YOGA FOR DANCERS: 

Founded by Marja Lankinen, Yoga for Dancers is a class style deliberately built to support dancer health and wellness for longevity and elite performance. Y4D's movement methodology roots in therapeutics through yoga, and every class targets strength training, flexibility, range of motion, joint integrity, structural awareness, recovery, body awareness, and self care techniques.

 

As a professional dancer, Marja understands the constant rigors and stress dancers see on a daily basis. That is why Y4D classes speak to supporting elite performance AND intelligent practices in mindfulness and overall longterm wellness. Yoga for Dancers believes that, to be the best artist one can be, there must be a deep connection to self, a support network of likeminded people, and a clear vision for where one is going. Through mental imagery, clear goal setting, and a physical practice set in a community-building environment, Y4D is a one stop shop in giving dancers the extracurricular tools they need to succeed in a professional career and keep a healthy body long after.

 

Current Residencies:

Millennium Dance Complex, Movement Lifestyle Dance Studio, Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio (scholarship program), and Gigi Torres' Establish Your Empire Dance Training Program. 

PAST Y4D WORKSHOPS INCLUDE:

Gothenburg Opera Dance Company - Sweden

LAX Studio - Paris, France

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago summer intensive -University of Southern California (2016-2018)

Complexions Contemporary Ballet summer intensive - University of Souther California (2018)

University of Southern California Glorya Kaufman Dance Department - Funkamentals (dir: professor d. Sabela Grimes)

USC Trojan Dance Force Dance Team

UCLA World Arts and Cultures Department 

Chapman University Dance Department

The Pulse Dance Convention - Scottsdale, AZ

Velocity Dance Convention

Coachella Music + Art Festival - Indio, CA

Diavolo Dance Company

 

Jacob Jonas Dance Company 

Edge Performing Arts Center (on faculty 2014-2016)

Unique Dance Program (dir: Matt Cady and Tovaris Wilson)

Dance2XS University of Michigan

Full Out Dance Studio's "Unplugged" Urban Dance Retreat (dir: Rocko Luciano, Emerson Aquino, Anthony Pizarro Esposo) 

Establish Your Empire Dance Training Program (dir: Gigi Torres)

Kreativ Mindz Dance Complex (dir: Kolanie Marks and Antoine Troope)

Blacklight Society (dir: Tony Tzar)

Mischief Maker's Maker Empire Dance Company

Culture Shock LA's "Hip Hop Has History" Conference

Kaba Modern Dance Company

Creating Opportunities Mixer - Los Angeles, CA

Shala Helsinki - Helsinki, Finland

lululemon - Atlanta, Amsterdam, Cannes, Paris, Zurich, London, Chicago, Hub Seventeen NYC, New York (66th), Studio City, LA residency

ISY - Hamburg, Germany 

Earth to  Fly Yoga Teacher Training - Paris, France

After School Matters Hip Hop Dance and Culture Ensemble at Gallery 37 - Chicago, IL