Garuda takes its name from an Indian mythological bird that can change shape according to its function, inspiring an intelligent and functional form of exercise. Garuda combines the breath work of yoga, the core strength and focus of pilates and the balletic grace of dance, culminating in a fluid and full-bodied workout for a stronger, more flexible, toned body.
Garuda Deep Stretch will incorporate Garuda yoga poses and deep breathing practices to open the body, release stress and address connective tissue tension. Stretches will be low to the floor and held for several minutes to allow the joints, ligaments, tendons and connective tissues to respond to gentle, sustained pressure. This form of deep stretching is a perfect compliment to more athletic forms of exercise such as dance, pilates and faster-paced versions of yoga. The class is designed for all levels and abilities. Take a deep breath and release!
Fascinated with the human body communicating through movement, Raena has built a 15 year career as a dancer, choreographer and movement instructor after graduating Grant MacEwan’s Dance Program in 2000. She has premiered 10 of her own choreorgraphic works in western Canada, working with various notable choreographers including Heidi Bunting and Brian Webb and received the 2012 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award. Away from the stage, Raena has been teaching progressive body conditioning for 10 years for the city of Edmonton, various private dance studios and the University of Alberta. Raena believes her keen interest in intelligent exercise has not only strengthened her abilities as a performer, but also rehabilitated her back after an injury she suffered in 2012. It was her back injury that led her to research the Garuda system as well as begin her movement process for her most recent performance project Here.Now. which was most recently performed in the Brian Webb Dance Company Prairie Dance Circuit November 22 & 23, 2014. Working with Garuda Founder, James D’Silva, Raena holds her Garuda Mat, Apparatus and Barre certification and connects much of her recent artistic creativity to the fluid, full-bodied movement to this training. Raena has been recognized and funded by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the Edmonton Art Council. Raena’s work has been presented by Expanse Festival, Fluid Festival, Alberta Dance Explosions, Nextfest, Feats Festival and the Brian Webb Dance Company. Raena has a Diploma in Dance from Grant MacEwan, holds certifications in Pilates Method Mat and Equipment, Garuda Mat, Barre and Apparatus, MOC Barre, Yin Yoga, and Keller Method Myofascial Release (Anterior and Posterior chain). She also maintains her First Aid and CPR-C.