AVANI – Tyler Blank

AVANI – Tyler Blank

AVANI (Tyler Blank) first started DJing at Ecstatic Dance Oakland, a few months after he created the dance there in 2008… though he had been making mix tapes, CDs, and playlists long before that. He accepted the name Avani (Sanskrit for Earth) when he became a Sannyasin (Seeker of Truth) during his time with the Osho Community in Pune, India, in 2013 (where he often DJ’d dances at the ashram). Before that, he had DJd under the names Blank Tape, Mr. Blank, and Tabla Rasa.

AVANI often treats each of his Music Journeys (DJ sets) as a Human Life. 90 Years of Life can represented in 90 Minutes of Music. Every Emotion should be explored in the Journey of Music, just as in the Journey of Life. All Tempos are to be experienced in the Journey, all Rhythms danced, and all Genres of Music available to be embodied.

You will find AVANI DJing almost exclusively at Ecstatic Dances around the world. This is partly because he helped spread the popularity of Ecstatic Dance through the Non Profit he runs: Ecstatic Dance Community (www.EcstaticDance.org), and also because nowhere else do people show up completely dedicated to the Movement generated from the Sound Journey. It is a unique opportunity for Transformation, Understanding, and Insight, and is a profound container for Healing like no other.

AVANI’s Music Journeys are true to the vision and scope of Ecstatic Dance, in that they defy traditional 1 tempo and 1 genre structures of many Music Producers, and instead embrace the All Tempo, All Genre Music available to the DJ. Music for Ecstatic Dance gives Birth to us from Ambient Dreamscapes of our Gestation, into the soft Downtempo sweetness of Infancy… Childhood curiosity gently explores Life after Innocence, and our Youth steadily grows into stronger and stranger Emotional Realms, into the experiencing of our Sexuality, into our Strength and Mobility… and gradually maturing into Adulthood, and the steady responsibility it often entails. This can lead into a Mid-Life Crisis of Chaos, and a Return to Infancy, Childhood, or Youth… before Building back into Maturity, and eventually into the Wisdom our Golden Years, looking back fondly on the past, and it’s remixes of the good old days… before finally resting in the Peaceful Stillness of Death, and the Great Beyond… only to be Reborn again another Day (and Another Dance).

Doubles Yoga with Tyler Blank

Doubles Yoga Doubles Yoga is Partner Yoga for Every One. It is a movement practice of connecting with the Self through the support of Another. Doubles Yoga involves mutually supportive poses with an ample amount of time in each pose with which to dissolve obstructions in the body with breath, awareness, and encouragement from the weight and presence of another person. This practice is accessible for Yogis of all levels, and does not involve any acrobatics or flying. Any yoga poses done in a solo yoga class can be practiced with a supportive partner together. This practice of Doubles Yoga can allow for a deeper experience of our body; it’s experience of freedom, and the edges of our comfort zone.

Tyler Blank

Tyler is the Creator of Doubles Yoga. He has been practicing AcroYoga since it’s inception in 2004, and was one of the first 3 certified AcroYoga Teachers back in 2006, serving as an Assistant to Jenny Sauer-Klein & Jason Nemer in the first two AcroYoga teacher trainings. Tyler also assisted and Co-Taught in the first Synergy Partner Yoga Teacher with Francisco Morales in 2008. Since then, he has taught many hundreds of classes, workshops, & privates at Yoga Studios, Retreats, Homes, Festivals, and Teacher Trainings. After eventually tiring of the intense acrobatics that seemed to entice most young students to the practice of AcroYoga, Tyler began to teach more classes with just the nourishing and supportive Partner Yoga aspect of the practice.

Thus is born: Doubles Yoga.

Tyler is a lover of Movement Arts. He is a student and teacher of Chi Gong; having studied Traditional Chinese Qigong with Empty Lang of Empty Mountain, and Tibetan Shamanic Qigong with Lama Tantrapa of The Academy of Qi Dao. He has also studied extensively with Dylan Newcomb of UZAZU, formerly known as The 16 Ways. Tyler also teaches Contact Improv; a freeform partner dance expression experienced without leader or follower, allowing for freedom, experimentation, and exploration in this expressive partner movement. Tyler is the Founder Ecstatic Dance Oakland, San Francisco, Fairfax, and the Non Profit Organization: Ecstatic Dance. org Community, which helps people start Ecstatic Dances in their towns & cities around the world.