection partners can have and the character of the music. At the heart of tango (Argentine tango) is the desire to listen to, understand and converse with the person you’re dancing with, through this unique language of dance. In tango there is a ‘leader’ and a ‘follower’. Through the embrace, the leader offers invitations to the follower for where and how to step. The follower decides in what way they will accept the leader’s invitations. Both leader and follower try to maintain harmony and connection through the embrace, and with the music, and so the dance is born.
West Coast Swing
West Coast Swing (WCS) is a partner dance with roots in Lindy Hop. It is characterized by a distinctive elastic look that results from its basic extension-compression technique of partner connection, and is danced primarily in a slotted area on the dance floor. The dance allows for both partners to improvise steps while dancing together, putting West Coast Swing in a short list of dances that put a premium on improvisation.
Brazilian Zouk is a sensual partner dance that can be danced to a variety of music. It evolved from the dance lambada with Caribbean zouk music, and later incorporated technique from other Brazilian partner and contemporary dances.
Meditation is commonly described as a training of mental attention that awakens us beyond the conditioned mind and habitual thinking, and reveals the nature of reality. Through the ancient practice of Meditation one is able to gain a higher state of awareness of the self and our relationship with the world occurring around us. It is a tool to enhance our natural ability to be more fully alive and present for the richness of each moment of our lives.
Mindfulness is based on intentionally maintaining heightened awareness of internal experiences and the reality occurring around us, non-judgmentally and compassionately. It is shifting away from automatic states where we are distracted and dwelling on the past or future. Instead, it is opening our mind to observe and accept reality in a more inclusive and authentic way. It is intrinsically flowing with daily activities and interactions with heightened connection to the present moment.
The word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. Qigong practice involve a posture (whether moving or stationary), breathing techniques, and mental focus. Some practices increase the Qi; others circulate it, use it to cleanse and heal the body, store it, or emit Qi to help heal others.
Visualization is the cognitive process of purposefully generating visual mental imagery, with eyes open or closed, simulating or recreating visual perception, in order to maintain, inspect, and transform those images. It often involves consequently observing associated emotions or feelings, with intent to experience a subsequent beneficial physiological, psychological, or social effect, such as expediting the healing of wounds to the body, minimizing physical pain or alleviating psychological pain including anxiety, sadness, and low mood, improving self-esteem or self-confidence, and enhancing the capacity to cope when interacting with others.
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It is known for its quick and complex maneuvers, predominantly using power, speed, and leverage across a wide variety of kicks, spins and techniques.
Partner Acrobatics involves two or more people, with one person as the ‘base’, lifting, moving and supporting another person as a ‘flyer’. The poses/skills can be static or dynamic and can be practiced one-off, in a sequence, or in a whole show.
Pole dance is a form of expressive art that combines dance and acrobatics centered on a vertical pole. Interfusion Festival’s pole program embraces the sport, art and cultural dynamics of the practice facilitated by world known instructors.
Dancing the 5 Rhythms is a practice – a dynamic way to both work out and meditate in the same breath. The practice of the 5 rhythms is said by Gabrielle Roth to put the body in motion in order to still the mind. The 5 rhythms (in order) are flowing, staccato, chaos, lyrical, and stillness. This dance is a creative, free-form movement practice that increases awareness. It is a safe space where we can explore ourselves: bodies, emotions, minds, and hearts.
Belly dance is primarily a torso-driven dance, with an emphasis on articulations of the hips. Unlike many Western dance forms, the focus of the dance is on relaxed, natural isolations of the torso muscles, rather than on movements of the limbs through space. Although some of these isolations appear superficially similar to the isolations used in jazz ballet, they are sometimes driven differently and have a different feeling or emphasis. Many belly dancing moves involve isolations, which improves flexibility of the torso. New belly dancers often report a positive change in their relationship with the body and spirit.