Jolien van Haaster (NL)
During her study at Codarts University of Arts, Jolien found her love for teaching and the joy that comes with sharing her passion for movement and art. As soon as she graduated Dance in Education she joined the Flying Seagull Project; a charity that spreads love and joy over the world by sharing music, dance, circus and arts with disadvantaged children.
After years of teaching dance classes, performing and choreographing she found herself and her friend Jessie walking into an AcroYoga class in India. It was love at first sight! Immediately the pair of them fell in love with the combination of physical challenge, the beauty of connection and the feeling of freedom.
She became a certified Partner Acrobatics teacher and Jessie and her started PLAY AcroYoga to spread Peace Love & AcroYoga as far as they can. Get ready for her open heart and loving and positive way of teaching. Before you know you are upside down and you will be hooked for life.
Jessie Waygood (UK)
Jessie has spent the last 8 years spliting her time between the UK where she works with kids, and travelling the globe. After joining the Flying Seagull Project in 2009 she realised the beauty of combining the two worlds and has continued to make it a reality at every opportunity.
After practicing Yoga for several years she has spent a lot of time in India exploring many different schools of yoga and it was in India she discovered Acroyoga for the first time. She and Jolien were completely obsessed by this strange new world, it became their mission to master this crazy artform.
She qualified as a partner acrobatics teacher along with Jolien, and on their mission to master, they found a new path with only one objective to PLAY as much as possible! spreading Peace, Love & Acro Yoga to every corner of the globe.
AcroYoga is a perfect fusion of acrobatics, yoga and theraputics, in other words its an acrobatic practice carried out with yogic intension.
Through AcroYoga we explore our own balance and the balance we create in the world through relationships with others. Being present and together is really a basic aspect of life that is so often harder than it should be to enjoy!
What we found through AcroYoga was a doorway to our inner child, a way to enjoy contact with other people without needing excuses, a way to jump, climb, dangle, swing and fly in a loving, supportive and trusting group of beautiful, beautiful humans...
Most importantly of all we learned how to PLAY again, so we are here to share everything we know and invite you to come and join us!
PLAY AcroYoga Guest Teachers
Charlotte Eastaugh (UK)
Charlotte Eastaugh is a dedicated and passionate teacher and performer who seeks to empower and inspire through physical expression and play.
In 2012 Charlotte experienced a radical awakening to the beneficial and therapeutic potential of circus arts and play. Whilst touring India with the children’s charity Performers without Boarders, she taught and performed circus skills to vulnerable children. As well as feeling a huge sense of personal transformation through the work, she saw the transformative effect the workshops had on the children’s confidence, their ability to integrate, their coordination and teamwork. Most of all she realised how much fun she, her team and the children were having!
Realising that the whole world, young and old needs this kind of therapy, her life mission has become to spread joy and freedom through play.
Since then her journey has taken her to circus school, street performing through Europe, teaching workshops with children and adults, and back to Asia where she has further explored her yoga, acrobatic and massage practice.
Acro yoga has been a powerful tool in her mission, a practice that she fell in love with immediately and has taken every opportunity far and wide to study, train, teach and play; building strengths and developing friendships.
As well as being a Partner Acrobatics certified teacher, she is a yoga teacher and Thai massage therapist and uses the knowledge to inform her acrobatic teaching and body awareness. Her classes are playful, supportive, challenging and fun.
Expect a lot of smiling and to feel great!
She continues to challenge herself, expanding her knowledge and sharing her passion through learning, teaching and performing in England and abroad.
She wishes to teach and share her skills with a wide range of people understanding the benefits can help us all lead more joyful lives.