Drawn to Rope: our life-drawing evenings return this Spring!

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We are beyond excited to see the return of our life-drawing event Drawn to Rope in collaboration with our friend and artiste extraordinaire, SingingTree!

Our first session back will be Wednesday May 11th 7:30-10:30pm!

Event listing here.

The format and what to expect:

  • Drop-in life-drawing sessions open to all levels
  • Guidance provided by artist and event collaborator SingingTree
  • Bring your own materials
  • Venue has bean bags & cushions on matted floor
  • Free tea & coffee available (we also have ready meals available for £3)
  • Free street parking
  • £7 per person for the evening (pay on the door: cash or card accepted)
  • After May these sessions will take place on the first Wednesday of the month

For images from our 2015 Drawn to Rope sessions, see here.

For questions, email us!

See you soon!

How to learn rope?

A lot of people ask us how to learn rope and how to progress in rope once they’ve picked up some of the basics, so we thought we’d write a post about it!

The truth is that rope can get quite addictive! In the studio we notice that rope tends to attract a lot of ‘brainy’ people full of intellectual curiosity and technical minds, so it’s not unusual for people to want to keep accumulating knowledge.

This is true whatever your intention and inclination is in rope. For some, shibari is very much an extension of their kink and sexuality and a tool to enhance intimacy and connection, for others it’s more about the ‘pretty patterns’ and the artistry, the aesthetics of the bodies bound in rope, and for others still it’s the circus-like acrobatics that appeal. In fact, this reflects the variety of backgrounds of our attendees at Anatomie – from academics, to actors to circus artists.

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Anna playing with self-suspension

Our mission is to facilitate rope education and knowledge in an environment that is inclusive, safe and positive, so we welcome and embrace all of the facets of rope and what it means to different people. Whatever your interest, at its core, rope is something that brings people together and it’s about partnership, trust, communication, friendships, love and connection.

So, how do you learn rope? And how do you get good at it?

If you live in London, you’ve very lucky as there is a thriving rope community with events for all budgets and levels of commitment. A good way to dip your toes in the water and discover rope is by attending practice events – not only do you learn things, but you also get to make friends in the community. At Anatomie we have two practice events per week and they cost a mere £7 per person, and one all day event one Saturday per month (£12).

Our Tuesday Rope Jam is open to all levels and is for open practice. This is a great evening to see what rope is all about, you can chat and make friends with our regulars in the upstairs mezzanine (tea and coffee are free), or sit in our giant bean bags in the gallery, read some books from our library corner, and watch over what people are doing in rope. You’ll be able to see anything from fancy suspensions to playful floor work – and even people treating their jute rope and geeking about it! There is usually always some level of peer to peer teaching so you can just join in and pick up some basics.

Since rope is really about people and making connections, this is a really relaxed and easy way to make friends and be part of the local community.

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Fred tying Sophia during a Tuesday Rope Jam

Our Thursday Rope Jams are perfect for absolute beginners as we do a full introduction to the space, its etiquette, and we teach a 1,5 hour total beginner taster class. Things you will learn on Thursdays include specific ties and patterns, how to control and properly tension rope, how to tie with intention, specific hand movements useful for rope, details about frictions and knots, aspects of the history and context of shibari. We try to change it up so every Thursday will be a bit different with different teachers and material. Most of the emphasis on our Thursday classes is to open your mind to what rope can be all about (‘it’s not about what you do but how you do it’ is something you will hear us say over and over!).

We emphasise that shibari is a partnership activity, it’s about much more than making pretty patterns on people, it’s about telling a story, it’s to make the rope speak and be meaningful, to do it with intention and make it feel good.

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Practice and learning at a Thursday Rope Jam

A lot of people turn up on their own on Thursdays, and a lot of first timers to the studio come on Thursdays so there is a lot of opportunities to both tie and get tied, and most importantly make friends!

If you come to enough Tuesday and Thursday evening jams, you might feel you want to learn more and progress further in your rope journey. In this case, we recommend attending classes and workshops. Start with classes that are geared towards beginners, and here you will learn in a structure way all the basic and classic patterns, ties, knots and frictions. We have a full day beginners class every month on a Sunday and you are welcome to book as a couple (or pair/duo), or as a solo attendee (you’ll pair up with one of the other solo attendees and switch during the class).

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Monthly ‘Intro to Shibari’ Class with Gestalta

Rope is all about muscle memory though so if you don’t practice, you’re likely to forget it all! So in this case you might enjoy taking advantage of our Tuesday and Thursday rope jams as a place to practice what you’ve learned. This is especially valuable because you’ll have a lot of people around you who can give you tips if you forget some aspects of what you’ve learned (including the teachers who are almost always at the jams) and you can always ask others around you to show you more things to build on what you’re learned.

If you’re still thirsty for knowledge after that, well, keep going to classes and workshops and most importantly, practicing! There is literally an infinite amount to learn about shibari, not just on the technical aspects, but the more psychological, philosophical and even historical aspects of the practice. Sometimes when we can we will have a Japanese presenter over and they will be able to add information about the more abstract details of the practice of shibari, such as interesting aspects about aesthetics, linguistic nuances and other more complex concepts related to the interaction between rigger and partner, and cultural differences between East and West that come into play in rope scenes. Other times we will have European presenters who are innovating and breaking away from tradition in some very exciting ways.

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Kasumi Hourai tying Aizen during a ‘Shibari By Night’ performance
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NoShibari Tying Kuss during a Soap Box performance night

Whatever your goal or interest, there is plenty of scope for learning and making this practice something of your own, and most importantly, plenty of scope to be part of a community and make connections with amazing people.

Interested?

Join us next time and get started!

Have questions? Message us.

Want to buy a good Japanese shibari tutorial book? Get this one!


Aside from Anatomie Studio, in London you also have Peer Rope London (the original rope meet and the oldest running rope event in London), which runs once per month on a Sunday at the Resistance Gallery, Hackney. You also have Hitchin’ Bitches, which is the female rope group (open to anyone identifying as female and to male rope bottoms). They meet once per month on a Saturday at the Flying Dutchman, Camberwell.

 

The Soap Box April: Circus meets Shibari!

Hi all,

Our next Soap Box night is taking place on April 1st and we’ll be marrying shibari with other performative arts such as circus and ballet!

The first performer has been announced: GLÜ WÜR is a Chilean artist who lives in Barcelona, where she conducts various studies, the practice of shibari mixed with acrobatic aerial being one of her specialisations.

See here for a video of her work.

“Training and performing with ropes has brought me to many people. Connecting in a different way to what people imagine about bondage. For me it is a very sensual art, rather than sexual; emotional nonverbal communication that delivers confidence through being tied up. Bonding with my play partners is a very enriching experience, and when practicing self bondage or self suspension the adrenaline is so nice, finding control over the pain.”

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Her work has been seen in Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid, London, San Francisco/CA and Santiago/Chile.

GLÜ WÜR will be performing a new variation on her show ‘Bag’ that she’s developing for The April Soap Box.

“‘Bag’ is a self suspension about non identity. Stereotypes that tend to pigeonhole people in a certain prejudices. This performance is reminder that every human being is unique and unrepeatable.”

More on GLÜ WÜR on her website: http://gluwur.flavors.me/.

The Soap Event event listing is here.

And tickets can be found here!

More information on the Soap Box can be found here.

See you soon!

Learn the quintessential shibari tie with us!

The Takate Kote is the quintessential shibari form and the one pre-requisite for most shibari classes & workshops, so come learn the basic principles and pattern of the two rope Takate Kote (or ‘TK’) with Fred in this 3,5 hour evening class!

February event listing here | March event listing here | Ticket link here

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You will also learn details on rope tension, rope flow, anatomy, safety & communication.

This is a good opportunity for those who have already learned it but want to brush up and get some supervised practice!

No rope needed. No partner needed. No experience needed.

The Cat Lounge : meet our new female-positive social!

Say hello to our new monthly(-ish) female-positive social event for making friends over food, drinks and games!

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Our studio is committed to offering a female-positive and body-positive space at all our events, and those of you who have joined us know that the vibes are always friendly, warm and safe, whether you are joining us for rope, yoga, or a performance evening.

But we understand that it can be a bit daunting to come along on your own, especially if you’re shy, unsure or maybe new to the city. So, after speaking to some of our members, we have decided to open the studio for a female-focused social every month (…-ish)!

We’re calling it ‘The Cat Lounge’ – obviously! – and this is a great place to start to make friends, get to know the space, and just chill out in our cosy pillow-filled space. This event is a social, so basically we’re going to hang out, make friends, be silly, play games, watch movies, talk about stuff. Whatever feels right really.

Event listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/993780970688361/.

If you are into one or more of the following….

* Making friends
* Eating food
* Bubbly
* Cats
* Girls night in
* Watching movies
* Hanging out in pajamas and/or onesies
* Playing games (like Twister, Cards Against Humanity or Wareworlf Daybreak)
* Hanging out with nice friendly people
* Good vibes

… Then come on over to the Cat Lounge!


If you’d like to join us, reserve your free spot here.

PS: Do you identify as a male? Please message us if you’d like to attend! 🙂


 

 

Early bird Hatha Yoga and Chakra Activation Workshops!

Reserve a spot on next year’s classes and workshops by emailing Despina at yogawithdespina@gmail.com!

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Hatha yoga classes

Held every Tuesday & Thursday 7:00-8:10am (40min asanas + 30min meditation and deep relaxation. These are beginner/Intermediate level classes, starting on Tuesday the 12th of January.
 
Brief Description:
Early morning Hatha Yoga classes for beginner/intermediate level students. Each class contains 40 min asanas and 30 minutes meditation and deep relaxation, including pranayama (breathing techniques), mantras (chanting), mudras (hand positions) and visualisation. The perfect way to start your day by awakening both your body and spirit!

Price:
  • One-month 4 class pass : £40
  • Six-week 8 class pass : £70

To book a place, send an email to yogawithdespina@gmail.com.


Chakra Activation Workshops

This is an 8-week course taking place Saturday mornings 9:00-10:30 or 10:45-12:15 (50 min asanas + 40 min meditation, deep relaxation, mantras).

Brief Description:
Chakra Activation workshops include the theory and practice to activate the seven chakras. The first session will be an introduction to the chakras and breathing techniques (pranayama). The following 7 sessions will move from the first chakra (root chakra) to the seventh one (crown chakra) in order to elevate our energy using asanas, pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, deep relaxation, visualisation, mantras (chanting) and mudras (hand positions).

Price:

  • £96 for the 8 weeks
To book a place, send an email to yogawithdespina@gmail.com.

Classes will be on the following  Saturdays:
09/01/2015
16/01/2015
***no class on the 22nd of January***
30/01/2015
06/02/2015
13/02/2015
20/02/2015
27/02/2015

05/03/2015


The classes will be taught by Despina who has been teaching yoga for many years abroad before moving to London. She currently teaches at the Royal College of Art.

For more information about Despina, please visit her website and her Facebook page.



Download a complete PDF of our schedule
HERE.


 

Thank you for a wonderful 6 months and… Happy Holidays!

Thank you for a wonderful 6 months!

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Owners Fred and Anna sharing a kiss during the Shibari Showcase Soiree December 5th 2015.

Thank you also to those who joined us for our first ever meal in the studio this past Wednesday for our Candy Candes & Kimonos Festive Meal 2015.

For this occasion, we transformed the studio into a dining room with floating bamboos and fairy lights. Our wonderful caterer Marie from A Kitten in the Kitchen prepared a beautiful gourmet 4 course meal for 19 people complete with caviar, crackling and roasted marshmallows!


We wish you all a wonderful holiday, and we will see you in January! Our first rope jam will take place January 7th.

 

Early bird Hatha Yoga coming in 2016… !

That’s right! We are adding early bird Hatha Yoga practice on weekdays and weekends in 2016!

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http://www.yogawithdespina.com

Our aerial yoga classes have been a hit with those who like their workouts to involve substantial time upside down. And now we will be adding the more grounded Hatha Yoga practice to our activities for those who are looking for a more gentle and focused yoga practice to start their day.

The classes will be taught by Despina who has been teaching yoga for many years abroad before moving to London. She currently teaches at the Royal College of Art.

For more information about Despina, please visit her website and her Facebook page.