“If there is only one truth I have found in myself, it is the voracious need I have for stretching and balancing my body.  Mongolian Contortion practice is the purest joy I have ever experienced. It is the only remedy for me. Feeling energy extend past my limbs and the peaceful concentration of my mind as I strive to embody precise alignment… I never seem to get enough.  I spend all of my waking hours, all of my dreaming hours, every tick of time I can embracing this most beautiful art form.

Serchmaa Byambaa has illuminated my soul by sharing this secret of Mongolia with me.  Her ethereal talent and happiness are expressed through her every movement.  Her teaching technique shares not only a slice of traditional art, world knowledge and experience, but also a glimpse into the life of an artist who has achieved beyond our realm of body & mind awareness.

She has been my only contortion teacher and I owe her my blossoming performing career. As a toddler, my darling mother introduced me to classical dance(ballet, jazz, tap, theater..) and artistic gymnastics. I traveled and performed these disciplines throughout my youth. Later, as a young woman struggling to reinvent myself, I tried returning to these past loves, but found no peace.  However, at the dawn of my twenties I reached for something more obscurely beautiful.  I began working under Serchmaa at the age of 21.  By then I was 8 years out of practice in any physical ability and lost as an artist.

Within a year, she taught me how to move through split and back bend positions, sit on my head, and balance on my hands. Her belief in me and willingness to push my limits opened my doors of perception.
I see her give this exuberant energy to all of her students.  She is the most magnificent dream weaver.
My goals as a contortionist are simple compared to what she has achieved and shared.  In my twist of classical Eastern dance & Mongolian Contortion, I hope to enchant audiences with sleek, charismatic movement garnished with a smile.  I want to posses peculiar powers of extraordinary posture as a cheerful cheeky character. To find myself beneath circus tents and upon starlit stages across this planet. Most of all, to make my mom and Serchmaa proud of the beautiful art they have shared with me.”

via. iNKa Siefker

iNKa Siefker


About faern!

Faern is an Artist, yoga practitioner and Photographer in San Francisco. Besides making as much time for tea as possible, you can find Faern in a yoga class, at her current art show or wandering the city via public transportation. You can visit her in various places online: FaernWorks website, Twitter, Facebook, Faern in the Works Blog.

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