Sunday May 17, 2020
10:00 am – 1:00 pm (HST)
$59 (Golden Circle Membership: 20% for single workshop)
$79 for Heart Strength weekendSign up now!
Heart, Vagus Nerve, Face & Gut Connection
On Sunday we continue strengthening the heart while freeing the neck, the face, jaw and tongue. With Feldenkrais/SmartMoves lessons we may take years off our faces, make our smile more radiant and our mouth more spacious. Many invisible benefits will become apparent from within.
As highly evolved beings, we possess a very adaptive vagus nerve that connects the brain and its busy activities with our gut. How does it do that? Through the heart! As the longest nerve in our body, the vagus nerve integrates the thoughts of the mind – as they play upon our facial expressions and in our voice – with that “gut feeling” by GOING THROUGH THE HEART! We find that a strong heart center integrates the ideas and sociability of the mind with instinctive information that comes from the gut. This allows us to adapt and self-regulate in ways that reptiles, for example, cannot do, being confined to instinct only.
This workshop seeks to integrate the work of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais – an early pioneer of neuroplasticity, who worked wonders on human health via the mind-body connection through the nervous system – with Dr Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal theory, on the vagus nerve connecting our higher and lower centers:the Neuroscience of Polarisation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmkG5l7CaGw) Additionally, Chinese medicine teaches that the tongue has an intimate connection with both the jaw and the heart.
To find practical applications for improving your health and strengthening your heart, your teacher Eva Geueke draws from her decades of experience as a Feldenkrais practitioner, as well as her extensive work in Mantac Chia’s Qigong practice and Emily Conrad’s Continuum practice.
Attendees will have access to a video recording session for a days after the workshop, at a modest price.
Students appreciate Eva’s sincere care for their health and excellence on every level. Her range of personal experience in various moving art forms and her understanding of movement in the human body are vast. She studied Dance in Holland at the prestigious Rotterdam’s Dance Academie and then went on to later study in New York City. She has trained in a wide range of dance forms such as: Ballet, Modern Dance, Post Modern Dance/Release Technique, Axis Syllabus, Body-Mind Centering, Contact Improvisation, African Dance and currently Hula.
Eva Alewa Geueke has been a guild certified Feldenkrais® practitioner for 30 years. She came to the Feldenkrais Method® as a young professional dancer and it changed her understanding of the brain, body, movement and therefore, herself forever. Since completing the 4-year Professional Feldenkrais Training in 1987 she has been teaching the Feldenkrais Method® internationally in thousands of private sessions, week long seminars, and hundreds of week-end workshops and evening classes.
Eva loves to share her knowledge and passion for conscious movement and to help people improve and excel in all areas of their lives. She taught Yoga Aerobics® in NYC in the 80’s before getting to know the Feldenkrais Method. Eva is a teacher of Contemporary dance, Qigong-Universal Tao of Mantak Chia, a Capoeirista (Brazilian martial arts), WaveContinuum practitioner and a choreographer.
Price: $40. Golden Circle Members $30. Early Bird $34. – before Jan 25
Still dealing with a sore, stiff back? Let’s get your back on track for the new year. The brilliance of the Feldenkrais Method® empowers you to teach your body smart movement techniques for the spine, whether standing, walking, turning, or getting up and down. Through a specific training in awareness combined with exact understanding of the mechanics of the body, you receive tools a) to prevent damage in your spine and b) if there is already damage, to correct the very habits that continue to hurt you. Many people report that they learn to gain relief of pain over the short run and long run using Feldenkrais® movement techniques.
Join us. Your back and spine will thank you!