18 February 2014

===  Intermediate Flow Yoga classes  ===
with guest instructor Karolina Hermansson from Sweden!
2 classes:
Friday 28 February
6:15-7:45pm @ the Upstairs Studio
Saturday 29 February 12:30-2:10pm @ the Upstairs Studio
$20usd per class.
Minimum of 6 people registered to run the classes.  Drop-in’s also accepted.
Advanced pre-registration required. 
Contact Colleen to register: +670-7746-3733, diliwellness@gmail.com.

 Friday 28 February 6:15-7:45pm:     Yoga Dynamic Flow-
a class focusing on hip-opening and balance in a fun and dynamic way.  Practice staying with your breath in longer, more difficult sequences, or go with the flow and challenge yourself to try new asanas.  We will work up to more advanced postures throughout this practice.

Saturday 29 February 12:30-2:10pm:     Move From Your Core-
Find your inner strength.  Core muscles are essential in finding balance in our practice, in carrying ourselves with pride, and in keeping our spine in good condition.  This workshop style class will help you find and understand the mula bandha and how you can use it in your warrior poses, arm balances, and vinyasas.  Moving from your core also aims to explore integrating the higher chakras into your practice.

Karolina first got in contact with yoga and Pilates when recovering from a knee injury in 2002.  “As a basketball player and snowboarder I was used to moving my body and I primarily started dong yoga for the physical challenge as part of my recovery.  Surprisingly, as I did my come-back on the basketball court I was a better player than before my injury.  My technical skills had improved as well as my inner focus and joy in being able to play again.  It was then that I realized I was hooked on yoga!  Through yoga I have learned so much more about myself both physically and mentally, and continue to do so.  I teach to learn and I learn to teach; Learning by doing and teaching to share.”

Karolina has a bachelors degree in Physical Therapy from Uppsala University in Sweden.  During her university studies she also earned her Pilates certification in STOTT Pilates in Stockholm.  She started to teach Pilates in 2010 and took a 100h yoga instructor training the same year.  In July 2012 she completed the YogaWorks 200 hour teacher training certification course in Oslo, Norway.  More recently Karolina has been teaching yoga flow style and wind down yoga classes.  She also teaches basic Pilates courses in conjunction with her work as a physical therapist.  Right now she is traveling around South East Asia for a couple of months before moving back to Sweden.  Karolina’s teaching style is described as simultaneously strong and gentle.

29 January 2014

2014 Term 1 Art classes with Ella begin February 08th. 
Advance registration required.
   Rungu Ranger Art & Craft Class (ages 2-5)
Saturdays 9:30 – 11:00am, 8 weeks = February 08, 15, 22, March 01, 08, 15, 22, 29                 $200usd
   Art Classes for Adults
Fridays 6:30 – 8:30pm, 8 weeks = February 07, 14, 21, 28, March 07, 14, 21, 28                       $140usd

Rungu Rangers…….Art & Craft Classes for Children
Instruction by: Ella Medley-Whitfield
Saturdays 9:30-11:00am @ Café Wesa’e
February 08, 15, 22, March 01, 08, 15, 22, 29
$200usd total, paid in advance, for 8 weeks of classes
Price includes instruction, art materials and supplies, and class appropriate snacks.
Advanced pre-registration required.  Minimum of 8 people registered to run the classes.

Rungu (Topsy-Turvy/Messy) Rangers Art & Craft Classes for Children are a great opportunity for you and your children to get creative and make a mess together!  Each class will have a different fun and inventive theme for us to play with but all will be filled with activities that use the whole body.  We will move around creatively, play games inventively, make a mess wonderfully, and listen to stories peacefully!  Café Wesa’e will provide specially created food and drinks to accompany each session.

Advance registration is required.  Contact Ella to register: +670-7826-7974,   ellaphant@hotmail.co.uk.

Art Classes for Adults
Instruction by: Ella Medley-Whitfield
Fridays 6:30-8:30pm @ the Upstairs Studio
February 07, 14, 21, 28, March 07, 14, 21, 28
$140usd total for all 8 classes paid in advance, or $20usd per class
Price includes instruction and art materials & supplies.
Advanced pre-registration required.  Minimum of 8 people registered to run the classes.

Working with your body……..As we get older we lose the ability to not care about our mistakes and lose the opportunity to make a justified mess.  These art sessions are NOT about making the perfect picture or aiming for a perfect painting; they are about expression and building the confidence to experiment with new ideas and materials.  I am not going to tell you exactly what to do but create a space where you have the opportunity to express yourself in a creative environment.  In these 8 sessions we will concentrate on the figure.  Using art playfully we will study the human form and explore ways we can use our bodies when doing so.  This is a chance to experiment using all of your senses and to think creatively and freely.

Advance registration is required.  Contact Ella to register: +670-7826-7974,   ellaphant@hotmail.co.uk.

Ella completed her fine arts degree (2009) and a course for artist educators (2010).  Having worked for Cubitt Gallery in London as an artist educator (2009-2012) she worked in various sectors of the community, both in primary and secondary schools as well as various community centers. She has helped devise and deliver a vast range of public and private funded art workshops and events.  For the 2012 London Olympics Ella worked with over 32 primary schools in London for an arts project funded by the London Arts Council.  Ella is experienced in teaching Art and English to young children after spending one and a half years teaching in kindergartens in South Korea (2012-2013).  More recently she has been travelling Africa and Asia for the past year collaborating and creating site-specific community art projects.  Ella is now based in Timor-Leste as a freelance community artist and art worker.

15 November 2013

~Flamenco Dance Workshops~(earlier dance experience NOT needed)
Instruction by 
Laura Giles Álvarez

Thursdays 7:45-8:45pm @ the Upstairs Studio
February 06, 13, 20, 27, 2014
$50usd for all 4 classes paid in advance, or $15usd per class.
Advanced pre-registration required. Minimum of 6 people registered to run the classes. Drop-in’s also accepted.

Come and experience the exotic, passionate, magical rhythms of flamenco. Originating in the south of Spain from unknown roots, some attribute this dance to gypsy origins and others to Arabic heritage. Nevertheless it has evolved to become world heritage and a unique expression of Spanish culture and pride around the whole world. Starting from a beginner level, we will explore some of the basic rhythms, hand movements, footwork, postures and steps in a series of 4 workshop classes. Get ready to learn a new dance, express emotions, do some exercise, and have a good time. Everyone is welcome! No partners needed. Please wear comfortable clothes; long skirt and low, thick heel shoes are preferable for women, though not necessary.

Advance registration is required. Contact Laura to register: +670-7824-8356, l.gilesalvarez@gmail.com.

Laura Giles Álvarez started dancing in 1995 at the Escuela de Danza Pilar López in Madrid. She completed 12 years of training in ballet, flamenco, clásico español, Spanish folklore and escuela bolera.  From 2007 she taught flamenco for three years at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland UK, choreographing for beginners and introducing intermediate level flamenco lessons. In 2011 she completed another year of ballet, flamenco and escuela bolera training at Liceo Bougor in Madrid.  To compliment her regular training she completed 20h with Isabel Quintero in flamenco and escuela bolera and also did summer workshops in ballet at Karen Taft and El Horno in Madrid.

30 October 2013

**Intermediate Yoga Classes with Bree**
Sundays from 4-6pm @ the Upstairs Studio.
November 10, 17, 24, December 01, 08, 2013.
Register in advance for all 5 classes = $60usd total.
Register or drop-in for one or more classes = $15usd per class.

Advanced pre-registration required.  Minimum of 5 people registered to run the classes.  Drop-in’s also accepted.
(If you want to participate but are not available Sundays from 4-6, please register your interest anyway and indicate another time, on the weekends, that you are available.)

Take your practice to the next level with this series of 5 workshop-style classes. Through these classes we will deepen our knowledge of the foundations of a safe and sustainable yoga practice, with which you will be able to safely explore some fun and challenging poses and sequences! Come prepared to play with arm balances, standing balances, backbends and inversions (shoulderstand, headstand, handstand, and forearm balance). Each class will be 2 hours long and will begin with an introduction to different yoga breathing practices, and end with a deep guided relaxation (yoga nidra).

Please note that previous yoga experience IS required, as well as a willingness to embrace new challenges! While open to all levels of practitioners, in general this class will not be suitable for people with injuries, high or low blood pressure, and pregnant women. Please contact Bree if you are not sure if this class is right for you.

Bree started practising yoga in 2002 and first began teaching in 2006.  In 2009 she trained as a Vinyasa yoga teacher (200 hours) and in 2012 she completed her Level 2 teacher training (300 hours) focusing on anatomy, pranayama (breath work) and therapeutic applications of yoga. Over the years she has studied and practiced a variety of hatha yoga styles including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara and Viniyoga, and her teaching focuses on breathing, alignment and enjoying the practice.

Register for Intermediate Yoga Classes with Bree at: +670 7716 2652, lagitane@mac.com.

24 July 2013

05 July 2013

Bird of Paradise Mating Dance

Dao Anh Khanh of Vietnam & Colleen Coy of USA perform Alien vs. Bird of Paradise on Timor-Leste's Back Beach, June 2013.  Photography/Video and editing by Pierre-Yves Lapeyronnie of France.  Hair by Robi Campbell of Scotland.