I discovered Yoga 7 years ago while living in London. As a full-time music student in the big city my life was sedentary and stressful and the long hours of practicing the violin were starting to manifest in back pain. In spite of my scepticism, I decided to try yoga on the recommendation of a friend. And that first yoga class was like a revelation to me. I remember feeling the limitations of my body and understanding that that wasn’t how human bodies should feel. While observing and admiring the amazing control of the body and breath of the person next to me, I realised that this would be the practice that would stay with me for the rest of my life. As I was getting more into the practice I started to notice how yoga was affecting every aspect of my life – I was feeling better in my body, with myself and in my relationship with others, I was eating better, I gained confidence with music and with my own playing, and, in one word, I was happier. Yoga, like life, is a continuous flow, and it is when we stop this flow that the problems start to arise. In 2013 I decided to take the Teacher Training in Yogaroom Barcelona, and since then I combine teaching yoga with my music career. My classes are dynamic and energising, finding challenge but in a conscious way, respecting the body’s needs. Emphasising the coordination of movement and breath, we look for a constant flowing movement that turns into a moving meditation.
I came to yoga at 19 to help deal with a profound scoliosis that had progressed undiagnosed for some years and was starting to cause me considerable back pain. I eventually underwent major spinal fusion surgery that, while traumatic and involving a lengthy rehabilitation process, gave me a new lease on life and led to me developing a committed yoga practice and learning deeply about my own wellness and healing process.
I never thought I would teach yoga, especially in my initial years of practice as I worked with some very strong physical limitations. However, as the years went on and my practice developed, I continued to gain a lot from yoga, as I started to study further and learn more about the emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions of this tradition and practice that was transforming me positively from within.
My classes are aimed at creating an internally nourishing practice that is accessible, safe, fluid yet challenging, and energising afterwards. Through mobilizing our spine, learning to work actively in and out of postures, cultivating a relaxed and regenerating state in the body, and focusing the mind, we can guide and support the development of our whole being.
I am captivated by the idea of an exit space: something which allows us
to transform our habitual patterns and discover new agency and new
versions of ourselves. Starting with interactive theatre and costumes I
started to explore methods for authorising inhibited behaviour, giving
voice to our desires and perceiving ourselves differently. I developed
the erotic storytelling game Wilds Cards as way of exploring aspects of
our emotional landscape and sharing them with other people. More
recently I have been extending these ideas to dream hacking.
An Italian based in Barcelona for more than a decade, I’m part of Touch&Play and my areas of interest are language, gender, feminism, and emotional hacking. I graduated in Sociology of Communication and later specialized in Gender and Development and now lead workshops and cacao ceremonies with a focus on personal transformation through emotional honesty and authentic communication, where playfulness and sometimes costumes are used as tool to experiment with identities. After giving workshops on transformative creative writing and on reinventing gender archetypes at Inanitah (Nicaragua), at Nowhere 2018 I offered a Transformative Kinki Creative Writing workshop in Touch&Play camp, and was selected by Rara Artistic Residence in Barcelona to develop an art performance focused on giving names to unnamed emotions.
I am from Holland and have been living in Spain since 2002. In 2004 I started working as a professional Dominatrix, and in 2010 I started to go to weekly Biodanza classes, which resonated with me and let me begin to open up to “a world of inclusiveness”, a world of acceptance and a lot less fear. In 2016 I finished the 3 year long teacher training, which has given me great insight into the role/position of the therapist/facilitator, which is applicable to any workshop. Later during the same year 2010 I came in contact with Daniel Hayes, who started the Touch&Play group here in Barcelona. It was a real eyeopener for me to see that kink could be totally different to the archaic and strict rules I had seen in the scene until then, with very little lightness or fun (one of the local dungeon clubs it prohibited laughing out loud!).
Nico started being curious about sexuality a long time ago and since then, he has been taking part on lots and lots of workshops, with the best international masters, from the more conventional to the more kinky and non normative ones, getting deeper and deeper into sexuality, dance, consent and intimacy. He thinks sexuality is a tremendous source of inspiration able to completely transform our lives.
Since 2015, he has been facilitating spaces for sexual exploration, and has given workshops at national and international festivals, such as Nowhere, BBB and Foro del polyamor. He has also been active in body exploration platforms, such as Touch & Play and The Family. This exploration and work has led him to become a certified Sexological Bodyworker by the Sea School of Embodiment in Dalwish and a Shiatsu therapist by Shiatsu i moviment. He offers regular workshops in Barcelona on conscious sexuality, and runs a sex-positive project called Presence, in which he proposes play scenarios, along with Milena and other collaborators. He also does partner dancing and organizes FLOW Fusion dance parties monthly. He has been also partner dancing for more than a decade dancing Blues, fusion, Lindy hop and contact impro.