Don’t dance around the perimeter of the person you want to be. Dive deeply and fully into it.Gabrielle Bernstein
Upper Grand Continuing Education
Oct 9, 23, 30, Nov 6, 13
Explore a practice to free yourself from habitual stress responses and unhealthy holding patterns of pain. Based on the work of Thomas Hanna, this class will explore the 8 foundational movements (with variations) and how they pertain to: 1. The 3 Stress Reflexes (Green Light, Red Light & Trauma). 2. Sensory Motor Amnesia (SMA) When the brain loses all or some of its ability to control muscle. Through habit, it has forgotten how. SMA shows up as tight, frozen, sore muscles, shallow/poor breathing, low energy, anxiety, weak muscles from constant exertion, clumsiness/poor balance, poor mental focus, postural distortions + poor weight distribution creating secondary pain conditions. Can only be overcome by EDUCATION. 3. Pandiculation: Most effective method to prevent and corrects SMA. A way of “waking up” the sensory motor cortex. 3 parts: contraction of muscles, slow controlled release, and complete relaxation. Like what your cats and dogs do when they wake up. This practice will challenge your habits and retrain your brain by creating change at the level of the nervous system. It is like giving your brain a software update.
Gentle Somatic Yoga
Saturday, Oct 27th 10am- 11:30am
A style that blends together Somatic Education (in the tradition of Thomas Hanna), yoga and meditation. The practice fosters deep awareness of bodily sensations, co-ordination and proprioception from the inside out. Somatic Education is like giving your brain a software update. It teaches you how to free yourself from habitual stress responses and unhealthy holding patterns that inhibit your potential for free and easy movement. It helps reverse chronic muscular pain by going to the root and affecting change at the central nervous system. The slow, mindful movement patterns will challenge your habits, and increase your awareness of self. Other benefits include improved posture, mobility, co-ordination, balance and stress resilience.