On Saturday I had the opportunity to teach a Tandem Yoga benefit class at the Yoga House in Kingston, NY. I’m so appreciative of the group that came together for this community event at the Yoga House. Special thanks to studio owners Jacqui Potente and Leigha Butler for hosting such a fun experience.
This fundraiser was part of the LuvMat Yoga Empowers Project with all proceeds going to Off the Mat Into the World’s Global Seva Fundraiser for Haiti. Seva is the spiritual practice of selfless service, stemming from the Bhakti and Karma paths of yoga. The essence of seva is part of why I enjoy Tandem Yoga, as it naturally illuminates the heart and inspires compassionate action.
Tandem Yoga is an umbrella term for partner, contact and acrobatic yoga. Through the practice of “balancing Earth and Sky” we explored the relationship of opposition within ourselves and our shared yoga practices. We created a solid foundation through clear communication, safety and support, and balanced this with lighthearted laughter, playfulness and enjoyment of sharing our yoga practices.
This was an all-levels class and I was especially honored to work with people who were new to Tandem Yoga. The questions and insights that everyone shared were amazing! We talked about the importance of trust and learning to let go, as well as the adventure of “playing the edge” or challenging our sense of limitations.
One lady suggested how this practice is great for parties. She reminded me of when I first started teaching partner yoga some ten years ago. To this day I still enjoy “climbing” my friends at parties. I loved hearing about how some of the students plan to share these Tandem Yoga practices with their friends.
Thanks again to everyone who helped make this benefit such a great success!