Beyond This or That.
Immerse Your Self
Your attention is what matters most to your nervous system.
Every moment presents choices of movement and thought, for the most part obscured from awareness unless we begin to pay very close attention to the moment before we take action. An endless series of tiny decisions leads to bigger choices -or even to running out of choice if we aren’t careful .
The Famous Vagus
Here it is - an opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Okanagan Valley, AND in a deep somatic movement retreat. If you don’t already Love Naramata - You Will. And if you haven’t already experienced the power of a daily dose of Feldenkrais in a supportive environment - You Will.
I will offer the option of additional private lessons and craniosacral therapy in the afternoons or evenings.
We will cover the fundamental principles of the Feldenkrais approach and do two Awareness Through Movement ® lessons each day. We will progress to finish with a challenging movement sequence that will promote each participant to apply the ideas beyond the workshop (modifications are used to adapt to all abilities). Practically, this means making functional movements in fun and novel sequences. We always include floor work - for example: coming to sit and stand by rolling, exploring themes around walking, reaching and balancing – while taking time each day to focus briefly on anatomy and the healthy functioning of hips, shoulders, spine, knees and feet. Some working principles are:
● Applied mindfulness and self-reflection – through moving. ● Working with the novelty your brain needs to learn & adapt. ● Regaining posture that supports your health. ● Reclaiming your inner resilience and applying new tools for healthier movement. ● Verbally guided gentle movements anyone can do, to be applied in any context.
Fall Session Begins
Digestion, Emotion, Sleep & Wellbeing: the Vagal Connection
While in Washington DC this month I spent 4 days training with an Osteopath from the UK on the Enteric Nervous System, the 'famous vagus' and how emotional health and digestion are so intrinsically connected. "The vagus nerve has fibers that innervate virtually all of our internal organs. The management and processing of emotions happens via the vagal nerve between the heart, brain and gut, ..."www.upliftconnect.com
The gut has an agenda, a lot of power, and a mind of it's own. And that's before we even talk about the microbiome! In Craniosacral Biodynamics, the clinician attunes through touch and deep listening to the communication along the vagus nerve pathways,motility and the connection to the brain (Cranial Nerve 10 for the anatomy junkies out there).
Breath of Life Conference 2018
Weekly classes are the perfect way to learn and maintain the benefits of Feldenkrais. They also connect you with like minded movers and learners. There’s still time to join the fall session, and you can also purchase class passes for more flexibility.
Monthly workshops are a real boost to your weekly classes,
In Session at the Body Speaks Retreat
A quick news bulletin: my application to present my work as a Feldenkrais teacher at the Biodynamic Craniosacral Conference in Maryland this September has been accepted!
An Introduction to Access Through Movement
I will be speaking as a Feldenkrais Specialist during a day of awareness and body work: Body Speaks Retreat.
Dynamic Stability and the Art of Falling
Certified Feldenkrais practitioner and Yoga teacher Jennifer Herzog introduces the Feldenkrais method to movement and how doing simple, unfamiliar physical exercises can help activate new pathways in the brain and help increase mind and body awareness.
Why does Biotensegrity matter?
Join us for a fascinating 2-day workshop exploring how two opposites (stability and falling) are part of being human.
Stability and falling, seemingly opposite experiences in our life, are complementary actions that become one through self-preservation.
The Body’s Innate Intelligence
Imagine a tightly knit sweater as a body covering. Or a stretchy net like fabric that would reveal pulls and tugs and knots throughout the fabric. A tear or a knot in the shoulder of your body sweater could be felt quite obviously in one or both legs as well as in the head of your sweater.
How, When and Why? Getting the most from BCST
In biodynamic craniosacral therapy, we use touch as a way of communicating and listening to another person. There are two big ideas at the heart of cranial work.
Your Body’s Innate Intelligence
Vibrant health is your birthright! While stress and illness can overwhelm our lives, well-being is always available – with the right help. Healing our bodies always involves aspects of our thinking and feeling selves.
The Jaw & Neck: A Delicate Balance
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST) supports the subtle movements necessary for health in all of the structures, systems and fluids in the body.
Consider the relationship between your jaw and the top vertebra of your neck. The TMJ (jaw joints) live on either side of a critical balance point (OA Junction), and many head and neck issues can be connected to jaw misalignment and dysfunction.