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Studio Classes

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Our studio is located in the YWCA in Regina, where we offer in-person movement classes. See our up-to-date class schedule:

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OUR CLASSES

our classes

LONGEVITY THROUGH MOVEMENT

Longevity Through Movement is an interactive, situational based class. 

 

This is a fantastic, foundational class designed to introduce people to a movement based practice and philosophy. It is interactive, highly dynamic and full of laughter! 


We begin with our Daily Movement Hygiene practice of 20-30 minutes of basic movement patterns. The purpose of this guided practice is to bring awareness to our bodies in both dynamic and still positions. The practice will help you to understand your unconscious, physical habits and gestures, so that you might better organize your body to work in a harmonious manner. Longevity Through Movement will help with inflammation and joint resiliency as we increase the blood flow through the body. This practice will also further

develop your body’s neuroplasticity so that you might rewire your brain to naturally come back to a structurally healthy upright position.

 

In this class, we also engage in games of improvisation that are designed to foster improvisation and spontaneity in the body. How quickly and intelligently does your body respond to this situation or physical challenge?

UPSIDE DOWN

Just like it sounds, we spend this class inverted. This class is open to all levels of hand-balancers, which includes people who are terrified of being upside down! This class is a potent way to develop upper body strength and to create more open and mobile shoulders.

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SNAKES AND LADDERS

This is a fast paced class that includes rolling, rhythm and coordination, micro-acrobatics, tactical work and lots of improvisation and situational games. Learn to communicate with a partner and with others. Learn to embrace confusion and even frustration. You can expect struggle to be part of the process! Come out! Listen to some great music! Get Weird! Rhythm is life! We will face our confusion with complex coordinations and examine how we react to complex situations.

UNTAME YOURSELF

This is a program that helps you to become a little less ‘tame’ in your body. It is about not being quite so ‘rule bound’ or confined to the conventional architecture of what we typically think a gym should look like and what should be practiced in that space. In fact, Untame Yourself is better understood as taking place in an always evolving Athletic Arena rather than a gym. 

 

HUMANS ARE ALWAYS IN PROCESS. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A STATIC BEING

Through technology, humans have become remarkably adept at tailoring their environment to suit their needs. As a species, we constantly strive to insulate ourselves against the unknown. Unfortunately, this also means that human animals are losing the art and practice of physically adapting to their environment. Exercise is often done in such a controlled and predictable environment that humans have domesticated themselves. We have become “too tame” in our bodies and too rigid in our physical abilities. Untame Yourself purposely challenges the body to adapt and improvise to its circumstances. It understands that strength, mobility, agility, coordination- all qualities that we generally attribute to athleticism and a healthy, fit body- are not absolute qualities. They have to be placed into a context or a situation to have meaning. A body cannot simply float in space, it is always attached to a situation. 

 

Untame Yourself is about reestablishing a connection to our physical selves through a constant practice of interoception. It is about shedding that feeling of being on autopilot in our everyday life so that humans can restore a creative impulse and feeling of aliveness in their bodies - qualities that are necessary for life itself but that must actually be embodied in order to be meaningful. Untame Yourself emphasizes that how we are in our bodies can’t be separated by how we think and feel in our bodies. It emphasizes that the body is not just a vehicle for life but that the body actually determines life itself. Thus, Untame Yourself is practice for life and not just for training. 

 

I have been teaching sport and athletics to students young and old for over a decade. And what I have found is that it is entirely possible to look really ‘fit,’ and yet still move and feel very poorly in your body. Time and time again I witnessed this in action, this glaring contradiction between how the body looks and how the body moves. This contradiction, I believe, is a result of too much exercise and not enough movement!

 

With Untame Yourself, you will create a baseline level of strength and cardiovascular health through exercise and cultivate a spirit of spontaneity and an ability to improvise with your body. 

 

IT’S NOT THE WHAT IT’S THE HOW!!!

Let’s use the example of jumping. Jumping is a fantastic tool that the human animal has at its disposal. The ability to rebound and then propel yourself in the air is indeed part of our ancestral movement practice. In other words, humans are designed for jumping and we have been engaging in the act of jumping for millenia. 

 

BUT…

If we think of the human body as designed only for repeatable and measurable tasks and we only jump on the same surface over and over again, under the same circumstances, are we moving like a human or are we moving like a robotic machine? And if we are moving like a robotic machine, are we not in turn, also thinking like a robotic machine? 

 

In the Untame Yourself practice, we keep the ‘what,’ the jump, but we change HOW we think about jumping. Students are exposed to different environments- rather than predictable movements, students jump on obstacles with different textures and different surfaces such as rails, fences, trees, etc. We work on precision landings, rebounding, stride jumps, jumping off axis, etc. The options are truly endless. 


Untame Yourself cultivates a spirit of playfulness. Play is often misunderstood and undervalued as an activity that is just for kids. In truth, play is what keeps us all young in our bodies and mind. Untame Yourself places high value on situational and partner games that are designed to foster creative action, improvisation and athleticism. Play keeps us lighthearted, it fosters community and it aids in our neurodevelopment as humans.

WHAT YOU'LL DO IN THIS CLASS

  •   You will become a generalist. Humans are the best generalist mammals on the planet. Specialization has its place for sure, but it always comes at a cost. In Untame Yourself you will simply become adept at moving as a human is designed to move.
     

  •   Valuable understanding and practice of interoception - you will develop your proprioception and kinesthetic awareness so that you become your teacher in movement. 
     

  •   High quality, nuanced body weight training (calisthenics) - rope climbs, tree climbing, ring dips, hanging and swinging, handbalancing, handstand push ups, etc. 
     

  •   Access to my Swinging and Brachiation practice- Hanging and Swinging is highly underrated and underutilized in mainstream fitness and exercise paradigms. Experience how the simple act of hanging can help you to regain shoulder strength and mobility. 
     

  •   Locomotion patterns that will have you crawling, jumping, rolling and leaping with power and grace. Move with ease beyond straight lines.

  • Sophisticated Energy System Training - Everything from long, slow duration to high intensity anaerobic work to practicing stillness and observation. 
     

  • A superior Mobility practice and perspective developed from years of study under Ido Portal, Fighting Monkey, as well as courses with Dr. Andreo Spina of Functional Range Conditioning and other highly influential movement teachers. 
     

  • You will never be confined to only conventional gym lifting. You will lift sandbags, odd objects, kettlebells, dumbbells, other people, etc. 
     

  • Rhythm and Coordination work with an emphasis on cross body diagonal patterns. Before you can express strength and power your body needs to intuitively understand how to organize and reorganize itself in motion.
     

  • Games of improvisation designed to develop spontaneity and freedom in the body.

LOCOMOTION

A fun and challenging class designed to get you comfortable on the ground. In this class, you are guided to move your body at different angles, to gain strength and mobility in various ranges of motion, and to rotate and undulate through the spine. The locomotion program develops fundamental athletic traits such as kinesthetic awareness, agility and coordination. The program purposefully takes you out of the ‘workout’ mentality and introduces you to a movement perspective. In short, you will practice like an athlete to regain grace and fluidity - qualities that transfer into general waking life.

KINOIESIS

Kinetics Plus Poiesis (Greek for Poetry) = KINOIESIS (KIN O EE SIS)

This is a ‘low’ acrobatics class for teens and adults. This class teaches you how to transmit force through the body so that you can jump, twist and rotate in the air. You will learn the foundational hip hinge and hip drive as well as how to develop elasticity in your body and resiliency in your joints. This is an ideal class for anyone who wants to create new physical forms and shapes with their body that require higher power output. Self Expression is integral to movement and this class will give you some tools to expand your movement vocabulary.

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PARKOUR and MOVEMENT FUNDAMENTALS

“The Impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” - Marcus Aurelius

Darci has practiced and taught Parkour and Movement Fundamentals for over 5 years in Regina, Saskatchewan. In those 5 years, Darci has developed and integrated a full curriculum and teaching philosophy for kids and adults in the sport of Parkour and Movement Fundamentals. In addition, Darci has developed teacher training in Parkour and Movement Fundamentals. 

 

Darci was immediately drawn to the movement art of parkour because of its blend of athleticism, improvisation, creativity and problem solving. Parkour offers an opportunity for adults and kids to take an active role in creating fun and curiosity in their lives rather than passively waiting to be entertained. It doesn’t take much - a simple rail, a park bench, a hay bale, can lead to hours of physical fun and unique physical challenges. Through parkour, kids and adults experience for themselves the power of “perspective.” When you examine your world through the lens of parkour, your entire landscape is your playground and you become open to an entire horizon of possibilities. Parkour stresses the simple fact that variability is a natural part of life and that obstacles are opportunities rather than dead ends. 


You can read all about the History of Parkour here.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkour

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