Masterclass and Workshop: February 24 - 26
Anton Mackey is an experienced Vinyasa Yoga teacher based out of Phoenix, Arizona. He came to yoga in search of stress relief, and what he found was the spiritual practice he had always been searching for. He is grateful that this passion for yoga has allowed him to travel around the globe teaching workshops and teacher trainings, presenting at festivals and leading retreats. His teaching method blends a deep understanding of the anatomical body with a variety of spiritual practices, giving students the space to make a deeper connection to the soul.
His yoga classes are a challenging blend of power (masculine energy) and flow (feminine energy), infused with light-hearted spirituality. You will find mindful sequences and tricky transitions that move with the breath and music as well as detailed instruction on anatomical alignment. You can expect arm balances and inversions, hands on adjustments, and insightful pointers to apply to your practice.
He is a faculty teacher for several teacher training programs. He holds a degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University, and continues to be a student of many different spiritual traditions.
Sun & Moon Flow
Friday, February 24th: 6:45 - 8:00
Cultivate the energy of the Sun and Moon through a practice that balances the energy or the Feminine & Masculine, Yin & Yang, Power & Flow, Movement & Stillness. Several unique and creative salutations and lots of juicy heat building and body burning holds. Expect to feel your body move to the music and find rest in yummy, Yin-like seated postures. Create a space to experience the beauty of your diving feminine grace and inner masculine strength. This is my trademark style class. It is a vinyasa flow class that incorporates meditation, pranayama, and asana. You will find mindful sequences and tricky transitions, arm balances and inversions, salutation variations, deep stretches, and hands on adjustments.
Hips, Twists & Arm Balances
Saturday, February 25th: 10:00 - 11:30
Expect to detoxify the insides and awaken 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Chakras with this hip opening, deep twisting class. Flow through funky transitions that take the body into several twists, while opening up the inner and outer hip. By opening the hips we can begin to let go of stuck energy that is keeping us from fully enjoying the present moment. With deep twists we increase blood flow to internal organs while releasing toxins. Through arm balancing we can face our fears and find a greater sense of self confidence. Come wring out the old and breathe in some new uplifting energy!
Elevate the Spirit
Saturday, February 25th: 12:30 - 2:30
The body is merely the vessel that carries the spirit through the physical world. It is our soul's playground. In this playful workshop we will uplift the spirit, build confidence, and face fears as we create lightness and lift within arm balances, inversions, and transitions. Using bandha and core to learn to more gracefully float into and out of posture. We will focus on the anatomical principles of inversions. Students will learn proper alignment, body mechanics, leverage, strength and awareness in the jump-in, jump-back, press-up, handstand, and inversion & arm balance transitions.
Psoas Release for Heart Opening
Sunday, February 26th: 10:45 - 12:15
Our bodies are a dumping ground for tension and stress. When we experience stress, tension, anxiety, or trauma, the body immediately goes into the 'fight or flight' response. The Psoas muscle (hip flexor) is directly linked to this primal instinct to protect. Under stress the Psoas contracts, becoming tight and short. Add to it the common movements of everyday life and various forms of exercise (cycling, running, hiking), the hip flexors are commonly the tightest muscle group in the body. This class systematically opens the group of hip flexor muscles, allowing for greater ease in back bending, and energetic heart opening. Just as we 'root down to rise up', when you open the Psoas, you open the heart! Experience new freedom in back bends as we allow energy to flow like a stream, freeing us from the tendency to put up a fight or run and hide.
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required for all workshops and events. In the event of inclement weather, this series will be rescheduled and credit will be applied to rescheduled event. If unable to attend rescheduled event, credit will be given to use at Fusion Yoga.