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Axis Syllabus into Yoga

with Diana Thielen



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Axis Syllabus into Yoga

Over the past few years my yoga teaching and practice has run parallel with, and been influenced by, an intensive engagement with the Axis Syllabus lexicon. Through my understanding of, and ever growing fascination with, the moving body and how it is constituted through social experiences and encounters, I am reminded of the supportive potential of a yoga practice.

In our morning ritual of coming together we will develop an asana routine based on the fundamental assumption that every body possesses a unique anatomy and unique needs. The Axis Syllabus will allow us to modify the yoga asanas so as to respect our own physicality more and use this practice to find a strengthening start to the contact festival day.

Each asana can be understood in its fundamental movements, which means that we are no longer striving to reach and perfect a given position: the physiology of the spine, the muscles and fascia demand and allow for variation; thus this class will follow the concept of "practice through research".

Axis Syllabus Class: „Dynamic Resilience"

The "tensegrity principle" (tension and integrity), originally developed in architecture, has many applications in contact improvisation.

Our body can be understood and experienced as a tensegrity structure. The fascial network provides our body with an autonomous and continuous tone. Forces acting upon the body are distributed throughout the whole system, which always reacts as a connected whole.

We will explore the nature of the structures that manifest the tensegrity principle in the human body in solo and duet exercises. We will seek stability and permeability and look for ways of applying these qualities in contact improvisation. There will be space to explore and experiment together, so that these concepts will not remain purely intellectual but manifest in physical experience in dance.