Yoga Training For Actors and Devisors

Many actors and physical theatre performers have a lot of experience with yoga or acrobatics. In training, yoga is used as a tool for building strength and flexibility in performers or as a tool for relaxation. I would like to add my experience with yoga to show you how you can use yoga as a tool to also connect more deeply to your creativity. In my own experiences practicing yoga I have discovered that regular yoga practice connects me closer to my mind and body in a manner that creates very sensitive connections to my creative impulses. I also discovered that asana, pranayama (breath work), and meditation focuses the mind and deepens the connection to breath, which sharpens one's ability to make stronger, more precise and more clear creative choices during improvisation and text work.  Additionally, for many people; acting, singing, dancing, moving, and improvising involve performers putting themselves in very vulnerable and ungrounded emotional states in order to allow their creative impulses to to root. These ungrounded states are generally what leads to many performers finding themselves being super vulnerable and susceptible to emotional instability or insomnia post performance. In my own experience, throughout my life as a performer and creative person, I discovered the truly life changing benefits of using asana, pranayama, and meditation as a form of grounding. I would like to give you these same tools, so that you learn how to stop carrying creative work outside of rehearsal rooms or theaters.

Workshops will be held starting in the late fall. 

I also offer private yoga training session, where I can give you a tailor-made practice to meet your needs and desires as a performer and creative person. The price for a one-on-one session is $20 per hour. Email me if you are interested.

Please email to oliverjanej@gmail.com if you would like to attend and be on the mailing list.

 

A little about Oliver

Oliver received her Yoga Alliance accredited 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training at Breathe Yoga Studio in Toronto, ON in May 2018. She has been practicing yoga since 2011, and has held a daily practice since 2015. Her daily practice includes asana, pranayama, and meditation. She has practiced yoga in shalas and studios by certified yoga teachers, and has practiced yoga in workshops and classes that integrate yoga into the curriculum by physical theatre and voice-training teachers. Additionally, she holds an MFA in Devised Performance from the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training/The University of the Arts, and has an enormous amount of experience as a Director of devised work. She has trained with and learned from master teachers at the Pig Iron School, including Quinn Bauriedel, Emmanuelle Delpech, and Sarah Sanford. Previous teaching experiences include an assistant teaching position in the Pig Iron Summer Session (2016), a co-teaching position in a semester-long course for UArts undergraduates (2016), and a teaching position in Pig Iron's Something-From-Nothing Workshop (January 2017). She has produced and directed a number of shows in Philadelphia since May 2013, and has been an assistant director on a number of devised theatre productions, including Pig Iron's PayUp!I Promised Myself to Live Faster, and Swamp Is On. She is currently enroled in a 300 hour yoga teacher training program and the Yoga Therapist training program at Yoga Therapy Toronto.