Artful Asanas




About Alex HAMMER

Alex´s movement journey started with body-weight training and calisthenics. After several injuries due to inflexibility he was fortunate to discover Yoga through YouTube and started the exact same day. Two years later he did his 200hr Hatha YTT in Rishikesh India, but dedicated himself to Ashtanga for a couple of years afterwards. Always in the search for something new and by spending hours on the mat daily, he slowly started to experiment with an approach that combined training elements and Yoga. In particular by having practiced with circus artist Alexander Batuev he felt inspired to develop a system called “Artful Asanas” that aims at balancing out strength and flexibility and allows the practitioner to stretch not only their bodies but also their limits.

Alex regards movement as art and a means of self-expression. He knows firsthand that our feelings towards our practice can be ambivalent, so in his workshops and retreats he focuses on connecting practitioners with their bodies and finding joy within the practice, i.e. while practicing. This is achieved by the development of a skill that could be called ‹ intensity management ›, the joyful experience of going beyond our perceived limitations and by finding access to our practice as a means of self-expression.

Balanced Ascent

Are you ready to turn your yoga practice upside down? Join us for an exhilarating workshop dedicated to mastering inversions with a special focus on hand balancing. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or just starting your inversion journey, this workshop offers something for everyone.

In this immersive session, you’ll learn the fundamental principles of hand balancing and how to safely and confidently execute inversions such as handstands, forearm stands, and headstands. Personalized guidance and support will be provided every step of the way.

Through a combination of dynamic warm-ups, flexibility drills, targeted strength-building exercises, and detailed alignment cues, you’ll develop the strength, flexibility, stability, and body awareness necessary to take your inversion practice to new heights. We’ll explore various techniques for entering and exiting inversions, refining your alignment, and overcoming common challenges.

Whether your goal is to master a freestanding handstand or simply explore the exhilarating sensation of being upside down, this workshop will empower you to unlock your full potential and embrace the joy of inversions.

Keywords: Headstand, Forearm Stand, Headstand, Basic Strength & Flexibility

Graceful Genesis

Embark on a journey of graceful transformation with our Graceful Genesis workshop. This immersive session is dedicated to cultivating flexibility, strength, and balance as we explore the art of splits and hip opening.

You’ll dive deep into the practice of front and middle splits, unlocking the full potential of your hips in both directions. Through a combination of dynamic stretches, targeted strength work, and mindful alignment, you’ll gradually build the flexibility and stability needed to achieve and sustain these challenging poses.

Discover the beauty of active flexibility as you learn to engage and control your muscles while deepening your splits. With each breath, you’ll move closer to finding harmony and ease in your body, creating a sense of grace and fluidity in your practice.

Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or new to the world of splits, Graceful Genesis offers a supportive environment for exploration and growth. Join us and embark on a journey of self-discovery as you uncover the power and beauty of your body in motion.

Keywords: Hip Opening, Front & Middle Splits, Hip Rotations, Leg Lifts, Active Flexibility, Strength & Flexibility