Shoulders – September 2009

In the month of September, Ron is teaching a series of Wednesday evening Feldenkrais classes that explore the shoulders—learn how to let your shoulders settle, float on your chest, and free your neck and ears from the job of holding them up! (I’ll be filling in on September 9.)

This is a good lead-in to October’s theme on connecting the fingers to the spine.

You can attend the full month of classes on the theme for the full experience, or drop in as your schedule permits. Contact the Yoga Loft at 429-3330 for info and registration.

Fall 2009 Feldenkrais Classes and Workshops in Halifax

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This fall at the Yoga Loft in Halifax, monthly themes continue for the Wednesday evening Awareness Through Movement class (7:15-8:15–you’ll find it called “Movement Made Easy” on the new Yoga Loft website), with my fellow Feldenkrais teacher Ron Renz and I now alternating months, instead of alternating weeks. I’ll be teaching in October and December (and so on from that point)–and my upcoming themes can be found under Upcoming Themes of the Month.

I’ll also be offering two-hour workshops on the second Sunday of each month, 11 am – 1 pm. The themes for these can be found on the kinesophics website under Upcoming Workshops.

Here’s some more detail. As always, contact the Yoga Loft at 429-3330 for pricing/more info/registration.

October 2009 Wednesday class theme: Fingers to spine

Fine motor control in the fingers and freedom in the neck and shoulders go hand in hand (so to speak). Find the connections in this month’s series of Feldenkrais lessons exploring freedom of the clavicle and shoulder blades in relation to the chest and spine, and the transmission of subtle forces from the core to the fingertips and back again. This series will be especially useful for musicians, people using the computer keyboard, and anyone working with their hands.

December 2009 Wednesday class theme: Distributing the work—finding your healthy spine

Do you have a “problem spot” in your back or neck? Both under-using and over-using various parts of yourself can result in the perception of a problem in a given location. Using clever and subtle techniques, we can make small adjustments in our habitual patterns of over- and under-use, with the potential to offer significant release of old aches and pains. In this month’s series of Feldenkrais lessons, you’ll become acquainted with vertebrae you didn’t know you have, and learn to perceive your spine in 360 degrees.

September 13, 2009 Workshop: Agile awareness

What we choose—consciously or habitually—to attend to and to ignore creates our world. The most powerful route to undoing persistent trouble spots in our bodies is to “unstick” our awareness. In this pair of Feldenkrais lessons, working with global movement themes, we will develop awareness of our habits of attention, and become more skillful in letting go of those habits, maintaining multiple levels of awareness, and letting our awareness move freely.

October 11, 2009 Workshop: Embodied emotions

What would your face feel like if it carried a little less history with it? What are the broad patterns of somatic engagement in emotional response to others? Underlying our emotional history and stories are the ways we feel in and through our bodies. These can themselves be explored and experimented with. In this workshop we will develop the experience of an open face and tie this, in a playful lesson, to fundamental primate themes of moving towards and away from others.

November 8, 2009 Workshop: Breath, posture, and voice

Finding the support of your skeleton—the essence of “good posture”—transforms your breathing and changes your voice. Conversely, by exploring how we breathe, we explore and transform our habitual posture. In this pair of Feldenkrais lessons, we will use breath and voice to find skeletal support, and use movement to transform postural holding and hence open up our breathing and voice.

December 13, 2009 Workshop: Integrating life and action

At any moment, we act intentionally, and at the same time are supported by the “vegetative” processes, such as breathing, digesting, circulating blood. The autonomic and the intentional are integrated in action—the more sensitively these processes co-exist and support one another, the more vital, calm, and energetic we can be. In this pair of Feldenkrais lessons, we’ll explore the integration of breath and action, and the integration of rhythmic action of the sphincter muscles with intentional movement of the whole body.