One of my favorite phrases is “Tat Tvam Asi”, or Thus thou art. A more common English way of saying this is “There but by the grace of god, go I”. I love this phrase so much, because it reminds me that I could be anyone. I could have been born into any circumstance, with different parents, in a different part of the world, with a different skin color, or a different economic place. This phrase has helped me to be less judgmental, and aided me when I completely and utterly cannot for the life of me figure out a viewpoint that I don’t agree with. “That could be me”, I say to myself. And at the very least, it helps me not be so shut off from hearing another point of view.
As a Somatics practitioner, I was trained to try to see things from the perspective of my students, not just from the outside. It helps to be able work with someone as a whole soma (body/mind/beyond) and consider what it’s like to walk in their shoes, rather than see them in one dimension. It’s a helpful practice, not just in my work, but in my daily life. These days, there are plenty of people to disagree with and polarize. Repeating “Tat Tvam Asi” could help bring more compassion and understanding to this current divisiveness we are experiencing right now.
I have a great class series coming up in January at Happy Body in Asheville. It’s one of my favorites: a 6-week Functional Somatics 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. We end each class returning back to that original movement, and see how it’s changed for us. I get really excited about these classes – it’s so much fun to see how everyone has changed after such simple and gentle movements. Below find more information on the series, and how to register.
6-Week Functional Somatics Series
Starting January 10, 2017
Week 1 Reaching to the Top Shelf
Week 2 Twisting to Look Behind Us
Week 3 Getting Up & Down Off the Floor
Week 4 Improved Walking
Week 5 Better Breathing
Week 6 Bending Over to Touch Your Toes
Happy Body, Biltmore Village
25 Reed St, Studio
$99 for the full series Register Here.
I finally got around to making some videos:
After much procrastination, I have started a YouTube channel with video talks and some basic movement explorations. Check that out here.
As always, I offer private sessions in my office at 25 Reed St in Biltmore Village, Asheville. If you’re in the Asheville area, I would love to meet you. More information about private sessions can be found here on my website.
Blessings to you and yours, and I look forward to seeing you next year.
Happy Holidays and New Year! Hope it was all wonderful and bright for everyone, and 2016 brings health and prosperity to you and yours.
Starting in January, I will be offering free monthly intro classes online. These will last a half-hour, and be a video conference format. Following an introduction of how Hanna Somatic Education can help relieve pain and improve movement, I will guide participants through one movement exploration such as the Arch & Flatten. Email me if you would like to join us, and I will send an access code for the meeting time. Make sure you have video capabilities on your computer, and enough room on the floor to move (for space about the size of a yoga mat).
January’s meetings will be Tuesday the 19th at 9am, and Wednesday the 27th at 8pm. (Times are EST).