Last month in July, Desi Springer and I presented a Bowspring weekend workshop in Copenhagen to our growing Danish Bowspring community. Over the last 3 years, Bowspring in Denmark has grown into a sparkling community with several excellent teachers leading the way: Ditte Bykaerholm, Sisse Dall, Senay Jensen, Helga Halkjaer Laursen, Signe Rassmussen, and Thor Lenz with many teachers in training, including Laura Mikkelsen.
Just in this Summer of 2018, hundreds of Danish yoga students have been introduced to the Bowspring method through these teachers. Ground zero for the Bowspring in Denmark is Soham Johansen, who began sharing some of our curvy alignment ideas to his students at his Hamsa Yoga Studio in Copenhagen back in 2013. Soham, an Anusara yoga teacher, has always been very supportive of my teachings through the years, and it was his positive presentation of some elements of our method that inspired many of leading Danish teachers to go further and further down the path of the Bowspring. Over the last 3 years, Ditte, Sisse, Senay and Signe, who were all inspired by Soham's interest in the Bowspring, have each gone through a 25-lesson Bowspring mentorship program with long-time teacher, Christy Punnett from Barbados. The mentorship program, which only Desi and Christy offer at this time, produces some of our most excellent Bowspring teachers in our global community, so Denmark has a strong Bowspring foundation.
In July, the Nordic Yoga Festival, organized by Bowspring teacher Senay Jensen, attracted a sold-out crowd of 550 students. This year’s festival in Middelfart, Denmark included 4 Bowspring classes taught by Senay, Sisse, and long-time Bowspring teacher, Christy Punnett from Barbados, who also presented a 5-hour masterclass a day before the festival began. Senay estimated that over 300 students experienced the power of the Bowspring for their first time at the festival this year.
Senay shared with me that since she committed this year to fully teaching “100% pure Bowspring” classes instead of mixing with standard yoga alignment (‘Bowsprinking’), her public classes have been full. According to all of the Bowspring teachers who were at the festival, many students would gather after the classes to share their experiences and get information about the new alignment method. A common question among the students was "how come we had no problems keeping our balance in one-legged standing poses in this practice when in our weekly yoga classes it is usually always an issue?"
One of the most positive testimonials from the festival came from a young women who hadn’t been able to do any form of physical exercise or training without pain or discomfort for the last couple of months since herniating a disk in her lower back.
Bowspring is also being presented by Ditte and Signe at other Danish yoga festivals in Copenhagen and in Jutland, so the method continues to spread through the yoga community in Denmar