It is officially summertime!
Hopefully your summer is full of sunshine and lots of outdoor time (if you’re into that sort of thing). This is the time of year when we all have the potential to feel expansive and full. It’s a time to experiment and PLAY – in the water, in the woods, one the beach, in the sun, trying new things and connecting with friends.
It is a good time for getting into your body. That expansive feeling that we have in the summer, more than in the other seasons, can help remind us that we do have the ability to release and expand. Not sure if you’re feeling it, but I feel like we just move faster and faster in our world. And if we don’t keep up, it feels as though we’ll be left behind. So what can we do to find peace and calm in this world that seems to demand go go GO? Finding a mindfulness movement practice is what helps me to find that “balance”, so I have full access to both the GO! and the Release. When we live on one side or the other for too much time, it causes our brain to think that that is the middle, when in actuality our “middle” is a little off center. Then it becomes harder to find the other way; we “forget” how to get there. A somatic movement practice helps me to find that middle place again, so I have full access to adapt to stress, on the one side, and relaxation on the other.
Latest class and workshop schedule from Day Somatics:
Functional Somatics Series in Asheville, NC
At Violet Owl Wellness
62 Wall St
Asheville, NC 28801
Four Saturdays – July 15, 22, 29, August 5
$15 drop-in, $50 for the series
Each week we will have an everyday movement as our topic (listed below). We’ll begin with an assessment of that movement, and then spend the class exploring how to improve that movement. Class concludes with a return back to that original movement, to notice how it’s changed for us.
Week 1 Reaching Higher to the Top Shelf
Week 2 Improve Your Walking
Week 3 Twisting to Look Behind You
Week 4 Better Breathing
Click Violet Owl’s website for more information and registration.
New Online Offerings:
I’m so excited to be kicking off more online series. This is the beginning of fuller programs with tons more information that will be kicking off in January. These classes make it easy for you to get in a class in the comfort of your own home, and the Practitioner series offers more information on the “hows” and “whys” of somatic movement education.
Online Myth of Aging Class Series
4-Week Myth of Aging Series:
Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23
9:30-10:30am Eastern Standard Time
In these 4 weeks, we will go over the first half of Tom Hanna’s “cat stretch” explorations, found in Somatics: Reawakening the Mind’s Control of Movement, Flexibility, and Health. These movements are a basic tonic to address the main patterns of human movement that can lead to painful muscular habits. We have many patterns that help us with all our day-to-day activities, but sometimes if we repeat the same movements over and over, it can lead to overly contracted muscles, restricting full freedom of movement. Hanna’s series helps to “re-train” the brain’s control over these patterns, enabling greater flexibility and muscle balance.
This is a conference style “virtual” classroom, where we can see each other, but for most of the class everyone (except me) has their eyes closed. Make sure you have enough room on the floor to move freely, and a camera so that I can see you. If you like, you can still participate without being seen, and still hear and see me.
Purchase the series here for $60.
Audio downloads will be made available within a week of the actual class, so no worries if you have to miss one!
4 Week Exploration Series for Somatic Practitioners
Tuesday evenings, 8-9pm EST
August 1, 8, 15, 22
Plus one private video session.
This series is for somatics practitioners from all fields and anyone else wanting to gain a little more information about the ‘hows’ and the ‘whys’ of somatic movement. We use Hanna Somatic Education as a base for discussions in neurophysiology and philosophy, will have a short, guided movement exploration, and end with a few minutes of reflection and sharing.
This is also a conference style virtual classroom. Audio available within a week of the class only to those who register here.
Private Sessions in Asheville, NC
If you are in the Asheville area, contact me for private sessions at my office at 25 Reed St in Biltmore Village. Private sessions are a great way to identify specific habituated muscle patterns that may be holding you back from living the life you want to live. I recommend starting with 3-5 sessions to establish a foundation and to incorporate somatic movement into your daily practice. Then we can schedule more regular sessions or plan for ‘maintenance’ check-ins at chosen intervals. Attending regular classes are also a great way to maintain your practice and learn new explorations.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
~ If you can sense it and feel it, you can change it.