January 2010

Hello everyone, and happy new year! (It it’s a new year for you, that is.)

Ron’s taking on the theme of Discovering the Center and the Self this month, starting on Wednesday at the Yoga Loft.

Don’t miss the workshop Sunday, January 10 (1-3 pm) on Breath, Posture, and Voice–Call the Loft at 429-3330 to register. Description here: http://kinesophics.ca/feldenkrais_halifax/breath_posture_and_voice

December’s lessons around the theme “Distributing the work–Finding your healthy spine” are posted here: http://kinesophics.ca/feldenkrais_halifax/distributing_work_finding_your_healthy_spine_december_2009. The series became much more about differentiating and bringing alive the front of the body than our usual “back there” sense of the spine as behind us.

-Lynette

Breath, posture, and voice

A Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement workshop, Sunday January 10, 2010, 1 – 3 pm.

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.

At the Yoga Loft, Suite 301, 5663 Cornwallis St. (off the Commons–see Google maps). Advance registration required. Call 429-3330 for more information about costs and to register.

November Feldenkrais workshop and themes

Coming up this Saturday (November 8) 1-3 pm at the Yoga Loft–a pair of Feldenkrais lessons exploring the embodiment of emotions. No need to share your stories, regress, or let out a primal scream–this is purely an exploration of the somatic experience of carrying emotions or neutrality in the face, and of the whole-body action patterns that primates might use to get friendly, or express hostility. (Okay, maybe there will be a little sound production involved.) http://kinesophics.ca/feldenkrais_halifax/embodied_emotions for more info; call the Yoga Loft at 429-3330 (and/or let me know) to register.

Ron’s on to teaching knees this month as November’s theme! Next month (December) I’m back with filling in the gaps along the spine, and sensing the spine in 360 degrees.

I’ve managed to get three of the four September finger-to-spine ATMs recorded and posted on the web at

-Lynette

October 09 news–new class series, and recordings on-line!

Hello everyone,

The big news at kinesophics.ca is that I’ve started recording lessons again. You can find the two lessons we did in the “Agile Awareness” workshop at the top of the page here: http://kinesophics.ca/category/podcast

The big news in Halifax is that October’s theme–fingertips to spine–starts tonight at the Yoga Loft. I will teach a series of four brand new lessons over the month, for those of you who have been coming a long time–but perfectly accessible ones, for those of you who are new. We start tonight with developing the skeletal path from the fingertips to the spine, and then continue with a more neurological take on the differentiation of the fingers and freedom in the core.

For directions and info, visit http://kinesophics.ca/feldenkrais_halifax/wednesday_evening_atm_class.

And as for why my content management system has given you the links twice–I can only say drupal works in mysterious ways. Apologies.

-Lynette

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

Welcome to the resurrected kinesophics.ca Feldenkrais newsletter, from Lynette Reid’s Feldenkrais practice in Halifax NS.

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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.

The Spine – June 2009

A structure with the most extraordinary combination of flexibility and stability runs right through the centre of you—your spine. June’s classes will help you discover its length, its curves, its strength, its adaptability, and its central role in all your actions.

You can benefit from these classes whatever your abilities, and whether your goal is performance refinement, increased self-awareness, and/or injury recovery. Movements are developed slowly and safely, while taking you to surprising new achievements.

Wednesdays, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m., at Yoga Loft, Suite 301, 5663 Cornwallis St.

Feet – May 2009

Our feet are much more sensitive and flexible than we imagine—waking up their capacities increases our sense of grounding and sends cascading benefits all up the chain, to the knees, hips, spine, neck and shoulders.

May’s Feldenkrais classes will explore the feet from many different angles.

You can benefit from these classes whatever your abilities, and whether your goal is performance refinement, increased self-awareness, and/or injury recovery. Movements are developed slowly and safely, while taking you to surprising new achievements.

Wednesdays, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m., at Yoga Loft, Suite 301, 5663 Cornwallis St.

Workshops – Spring 2009

In these mini-workshops, you can try out the Feldenkrais Method (or, if you already do Feldenkrais, get a deeper experience of a theme)–and move into your weekend feeling relaxed, focused, and renewed. All workshops are at the Yoga Loft, Suite 301, 5663 Cornwallis St. (off the Commons–see Google maps. Call 429-3330 to register ($30/workshop).

From fingertip to fingertip – connecting across the shoulders

Saturday, **Jan 31** (change of date) 2009, 10.30-12.30
Does the pinky on your right hand know what the thumb on your left hand is doing? This pair of Feldenkrais lessons will show you how much better your neck and shoulders feel when they connect (instead of isolating) the fine movements of your fingers.

Improving your cross-legged sitting

Saturday, Mar 7 2009, 10.30-12.30
Do your “tight hips” keep you from sitting cross-legged with ease? What might your feet – and your spine – be able to do to help you with this common function? This pair of Feldenkrais lessons will leave you breathing easier when you sit on the floor.

Crawling onto land

Saturday, Apr 4 2009, 10.30-12.30
Relive your skeleton’s evolutionary history with a pair of Feldenkrais lessons that explore ancient patterns of locomotion. Swim like a fish! Crawl like a lizard! And awaken fundamental patterns of movement relevant to the more mundane, human ways of getting around.

From the floor to standing and back again

Saturday, May 9 2009, 10.30-12.30
Does the floor seem a long way away? Does it cost you effort to get down to it and back up again? This simple pair of Feldenkrais lessons will help you find the path with surprising ease.

Hips – March 2009

Find your hips! Free your hips! Discover how the balance of movement between your torso and legs can ease the work of your back. Experience the power of the hips.

In the month of March, Wednesday evening Feldenkrais classes will explore the hips.

You can benefit from these classes whatever your abilities, and whether your goal is performance refinement, increased self-awareness, and/or injury recovery. Movements are developed slowly and safely, while taking you to surprising new achievements.

Wednesdays, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m., at Yoga Loft, Suite 301, 5663 Cornwallis St.