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Presentatörer - Gothenburg April 26-28 2019

Isaac Pena

Isaac Pena, New York

Isaac Peña is a yoga instructor, personal trainer, and contortionist in New York City. Growing up in Chelsea, he began practicing martial arts at the age of seven and was introduced to Zen meditation at the age of nine. Working as a personal trainer at Equinox, he found yoga in the mid-nineties, studying under a variety of teachers including David Life and Sharon Gannon, Dharma Mittra, Glenn Black, Richard Freeman, Rodney Yee, David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Manouso Manos, Chuck Miller and Maty Ezraty. In continuing to expand his knowledge of the body’s potential, Isaac trained for several years in contortion under Jonathan Nosan, opening his doors to the circus community.

He also made several trips to Thailand, receiving his certification in Thai Body work under the guidance of Chung Kal & Chaiyuth Priyasith. Isaac then co-founded Sankalpah Yoga studio where he taught for five years until its closing in 2011. Today, he trains other contortionist and circus performers, teaches weekly classes and workshops at numerous studios across Manhattan including Pure Yoga, Exhale Spa, and Body and Pole, and holds yearly retreats at LuxYoga with Benjamin Sears. Although Isaac is known for his work with top contortionists and yoga asana champions (and his ability to bend in any possible direction..), it’s his ability to teach teachers, and thus everyone, to truly understand the fundamentals of the practice that makes him special.

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Göteborg 26-28 april 2019

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09:00 : Finding your handstand (Studio 4 Foajé)

In this fun and challenging class, you will be given a variety of options to play with so you can begin to assess your own weaknesses and strengths within your inversion practice. As we progress, you will always have something to do that will bring you closer to being upside down with a smile!


18:00 : Liquid spine (Studio 1 Norr)

This class will begin with a thorough warm up that facilitates spinal movement in all directions. We will then break down the practice by moving into different sections of the spine (upper,middle,lower) and speaking about how to apply the bandhas (specific “core” isolations) to make back bending more pleasant and ultimately liberate the body to access deeper shapes. 



08:00 : Yoga from the ground up (Studio 1 Norr)

Through my years of teaching (and teaching others to teach), I’ve always encouraged the instruction of yoga and movement from the ground up. Now that can mean many things!

From sitting or lying on the ground to begin and center to learning how to align a posture starting from your feet or your seat (whichever is your “asana” at the moment), we will build upon the theme of connecting from the root to ascend.


13:45 : Opening the four corners of the body (Studio 2 Mitten)

In this class we will be using some traditional asana and applying modern athletic training principles to go a bit further. Through specifically addressing the shoulders and hips, we can move into deeper forms of back bending without asking so much from the back itself.