1700 Shattuck Ave, 2nd Floor

Berkeley, CA 94709

(510) 486-0264

Synergy Of Contact Yoga / Alok & Anjuli / Sunday, Apr 21


Contact Yoga is a blend of partner yoga, contact improvisation,and Thai massage that focuses on building trust, responsiveness, and healing connection. Grounded in traditional yoga postures and principles, Contact Yoga explores that mysterious and dynamic edge where two people connect – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Using the points of contact, Contact Yoga offers an inter-personal application of yogic philosophy that breaks down the barriers of separation while building an awareness and foundation for healthy relating.  You will gain skills to align your body in supporting others as well as tools to be more responsive and flexible.  This class will include a spectrum of therapeutic to acrobatic flying, suitable for all levels.  Contact Yoga opens the doors to playful connection, challenging your edge, and ending with a healing Thai massage sequence.  We regularly encourage working with different partners, so bring friends or come meet new ones.

Anjuli Mahendra is a nationally licensed massage therapist, yogini, and dancer. Her connection to holistic movement and healing started in ’99 through a regular Iyengar yoga practice that developed into yoga teaching by 2004. Her adventurous nature took her to Asia in 2004 where she fell in love with the Asian healing arts of Shiatsu and Thai massage, training in both and adding them to her repertoire. She returns regularly to Asia to do further training in the healing/movement arts including Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, Watsu, Shintaido, Butoh, Classical Indian Dance and most recently Chi Nei Tsang. In addition to the modalities studied abroad, she completed her 700-hr training in Structural Bodywork in ‘08 that she uses as a framework for her healing sessions.
Anjuli’s main dance focus over the last few years has been Contact improvisation, as it requires moment-to-moment presence with another person and his/her environment. Because there is such a wide range of expression possible in this dance (from slow, subtle movements to acrobatic lifts), there is infinite space for exploration and development. In conjunction with CI, she has been practicing and sharing partner yoga over the last few years that requires similar rapport with a partner.

Alok Rocheleau started his journey with yoga in 2000 with a background as a personal trainer and triathlete. In 2004, he took the 200-hour yoga teacher training at Mount Madonna Center, which focuses on classical Ashtanga yoga through the teachings of Baba Hari Dass and his senior teachers. Hari Das is a master yogi whose silent example and emphasis on karma yoga inspired Alok to stay at the community and teach yoga for a year. Since then he has been back to MMC three times to assist the yoga teacher training.

For 5 years Alok traveled extensively, studying a variety of yoga styles including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Shadow, Acroyoga, and Hatha. His classes creatively blend these styles, emphasizing the union of breath, body and mind infused with a sense of play. Alok has also taught regular pranayama (breathing practices) and meditation classes. Alok has taught workshops incorporating partner yoga, flying yoga, Thai massage, and Contact Improv. He is also available for private lessons where you can receive a personalized asana sequence with adjustments, and packages which involve hiking and yoga.

Location: YK Berkeley

Day/Date: 4/21/13
Time: 2-5pm
Cost: $35 by 4/19  $45 after

or call  (510) 486-0264 to register

 $5 discount for couples, call the front desk to purchase with discount! 




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