Explore physical limitations through high-intensity explosive movements to spark animal instinct. Within this challenging state heart and mind unite to create holistic strength. A fusion of breath work, yoga, primal movements and free self-expression invites you into a strengthening journey. Breathe heavily, let your voice be heard, and explore your physical potential.
Small, fluid, repetitive movements inspired from Qi-Gong will be used to loosen the body and increase blood and energy flow. Then explore a fusion of animal movements and strengthening yoga flow. Those will focus primarily of hip mobility and lower body strength and stability.
The first workshop will focus on awakening physical sensations and building a base of primal movement patterns. In the second workshop, we will start to connect our movements into a flow and invite free self-expression. The intent is to develop a functionally strong body, with a sharp mind and an open heart. Strength and mobility will be deepened for more athleticism while retaining the clarity of mind and intention.
Suitable for: all ages
Duration: 90 minutes
Presenter: Ben Dessard
Ben grew up as a soccer player in the French countryside and played as a semi-professional athlete in the US until he fractured his lower back. He then focused on studying the human body and obtained a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas in 2010. Yoga and meditation complemented his approach to optimal health, and after living in India for half a year, he did his Yoga TTC at the French Sivananda ashram in 2012. It is in Berlin, Germany that he shared his passion and knowledge as a Holistic Fitness Manager in Holmes Place Health Club, teaching classes and workshops as well as developing a team of fitness professionals in becoming ambassadors of optimal health. He is now retreat leader at Aro-Ha wellness retreat in Queenstown New Zealand, teaching yoga and functional movement as part of an integrated wellbeing vision.