We are overjoyed to welcome back two amazing & highly sought after teachers, Simon Park & Noelle Connolly, to Palo Santo Wellness Boutique. In the past, both have been legendary presences in the Philadelphia yoga scene. Now they have both become legends in the international yoga world, teaching students worldwide and studying with some of the living masters of the modern yoga tradition. Don’t miss this opportunity to challenge yourself on the mat and learn oh so much from this dynamic duo.
Liquid Flow Freestyle Vinyasa
Friday Nov 30th 6:15-8:45
A Vinyasa Flow practice that holds the structure and discipline of Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga, infused with an immense creativity and dance-like flow.. a fresh and inspired blend of modern vinyasa with classical roots. Practice dynamic asana as a movement mediation in an open system with close attention to physical + energetic alignment, and awareness of complimentary + opposing actions. Also, there is an artful focus on creative transitions that add elegance and uniqueness to the flow of the practice. Throughout the practice, there is a keen observation upon the subtleties of the breath and how it effects the physical + energetic body and mind. Principles of Vinyasa Krama are utilized in a modern way to create an evolutionary practice that aims to awaken, invigorate and harmonize body, mind and spirit.
Vinyasa Krama of Backbending
Sunday Dec 2nd 1:30-4:30
Backbends are a beautiful balance of grounding + rooting while learning to become fluid + receptive to the awakening currents of breath. Learn alignment principles that are inherent in blueprint backbends such as cobra and upward facing dog. Then, integrate complementary hip + shoulder openers along with energetic keys that will help you advance toward more complex backbends such as Raja-Kapotasana (King Pigeon), Naturajasana (Cosmic Dancer), Vrichikasana (Scorpion) and standing drop-backs. The workshop will take place in the context of a full Vinyasa practice infused with creative sun salutations, standing poses, complimentary core work, twists and inversions. Sometimes students are fearful of backbends because of back-pain. Learn the alignment, dynamic actions and proper preparation that will allow you to experience backbends as exhilarating, energizing and harmonizing.
Noelle's powerful and inventive teaching creates space for students to pursue their practice with heart, intensity and drive. A technical teacher, she is passionate about form and endlessly inspired to harness the subtleties of the energetic body to defy gravity and move fluidly through space. Always an athlete and artist, this Philadelphia native, former ballerina, Boston Terrier Field Hockey player and graduate of Boston University, took her first yoga class in 2002 , and fell in love with the practice - mentally, physically and spiritually. Currently, she is the director Yoga and Teacher Trainings at BodyMindLIfe, Sydney - the premier vinyasa studio in Australia. She is a regular headliner at the Wanderlust Festivals in Australia / New Zealand and leads retreats worldwide.
Noelle is well known for giving her all to her students. Her classes are strong, challenging and intelligently sequenced; they engage, inform, and inspire, set to a background of meticulously curated music. She feels honored and blessed to share the knowledge of her teachers and mentors, including Maty Ezraty, Joan White, Joan Hyman and Simon Park, in an authentic way. www.noelleconnolly.com
Simon began his Yoga journey in 1995 with Shiva Rea in the World Arts and Cultures Department at UCLA. Later acclaimed by Yoga Journal as "one of the most influential and gifted Yoga teachers of the next generation”, he has been leading workshops, teacher trainings, and retreats around the world since 2002. His Vinyasa style is fluid, intuitive, and encourages freedom through self-expression. Profoundly influenced by the teachings of Shiva Rea, Richard Freeman, Maty Ezraty, Joan White, and Dharma Mitra, "Liquid Flow Yoga" feels like a beautiful dance between classical and modern Yoga. Dubbed the "Flying Nomad", he draws inspiration from road legends such as Keith Richards and Jimi Hendrix, who said, "the Earth is my home”. www.liquidflowyoga.com