Workshops :: Yoga & the Poet-tree of Motion

Plum Dragoness

with Plum Dragoness

Yoga & the Poet-tree of Motion -  Sunday 5pm Pavilion

"Yoga & the Poet-tree of Motion
(a fusion of dance, poetry writing & yoga techniques)
""Verse yourself in Vinyasa & bring Prose into the Pose… let your inner voice find the balance… dancing w/ breath & feeling the flow! Thru our spirit's inner recitations, we build on a mindful practice of meditation to explore the yogic body's salutation!""

-Gabrielle de Burke/Plum Dragoness
(Resident Performance Artist  at The Rotunda's ""Poet-tree en Motion"" & Healing Arts/Yoga Instructor in & around the greater Philadelphia region & abroad)

This workshop is an offering that fuses creative writing exercises, authentic movement meditations, dance techniques, a series of still & flowing yoga moves  (asanas & vinyasas) & breath-work exercises (pranayama). The intention is to help practitioners connect to their individual sense of self-expression within an open-minded communal group practice!

2012 Monthly Workshops: Wednesdays-3/28, 4/25 & 5/23 from 4:30-6pm!
Cost: Pay What You Can (PWYC) but suggested donation is between $8-$15)!
Location: The Rotunda, 4014 walnut street philadelphia, pa 19104!



Gabrielle de Burke initially became interested in yoga during her childhood partially influenced as a result of visiting her Sikh neighbors who had a private shrine/practice space where they taught Kundalini yoga classes in their home. Stimulated by her early childhood exposure to the moving arts, she was later inspired as a young adult in college to take classes in Hatha & Ashtanga Yoga to help her maintain focus & offered a fitness regimen that balanced her courses of study in the performing arts.

In 1999, Gabrielle immersed herself in the Chinese practices of Taoist forms of internal/martial arts by training with Master Chik Quadir Mason, founder of the Spirit Wind Internal Arts Society. She received many certifications of study in the forms of Pa-Kua Chang, Tao Yin Yoga, Chi Kung, Tai Chi Chuan plus earning her “Warrior Sash” for Kung Fu, in addition to learning bodywork techniques such as Lin Zi Chi Therapy & Thai Massage. Part of her studies with the group involved participating in group collaborations, demonstrations & performances that included poetry inspired by the practice. In 2000, she earned her B.A. from Temple University’s Department of Theater (with an exploratory concentration in dance, music & voice) while continuing her training & apprenticeship with encouragement of Sifu Mason to begin her teaching career.  

Gabrielle’s work as a healing arts practitioner & instructor continues to intersect with her work as an inter-disciplinary performance artist through the incorporation of internal and martial arts forms in combination with dance, poetry and theater presentation ( She revears Yoga & other healing arts modalities as precious tools, reminding us to create the sacred space necessary to care for old injuries & be mindful of shifts in the bodies alignment that that for her appear as a result of being a high energy performer in addition to a teacher.

Gabrielle has been teaching for over a decade, is registered & insured through the Yoga Alliance. She holds Teacher Training Certifications in Radiant Lotus Women’s Qi Gong from Daisy Lee, a 200 hour RYT in Vinyasa Power Yoga from the Rasa School, plus Level I & II Tao Yin Yoga from the Spirit Wind Internal Arts Society. In addition, she has studied Ashtanga Yoga with Miko-Doi Smith, Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers, Yang style T’ai Chi Chuan with Master Yang Jun, Taoist (Yin/Yang) Yoga with Master Pauli Zink, , Thai Bodywork with Michael Buck, Acro-Yoga with Justicia Friese & the Prison Yoga Project with James Fox.

She facilitates private lessons, group classes/workshops & is available for Thai Bodywork sessions (Havertown & Philadelphia Locations).  
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