Idakini Blog | Dakini Movement Studio | Warren, NJ 07059
Idakini Blog | Dakini Movement Studio | Warren, NJ 07059
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AcroYoga with Lex Peters at Dakini Movement Studio

Anyone who has been to a regular yoga class at Dakini Movement Studio knows what to expect. Mats laid out in neat rows on the floor, everyone in their own space. Soft lighting, music. You start off by closing your eyes and breathing deeply, creating a mental private space to move through your yoga practice.
By contrast, walking into AcroYoga is like walking into a stadium; I see everyone sitting on the floor in a circle, lights on full, and mats piled three high in five groups on the floor... for a class of 15.
AcroYoga - Acrobatic Yoga - is a newer form of partner yoga that combines a fair amount of gymnastics with the idea of a yoga flow to create a slow-motion dance of balance and trust between the participants. As a not-very-flexible-but-getting-there person, I thought I would push myself out of my comfort zone and try it.
By the end of class, I was hooked, not because we did tricks, or flips, or anything crazy or modern. (I assure you, Cirque-du-Soleil will not be calling me anytime soon). No. The secret, the real reason why people love AcroYoga, is the connection you feel with your partners.
Think of it this way: you call a taxi, or a Lyft, or an Uber, and a stranger comes to pick you up in their car and take you where you want to go. In the 30 seconds it takes you to get into the car, you are essentially saying "I trust you not to kill me and/or yourself in a car crash." That is a baseline level of trust that develops when you place yourself in a vulnerable position with a stranger.
AcroYoga asks you to develop that same kind of trust on the mat. We introduced ourselves and got into groups of three: a flyer, a base, and a spotter. Ideally, all three people rotated to try each role... but after about 10 minutes, you pretty much knew where you liked to be.
Alexis, who I had taken dance classes with before, was an amazingly balanced flyer. Travis, who I had just met that day, was a quick spotter. I loved being the base, the support and the strength which makes the flow happen. You start by communicating with words, and then without words; through hand squeezes, facial expressions, and body language. By the end of the class, I could tell which direction Alexis wanted to land on, and whether or not she felt secure in a position. Travis could tell when we needed assistance by the way we locked or unlocked our limbs, and Alexis could tell when I was off balance and remained steady until I could find it.
At the end of class, we all hugged our respective partners, and could not believe that two hours had flown by so fast. Lex Peters, tall, soft spoken, and patient, had guided us from complete newbies to doing a basic handstand flow forwards and backwards. The only other skill I had picked up that quickly was how to brew an excellent cup of coffee.
So, if you find yourself near Dakini Movement Studio, and Lex Peters is the featured workshop that week, please drop by and take a class. Even if you have never tried yoga or dance before, even if you are not that flexible, you will find your place in our group.

This Week in Dakini...


This weekend all merchandise is 30% off!!! If you have been meaning to pick up a new pair of pole shorts, now is the time :) The sale includes: hoodies, sweat pants, tanks, tees, shorts, grip aids, water bottles, and all novelty items. Sale runs from Friday 4/1 - Monday 4/4, and is in-store only. 

See you all in class!!

Spring is in the air!

Hi Ladies!!

Hope you are enjoying this first week of Spring, the longer days, and the lovely weather!! We have some exciting things happening at the studio over the next month....


You have probably noticed that a lot of girls have been practicing their routines for the upcoming showcase. We are so excited that so many of our Dakini lovelies are participating!! It's going to be so much fun!! Can't wait!! 

Showcase tickets are on sale now. We have 2 shows running - 6pm & 8pm. Tickets are $20 per person / per show. Our beginner/intermediate level students will be performing at 6pm and our more advanced students and teachers will be performing at 8pm. We divided the evening into 2 shows because there are a lot of performers, and limited seating. Having 2 shows allows for more family and friend to attend :) To purchase tickets please call the studio: (732) 667 - 7746 or email:


We are having an amazing sale on all of our retail items the from Friday April 1st thru Monday April 4th. Everything will be 30% off!!! This includes - hoodies, sweatpants, tank tops, tees, shorts, grip products, water bottles, glass and novelty items!!! Stop by the studio and do some shopping!! 

Anna Grundstrom

Our good friend Anna Grundstrom is visiting on Sunday April 3rd for 2 workshops!! I highly recommend Anna's workshops... she has something  for everyone. 

2 - 3:30pm - Pole Combos (Int/Adv) - This class is best suited for students who are practicing shoulder mounts, aerial inverts, and intermediate level tricks. 

3:45 - 5:15pm - Storytelling - this class is great for everyone!! I take it every time that Anna visits. It's so inspiring, and appropriate for all levels. 

Read more about Anna's workshops on the workshops page :) Sign up now!! Space is limited!! 

Schedule Changes

We rearranged our weekend classes starting in April, and discontinued yoga for the time being. Check the schedule for details.

Anna Grundstrom Returns on April 3rd!!

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Anna will be in for 2 workshops on Sunday April 3rd: 2 - 3:30pm - Int/Adv Pole Combos - 3:45 - 5:15pm - Storytelling Sign up now!! Space is limited!!

Body Sculpt

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Crystal has designed a bunch of challenging workouts and fun activities to get you in shape!! Class is free to our members!! Please join us!!

Dakini Studio Showcase - Saturday May 7th

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So excited for our showcase!! It has grown into 2 shows: 6pm - Beginner /Intermediate students (who have been practicing for 2 years of less) 8pm - For Intermediate/Advanced students (who have had a consistent practice for at least 2 years) Both shows will feature group and solos performances. Tickets will be available soon. Please RSVP to our event on FB:

Free Community Classes at Dakini!!

Our fabulous trainees will be leading Pole Flow I classes over the next couple of weeks!!! Preregister and take class for FREE!! Upcoming Dates: Thursday November 12th @ 4:30pm with Amy Saturday November 14th @ 2:30pm with Amy Saturday November 14th @ 4:15pm with Alexis Saturday November 14th @ 6pm with Brittany Sunday November 15th @ 2:30pm with Crystal Sunday November 15th @ 4:15pm with Deja Tuesday November 17th @ 4:30pm with Alexis Saturday November 21st @ 2:30pm with Brittany Sunday November 22nd @ 3pm with Crystal Saturday November 28th @ 2:30pm with Deja

Dakini 2016 Calendar

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This amazing calendar featuring some beautiful ladies from our community is sure to be a collector's item!! Supplies are limited!! Pre-order yours by 11/11 for just $20!! Don't miss out!!!

This Week in Dakini...

Hi Ladies!!

I can't believe that it is September already!! Summer has been very busy, and there have been some changes at the studio. I'm sure that most of you know that the entire studio, and all classes are now completely in the main studio (downstairs). We've created a fitness room in the back. And, we've streamlined our class schedule :) Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to the upstairs space, but overall the change is really good for the studio, and will allow us to do more. 

Some of you probably remember that I used to blog pretty regularly before all the website changes. I've been a little slow in getting back to this on our newest site, but I plan to make it a regular thing. So, please check in to find out about what's happening at the studio. 

Classes, Changes, and Schedule Changes

You've probably noticed that the names on the schedule have changed for our pole classes. This is to make the schedule a little easier to read for new students who did not recognize the pole classes by the names that we've always gone by (Foundation, Passage, Journey). I would frequently get calls from women asking, "when are the pole classes?" or saying, "there are no pole classes on your schedule." After 4 years of this, I finally gave in, and renamed: Foundation;Pole Flow I, Passage;Pole Flow II, and Journey;Pole Flow III. While these classes will always be known as Foundation, Passage, and Journey to us, the new names definitely make things easier for people visiting our site for the first time. 

The programs themselves have not changed much. Pole Flow I (Foundation) is now 4 - 4 week sections, and each class runs for 75 minutes. Pole Flow II (Passage) will run for 8 - 4 week sections, and each class runs for 90 minutes. Pole Flow III (Journey) is infinite. For Pole Flow II and Pole Flow III, we are trying something different with assignments. Rather than send out a general assignment to all students, we are going to give personalized assignments or assignments by class. Assignments will be given out to students who come to the same class consistently. 

We are also offering Pole Tech I, II, and III. The level of tricks in Pole Tech is typically just a little more intense than the coinciding Pole Flow class. But, this is done intentionally. If you are going to take Pole Tech, you might as well challenge yourself! 

Check our schedule for Pole Flow and Pole Tech classes :)

Body Sculpt is offered on Mondays & Wednesdays @ 5pm, and Saturdays @ 1:30pm. Darlene is also available for personal training on request. Ask about the 6 Week Body Sculpt Challenge!! The girls who have done it, and are doing it are getting amazing results!! 

Yoga runs on Saturdays & Sundays @ 8:45am. Deep Stretch fans should definitely take yoga.... it's the best way to build flexibility and balance! 

Photo of the Week Contest!

Post your best Pole Photo on Instagram or Facebook and win a short and tank set!! Winners chosen weekly through the month of September!! 

Tag @idakini or #dakinimovementstudio

Anna Grundstrom Workshop - Sunday September 20th

In this class we’ll work on moving between tricks on the pole to create good flowing combos. We’ll be using basic technique with 2- and 3- points of contact, on spinner and static. Most of the combos contain basic inverts such as various types of leg- hangs, superman, inner thigh holds, shoulder mounts, etc mixed with more advanced/new moves that focus more on strength and flexibility.  We will play with alternative grips, shapes and transitions. The goal is to be able to move through a 3-5 trick combo going both up and down the pole.

2 Hours  - $60 - Sign Up Now!

*Recommended pre-requisite skills: Basic bicep grip invert and shoulder mount, invert from climb, leg- hangs, butterfly

Pole Competition in NYC - October 24th & 25th

A whole bunch of our Dakini lovelies will be competing in the North East Aerial Arts Championship next month!! Tickets will be available soon!! Come out and see the show, and support our girls!! 

Tickets available at

More to come. Stay tuned!!

New Site!!

Welcome to the new Dakini Movement Studio site!! It should be a lot easier to navigate. There are still some things that we are working on, but will have all pages completed soon. Let us know what you think.