Presentatörer - Gothenburg April 27-29 2018

Isaac Pena

Isaac Pena, New York

Isaac Peña is a yoga instructor, personal trainer, and contortionist in New York City. Growing up in Chelsea, he began practicing martial arts at the age of seven and was introduced to Zen meditation at the age of nine. Working as a personal trainer at Equinox, he found yoga in the mid-nineties, studying under a variety of teachers including David Life and Sharon Gannon, Dharma Mittra, Glenn Black, Richard Freeman, Rodney Yee, David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Manouso Manos, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty. In continuing to expand his knowledge of the body’s potential, Isaac trained for several years in contortion under Jonathan Nosan, opening his doors to the circus community.

He also made several trips to Thailand, receiving his certification in Thai Body work under the guidance of Chung Kal & Chaiyuth Priyasith. Isaac then co-founded Sankalpah Yoga studio where he taught for five years until its closing in 2011. Today, he trains other contortionist and circus performers, teaches weekly classes and workshops at numerous studios across Manhattan including Pure Yoga, Exhale Spa, and Body and Pole, and holds yearly retreats at LuxYoga with Benjamin Sears. Although Isaac is known for his work with top contortionists and yoga asana champions (and his ability to bend in any possible direction..), it’s his ability to teach teachers, and thus everyone, to truly understand the fundamentals of the practice that makes him special.

Göteborg 27-29 april 2018

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12:00 : The full Practice (Yogatältet)

In this workshop will take the foundation of the ancient yoga techniques  (asana, kriya, bandha) and begin to layer on and borrow from paths that are inspired by yoga such as gyrotonic and modern acrobatics. This is an open level workshop and many options will be given to scale the practice


12:30 : Circular movement (Studio 2)

Circular movement in the asana practice.

Yoga asana is often criticized for being very linear. In this practice we will bring the idea of making circles to smooth out the rough edges to make for a more flowing practice

16:15 : Journey towards your splits (Yogatältet)

Taking our time we will revisit familiar postures and play with them in unfamiliar ways so can develop a program for you to work towards your splits

On your own 


08:00 : Loosen up and let go (Studio 2)

We will explore freeing up all of your joints by using them in the way that they were intended to be used. Everything from your fingers all the way down to the toes will be exploded until your entire body feels new 

09:30 : Opening the four corners of the body (Studio 1)

In this class we will be using some traditional asana and applying modern athletic training principles to go a bit further. Through focusing specifically on addressing the shoulders and hips we can move into deeper forms of back bending without asking so much from the back itself.