Yogabeats™ has remained totally without rigid form or restrictions, experimental and spontaneous, just like jazz or any other free form art. It openly encourages the practitioner to deeply explore their own physical and psychological boundaries. What is understood within this practice will directly impact upon the individual’s perception of life itself.
The magic of Yogabeats™ can never be fully understood in any way other than in its participation, because then the lines between the idea and the experience dissolves into a mind blowing feast of all the senses
Yogabeats™ is more than just Yoga, it is pure fun, a practice driven by music and rhythms. Unapologetically sexy, empowering and provocative, leaving you higher than a kite and flying for the rest of the week.
Yogabeats™ is yoga with a difference. The yoga is an eclectic mix of styles designed to accommodate all levels of fitness and ability. Rather than using fixed postures. Yogabeats™ uses “micro-moves”. These are continuous movements which do not lock off the muscles or disrupt the blood flow and increase flexibility. These micro-moves originated with David observing how children were unable to hold fixed static postures, the conundrum that became apparent was who in fact was the teacher, and at this point David began to adopt and implement the shifting movements within his own practice with startling results and benefits, which are now supported by physiotherapists and body workers.
Yogabeats™ combines classic mobile yoga postures with the latest rhythmic and ambient world music. This involves a slow warm up section, the 1st half of the practice is designed to soften up the human ego, without austerity or force, but primarily by allowing, and fun, and asking the body itself for permission to “let go,” followed by a more intense second section, partner work and meditation.
Yogabeats™ engages all of your physical senses and provides a natural high and feelings of joy in the body. It creates tremendous vitality, balance and flexibility regardless of size, age or experience.
The Yogabeats ™High. While constant aerobic acitivities lower one’s immune system and stress the body – Yogabeats™ boosts the body’s homeostasis immensly benefiting blood pressure, pulses, physical and cerebral responses – way past the point that mere exercise requires or can achieve. Yogabeats evolved around the original agenda of Yoga; to create a natural “peak experience” or “high” in the body/mind continuum by clearing the stresses and tensions that accumulate, and which in turn returns the practitioner to a blissful equity and balance.
Yogabeats™ heals the body without the Practioner/Student knowing how it’ s done, simply because of the spontaneous micro-movements – Fabi Weisbort, Physiotherapist
The emphasis is on fun not austerity, you can do as little or as much as you like. There is no competition or rigid rules, only paying attention to your feelings and open breathing are essential to the practice – David Sye
The Yogabeats Team
David Sye – Yoga Elder, YRT, MAYA, BSYA, NAPT , BWY
David is of Russian descent, the son of a scientist mother and an international Artiste/Performer father, Frankie Vaughan. He began his practice of Yoga as a direct result of suffering from ulcerative colitis and a spastic colon. He discovered Tibetan healers and worked with them, and their healing practices saw that on his return doctors were unable to find the tumours. He felt better than he could ever remember, and this completely changed the course of his life. From then on yoga became his life’s focus.
In 1990 he moved to Yugoslavia to work as a Radio journalist on a non-political radio station, whilst also teaching Yoga to classes in Belgrade. Circumstances conspired to the point where he found himself caught up in the middle of the Bosnian war. This resulted in the emergence of his own unique practice….YOGABEATS, a style of Yoga, born out of an environment where the possibilities of death and (the stress of this) were always close at hand. He used music to drown out the sound of the conflict, both “overt” and “covert”.
On his return it took some perseverance before the British Yoga community started to appreciate and accept his radical approach to Yoga. Initially in the media they called him the bad boy of yoga, and that he had destroyed 5000 years of yoga tradition, these same groups now invite him to teach across the UK.
In 1997 he met his late teacher Clara Buck, and studied with her to the end of her life in 2004. She was a student of Krishnamacharya, BKS Iyengar, and a close friend of Vanda Scaravelli, some of he students include Angela Farmer and Shandor Remete.
David’s Past projects include his groundbreaking “urban” Yogabeats work, notably with Glasgow street youth in the infamous Easter house district – alongside his work with the International Group ‘Youth at Risk’, an extraordinary and effective combination of Yogabeats working in tandem with psychologists and social workers.
He is also internationally known for his work with Palestinians in the West Bank which began in 2004, and was responsible for bringing together for the first time, both sides of this Middle East conflict for a Yoga class in 2006, “without which” as David says, ” a single politician or member of the U.N. was needed to be present. It was just pure humanity inspired by the ancient practice of Yoga. David’s YOGA BEATS CONFLICT fund was born in 2011, and the work continues today with further meetings between the Palestinians and Israelis, and the Yogabeats Foundation Teacher training project in Palestine, thanks to very generous donations from the public in the UK and abroad.
David’s life is now divided by an extremely intensive global teaching schedule, with future projects being planned in Italy and Canada. His passion and excitement for his work arises out of the fact that what is being created here through the Yogabeats practice is not only a model for transformation through yoga, but a system where men and women are given the tools to maintain the transformation, so they can go on to realise their life’s full potentiality taking the techniques out to their communities. The implications for peace and transformation worldwide are all to obvious!
His work in the Community at home and Internationally is developing a life of its own, and is now recognised and acknowledged by peace makers, and at governmental level. Yoga Beats Conflict is supported by His Holiness The Dhalai Lama
Leigh Bacon – Overseas Booking and 4 Step Foundation Course Administration
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Sarah Stephen – Yogabeats Charity Coordinator
Sarah lives in Sittingbourne Kent, she qualified as a British Wheel of Yoga Teacher in July 2011 and has been teaching for 8 years. Sarah met David on a Yogabeats Holiday in Majorca in 2007, and instantly fell in love with the practice. Her beats experiences, including re- birthing with David, have turned out to be life changing. Sarah looks after the Conflict Fund for David, organising fund raising events, and liaising with other fund raisers, for the benefit of Yogabeats visits to areas of conflict.
Sarah has been travelling to Israel and The West Bank with David since 2011, and has helped organise and take part in the amazingly successful joint peace events held in 2012 in Beit Jala and the Peres Peace centre.
2013 saw Sarah teaching women’s groups in the West Bank which in her words is an amazing experience !! … Joined by Sama Fabian on the November 10 day tour where they quite literally taught hundreds of female students, opening up the work where David had previously been limited because of cultural restrictions. Last year saw Sarah supporting David with his first foundation teacher training course in Bethlehem, taking detailed course notes that were later translated into Arabic. The course for her was a truly emotional priceless life moment that words can not describe, the Love that was shared and still is shared is truly amazing !!
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Paul Stephen – Teacher Training Coordinator
Paul has been practising yoga since 1996 and started teaching in 2007 as a British Wheel of Yoga Teacher and then found yogabeats, which is the perfect compliment to his yoga practice and teaching. Paul met David on a Yogabeats Holiday in Majorca in 2007 and takes every opportunity to attend as many classes as he can. Paul’s management background will be used to organise and co ordinate the Teacher training course, which will be paper free, with all communications on line.
Paul helps Sarah with the Charity Fund work and monitors the Bank account, also helping organise and assisting at fund raising events for David as well as teaching at local fund raisers.
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Nahed Bandak – West Bank Coordinator
Nahed Bandak Lama currently lives in Bethlehem, Palestine, where where she has been teaching yoga at a local wellness and sports centre since 2005. In January 2013 she had her own space for teaching and spreading yoga in her country. Her academic background is business management and yoga studies acquired through courses, workshops and her own self – education efforts. She is mother to four children.
Her interest and practice of yoga began 20 years ago after giving birth to her last child. As it changed her life her passion to personal practicing transformed into something stronger and that is to spread yoga to all people in her community, particularly woman. Her strong believe in the power of yoga to create a new consciousness for real peace between Palestinians and Israelis triggered Nahed to share her own experience with anyone around her and try to make her voice heard by as many people as possible.
During the summer of 2012, she has worked closely with OTYF team in practicing and spreading yoga in Palestine and Israel. Her work included escorting and facilitating the field visits to a refugee camp in Bethlehem and attending the OTYF workshops including those that were conducted during her yoga classes with local Palestinian students.
In March 2013 she had her 200 – YTT in India with Prasad Rangochar and participated in the 200 – YTT of power yoga with the OTYF in Palestine.
In June 2014 she attended the Yogabeats foundation course with David Sye in Palestine.