Annie Parr is the founding father of MDRN YGA, a dance-inspired vinyasa motion class she provides on Wanderlust TV. Try her model new course, Elemental Explorations, which breaks down the basics of her signature MDRN YGA apply into three foundational parts.
Are you able to level to a second the place your ardour for dance and your love of yoga merged to change into MDRN YGA?
A couple of years in the past, I began utilizing yoga sequencing in my fashionable dance lessons to warm-up. Easy flows that might flip into sleek, musically impressed stretching and conditioning. Doing yoga with out a mat enabled inventive transitioning and sequencing in a approach that’s distinctive, dancey and felt nice. Dancers choose up motion so rapidly I used to be in a position to throw all kinds of untraditional and difficult flooring transitions at them to experiment with this new hybrid. Finally the dance class heat up was so wealthy and satisfying I felt it might stand alone as a category with out instructing dance choreography. I’ve all the time been invested in making dance accessible to untrained dancers. There’s an excessive amount of gold and wonder in dance to maintain it to myself.
In what approach did the pandemic change the way you have been delivering your teachings?
Once I started on-line instructing, I requested myself these questions: What do the scholars have a possibility to find out about this apply and their our bodies that will not have been simply accessible contained in the studio? What does a profitable in-home apply seem like? Can I take my college students to the celebration that’s inside my non-public area to them nearly?
For me, the pull was to information motion meditations and to unleash the liberty to reply to music with out stylization. No person is you, and you aren’t anybody else. The classroom distractions and self-conscience tendency when dancing in public is eradicated. As a lot as I like instructing sequencing and turning individuals on to a unique method to yoga, the embodiment apply in my class has been a really fulfilling approach of instructing.
If you educate now, are you able to witness yogic teachings infiltrating the rigor of dance instruction?
Sure. Yoga bits are launched in lots of dance lessons within the heat ups. Yoga and dance are like cousins. Each modalities can profit and talk with each other
MDRN YGA expands the attitude of the standard mat-bound yogi. What different practices (bodily or psychological) do you suggest for yogis who must shake up their apply?
Doing an embodiment apply that’s sensation based mostly, is a strong technique to tune in to how you are feeling and recalibrate your physique and thoughts.
Rigorous yoga, dance and athletic coaching can truly take you away from psychological and bodily sensitivity. So many individuals are disconnected from their our bodies though they may be extremely athletic. An embodiment apply attunes you and brings consciousness to your physique and its state from the within out. Motion meditations have many confirmed advantages. You would not have to quietly sit to meditate. You possibly can have a shifting mantra and meditation to cut back stress, improve focus and re-set your state of being.
Annie Parr is a dancer, choreographer, instructor and proprietress of RoCo Dance Marin County. Annie obtained a BFA in Dance from NYU’s Tisch College of the Arts and was a member of Della Davidson Dance and Margaret Jenkins Dance Firm earlier than she based RoCo Dance in 1993. RoCo is each a dance conservatory and leisure coaching program for youth and adults providing over 300 lessons weekly in its 2 places in Mill Valley and Fairfax.
Annie has been a professor of dance at UC Berkeley, Sonoma State, and SF State and visitor teaches nationally. She receives awards as an impartial choreographer and performer within the Bay Space and is the recipient of Nationwide Dance Weeks Bay Space Dancers Selection Award and of a MILLEY award for lifetime achievement within the arts.
Annie accomplished her 500 hours with Nubia Teixiera and is a licensed RYT by way of Yoga Alliance. She based Trendy Yoga in 2016 and teaches usually by way of RoCo Dance, retreats and festivals.