Embody Joy with Joy Winkler
In the way we’ve been taught to function in this reality, we hold so much tension and stress – physical, mental, and emotional - in our beautiful bodies. How much pain and discomfort does all this constriction cause in our bodies and in our lives? But is there another choice? What if you could allow your body to move in such a way that unlocks everywhere you’re limiting yourself so that the beautiful, magnificent YOU can shine through? Are you willing to play, explore, dissolve any constriction, and embody boundless joy? Join Joy Winkler as she guides you through an entirely new modality of movement: Joy Fire! This isn’t about conforming to the old paradigm of performing a pose perfectly, or forcing our bodies into shapes that worked for some dude 100 years ago. This is about listening to and unleashing the innate wisdom that each and every one of our bodies houses; this is about embodying joy in every moment and in every fiber of our body and being. Rather than moving from a head-space, we’re practicing letting go and allowing our bodies to move the way each one of us requires to release the stuck energy that we’re holding onto. As we release this energy, we no longer are functioning from auto-pilot reactions and are, in fact, reprograming our biofeedback mechanisms to choose joy and expansion in every moment, every breath. You won’t want to miss the unveiling of Joy Fire! This inaugural workshop will feature live music from Anthony Rodriguez. Anthony’s music will guide us into an even deeper and more powerful experience of the energies available to us when we choose to move beyond the old paradigms and embody joy. We will use movement and sound to shake loose the limitations so that we can all soar to heights we’ve not yet even imagined! Joy Fire:it all starts with a spark…Are you willing to ignite your Joy Fire?!
 
Saturday, Feb. 2nd, 2013
2:00-5:00pm
Joy Yoga Center
$65 earlybird pricing before Jan. 25th, $85 thereafter.

Embody Joy with Joy Winkler

In the way we’ve been taught to function in this reality, we hold so much tension and stress – physical, mental, and emotional - in our beautiful bodies. How much pain and discomfort does all this constriction cause in our bodies and in our lives? But is there another choice?

What if you could allow your body to move in such a way that unlocks everywhere you’re limiting yourself so that the beautiful, magnificent YOU can shine through? Are you willing to play, explore, dissolve any constriction, and embody boundless joy?

Join Joy Winkler as she guides you through an entirely new modality of movement: Joy Fire! This isn’t about conforming to the old paradigm of performing a pose perfectly, or forcing our bodies into shapes that worked for some dude 100 years ago. This is about listening to and unleashing the innate wisdom that each and every one of our bodies houses; this is about embodying joy in every moment and in every fiber of our body and being. Rather than moving from a head-space, we’re practicing letting go and allowing our bodies to move the way each one of us requires to release the stuck energy that we’re holding onto. As we release this energy, we no longer are functioning from auto-pilot reactions and are, in fact, reprograming our biofeedback mechanisms to choose joy and expansion in every moment, every breath.

You won’t want to miss the unveiling of Joy Fire! This inaugural workshop will feature live music from Anthony Rodriguez. Anthony’s music will guide us into an even deeper and more powerful experience of the energies available to us when we choose to move beyond the old paradigms and embody joy. We will use movement and sound to shake loose the limitations so that we can all soar to heights we’ve not yet even imagined!

Joy Fire:it all starts with a spark…Are you willing to ignite your Joy Fire?!


Saturday, Feb. 2nd, 2013

2:00-5:00pm

Joy Yoga Center


$65 earlybird pricing before Jan. 25th, $85 thereafter.

// Choreographer Stacey Tookey on Fitness, Food, SYTYCD & What She Wishes She Could Tell Her Younger Self//

Stacey Tookey choreographed some gorgeous pieces on SYTYCD this season, & guess what - she does yoga!

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I love Stacey’s work. As a fellow Canadian, I swell with a little bit of pride whenever I see her name as a judge or choreographer on So You Think You Can Dance. And she’s added a few Emmy nominations to her accolades thanks to her work on the show (see her emmy nominated choreography at the bottom of this post).

‘Tooks’ sat down with Fit Sugar this week to talk dancing, fitness and food. But while the interview was interesting on its own, I ALSO happened across a letter Tookey posted to her younger self that I drew inspiration from.

While she’s used to being behind the scenes, this interview showcases a different Tookey all together, one who’s getting used to a body that’s healing & new found fame. Her letter to herself is inspirational and highlights that ‘I wish I knew then…’ mentality that comes with getting older. I’ve shared excerpts from her interview with Fit Sugar as well as her letter to herself below. 

Excerpt from Fit Sugar

FS: How do you stay in shape, especially since you are on the road so much?
ST: I think Pilates is a great way to stay strong, because it was designed for dancers. When you are about to do a full performance, you don’t want to work out at the gym for three hours. For me that doesn’t worked; I have to pace myself. I usually do yoga or take a Pilates class to keep my body in shape but not strain it. Sometimes I’m traveling three countries in a week and am lucky if I can do a warmup by myself in the studio before I begin creating.

FS: When choreographing, are you still dancing the moves yourself or are you on the sidelines?
ST: I recently had hip surgery. It’s been traumatic, because a week after the surgery, I was in crutches trying to choreograph. It was very frustrating for me, because I still like to choreograph with my body. I had to start creating in a chair and depend a lot more on my assistants. I’m used to doing my daily workout, going into the studio, creating with my body, and sweating. When you are not able to do that, the reward is now how the work looks through someone else. I’m going through a bit of a transformation now.

FS: What does your diet look like, and how do you maintain it?
ST: I have a lot of diet restrictions and food sensitivities. I see an acupuncturist who has honestly changed my life. She makes sure my body is in optimal shape for all the traveling and long hours that I work. I don’t eat gluten, dairy, or processed sugar. I just dropped coffee this past year. That was huge one for me. It’s not easy to keep on the road, but in my house, I don’t have any of those foods. I start my day with a green smoothie. I’ll pack a blender if I have to to get my smoothie with kale, spinach, pineapple, celery, protein, flax seed oil, and coconut water. I know that if I fall off track later in the day, at least I started out with all those greens.

Stacey’s letter to her younger self from Dance Spirit Magazine…

Dear Stacey,

Don’t let fear hold you back. Being scared is an essential part of life. If you believe in your talent, you’ll discover that you’re the only person standing in your way.

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