Gabrielle de Burke
(“Lotus perched in the Tree” Redwood Forrest, California 2010)
Early childhood exposure to the disciplined moving arts of Theatre & Dance, stimulated Gabrielle’s inspiration as a young adult in collage to study Yogic, Martial & Internal Arts. She resonated with these practices, finding that they helped promote mental clarity, maintain focus, healed injuries, as well as offering an integrated fitness regimen, bringing balance to the demanding lifestyle of a full-time undergraduate student & self employed artist!
(“Dragon Dances on Head” Under a Bridge in Portland, OR 2009)
During this period, Gabrielle immersed herself in the Taoist 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 forms ranging from Pa-Kua Chang, Tao Yin Yoga, Chi Kung, Tai Chi Chuan, plus earning her “Warrior Sash” for Kung Fu. She also actively participated in group instruction, demonstrations and collaborative performances. In 2000, she earned her B.A. from Temple University’s Department of Theater (with an exploratory concentration in dance, music and voice) while continuing her training and apprenticeship with encouragement of Sifu Mason to begin her teaching career in the Healing Arts.
(Cheng Men Ching T’ai Chi Chuan form on the Beach in Mendicino, Cali 2011)
Gabrielle’s work as a healing arts practitioner and 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 (see www.plumdragoness.com).
(Performing as “Plum Dragoness & the Elements” for their debut Cd Release event @ the World Cafe in Philadelphia, Pa)
Gabrielle has been teaching for over a decade. She is Registered & Insured through the Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 200 (Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher) & is able to offer Teacher Trainings. She holds Teacher Training Certifications in Radiant Lotus Women’s Qi Gong (Level I) from Daisy Lee, a 200 hour ERYT in Vinyasa Power Yoga with the Yoga Alliance, plus Level I and II Tao Yin Yoga from the Spirit Wind Internal Arts Society.
(“Dragon Dancing on the Rock” Appalachian Trail in Poconos PA 2013)
In addition, she studied Ashtanga Yoga with Miko-Doi Smith (From the Heart Yoga), Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers (Insight Yoga), Yang style T’ai Chi Chuan with Master Yang Jun (Yang Family Tai Chi), Yin Taoist Yoga with Master Pauli Zink (the Yin Yoga Institute), Thai Bodywork with Michael Buck & Debbi Philpotts (Vedic Conservatory), Acro-Yoga with Justicia Friese (Maha Yoga), Yoga for At-risk Populations with James Fox (the Prison Yoga Project) & Capoeira with Mastre Doutor (American Society of Capoeira Arts from Brazil). Gabrielle is also the founder of the stylized fusion healing art forms of Yo-Fu™ & Dragon Spirit Yoga™!
(“Dragon Dancing with her Legs” Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA)
Gabrielle reveres Yoga and other Meditative Moving Arts modalities as precious tools that remind us to “anchor into the rythym of the breath…practice mindful movement… maintain vertical alignment…while finding active stillness”!
She facilitates private lessons, group classes/workshops & is available for Thai Bodywork sessions (Philadelphia & Delaware County Locations).
For more info please contact LungShen(at)earthtones.com!