DescriptionCome join Anjuli, Alok and Dashielle with Back to Earth on a truly delicious 4-day trip into Big Sur’s Ventana wilderness! With the lengthening days of summer, the coolness of the river, and the warmth and relaxation afforded by these truly special hot springs, this place is an ideal spot to launch your summer. In perfect accompaniment to the joys of this place our experienced instructors, Alok Rocheleau and Anjuli Mahendra, will offer the practices of Contact Dance, Partner Yoga, and Thai Massage. Anjuli and Alok have been teaching the unique practice of Contact Yoga in the SF Bay Area for over three years. Grounded in traditional yoga postures and principles, Contact Yoga explores that mysterious and dynamic edge where two people connect – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Using the points of contact, Contact Yoga offers a joyful way to explore trust, communication, and playfulness. We regularly encourage woking with different partners, so bring friends or come meet new ones. Couples will find new ways of communicating trust and loving-kindness, and together we can all find ways to be more harmonious and playful. With the days getting longer as we approach the summer solstice there will be plenty of time for reflection, laughing around the fire, sharing delicious organic and local meals prepared with love, and learning about the ecology of Big Sur. Alok is also a seasoned naturalist and loves to share his knowledge of the area and primitive skills. Anjuli incorporates the elements of nature into her dance and awareness teaching, encouraging students to experience a deeper resonance with our environment. Price: $700 This price includes tuition, food, instruction, guides, permits and much much more. These rates reflect our belief that this work is deeply needed at this time and needs to be accessible. It also reflects the understanding that sustainability means being able to continue to provide these offerings as long as they are needed, which is in the long term for now. Whether this trip is your vacation, retreat, or healing journey- we’ve seen that people receive back the value that they put in and the power of their own intention and heartfelt desire. We so enjoy sharing this adventurous journey of life with you!
Contact Yoga and Hot Springs in Big Sur: June 5-8 *Contact Yoga and Thai Massage+Organic Meals+Natural Hot Springs*
What Do BringBackpack, Tent (optional), Sleeping Pad, Sleeping Bag, Headlamp, Clothing and Shoes for backcountry hiking.
She returns regularly to Asia to do further trainings in the healing/movement arts including Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, Watsu, Shintaido, Butoh, Classical Indian Dance and most recently Chi Nei Tsang. In addition to the modalities studied abroad, she completed her 700-hr training in Structural Bodywork in ‘08 that she uses as a framework for her healing sessions. Anjuli’s private practice includes bodywork sessions, weekly yoga classes, healing events, and workshops both locally and in Asia.
Anjuli’s main dance focus over the last few years has been Contact improvisation, as it requires moment-to-moment presence with another person and his/her environment. Because there is such a wide range of expression possible in this dance (from slow, subtle movements to acrobatic lifts), there is infinite space for exploration and development. In conjunction with CI, she has been practicing and sharing partner yoga over the last few years that requires similar rapport with a partner.
Anjuli’s teaching style is a unique synthesis of dance, movement, and healing practices. She encourages her students to use fluid, spiraling movements to warm the body in preparation for deeper connection through dance, contact yoga. and resonance work. She holds space for her students to explore deep inner journeywork through solo and group dance encouraging them to tune into their natural surroundings for clues to go deeper into the unlimited nature of consciousness. In both her bodywork practice and contact yoga teaching, Anjuli facilitates her students/clients to get in touch with their internal experience and express this energy through movement, sounding, release, and acknowledgement. See more photos and other events by this presenter