17 October 2015: Elemental Flow with Kara Herbert

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Date: Saturday 17 October 2015
Time: 09.00 to 11.00
Location: Yoga Studio

A blend of contemporary dance and vinyasa flow yoga. The class begins with the earth element, allowing everyone to connect with their inner strength, breath and ground and arrive. Slowly waking up the body by drawing on the element of water with fluid and progressive sequences synchronised with the breath and music. Learning to move effortlessly, softly and fluidly into, out of and during postures, supported by repetition. Building the heat within, igniting your fire by concentrating on the core of the body and moving with the increasing tempo of the music. You will get hot! Cooling down by incorporating the air elements with breathing into deeper held stretches and finishing in a restful state, drawing on the final element of space. As well as taught sequences, this workshop will explore elements of freestyle and improvisation with regards to finding new and interesting ways of entering and exiting various yoga postures off the mat. Suitable for both yogis and dancers or movers.

Kara Herbert- Yoga and Dance

Kara has been working as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher since graduating in 2002, with a 2:1 BA Hons in Creative Arts: Dance and Visual Arts, teaching classes in Contemporary Dance Technique, Improvisation and Choreography, Over 70’s Dance and Movement to Music and Creative Dance for Children. Alongside her dance training and career, Kara has been practicing yoga for 15 years over which time her passion and interest to learn more has grown leading the completion of her teacher training in Vinyasa Flow Hatha Yoga in 2013, a style which compliments her dance experience.

Kara enjoys all styles of dance and yoga and recognises the need to continuously re-energise her practice by trying new and different things. She is naturally drawn to the more dynamic and fluid yoga styles and it is these that influence her own teaching. She is adapt at delivering sessions to a range of individuals from varying ages, bodies and experience and always aims to create a relaxed and fun atmosphere to her classes as well as challenging and embracing the needs of each individual.

In her own practice and teaching she is interested in exploring the connection between yoga and dance and how each can help tap into the creativity within us. As co-Artistic Director of South West based company, La Brigata Dance Theatre, Kara both performs and choreographs for the company for stage, street and festivals. She is also an Associate Dance Artist with Make A Move, a dance, movement and music charity working to promote mindfulness and wellbeing for people in BANES. Kara co-leads the ‘Keep Moving’ dance for dementia project for the charity. Additional to her freelance work, Kara has been a lecturer in Performing Arts at The City of Bath College and Strode College, as well as Dancer In Residence at Theale College.

Kara is a professional member of Yoga Alliance and Foundation for Community Dance and was one of the key founding members of Bath Dance Forum (BDF), a collective of local professionals and has been on the managing committee since it was established in 2004. She also has an Appointed Persons First Aid Certificate, an Adult Delivering Learning Certificate, Level 3 City & Guilds and Dance Youth Leader Certificates with Swindon Dance.

Previous work and training includes teaching A’Level and GCSE Dance; ‘Dance with the elderly with Dementia’ with Wiltshire Dancing and Cedar Care Homes; “Moving The Line” project with Dance Aware for adults and children with both physical and mental health needs; volunteer at “The Festival of A Thousand Stars”, music & dance festival in Ethiopia; Extended Schools Dance Leader for Writhlington School; Master Classes with James Wilton, Laila Diallo and Hofesh Shechter; Residencies with Jean Abreau, Rachael Kirshe and Yael Flexer (Bedlam Dance Company); Body Weather with Stuart Lynch; voluntary work at Dance Voice- Centre for Dance & Movement Therapy in Bristol. Kara was also Assistant Gymnastics Coach at

The Angmering School of Gymnastics from 1996-1999 before she moved to Bath.

To find out more: www.karadanceandyoga.com/

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