Off the Mat 2012 – AcroYoga and slackasana workshop with Jason & Chelsey Magness

Jason & Chelsey Magness are hard to pin down in a few sentences. Both certified AcroYoga teachers, Chelsey is one of only two teachers that has received certifications from both AcroYoga groups in North America. Jason is one of the co-founders of the YogaSlackers, and together they have trained and taught across the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia, and the Middle East. With backgrounds in Ashtanga Vinyasa, traditional Hatha, Dutch Acrobatics, Tibetan meditation, Thai massage, Slackline, rock-climbing, and ultra-endurance adventure sports this dynamic duo use their teaching to help their students (and themselves) constantly re-asses what it possible and to radically expand the limits of physical and mental potential. They’ve been featured by ESPN, ABC, MS-NBC, New York Times, Wend Magazine, Wall Street Journal and have been fortunate to teach at such esteemed establishments as Yoga Journal Conferences, Kripalu, Omega Institute, and Wanderlust. For more info about Jason & Chelsey:

Workshop Programme:

Friday, 5-8pm: Fundamentals of AcroYoga – Blending the elements of Vinyasa Yoga, Acrobatics & Thai massage, AcroYoga is a powerful tool for transformation. Learning to trust & be confident, exploring the need for strength & surrender, AcroYoga is a physical & emotional balancing act. The basic tools can be used by yogis, bodyworkers & athletes to greatly enhance their sport or practice. No partner necessary, some basic yoga (or other body awareness practice such as rock climbing) is helpful.

Saturday, 9:30am – 12:30pm: Redefining Balance – Take your practice (whether it’s climbing, running, yoga or other) to an entirely new level. We will be reshaping your definition of balance by teaching basics of yoga on a slackline & on another person. Come see what it is like to play with your own & someone else’s energy in a refreshing, new way. We will begin with a vinysasa warm up, move into Acroyoga and the basics of the slackasana series including standing, walking on the line, kneeling and sitting, arm balancing & even going upside down. This approach is a great way to improve your overall strength & balance for your asana practice on & off the mat!

Saturday, 2pm-5pm: Gravity as the Guru – The ancient yogis gleaned much of their practices from looking toward nature and then emulating it. We’ll return to this practice with a class that includes inversions, balancing, backbending, vinyasa, and lots of fun. We will work with partners as we advance the practice, and through mutual support and trust we’ll all end up taking a look over our personal edge – wherever it may be.

Saturday, 6pm-8pm: Thai and Fly – The Nectar of the AcroYoga practice. Through theraputic leg love and flying massage, we’ll work to connect with the subtler energies of the body as we coax our spines, hips, ankles, wrists and shoulders into a passive place of peace. The lines of giving and receiving become blurred as we transition from flying to leg love and back again. The evening will begin and end with a blend of our voices in simple but powerful chanting.

Sunday, 9:30am – 12:30pm: The Yoga of Acrobatics – Confidence, concentration, trust & agility are all elements that support the embodiment of an acrobat & can help any person feel more empowered in their daily lives. By expanding the range of the physical body, we learn to trust ourselves & others, realizing our collective potential. As we remove self-imposed limits, we are walking on the path towards liberation. The elements shared in this class consist of: Tattsvadarzin asana sequence, partner balance, acrobatic flying, inversions & amp; spotting techniques. With these new tools students have a fresh perspective to enhance their practice & amp; their approach to others.

Sunday, 2-5pm: The Continuous Thread – The yogic principle of “live in the moment” doesn’t tell the whole story. As we close the weekend, we will work toward taking the experiences of the days before, and blending them with the possibilities of the future. Learning not to “live in the moment”, but to “live in all moments”. Life and Death are one thread – one line seen from opposite ends, and all experience lies between.

Friday evening and Saturday sessions are open to people who have a minimum of 6 months asana practice. Sunday’s sessions are open to participants who have completed the Friday and Saturday sessions or individuals with previous acro-yoga experience.

A non-refundable deposit to Te Anau Yoga Inc. of $50 is required to reserve your place at Off the Mat 2012. Pay before December 17th and save yourself $60 on the registration fee. To make your booking please e-mail for payment options.

TAY Members:
Early-bird price (before December 16th)
Fri/ Sat $200 (4 sessions) or Fri/Sat/Sun $300 (6 sessions)
from Dec 17th Fri/Sat $260 or Fri/Sat/Sun $360

Early-bird (before December 16th)
Fri/ Sat $230 or Fri/Sat/Sun $330
from Dec 17th Fri/Sat $290 or Fri/Sat/Sun $390

Cancellation policy:
Cancellations prior to February 1st will be refunded the total amount less your $50 deposit.
Cancellations from February 2nd to and including February 16th will be refunded the total amount less 50%.
Cancellations from February 17th to the commencement of workshop: A 50% refund will only be given with the provision of medical certificate.

Jason & Chesley


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