I was very excited to partner with a former circus acrobat for our next Retreat to Antigua, especially since I am a huge Cirque du Soleil fan! Virgile has lived quite the untraditional and exciting life as a former acrobat with Cirque du Soleil and then a teacher of acrobats and now a professional handstand coach to many yogis. Read on to learn more about Virgile and the upcoming Well Xplored Retreat to Antigua. - DAWN OLIVER
WX: How did you begin your Journey of Living a Conscious Lifestyle?
I started to trained acrobats during my first tour with Cirque du Soleil in 1991.
WX: What are your Personal Wellness Rituals or Routines?
My morning daily routine start with a little yoga for warm up, followed from my handstand practice and stretches before to go teaching.
WX: Is there a particular place in the World that inspires you most?
Indonesia, Argentina, Brazil, Japan
WX: What are your essential items to Pack for a Wellness Retreat?
Open mind to learn, positive attitude and training gears
WX: If there is one thing you hope for people to take away from your Retreat what would it be?
Great memories and an a handstand training program
WX: How has your Yoga & Spiritual practice changed your life?
Can't practice my handstand without it
As healthy as possible with a little chocolate on the side
Motocycle, Arts, Hiking
Handstand and headstand
Wander the streets of NYC and new country
Listening Music, Dinner with friends, shows
ABOUT VIRGILE: Born February 18, 1971 in Châteauroux France, Virgile Peyramaure grew up in show business. His father ran a small circus company, his mother was a wardrobe mistress. For a time Virgile considered a ballet career. But he eventually opted for the circus. At age fifteen he entered the Centre National des Arts du Cirque, the French state circus college in Châlons-en-Champagne, where he was trained and mentored by the legendary Claude Victoria. Under the wing of Claude Victoria, he developed a hand-to-hand balancing act with another student at the Centre.
Virgile embarked on a brilliant international career that took him to prominent venues such as Circus Knie in Switzerland, Cirque du Soleil in Canada, Circus Roncalli, Berlin’s Wintergarten in Germany, Paris’s Lido in France and many more around the world.
In 1995, Virgile won a Gold Medal at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain in Paris. He first performed his impressive act in the U.S. at the Big Apple Circus in 1996-97 and returned in 2000-01 for their farewell season.
Virgile remained at the Big Apple Circus. He became a member of its resident company where he performed and became Assistant Performance Director and Assistant Artistic Director of the Big Apple Circus. In 2017, Virgile was hired to coach the Handstand and Hand to Hand acts for the Cirque du Soleil show Crystal.
Over the past two years Virgile has been traveling throughout the United States teaching and sharing his thirty plus years of knowledge and experience within the acrobatic art of handstand and hand to hand. Currently, Virgile teaches workshops, private and master classes in New York City.