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    • 25 Sep 2021
    • 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM (EDT)
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    PLANNING YOUR ROUTINE WITH INTENTION, STAGE PRESENCE, AND CONFIDENCE WITH BRUCE MERKLE

    SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 - 1:00 pm Eastern/12:00 pm Pacific (California) 

    This workshop is free for all USA Yoga Members, though pre-registration is required. 

    During this workshop, Bruce Merkle will work with athletes to understand how they can bring expression and intention to their routines for competition, drawing on his own experience as a professional actor. He will speak with athletes about why they compete and give advice on how to structure a routine to not only show off a participant's best yoga, but to tell a story and show his or her personality. Bruce will also give tips on how to tape a routine with the best lighting and framing. The goal of this workshop will be to not only give technical tips, but to help athletes feel comfortable and inspired to enjoy their time on stage and as well as crafting their routines. This will not be a physical class.

    Bruce Merkle is an actor in Los Angeles. He has appeared on This Is Us, How I Met Your Mother, Rules of Engagement, RuPaul's AJ & the Queen, Nickelodeon's Victorious, The Tonight Show, The Goldbergs, and Conan. He originated Olaf in Disney's stage adaptation of Frozen and played the role one thousand times to over two million people in person. Bruce began his 26 + 2 yoga journey by practicing alongside Emmy Cleaves in the advanced series at the Bikram Yoga World Headquarters in Los Angeles, where he lives, and began competing at the request of Rajashree Choudhury. He is a six-time California state champion, the current virtual national champion, and ranked third internationally

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