Yoga and Strength with Neva
Dates: February 6, 13, 20, 27 and March 6, 13, 20
7-week class series on Mondays 12-1pm EST
$140 Registration deadline February 5th
* Reach out if money is a barrier
This 60-minute Yoga class is a combination of Yoga Asana practice and Ballet Barre style strength training. This nourishing and challenging combination draws on both full body exercises as well as targeted muscle isolations. We move through poses relatively quickly, while focusing on alignment, strength, flexibility, ease of movement, and balance. We focus on how to challenge the body within a container of support and kindness. This class will help you access strength without strain, and encourages working with relaxation and ease while engaging in strength building.
Each class will include a balanced mixture of poses and exercises designed to help bring well-being to the body and mind. During this hour you will learn to care for and celebrate your body, connect to your breath, and feel the support that is available to you in your life.
This class requires a familiarity with yoga or contemporary dance and moves at a relatively fast pace.
What people are saying about Neva’s classes on Zoom:
“That was amazing! NEVA is amazing. Thank you for the wonderful class. I can’t wait to join again. I left feeling such joy in my body and spirit!”
“Neva’s class gave me hope and courage as I’m facing a lot of unknowns in my life right now. She helped me remember that my body has wisdom and can heal… and that it’s good to listen.”
“What Neva offers in how she thinks about yoga, dance, and relationship to body as home has been such a gift for me.”
“I experienced some rich and vivid sensations during practice with Neva – which is so nice since I’ve found it hard to cultivate that richness in other online spaces.”
What do I need to know?
Before class set up a yoga mat
For some classes we will use a sturdy chair to support our work
If you’d like to use blocks, or any other type of support to help you modify, set these up next to your mat
Bring a water bottle
Set yourself up in an environment that supports you to feel good and have privacy
Wear clothes that are comfortable and allow you to move freely, and ideally help you feel good in your beautiful body!
I will do my best to start and end class on time. The Zoom room will be open a few minutes before we begin. Please do your best to come a few minutes early so we can all begin together.
Neva Cockrell is a professional dancer, interdisciplinary artis, and embodiment teacher. She danced with Pilobolus in 2016 – 2019 touring to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, China, Mexico, Israel, Dubai, and within the US both as a dancer and as the Dance Captain. She is also a writer and director who uses dance-theater as a tool for social change. In 2010 she co-founded her own interdisciplinary company, Loom Ensemble, based in NYC which has toured across the US, Europe, and UAE. She is passionate about using Loom Ensemble performances to open difficult conversations, and then facilitate community discussion to unpack the emotional vulnerability and cultural taboos of each show. She was recently awarded the New Work New England grant from NEFA as a director for Loom’s newest upcoming piece.
She has been teaching dance, theater, and embodiment practices for over a decade, including opening Physique 57’s first international studio in Dubai and developing her own movement technique, Catalyst. Her diverse background in gymnastics, partner acrobatics, contact improvisation, Capoeira Angola, and Yoga inspire her unique style of Contemporary Dance in both her choreography and her classes. She is yoga teacher certified through Simple Yoga with Eric Stewart, and is deeply passionate about the overlap of somatic work and breaking down systems of oppression.
In 2012, she joined the Art Monastery Project, and served as a co-director from 2014-2021 running programming in Italy, Colorado, and Vermont.
She has been practicing meditation for over 15 years, and has found beautiful overlap in her artistic creations and her meditation practice. Her life path is deeply grounded in communal living, body-based activities, art-making, being outside, and contemplative practice. She now lives, works, teaches, and creates at WildHeart: Center for Performance and Embodiment Practice (founded by Neva and her partner Raphael) in the Hudson Valley.
A important note on class level and caring for yourself:
You are responsible for your own health and safety. By signing up for these classes, you agree to take full responsibility for your own health and well being, and agree to NOT hold Neva Cockrell accountable for any injuries you may incur during class. Especially in an online format, the teacher cannot help with specific alignment and corrections, so you must take extra care for yourself. You know your body more than anyone else, and you are responsible and able to choose what is best for you today!