A MOVEMENT CLASS BASED ON THE PHILOSOPHY OF YOGA AND THE PRINCIPLES OF AIKIDO.
Awaken to your true self through exploration of body movements and breath awareness.
At the core of our system lies the key to freedom. According to the Yoga Sutras, a 2500-year-old text describing the path of Yoga, our suffering comes from a false identification of the Self. In an attempt to distinguish right from wrong, truth from delusion, the Ego gets entangled and shrinks into a lesser self. Yoga recognizes this duality and proposes to silence the chitchat of the Mind by controlling the breath. On a similar path to freedom, the founder of Aikido states, “body and mind should be bound as one, unified with the activity of the universe.” Also called the Art of Peace, Aikido is a Japanese martial art based on a non-violent philosophy. Following the wisdom of these two Arts, I invite you to unleash your natural ability to connect with yourself and the world.
GOLDEN GATE PARK.
West Hellman Hollow, 880 John F Kennedy Dr, San Francisco, CA 94121, across from Marx meadow (if you see a vespa with the number 52 on it, you have arrived). Wednesday and Friday @12am. Bring a large blanket or Yoga mat and your mask. The class is 60 minutes long. Donations are welcome.
“Ki” exercises, using the breath and basic Yoga poses, are introduced first, giving you a chance to develop balance and awareness. Ground exercises and Aikido “rolls” are then explored using natural movements. These exercises will develop strength, coordination and mobility. More Yoga poses will be incorporated allowing you to link mind and body together. The class will end with some partnering work using Aikido principles and dance-like movements. You will learn how to blend with your partner and “dance” your way through in a fun way. You will leave feeling alive and more present in your body.
Originally from Normandy, France, Xavier Fayant has been living in San Francisco since 1991. Xavier was first introduced to healing and movements through Aikido, a Japanese martial art based on a non-violent philosophy. His journey eventually led him to bodywork and Xavier became a Certified Massage Therapist in 1995. His interest in body language drove him to performing arts and dance (Mime and Jazz dance). Xavier became Zaz. Shortly after, Xavier found Yoga and completed a two-year teacher's training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. Following the principles of Aikido and the philosophy of Yoga, Xavier created Yogakido, a class designed to awaken your natural wisdom through exploration of body movements and breath awareness. Eventually, Xavier started climbing trees and crawling on the ground. Becoming more primal has helped him discover the missing link: activation of an innate process of self-transformation.