With a background in languages and linguistics, Guillermo couldn’t expect the turn his life was to take when he randomly attended his first yoga class in Prague in 2005. It was not only its physical practice – which boasted a perfect harmony of endurance, strength and flexibility – but the whole yoga experience with its all-encompassing physical, psychological and emotional feeling of well-being which left him forever connected to yoga.
Out of a desire to further experiment with creative movement, in the last years Guillermo has also dabbled with parkour, breakdance and handbalance. Together with yoga, he has had a committed practice to handbalancing since 2010, and this gives him an edge and deeper understanding of the mechanics of arm balancing postures. Guillermo has studied and practised with a variety of circus artists and movement and dance teachers from all over the world such as Yuval Ayalon, Valérie Doucet, Nicolas Montes de Oca, Mikael Kristiansen and Tom Weksler. Each year Guillermo visits octogenarian handbalancing master Claude Victoria to further deepen his handbalance practice. He continues to attend dance and yoga classes of all sorts throughout London and he has performed as a dancer and handbalancer in local and national UK events and festivals.
He holds a Himalaya Yoga Valley teaching certificate since 2012 and with his classes he aims to deepen the students’ mind and body connection. He believes that besides all the benefits yoga possesses for all types of students, its current place in our society, regarding reach and reputation, makes it the perfect means to help people reconnect with their bodies and find the joy that comes from using it as a creative movement tool too.
Guillermo has had a committed handbalancing practice for over seven years and has been teaching handstands over three. He has learned and trained with international handbalancing artists such as Yuval Ayalon, Mikael Kristiansen, Valerie Doucet, Nicolas Montes de Oca, Imogen Huzel and more. He is currently developing his new solo show under the guidance of Tom Weksler.
In this all-levels class, you will visit the theory and practice of achieving a handstand. Conditioning drills, balance fine-tuning exercises and pair-work to get you upside-down as efficiently as possible. The only requirements are a solid downward facing dog and 20sec planck holds.
Get your handstands going into your yoga practice with Guillermo!