Sunday, May 21st – 5:15-6:15 pm

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Partner acrobatics is an exciting practice that involves two or more people, with one person as the ‘base’ (in lying or standing position), leveraging, 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. It is simply loads of fun! Whether you want to develop skills you can try at home, on the sand, on stage, on surfboards, on ice, or purely for fun in class, you will enjoy this workout, meeting other people, and developing even more trust with your partner.  Partner Acrobatics can eventually evolve into many different disciplines, including: standing acrobatics, circus skills, hand balancing, L-Basing, trio tricks, and much more. The physical intensity of our program is balanced out with therapeutic movements that aim to heal and restore the body.

The heart of Brian’s training is the concept of sustainability of the physical body and the use of proper alignment and body awareness to increase performance, while decreasing the risk of pain and/or injury. He guides you through exercises specifically aimed at promoting injury prevention, structural integration and correct movement technique for long-term physical health and fitness.

 

Brian Batson

From zero to a top-level acrobat in less than four years!  Brian Batson was introduced Acrobatics when he arrived on island and has embraced it wholeheartedly.  Brian is an example of how every person is in control of their life and nothing is impossible.  He learned from the world class athletes of the Waikiki Acrobatic Troupe he has embraced the culture and always strives to improve.  He currently teaches gymnastics at Hawaii Academy. Brian brings an unassuming strength to Partner Acrobatics which shows in his teaching and how he holds space for his students to grow and succeed. His conscientious coaching puts students at ease to have fun, build friendships, and improve their skill while promoting safety above all else.   

 

Kezia Holm

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Kezia aims to inspire others to live to their full potential by being open and chasing their souls’ passion. Aerial holds a special space in her life. It sparked a fire that allowed her to explode into a whole new rainbow of color and creativity. Kezia took her Aerial Fundamentals and Lyra teacher trainings from the esteemed NECCA, the New England Center for the Circus Arts.
Kezia first dove into flow arts in 2008 when she fell in love with a hula hoop, appreciating its freedom and beauty in the expression. In addition to aerial dance, Kezia is also devoted to other flow arts practices, including horseback arts and yoga. By practicing gratitude for all teachers, experiences and opportunities she has had along the way, Kezia continues to enhance and share her knowledge through study, practice and teaching.  See Kezia Holm’s schedule

Don’t miss our dear returning teacher Eva! She will be offering Feldenkrais, Chair Feldenkrais and Chair Feldenkrais meets Qigong classes.

Eva Geueke has been a guild certified Feldenkrais® practitioner for almost 30 years. She came to the Feldenkrais Method® as a young professional dancer and it changed her understanding of brain, body, movement and therefore, herself forever.
Since completing the 4-year Professional Feldenkrais Training in 1987 she has been teaching the Feldenkrais Method® internationally in thousands of private sessions, week long seminars, many hundreds of week-end workshops and evening classes.

 

Classes with Eva:

Monday 4:15 to 5:15 pm – Feldenkrais continues

Wednesday  5:45 to 6:45 pm  – Feldenkrais starts Jan 11, 2017

Thursday 9:30 to 10:30 am – Feldenkrais starts Jan 26, 2017

Friday 9:30 to 10:30 am  –  Chair Feldenkrais continues Jan – 6 – 20, 2017 then ends

Friday 9:30 to 10:45 am – Chair Feldenkrais meets Qigong starts Jan 27, 2017

Saturday 10:00 to 11:00 am – Feldenkrais continues

Mondays 7:00 to 8:00 pm, Starts January 9th

 

Class Description

Ease your body into reclaiming its natural mobility, flexibility, strength, agility, and stability.  This is a floor – feet – floor class! Start this joyful movement class on the floor, then energetically dance and move across the floor on your feet for the middle of class, ending with a floor practice, all this to a fantastic music selection.

The body is a fascinating place, especially once we get to know it a little better with the brief anatomy lesson Vicky shares as the focus of class. Allow yourself time to slow down and explore your body with the wonder of a child through the five stages of human development: Embryonic, Creeping, Crawling, Standing and Walking. These stages help to rewire the nervous system through cross-lateral movement.  

You’ll be amazed by how much more vibrant and coordinated you feel as you now begin to dance, shout, whisper, throw air punches and kicks, glide and snap during the classic Nia part of class – Vicky always chooses a dynamic playlist!

By the end, you’re ready to melt to the floor for a little more healing through the body-to-earth connection. Walking out of class, you feel refreshed, even if it’s been a long day.

 

Vicky DeMercer sinks in deep, bringing the passion of self-transformation to her Nia classes. She wears the Nia logo tattooed onto her arm as a testament to how she has self-healed through Nia, changing her life, reconnecting her head and heart through her body. Patient and encouraging, Vicky has been a certified Nia instructor since 2009 and trained in the Nia Five Stages in 2011.

 

 

Mondays, 5:45 pm – with Kezia Holm – Starts January 9th

Fridays, 5:45-6:45 pm – with Angel DaVida – Starts January 13th. 

This class is designed for students who have had little or no experience with aerial yoga, aerial silks, or lyra. We will focus on developing the fundamental skills for each apparatus to progress further. The skills we will cover include but are not limited to: learning how to handle the silks and lyra, alignment, safe entry on and off equipment, introduction to basic inversions and foot locks, developing upper body and core strength, alignment and breathing.

 

Contra-indications for aerial classes: glaucoma, heart-conditions, fused spine, pregnancy beyond doctor recommendation. Clothing requirements: tight-fitting; no zippers or metal; under-arms covered. No jewelry.

6 students MAXIMUM per class. Advanced registration encouraged

 

Thursdays  7-8 pm

Starts Jan 12th

Join Victoria to build strength and confidence to get the most out of your aerial technique classes! Aerial Conditioning is a the perfect support class to your aerial practices! Climbing, pulling and flipping upside down in the air, you will build an incredible overall body strength in this class. Students will work with trapeze, silks, and lyra as well as floor exercises and stretching. Aerial conditioning focuses on balancing strength, flexibility, functionality with ease of movement. This is an all levels class!

Victoria brings to each class her sparkle and an inspiring will toward self- improvement. She  is a multi-faceted performer and movement teacher. Victoria arrived in a relationship with the aerial arts traveling down the paths of yoga and dance. Victoria has studied dance trapeze with Susan Murphy, lyra with Elsie and Serenity, and aerial yoga with Michelle Dortignac. Victoria has also studied with excellent teachers in NYC, San Francisco, LA and Boulder. Victoria is an ERYT 500 yoga teacher, an Esthetician, Thai Massage Practitioner as well as a student of music. Victoria believes anyone can be an aerial artist and she will do a cartwheel for you if you give her a cookie!

 

Saturdays 8:30-9:30 am.

Gain strength and flexibility while developing long, lean muscles. Improve your posture and strengthen your body as you increase core awareness. Learn the specific exercises and body alignment principles outlined by Joseph Pilates. This is a hands-on class with personal technique correction and support. Commitment to regular attendance of this class is strongly recommended. All skill levels are accommodated in this class.

Murat Demirtas has trained at the well known Michael King Pilates  and with Roxy Menzies. As an instructor he brings a remarkable sense of body awareness and enjoys sharing his knowledge with students. He hails from a background of dance, gymnastics, pilates and aerobics. He has taught dance and various movement modalities for the Turkish educational system, professional dance companies and artists. He has performed for many big companies including the Women for Nike Tour. 

Based on his belief that every individual is a healer. Murat’s mission is to create an environment that guides people to evolve into their full potential. His successful classes are a fusion dance and aerobics that helps to bring an awareness of an individual’s inner power. Murat is the perfect balance of creativity and business, Murat is a well rounded teacher + artist + athlete, joyful vibration and spirit that conveys his love of movement.

Watch short video with Linda here.

Q: Tell us about yourself…

 

A: I am a Kajukenbo (Kempo) practitioner and a self-defense specialist trained in archery. I enjoy working with women who want to know more about listening to their intuition or simply want to feel more confident when out in their everyday world.

Q: What’s empowering about Zen Archery?

A: It gets us to a primal essence – as women in a natural state of being, when we are in our full creativity. When I am in the zone, I can feel it. I can harness, set my intention and direct the energy; these are insights to hit my target, and it is the most zen. It allows people to achieve their goals. I ask my students, ‘What is the thing you want to reach?’ as a metaphor for their lives. This practice teaches focus: Why are your eyes anywhere else other than your goal? Set your goals in life and keep your eyes on it, making sure you follow through.

 

Zen Archery brings into our bodies that ability to direct our energy. The rest translates into our lives as we show up each week and choose to play, focus and embody the practice.  

Q: What’s empowering about Self Defense for women? How do you think this impacts women’s lives?

 

A: As a culture, I believe we lose ourselves in our everyday busy lives. We lose ourselves to what everyone expects from us, we put ourselves last. This class Is a place for students to take back those pieces they’ve lost, to take care of the self… we need to learn to say NO! This “NO” is a crucial part of self-defense.

 

Not all women – yet a majority of us – are trained and conditioned to be quiet, to be peacemakers and mediators, to say ‘I’m sorry’ no matter what caused the disturbance. This practice is about how not to be quiet, in those moments when we need our voices to be heard, when we need our voices to stop the silence, the violence.

 

We all have an inner roar – an inner tiger. A tigress is not angry – she is a tiger standing in the center of her individuality – her center of power. That power is you: your unique inner voice and gifts that you bring to the world. We’ve build walls around our centers – our primal intuitive nature that knows how to create and knows when not to be silent! We need to get back there. This center is your space, your tiger.   

 

We all have the right to have a space to be safe in our body-mind. Your space is in relation to your comfort zone. Listen to yourself, your body, and whatever is is right for you, honor it. Don’t give it away – don’t let anyone tell you that it is wrong…. We keep attempting to fit into a cookie cutter – no justification is needed, if you are uncomfortable or afraid…that is the Inner roar – your inner voice. It’s time to listen to it.

 

That is what this Women/Girls’ Self-Defense offers: a space to know and to develop the skills and capacity to use them in a safe space.

 

Q: How has Women/Girls’ Self-Defense impacted your life?

 

A: This is what I notice in sharing my passion: With young girls in grade 2 they have a voice on the playground, but by 4th grade they can’t squeak it out. As grown-ups, many end up in abusive relationships…as result of ignoring their inner voice, justifying behaviors and not being able to say no. Once you’re in the cycle of abuse it is hard to get out.

When I ask the kids, ‘What’s your biggest tool?’ I will often hear, ‘Your fists!’ My approach is different – it’s non-confrontational. Your biggest tool is your brain. You brain reads your body signals, and it offers you sensory cues that feed back to the physical body. I teach children and women to run fast and scream… it is critical to know what you can do. It’s equally critical to know what you can’t do. Now you know you have the choice…a choice to grow.

Q: What is the overall message behind Zen Archery and Women’s Self-Defense?

A: As generalization, we’ve been taught not to defend ourselves and if we muster the courage, we then apologize for defending ourselves as result of the disturbance we may cause. This does not move us forward. It keeps us stuck in our cultural conditioning and fails to empower our children.

Teach your brain and your body that this power is here, in your center, in case you need to bring it up….

My self-defense and Zen Archery Classes will push your edges; they are designed and delivered so that you can discover you can move beyond your limits in great company and in an environment of safety that you can push through allow the release of the primal energy and become very different through the experience.

 

Q:  Why do you choose to teach at Still & Moving Center?

 

A: Because of Renée Tillotson’s vision:

  • The  atmosphere, environment – the inclusion and willingness to empower people.
  • The space has been created with intention – the atmosphere is soothing, and the energy from the Center is different than a gym.

IMG_3058by May del Rosario, Fitness Specialist

May’s Bodyweight Personal Training program makes you proficient at using the one thing that you are never without: Your body. The workouts can be done anywhere, anytime, and without costly gym equipment.

Attention all Golden Circle Members and all 14-Day Golden Circle Membership Experience pass holders:  

You are eligible to receive a free 15 minute fitness consultation with May. Discuss with May where you are now, and where you want to go in terms of your conditioning and wellbeing. Please make an appointment at the reception desk.

As we go through our daily tasks, we need to lift, turn, bend, squat, move sideways, etc., to accomplish what we want to do. This functional workout replicates daily movement in a safer, stronger, more efficient manner than we normally do.

IMG_3030Bodyweight exercises incorporate many of your body’s muscles at once. These exercises have the added benefit of being much more demanding of core strength (6-pack anyone?) than exercises that require weights and machines. Bodyweight conditioning keeps you safe from many chronic injuries, such as joint problems, that may arise over time with weightlifting and other unnatural exercises with little functional value to our daily lives.

With Bodyweight Personal Training, you will develop greater strength, power, muscular and cardiovascular endurance, speed, balance, coordination, and flexibility. With consistency, combined with a good diet, this progressive program will reward you with continuous results, increased body control, and new levels of achievement.

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Willow with girl friends

Message from Willow Chang 

Saturday, June 27th

Aloha Dancers, Nia movers and Groovers! I want to share an awesome opportunity to be a part of a unique, once in a lifetime event! Read on, and if you’re intrigued, please contact me by Tuesday, March 31st!

International Lions Convention will be held in Honolulu this June. The festivities will include, but not be limited to parties, events, soirees, meetings and a massive parade on June 27th to march down Kalakaua Avenue. 25-30,000 attendees from around the world are expected!

I have been contacted through event planner Mira Savara, to put together 4 dance teams of 10, each to represent a different region of India – reflected in dance, song and costumes, for the parade, Saturday June 27th, 9am – noon, and later that same night, the same dance at the Ballroom.

I will personally put together the simple choreographies.

Each participant will:

  • learn and practice a dance with me and the team
  • dance in the parade
  • wear a custom costume from India
  • be granted a small stipend for performing

We’ll also have a green room, food, water and possibly validation for parking (working on it!)

I’d love to have 10 (or more) dancers and Nia movers from Still & Moving Center join our great team! The collective love of music, dance and movement, paired with positive energy, is a perfect fit! You’ll be joining my Still & Moving Center Bollywood and Punahou dancers to create our complete team!

Rehearsals will start mid-April, and we’ll have the option to video the dance so self-practice can be employed. I definitely need a COMMITMENT and need to MEASURE the dancers so the outfits can be made in India by deadline!

Please spread the word and get back to me by March 31st. Then, we can plan a sample class and get measurements etc. Its’s: willowchang@hotmail.com

Mahalo and Namaste! This WILL be fun! Learn something new! Make new friends! Blow up your Instagram account!

Aloha,

Willow

From Huffington Post:

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What happens when you combine a picturesque Hawaii setting with the world’s happiest, most fun-loving yogis? Perhaps the most well-rounded and travel-worthy festival we’ve ever witnessed.

Wanderlust Oahu just wrapped up at the scenic Turtle Bay Resort in Hawaii and we’ve officially

added it to our travel bucket list. Even if you’re not a self-described yogi, it’s a safe bet that Wanderlust Oahu has something for you. The 4-day festival is an assault on the senses: from food to fitness, all-night raves (seriously) to talk seminars, hula-hooping to pick-up football, it’s the most well-rounded festival we’ve seen in a while. You even have the choice of pitching a sea-side tent or relaxing in the resort’s luxury.

Also, did we mention it takes place in Hawaii?

Witness the shenanigans and gorgeous setting for yourself:


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