Tapping Into Yoga



Tapping Into Yoga


Sat., Nov 4 2017 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM


North Grounds Recreation Center MP3

“Tapping into Yoga” links two unlikely partners – Yoga and Tap Dance – to help us recognize the connection between the earth, sound, and among one another. Yoga practices will incorporate poses, breathing, sensory discipline, clearing of the mind, and grounding of our energy. Mindful tap dance will combine the tradition of communal storytelling through rhythmic sound with contemplative movement and deep listening practices. Through this exploration of diverse, contemplative and communal forms, participants will cultivate a dynamic sense of unity in sound, connection with the earth, and with our collective energy. Combining these mediums to a mindful end reinforces the adage, “one truth, many paths.”
This free workshop is open to the public, but registration is required, and it will be capped at 30 participants. Please visit here to register.
Participants should wear comfortable clothes for yoga and dancing. Please wear or bring shoes with hard leather or hard vegan soles for the tap dancing component. Please do not bring tap shoes with metal taps, as they could damage the floors. Sneakers or other rubber-soled shoes are also discouraged. 
Participants of the workshop will have the opportunity to experience:
  • Meditation
  • Yoga asana (poses) practice for opening the mind/body and grounding
  • Breathing practices (pranayama) for warming up the body and focus
  • Sensory Control (pratyhara) for clearing the mind
  • Mindful movement practice to center the body
  • Tap dance movement to make the connection between feet and earth
  • Basic tap dance combination followed by mindful movement practice
Stephanie Briggs is the owner of Be.Still.Move., a program of mindful/contemplative embodied movement and arts-based learning. She is an assistant professor of English at the Community College of Baltimore County in Baltimore, Maryland, where she infuses contemplative practices into all of her courses. A graduate of New York University and the New School, in New York City, Stephanie studied tap dance and performed with Gail Conrad, and also studied with Meredith Monk (a director, choreographer, and vocalist), Elaine Yuen (Mudra Theater), and topics relating to play, art, and mindfulness for people of color with Kaira Jewel (formerly, a Buddhist nun ordained by Thich Nhat Hanh).
Licensed yoga teacher, Mary Burruss, has been practicing yoga regularly for over 15 years and is dedicated to sharing the mind/body benefits of yoga with anyone who can breathe. She earned a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, an M.Ed. from Virginia Tech, and a yoga teaching certification from Guru Valma Brenton in Baja, Mexico in 2010. Mary easily adapts sessions for any level of yogi, from yoga newbies to advanced students. She currently teaches in Charlottesville and sits on the board of Common Ground Healing Arts Center.