“Being perfect or always in control isn’t the most important thing in life. [Life] is about being present in the moments you release control….and practicing Acro Yoga helps me feel this everyday.” — Briohny Smith
Just over four months ago, LA-based yoga teacher Briohny Smyth mesmerized viewers with a risque and jaw-droppingly gorgeous yoga practice in Equinox’s video, The Contortionist (which has gotten over 4 million views on Youtube). The video elicited both criticism and accolade, raising questions about the role of sexuality and “the objectification of the female body” in the marketing of yoga.
Given the success of that video, it’s no surprise that Equinox brought Briohny back, this time showcasing an Acroyoga practice between she and her new husband, Dice Iida-Klein. Equinox called the practice “more than an amazing physical feat,” and described the connection between the duo as so intimate that “at times, the crew on set felt like they should leave the room.” It’s pretty breathtaking.
Read the Q&A with Briohny and Dice about the video here.
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Meet Husband and Wife Yoga Instructors Ryan and Sarah Canfield
Sarah Canfield became a yoga teacher in 2001 to help others find the same bliss that she found in this sacred practice. Sarah has taught at popular studios all over from San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles and NYC. She is currently the Yoga Director of Mahasukha a nonprofit Dharma center in LA. Her first yoga teacher was her mother who inspired the creation of this book. The love that Sarah has for both yoga and writing shines through her teachings to all ages of yogis.
Ryan’s journey of practicing yoga began under the guidance of his wife, Sarah Canfield, in 2001. He considers himself to be ”the slowest yogi ever to wake up” as he went years practicing with motivation more attuned to being a good husband and attending the ”occasional” class then investigating deep within. This all changed when by the grace of his teachers the profound effects of the practice became too obvious to ignore. Ryan received his 200 hour Teacher Training through Hot8Yoga in Santa Monica. He now takes great pleasure in sharing this ancient tradition of awakening one’s true self to infinite joy.
Ryan’s style of teaching is influenced by Tibetan Heart Yoga. Yoga that reunites authentic ancient wisdom teachings with modern asana lineages. The ”inner methods” (meditation and philosophy) and ”outer methods” (physical poses and breath work) have been combined for a practice infused with wisdom and compassion.
Check out “Yoga with Frog and Rabbit” written by Sarah Canfield, is a children’s yoga book with 16 wonderful color illustrations by Louisa Roberts. On a high mountain near a still pond, Frog helps his best friend Rabbit discover yoga, peace and happiness; and thru reading this book – so do we. This yoga book is an educational fun tale for kids ages 2-6 that adults will find engaging and enlightening!
Wife who claimed husband ‘came under influence of yoga group’ settles row over €300,000
May 30 2018 2:30 AM
A woman has settled a legal dispute with her husband after claiming he came under the influence of a yoga group and took €300,000 out of their engineering business without her consent.
Hilda Mackey brought High Court proceedings last year against her husband Michael Mackey over the operation of Mackey Plant Construction Ltd.
The couple are founding directors of the engineering and steel fabrication and installation works business based at Stereame Business Park in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, which employs 25 people.
Ms Mackey claimed her husband had come under the influence and received advice from certain members of a yoga group which she said he joined in 2016.
The claims were denied.
In a sworn statement, Ms Mackey, with addresses at Nenagh and Templederry, Co Tipperary, said she had been left baffled by his behaviour.
She claimed that without her consent her husband improperly removed €300,000 from the company and a company pension fund.
Ms Mackey feared members of the yoga group may have accompanied him when he withdrew the funds and alleged he had given them confidential company information.
She also claimed her husband insisted the firm employ a member of the yoga group and that such a person had been nominated by his yoga master.
Ms Mackey claimed attempts to resolve their differences did not succeed and their relationship broke down. She also alleged the company’s affairs and the powers of her fellow director were being carried out in a manner that was oppressive to her.
Her husband’s actions had left her with no choice other than to bring proceedings against him and their company.
Ms Mackey, represented by barrister Brian Walker and solicitor Patrick F Treacy, had sought various orders from the court including one seeking to appoint their son Karl as a director of the firm to safeguard the assets of the company.
She had also sought a declaration that the company’s affairs were being conducted in a manner oppressive to her interests.
In separate but related proceedings, Mackey Plant Construction, represented by Frank Callinan SC, brought proceedings against Ms Mackey, the couple’s son Karl and a company called Mack Engineering and Steelworks Company.
Mackey Plant Construction sought various orders including injunctions preventing Ms Mackey, Karl and Mack Engineering and Steelworks from passing off any services provided by them as Mackey Engineering and that they disclose all steps taken by them to establish a rival business.
Those proceedings were opposed. The cases went to mediation.
At the High Court yesterday, Ms Justice Caroline Costello was informed that all matters had been resolved and the proceedings could be struck out.
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