Francesca Harper, Artistic Director Ailey II. The dancer, choreographer, singer, actor, producer, teacher, director and educator, as well as ballet consultant for the Oscar-winning Black Swan, became the artistic director of AIley II eight months ago, following in the footsteps of her late mother, Denise Jefferson, who directed The Ailey School from 1984 until 2010. "It feels so much bigger than me," she has said of the appointment.
Fact: You don't need a mat—or any other equipment—to squeeze in a great yoga practice. We'll prove it to you. On this week's episode of Trainer of the Month Club, yoga instructor and Mirror trainer Pilin Anice shares a standing yoga flow that doesn't require a single prop, and will leave you feeling reinvigorated for the day ahead.
Well + Good - There Are 3 Kinds Of Hip Flexibility, And This Yoga Flow Hits Them All To Reduce Physical *And* Emotional Tension
Yoga teachers are fond of saying that the hips hold a lot of pent-up emotions—and right about now, you may be more in your feelings than usual. While stretching your body can't solve all the world's problems, it can help you squeeze in a little self care when times are tough. So on this week's episode of Trainer of the Month, yoga instructor and Mirror trainer Pilin Anice leads you through a flow to help you get deep into your hips from every angle.
Well + Good - Lunge Pose Is The Ultimate Lower Body Strengthener—As Long As You Avoid These 3 Common Mistakes
There are a few poses—or "asanas"—that you just can't yoga without. There's child's pose, cat-cow, and (of course) downward dog, but lunges are also an essential part of any yoga practice. On this week's episode of The Right Way, yoga instructor and MIRROR trainer Pilin Anice shows you how to do a high lunge pose (or "ashta chandrasana," meaning crescent high lunge pose) the right way, so your yoga foundation can be on point.
On this week's episode of Trainer of the Month Club, yoga instructor and Mirror trainer Pilin Anice guides you through a beginner mobility yoga flow designed to wake up your body. "Today's practice is going to increase circulation and build spinal mobility, so let's get into this flow with lots of twists," she says at the top of the video.
When your brain is going a million miles a minute, it's good to take some deep breaths, slow down, and get rooted with the Earth again. During this week's episode of Trainer of the Month Club, that's exactly what you'll do, as yoga instructor Pilin Anice takes us through a 30-minute grounding yoga flow to help you feel more centered.
The Lawrence child’s dreams, confusion and determination moved her body and lifted her into the air time and again. Belen Indhira Pereyra’s rhythmic steps, turns and leaps drew notice. Her mother and dance instructors saw her joy and need to dance, and gave her places to move, chances to stumble and room to grow. Pereyra, 35, stepped on to a world stage a decade ago, landing in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, cultural emissaries who have performed for some 25 million people in 48 states, and 71 countries on six continents.
ancer Belén Indhira Pereyra learned at a young age that dance is a language of its own. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Pereyra got her first taste of the art form when she was seven years old and joined a traditional Peruvian dance group, led by a woman who just wanted to share her culture. From there, she joined Lawrence Ballet Academy, where she learned the vocabulary behind the steps and began to learn hip-hop and jazz. But once she enrolled at Boston Arts Academy for high school, her passion for dance flourished, and she discovered the style that she most connects to: modern.
A career in dance is so demanding—physically and otherwise—that it can be tempting for dancers to dance, dance and only dance. It’s not uncommon to avoid other physical pursuits, whether out of fear of injury, lack of time or the now-debunked idea that certain activities build the wrong kinds of muscles. And yet, many dancers who’ve found other outlets for movement—even beyond the traditionally “dancer-approved” ones like yoga and Pilates—have found them to have a symbiotic relationship with their dance practice, each informing and growing the other. Dance Magazine spoke to four artists - including Ailey's Constance Stamatiou - with unique physical practices about what they’ve learned from them, and how they balance them with dance.
This hold gives your abdominal muscles a serious workout, hundreds of crunches not required. Pilin Anice, demonstrating this move here, is a dance instructor with Ailey Extension, which offers "real classes for real people" in a wide variety of dance and fitness techniques. To sign up for Anice's yoga class or view the schedule of virtual and in-person classes, visit aileyextension.com.