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Laura VanDenBergh & Grant Shipman

Laura VanDenBergh & Grant Shipman

Laura VanDenBergh has been practicing yoga since she was a child. Her first memories of yoga are practicing in the living room with her mother. To further her practice, she traveled to the Sivananda Ashram in 2007 to complete her Yoga Teacher Training. Over the years, her approach to teaching has constantly grown. She believes that everyone can benefit from a yoga practice; even little ones. Beginning a children’s class at the HOPE Farmers Market in 2012 led her to The Little Yoga House as well as another Teacher Training through Rainbow Kids Yoga. The Austin AcroYoga community has taught her how to be even more playful and community focused. She loves teaching Acro workshops and beginner series with her co-teacher Grant Shipman. Laura continues to read books, take workshops, and study with other yoga instructors and AcroYogis. Her favorite part about teaching is being an eternal student.

Grant Shipman is a chiropractic coach and a lover of people. When he came upon acrobatic partner yoga (“acro”), he was immediately addicted. You can find him flying people on Congress, at various acro workshops, teaching classes & private lessons, and acro-jamming late into the night with the Austin Acro Community. He has a strong personal practice and is still enthralled with the most basic poses like free bird and floating paschi. Grant loves seeing people learn to play together, let go of pretense, heal one another, and do rad stuff together. Acro has provided dynamic expression, experimentation and continued exploration to this pursuit of relational-connectivity. He is an instructor at UP Collective Yoga on East Cesar Chavez. He is married and lives in Austin, TX, his favorite town on planet Earth.

"Yogabatics" - Demonstration

Saturday May 11th • 11:15 - 11:45 am

Yogabatics has seen packed out classes, series and workshops, through which Laura and Grant share the love of Acrobatic Yoga. Acro is a partner practice that combines, yoga, acrobatics, therapeutic flight, and Thai massage. While the poses may look intimidating, they are incredibly accessible. This demo will show how strength, community, and trust can be found through human touch and a willingness to become more playful.


 

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