Anjuli Mahendra and Alok Rocheleau have developed a unique blend of partner stretching, contact improvisation, acrobatics, and Thai massage. Contact Yoga brings people together to explore trust, playfulness, and truthful connection. Exercises will range from dynamic balancing to therapeutic touch. Practices move between structured conditioning to improvisational movement so that we can open to greater levels of joy, freedom and presence.
Each class is uniquely crafted to cultivate our body’s natural impulse towards ease and connection while exploring our edge. The basic foundation of expansion is trust—both inner and outer. We cultivate an arc of trust, building up gradually to exercises that require deeper layers of trust and surrender. Expect to come away with tools that both strengthen and revitalize your body that you can practice with friends and loved ones.
Deepening our listening skills through our somatic exercises creates space for authentic expression, release, resonance, and empathy. We’ll take these skills into our therapeutics section focusing on effortless Thai massage techniques that allow you to relax into both giving and receiving.
The underlying principles of Contact Yoga are communication, trust, and curiosity. Just like the dance of life, there will be challenges and blissful moments.These practices help us to engage more compassionately and truthfully with ourselves and our community, and have fun!
"When I'm in classes with Anjuli and Alok, I feel like their energy is really genuine. A heart offering. Also, I can feel that they are both long time practitioners, so they are not only well-versed in the practices, but also do have a lot to offer to students just in terms of the power of being in their presence." - Yosemite Yoga & Backpacking 2012 participant