Harmony in Duality

26 Jun

This week we headed down to Denver for the “Discovering Harmony in Duality” workshop with Sam Salwei and Adelaide Marcus. Sam is one of the co-founders of YogaSlackers and Adelaide is an awesome dancer/hooper/performer and is part of the duo “The Shimmy Sisters” based out of San Diego. Sam and Adelaide are on a whirlwind summer tour, teaching slackline yoga, acroyoga, hooping, and more!

We didn’t know anything about slacklining before we got there, but we’re hooked! It was so much fun trying to balance…I can see how it could be addicting. It’s great for all ages and is an incredible workout! We had fun watching Sam and his amazing skills. It turns out Sam attended the University of North Dakota at the same time I did…such a small world!

Adelaide taught a great class…she demonstrated movements that were new to me…so that was exciting! Including a couple that I’ve been having trouble with.  I love learning from new hoop teachers…each one offers a little something in their teaching style that is different from anyone else. I left there challenged and inspired to try new things in my own practice.

It was also very physically challenging for me…I had gotten up early that morning to do hot yoga, and then did the slacklining and hooping from 4:30-7pm. Whew! Let’s just say I slept VERY well that night.

The next day, we were walking on Pearl St. in Boulder and saw a guy laying on his back on the sidewalk, holding someone up with his feet, while she was hooping with her foot in the air. Who else could it be? 🙂 Sam and Adelaide of course! It was fun to see them again. They were in Boulder for their class at Prana that day and then were hanging out with a photographer friend that night. Coincidentally, I follow the #hooping hash tag on Twitter, and I randomly saw their friend’s photos come through the next day. And THEY. ARE. AMAZING. Be sure to check them out!

They are headed to the Pacific NW next… check out the rest of their tour schedule and go see them if they are in your town! Check out more photos of the day here.

9 Responses to “Harmony in Duality”

  1. Barbra June 26, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    Interesting! I’ve never heard of slacklining before. Gonna have to look into that in my area!

  2. Christy June 26, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    LUCKY! That looks like so much fun! By the way, our family is fully obsessed with hooping now. Thank you very much! And we are loving every minute of it.:)

  3. ~Tara June 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    What I *really* want to know is how in the world he found a hat to fit over his dreads. I’ve been looking for AGES! 🙂

  4. Annie June 26, 2010 at 8:09 pm #

    I’ve never heard of slacklining… much less yoga on the slackline.. I can’t do yoga on terra firma! LOL…love the hooping though.. y’all are just cool…

    Hoop on!

  5. Ben Fullerton June 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm #

    Hey Sara! Thanks for the link back to my work, and for the kind compliment! I like your photos as well. They have a very 70’s/Americana/Kodachrome look to them. Very pleasing look.

  6. B. Nabors June 28, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    The first time I heard about slacklining was when I started working at REI. We had an employee cookout/hike and some of the guys set up a slackline! I was in love, but I haven’t been able to do it again. Now you’ve got me wanting to get my climbing rope out!

  7. Hallie June 30, 2010 at 11:23 pm #

    Thats soooo cool! Small world, I hired the other half of the Shimmy Sisters to do a bachelorette party for my sister-in-law. She was so much fun!

  8. livelightly June 30, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    Hallie! That is too crazy. Such a small, small world. Love it.

  9. Jonathan July 17, 2010 at 7:35 pm #

    Kind of funny that we both found out about slacklines. I’ve been using my Jeep tow-strap, which is a 2-inch web. Using the winch, I can get it super-tight (like 5000 lbs), so we’re kind of starting with tight-line walking first. 😉 As we get used to it, I’ll loosen it up and may get a 1-inch climbing web instead. The Five-Fingers are awesome for slacking for me, so far!

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