Posts Tagged ‘AcroYoga’

Day 28 Portland-Yoga Bhoga-Lila Donnolo

Yoga Bhoga

Yoga Bhoga

We knew we were in for a most excellent night as we headed over to Yoga Bhoga, the original studio of Denise Payne who, “for those blog followin’ yogis” know, has expanded this super impressive studio to a second location, the “ One Song” yoga studio. As we entered, we felt the signature surroundings of this guru yogi.  A sky-high curved wood ceiling, deep northwest colors, mood music playin’ and a community of yogis gently swayin’.

Lila Donnolo

Lila Donnolo

The “lucky Yoyo’s” teacher tonight was Lila Donnolo who invited the all levels, filled to capacity class to ask for what they needed from their yoga practice.  The YoYos were pretty sure the yogis in this studio had been sitting’ a bit too long behind their MAC’s, as the YoYos identified with the beggin’ for shoulder and hip poses, which Lila promised to concentrate on.   Lila’s soothing voice alone could have taken all tension away, but her beautiful tone and perfect diction were just the beginning, as she brought unusual imagination to her artistic flow.  The gentle guidance, soft music, dim lighting, and even pace added to the soothing atmosphere the Yoga Bhoga yogis needed to release before going deeper as Lila encouraged everyone to create their own unique practice.  Savasana was never sweeter as Lila, with her rich vocal instrument actually sang the YoYos to sleep…aaaaahhhhhh……

James Pintado & Lila Donnolo

James Pintado & Lila Donnolo

On the way out of class, the YoYos got a peek at the “hot off the press” photo gallery of Lila and her amazin’ partner doin’ the most inspired, unimaginable AcroYoga poses ever witnessed!  Was that really James Pintado, the James part of James and Sarah, the YoYos cherished teachers, the instigators of their “lovin’” yoga life, in those amazin’ photos?  We knew our “even the YoYo’s don’t have words for” Yoga teacher was not of this planet.  What we didn’t know was that Lila was his “out of this world” partner… How Serendipitous!

We also didn’t know that Lila was the premiere AcroYoga teacher in Portland.  How sad the YoYos were to have to leave before Sunday’s AcroYoga class to learn those anti-gravity, hangin’ every which way, flyin’ through space moves.  Next time in Portland… fallin’ on our butt, or fallin’ for AcroYoga, we will definitely give this a go!

Photo’s of Lila and James by BMAC Studio.

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Day 70 LA-AcroYoga-Lara & Sarah

The first time the YoYos saw a “base” and “flyer” was at a comical “performance” by our 2 young daughters, eons ago, as a “gift in motion”, for Mother’s Day.  Entertained by their gutsy flight set to Garth Brook’s inspirin’ soundtrack,  the YoYos still rank that rockin’,  shakin’ and fallin’ feat of bravery, up with the best present, ever.

Laura Catone and Sarah Vosen

Lara Catone and Sarah Vosen

After all these years, it’s “most amazing” to see where the magicians of yoga acrobatics have taken this stunnin’ art form, since its early attempts by the YoYo kids. Hardly recognizable, except for that one basic “base on bottom, flyin’ person on top” move, the YoYo’s have become enthralled by the evolved shifting strength and grace of these accomplished acro-yogis.  Excited were we, that we were invited by Lara Catone and Sarah Vosen; “yogi, acrobat, dancer, flyers”, to try this amazing style of partner yoga.  Arrivin’ early to AcroYoga, locted in The Shiatsu Massage School of California, we met our new “up close and personal” beginning, acro-yogi “community”, as our skilled guides opened class with enlightening  “trust” exercises.

Circle of Trust

Circle of Trust

Now, The YoYos had to admit, the “upside down with head between strangers legs”, pose and the bizarre  feelin’ that we might fall on our willing “base”; were just two of the unfamiliar “trust” obstacles that were makin’ us a little edgy.  But, the last 82 days has proven that WTH moments accompanied by breath, always proves to be an amazin’ calmer.  With a deep inhale, we ultimately relaxed and let these calm, “easy to understand” teachers, be our “most amazing” guides.

Lara & Sarah make it look easy

Lara & Sarah make it look easy

Over the next 3 hours, we discovered that as our experienced coaches broke down into baby steps, seemingly impossible moves, allowing the YoYo’s jittery self-talk to move out and replace its “ugly” head with high anticipation of an exciting new practice.  After learnin’  these stunnin’ AcroYoga  sequences incorporated doses of Thai massage to relax and stretch after a strength held move, the YoYos  fascination of this “giving and receiving” practice  spiked  to, the “we have to do this” level.

A far cry from the efforts of yesteryear, our strong, most graceful teachers, in closing, performed the 2009 version of what’s possible in AcroYoga.  Whoa, could the YoYokids  imagine the YoYos attemptin’ anything, even vaguely similar to that?  Looks like after this “most excellent” adventure…we might just find out.

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