Garuda Matwork (Mondays)
Garuda Matwork Classes with Raena Waddell
Garuda combines the core work of Pilates, with the postures of Yoga and the fluidity of dance into a full mind and body exercise for any age and ability. Expect a total body workout in a safe environment with thoughtful instruction. Classes are available online through Zoom.
Fascinated with the human body communicating through movement, Raena has built a 20+ year career as a dancer, choreographer and movement instructor in Edmonton. She has premiered 17 of her own choreographic works in Alberta, recognized by the Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and receiving Brian Webb Dance Company Award training extensively with both Heidi Bunting and Brian Webb. Raena has continued her education in Garuda Matwork and Apparatus with founder, James D’Silva. Raena holds her Pilates Method, Hatha and Yin Yoga certification studying with Tracy Friesen, Melanie Checknita and Joe Barnett. Away from the stage, inspired by numerous choreographers and body work philosophies, Raena teaches movement classes in hopes to encourage a sense of curiosity in her students as to how and what makes their body move. She has 12 years experience as an Instructor with the City of Edmonton along with Orchesis at the University of Alberta. She was last seen on stage November 2019 performing in Punctuate Theatre’s The Particulars. She is currently working with the Jen Mesch Dance Conspiracy’s Go Where Light Is which premieres March 2023. Currently, Raena has taken her movement education and performances online and over social media for students and audiences around the world to participate from the comfort of their own homes.