Saturday, July 4, 2020
9:00 – 11:00 am (HST)
- Raffle for 12 students to take the SuperClass in person (available for combo-1 only)
- 3 LIVE ONLINE, INTERACTIVE class combo options for EVERYONE
- Each combo offers 4 mini-classes, each 20 minutes long
- Featuring a dozen of our fantastic teachers
Combo 1 (9:00-11:00am)
Beginner Pilates with Murat | Foam Roller with Murat | Hula with Malia | MELT Stress Reduction with Katharine
Combo 2 (9:00-11:00am)
Feldenkrais with Eva | Tai Chi with Dr. Wong Kai Ming | Hatha Yoga with Zeny | Turkish Belly Dance with Murat
Combo 3 (9:00-11:00am)
ELDOA for Back Pain with Marla | Nia with Valerie | Feldenkrais with Erica | Sound Healing with Joelle
For the first time in many months we are opening our doors (for a soft opening) to 12 lucky students to take class in person! Everyone else is joining SuperClass online.
What better way to get fit and feel good than by tapping into a greater collective energy?!? Join us for a healthy start to your holiday! By attending our annual 4th of July SuperClass, you have a chance to experience 4 mini-classes in just 2 hours. Lots of movement forms: some familiar, some of you might have never even heard of. Lots of fun!
Of our 3 different class combos, choose one that tickles your fancy. May we suggest that you try something new? Warm up with some gentle yoga to the sounds of an Indian harmonium or Move It with joyful Nia. Move to the Hawaiian tunes with Hula, and then shake it up with Belly Dance!
Become one of the 12 students to take our Superclass at Still & Moving Center, as we re-open our doors for the first time since March 17. Enter the In-Person SuperClass Raffle by going to our Facebook page.
Raffle selection will be made on Monday, June 29th at 5:00 pm.
We look forward to moving with you!
We want to let you know about the safety protocols we are taking at the studio. Sanitation and spacial distancing of 6 ft. will be required throughout the classes, as well as in our communal spaces.
Everyone attending the SuperClass in person will be wearing a mask – teachers, staff and 12 in-person students. Wearing masks meets our understanding of regulations governing businesses here on Oahu during COVID-19, and more importantly, helps to prevent spreading infection via air droplets.
Contactless temperature checks will be taken outside the door, before entering the center, and no props will be used to minimize touching shared surfaces.
As a kid, I always loved big ideas. Maybe all kids do. Did you? I recall coming across our rambunctious 5-year-old son sitting still, alone in the middle of a play day, on top of his bunk bed. “Whatja thinkin’ about, Shankar?” I asked. “Infinity,’ he startlingly replied. For me, Still & Moving Center is becoming a place, more and more, where large-hearted, deep thinking takes place, as well as fabulous physical activities..
Imagine ideas giving the mind a workout, just as play, calisthenics, dance, etc. exercise the body. Little Renée also adored her time on the playground. Pumping back and forth on a swing, to the very top of each arc, is akin to viewing the world from a broad sweep of perspectives, from the top extreme to the opposite extreme. Hopscotch requires a light-footed agility, similar to mental agility in the face of new facts. Swinging from ring to ring on the monkey bars involves a shoulder motion called brachiation, suggesting the looseness with which we can release fixed points of view and move onward. Jumping rope strengthens our base – feet, ankles, knees, legs and hips – requiring steadiness, timing, and repeated grounding. The see-saw challenges our sense of balance. The metal push merry-go-round teaches us that going to the center gives us the still point, while going to the edge whirls us wildly through space. Down the slide requires letting go, enjoying the ride!
So, to me, exercising the mind goes hand in hand with exercising the body for whole health as a human being. I’ve been on a quest to find both.
As a bird longs to be on the wing in the open sky, I crave to live in the wide world of thought. From my earliest times, I’d quietly hang on the outskirts of adult conversations, listening for ideas that would carry my mind to broader perspectives. And I read a lot. I mean, I ate up books. One of my favorites was a big book on World Religions. That fascinated me with many ways of explaining how the world began and why we were here.
Of course every child loves stories. A story drew me in like a spider wrapping up a fly. Why is that? I think stories help us make sense of the world. We can see how the causes people set into motion play out into logical – even if surprising – results. Look how Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol comes to see how his life so far has damaged others, and finally chooses to utterly redeem himself from his tight, mean, miserly life to one of full-hearted generosity. Such stories teach that transformation is possible!
Watching sad news on black and white television made me deeply wonder how such terrible things could happen, and how we could make the world a more livable place for everyone. Surely you had events in your childhood that led you to similar questions. Remember?
My parents were part of the World Federalist movement, and I especially liked listening to their discussions with those friends. I’m just learning now that famous advocates of World Federalism include Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Camus and Winston Churchill. Wow! No wonder I was interested in THOSE conversations! World Federalism started during and after World War II, as a way a way to avoid future wars.
I devoured fantasy and science fiction books that envisioned worlds that COULD BE. “A Wrinkle in Time” captivated my imagination: three youngsters “on a journey through space and time, from universe to universe, as they endeavor to save [their] father and the world…. The novel wrestles with questions of spirituality and purpose, as the characters are often thrown into conflicts of love, divinity, and goodness,” per Wikipedia. Yep, that’s my kind of book!
One day, probably when I was home buried in a book and all the other kids on the block were outside playing – my mom suggested that I might want to make some more friends. I responded, “My books are my friends, and when I want more people friends, I’ll go out and make some.”
By 7th grade I left my bookworm habits behind, but you know, I didn’t really know who I was looking for. I could not have put into words, “I’m looking for friends with big ideas for the world.” By the time I got to college, I was finally able to find people like that, including my now husband Cliff.
At UC Santa Barbara. I heard about a Professor Raghavan Iyer, as an amazing speaker who always wore a red or orange or gold colored shirt to class. I recall sitting in the big lecture hall next to Cliff, waiting for the professor, when suddenly a small-statured Indian man, wearing – yes – a deep orange shirt under his dark jacket, came striding down the aisle. As he began speaking, I was transfixed.
The ideas that streamed non-stop out of Professor Iyer’s mouth for the next hour filled every nook and cranny of my mind… and then kept pushing it out farther and farther. The topic was something about politics, religions and literature… I can no longer recall the subject matter – only that these were stupendous ideas about the human race, its problems and its possibilities. My note-taking hand cramped trying to keep up with his full flood of remarkable notions from East and West, ancient times and modern headlines. But my hand cramp was nothing compared to the panting satisfaction that my mind and heart felt bathing in his colossal vision of a possible world that we – those of us sitting there in that very hall – could bring into being.
When Professor Iyer’s soaring lecture finally touched down and came to a close, a breathless pause ensued, then every person in the hall sprang to their feet and burst into a long, standing ovation. And for the next three years that I took Professor Iyer’s classes, I experienced all of our eyes brighten, our hearts swell, and our minds sail on the winds of his ideas for a more intelligent, compassionate world.
Soon Cliff found out that Professor Iyer, with a number of his students, were restoring an old Victorian house in downtown Santa Barbara to create something called the Institute of World Culture. Danson from Kenya, Ingrid from Germany, Carl from Quaker country in Pennsylvania, and all manner of other idealistic people worked through the weeknights and over their weekends to restore the house to the stately beauty the Institute deserved.
On July 4, 1976, the Institute of World Culture opened with the Declaration of INTERdependence! I include that Declaration below in Word to the Wise. From then on, Cliff and I feasted on endless programs devoted to lifelong learning, from Mozart’s music, to Ramunagen’s mathematics, to Vandanava Shiva’s seed banking, to Shakespeare’s play the Tempest, to how saving the wolves transformed Yellowstone National Park. And most of the programs were put on by the members themselves, learning about and presenting the subject matter. We also received remarkable visiting presenters, such as His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama.
Moving to the islands in 2002, I missed the Institute’s programs and conversations – my life of the mind. However, Cliff and I found so much richness in the Hawaiian culture, it hugely helped the transition. Cliff dove into paddling Hawaiian canoes, encountering the legendary Hawaiian kupuna (elder) Nappy Napoleon. And thank my lucky stars, I met kumu Mālia Helelā, who so graciously shares her tradition through hula, ōlelo (language), history, love of the ‘aina (land), and the generous heart of aloha.
Fortunately, too, I became better acquainted with a vast range of movement practices from around the world through Still & Moving Center. In addition to hula from the islands, we had Bharata Natyam dancing, Bollywood and yoga all from India. Tai Chi came from China and Qigong came from Korea. Israel gave us Feldenkrais, and we got belly dance from both Egypt and Turkey… and the list just keeps growing – like the new ELDOA from France. We are essentially creating a world university of mindful movement. And we have always kept conversation going through our weekly Satsang centered on our Still & Moving Center Almanac of inspirational quotes from around the globe.
I still keenly missed our wide-ranging programs and conversations at the Institute of World Culture.
With the pandemic came a pause, a pivotal turning point, and something shifted. Suddenly, at the time of our 9th birthday, Still & Moving Center went online, and went global. Overnight, our friends from across the map could join our classes without flying to Hawaii. I realized, “This is our chance at Still & Moving Center to cultivate the life of the mind!”
Our banquet table for the mind grew more plentiful. All our meditative offerings are free of charge and online. We now provide two seated meditation sessions a week. Our Sunday Satsang gathering is now frequented by off-island participants for a fuller diversity of viewpoints. On Fathers Day, for example, we talked about how the living practice of fatherhood has evolved over the generations in Japan, the Philippines and the U.S.
Our ‘Gems from the Wisdom Tradition – a Conversation Circle’, an online weekly gathering, launched in April with 14 participants from various islands, states and countries, all talking about fascinating, make-a-difference ideas. Some of our friends from the Institute of World Culture attended, too! Yay! Last week at Gems, kumu Maliā approached the Buddhist topic of Right Speech by addressing the Hawaiian proverb:“I ka ʻŌlelo no ke Ola” – In the Language there is Life, complete with chanting in Hawaiian. And I loved hearing the ancient Greek story of Prometheus stealing fire from the gods on Mount Olympus for humanity – hearing that fire in fact represents the light of the mind, which, like a candle, can be shared over and over, illuminating the darkness, without ever being diminished itself. Wonderful stuff. My body and mind are now both satisfied now!
Ironically, I spent a quarter century after college pursuing the life of the mind without much physical exercise at all, until I started practicing Nia and moved to Hawaii in 2002. Through Nia and the moving practices at Still & Moving Center, I had learned an important lesson. So I had slated myself in 2020 to go to San Diego, Brazil and the Ukraine to give talks on the Joy of movement, I wanted to convince some rather sedentary, philosophical groups to get up and move their bodies if they really wanted to have healthy minds.
And instead I’m finding myself bringing more of the life of the mind to a place where people love to move. Don’t you just love it?!?
And there’s more to come! AHHHHHH…………
By Dr. Wong Kai Ming
It’s important to have an inquisitive mind and always ask questions for an active, healthy brain!
Our reality is only our perception bound by the limits held in our thoughts. As Tsung-Mi explains, “One does not realize that the objective world appears out of the delusion of one’s own mind.”
Meditation focused on higher resonance can allow one to elevate one’s spirit to higher dimensions. Easier said than done. “How to do…” is really the point.
To go beyond, we can ask “What is Mind?” and “What is possible?” Cultivating an inquisitive mind – always seeking beyond all the limitations of our present state – spurs us to find that higher resonance.
Wednesdays, 7:15-8:15 pm (HST)
Started June 3rd, 2020
In-person classes start July 8th, 2020Sign up now for IN-PERSON class!
Trauma Sensitive Yoga is an embodied movement and yoga practice that gives you an opportunity to move in your body and reconnect with your sense of self.
This specific style of yoga facilitation is an evidence-based movement practice, and is designed to work with those who have experienced trauma. The practice uniquely blends yoga movements and trauma awareness. This provides a space for you to reconnect with yourself by moving in your body. You will be guided through the opportunity to feel, and to rediscover sensation and choice making in your body to cultivate a sense of agency – both of which are often compromised as a result of trauma.
Some things that make this style of yoga different from other styles are the emphasis of choice in every type of movement or breath offering, and the focus on sensations that you may or may not be feeling in your body. The facilitator will always practice with you in this style of yoga, and will not provide hands on assists. If you have questions about whether or not this practice may be a fit for you, please reach out to us.
From as far back as she can remember, expressing herself through movement and dance has always brought Alana happiness, and brought her back to her center.
When asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Alana always responded, “I want to work with people,” but she did not understand what that meant. As an adult, she found a career in the social services arena and as a yoga teacher. Alana earned a Master’s in Community Development and Planning, her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification, and most recently her TCTSY-F (Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga – Facilitator) certification.
Through personal life lessons and through her professional work with families experiencing homelessness and domestic violence, Alana continues to deepen her understanding of the life-long impact that trauma can have on us as human beings, and on the ways we navigate through this world. Through offering trauma sensitive yoga to the community, she hopes to move with others through their more “muddy” life experiences. She hopes to provide a space where each individual can reconnect with their sense of self and find their way back to their “center”.
“I would be honored for you to move with me.” – Alana
Still & Moving Center
For your health and those around you, and in accordance with public regulations, Still & Moving Center has adopted the following measures to minimize contagion.
As of July 2020, in-person classes are limited to a maximum of:
12 students in the Barefoot Ballroom
5 students in the Dance Dojo.
Due to limited class sizes, students who wish to attend classes in person need to register in advance through our website.
By entering the building you agree to follow these protocols:
7 POINT PROTOCOL LIST
- Wear a FACEMASK IN CLASS and throughout the building.
- Wash your hands before entering building and sanitize frequently thereafter
- Receive a touchless temperature reading upon entering: 100 degrees or more, no entry.
- Bring your own yoga mat and equipment, or you can rent or buy it from us.
- If possible, remove yourself from the room to cough or sneeze. If you cannot, cough/sneeze into your inner elbow. Leave the building for the day if you continue to cough or sneeze.
- Maintain spatial distance of 6 feet in class and throughout the building.
- Bring in your own water, and eat outside the building. (You may rent or buy: mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps.)
Mahalo for your kokua in protecting your own health
and the health of those around you!
Sundays, 8:00 – 9:00 am (HST)
Starting July 5, 2020Sign up now!
Welcome to Meditation for a Healthy Peaceful World, inspired by a recent talk given by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, about resilience, compassion, and the science of healing during these times. In his talk, the Dalai Lama spoke of the Oneness of all the 7 billion people on the planet.
He spoke of a healthy peaceful world.
For the next 5 weeks, let us focus our gaze, intention, and our hearts on the future of One Humanity, for all 7 billion people on this beautiful planet. Each week we will work through a guided heart-opening meditation with the Healthy Peaceful World as the focus.
Heart Opening for a Healthy Peaceful World Weekly Flow
Week 1: Heart to Heart Meditation
Week 2: Forgiveness Meditation
Week 3: Gratitude Meditation
Week 4: Loving-Kindness Meditation
Week 5: Meditation for All of My Relations
For the original talk given by his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama see the link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDeC4_fsEUE
This meditation series is for all levels. No prior experience is needed. All welcome!
Other mindful meditations & conversations – FREE offerings
Miku is deeply passionate about living in harmony with the self, others and all beings. She truly believes that each one of us contains the seeds of wisdom for the universe and the true purpose of being a teacher is to help guide each person to access the wisdom they already hold within themselves.
An experienced meditation practitioner and circle facilitator, Miku was raised in a mindfulness tradition and has trained with Dr. Eric Carroll at the Center for Vibrant Living for the past 7 years. She has guided weekly meditation, movement, and community dialogue circles since 2013 and facilitated a number of workshops in the greater Seattle area over the years most recently including Soulshine, Songaia, and Star Community. She has also presented mindfulness, yoga, and movement offerings at festivals and gatherings such as Beloved, Flowstate and the Northwest Permaculture Convergence.
Directions for getting in the online Zoom class:
1. One hour in advance, kindly sign up for your live online class on in MindBody / on our website. Our desk staff will then email you a link to your class on Zoom.
2. Please use the link to sign into Zoom, 5-7 minutes before class, allowing extra time to download the the app if you are new to Zoom.
3. Contact the desk staff at 808.397.7678 for troubleshooting.
毎週月曜日 Monday 2:00 – 3:00 pm (HST ハワイ)
２０２０年７月１３日スタート！ Starting July 13, 2020
＊このクラスは日本語で行われます。This class is taught only in Japanese.Sign up now!
As a special, interactive feature, this class opens with Aloha Sparkle ✨ by Still & Moving Center’s Ambassador of Aloha, Doris Morisaki. Doris will greet you during the first 10 minutes before class (1:50 pm) as you check into Zoom. She will give a brief Aloha Sparkle ✨ tip just before you start class: a humorous Hawaiian habit, an interesting Hawaiian or Pidgin word, a Hawaiian food tip or a fun place to go in Hawaii.
BOWSPRING YOGA class that Kenta teaches develops the natural curves of your spine and body, avoiding traditional Hatha yoga poses, which tend to be more linear. By mindfully holding curvy, bow-shaped postures during the 60 minute class, you can alleviate back pain, stiffness in your shoulders, and other chronic pain. You will sharpen your mental focus, while toning, limbering and balancing your body.
This cutting edge yoga style was developed by Desi Springer and John Friend in 2012. Kenta’s class is OPEN TO ALL LEVELS, and is good for everyone, including beginners, seniors and serious yoga students wanting to try something new.
Kenta Nakano 中野憲太
Kenta had no experience in yoga until he was forty years old. Once he returned home to Japan from 7 years working in Los Angeles, California as a top-ranked burger chef, he started to seriously study yoga.
He became so engaged in yoga, he certified as a ERYT200 yoga teacher trainer, and has trained thousands of Japanese students since 2011 – both in Japan and in Hawaii, providing them with RYT200 certificates.
Kenta started studying Bowspring Yoga in 2013 after taking a workshop with Desi Springer and John Friend in San Francisco. The Bowspring method impressed him in its difference from the traditional hatha yoga he had been practicing. He says, “The lessons were unforgettable, especially the “skydiver” pose, which was very exciting, tough, and nearly killed me!”
Practicing Bowspring changed his mind, body and health. He recovered from years of kidney stones and lower back pain. Knowing that he wanted to share this mind-body method with the rest of Japan, he set up two Studio Bowspring locations in Tokyo. Now the CEO of LIVEWELL, Inc, Kenta operates 20 hot yoga studios across Japan, called HOT40 Yoga. They also teach “Hot Bow” classes there!
Twenty years ago, and for a short period of time, Kenta was a Kabuki theater actor. In addition to theater, he proudly studies and treasures Japanese culture and Zen philosophy. As you may know, the word “Kata” originates from the Zen Philosophy concept of mindfulness. As a Global Bowspring certified teacher trainer, he believes it to be his dharma (duty) to integrate the new yoga technique of the Bowspring method with traditional Asian culture. As a life-long learner, Kenta continues to study Bowspring from Desi, John, and other respected teachers.
Doris Morisaki ドーリス・モリサキ
クム・フラ（フラのマスター講師）マリア・ヘレラの下で８０００時間のトレーニングを受け、アラカイ・フラ（フラのリーダー）としてクラスのサポートをしてきたドーリスはクム ・マリアのようにフラを踊りながら、ウクレレを弾き、歌います。日本語で “I Love Hula”クラスを教えています。
Born to Japanese parents in Hawaii, Doris grew up speaking both Japanese and English. A true daughter of the islands, Doris exudes a vivacious genuineness for what she loves and believes in. Doris is well-loved for sharing her aloha – her friendship and warmth. Starting from her years working at Hilton Hawaiian Village hotel, Doris loves to share every good thing her island home has to offer.
Doris is steeped in the dance of Hawaii, hula. With 8,000 hours of training with Mālia Helelā, kumu hula (master teacher of hula), Doris has earned the position of alaka’i hula (hula leader). She sings and plays ukulele while dancing hula. She teaches “I Love Hula” class in Japanese.
An avid cook (Hawaiians LOVE food, and Doris is a “foodie” herself), Doris has a fun-loving nature that comes out when she helps her husband, a medical doctor, make fabulous balloon art in their spare time!
Student Testimonials: 生徒の声
“Kenta is an energetic Bowspring teacher. He has an aura of passion and authority. His Bowspring classes make me feel as if it’s too hard to catch up to him. However, after his class, I actually feel great and my body and mind are relaxed. I will be taking more classes soon.”
– Osamu Abe, Tokyo, Japan
“Kenta’s guidance and instruction is clear and easy to understand. He is very vivid and energetic. His adjustments and explanations are direct and to the point. His classes always help to make my back relaxed, my breathing easier, and my heart and mind peaceful.”
– Akane Suzuki, Tokyo, Japan
毎週金曜日 Fridays 3:30-4:30pm (HSTハワイ)
２０２０年７月１０日スタート Starting July 10, 2020
＊このクラスは日本語で行われます。This class is taught only in Japanese.Sign up now!
Yukie says, “In my classes, I focus on the importance of how YOUR body is feeling. I teach you to choose the movement that feels joyful and healing for you. I provide content for everybody, so that even someone dancing for the first time can join comfortably.
I’m looking forward to dancing with you soon!
Dance, move, laugh, shake and put JOY into your workout! Nia® is an expressive body-mind movement program that offers an artistic and innovative approach to fitness and healing. Blending Martial Arts, Dance Arts, and Healing Arts, Nia® creates an experience that involves your whole body, as well as your spirit. The stillness and concentration of Tai Chi, the alignment and strength of Yoga, the explosive power of Tae Kwon Do, and the grace and spontaneity of Modern and Ethnic dance – all create a whole new sense of wellbeing!
These classes are exhilarating not guilt-driven, expressive not one-dimensional, and healing not exhausting. Every class offers a unique combination of moves that help increase the flexibility and mobility in your joints. We also condition the three main areas of the body: base, core and upper extremities. Rev up your heart rate while having fun and finding pleasure in every step. End every class by melting away your stress using relaxation techniques that enhance breathing and the flow of energy throughout your whole body.
Class note: No experience required. You just can’t do it wrong in Nia – you do it YOUR body’s way. Beginners and seasoned students are all welcome.
2015年からニアを始め、2017年に大好きなスティル＆ムービングセンター にて尊敬するWinalee Zeebの指導のもと、NIa White Belt Trainingを修了。同様に同センターでWinaleeの指導のもと、2018年にNia Green Belt Training、2019年にNia Blue Belt Trainingを修了。
“スティル＆ムービングセンター は私にとって大切な HOME です。”
Yukie teaches Nia and Yoga for a wide variety of age groups at studios and for companies based in Kanagawa prefecture in Japan.
Even from a young age Yukie loved to dance. She started learning modern dance and classic ballet at the age of 3. During struggles in her teenage years, dance saved her from being overcome by difficult challenges, and she became interested in “why people dance.” To explore how art forms such as dance affect the body and mind, she studied psychology and healing art at university.
Yukie sadly stopped dancing due to injuries, then discovered different styles of dance and yoga. To continue studying the body/mind relationship, Yukie earned her yoga instructor certification.
At the same time, she discovered Nia. She was impressed with the philosophy and phenomenon of Nia. By becoming more aware of her body sensations, of her emotional feelings, and of her thoughts while doing Nia, Yukie became more aware of her true self. She realized how much potential each individual naturally has, and how the movement of Nia leads to a healthy body and mind.
Yukie started Nia in 2015 and completed her Nia White Belt Training with her beloved teacher, Winalee Zebb at Still & Moving Center in Hawaii. She returned again for her Nia Green Belt Training in 2018 and Nia Blue Belt Training in 2019, both with Winalee.
At the age of 32, Yukie had a major surgery (segmentectomy of the breast) to remove a phyllomic tumor. Even though she went through tremendous pain throughout the recovery process, her Nia techniques helped her to find the movements that her body needed to recuperate and feel comfortable again, and she was able to return to work.
Training at Still & Moving Center was one of the most valuable times in her life. Even though English is not her native language, she was able to connect to people from all over the world through Nia at Still & Moving. That experience positively influenced her life. Says Yukie: “Still & Moving Center is my precious home.”
Instructions for getting to the online class:
- Kindly sign up for your live online class at https://www.stillandmovingcenter.com/schedule/ . One hour before class, our desk staff will email you a link to your class on Zoom.
- Please use the link to sign into Zoom, 5-7 minutes before class, allowing extra time to download the app if you are new to Zoom.
- Contact the desk staff at 808.397.7678 for troubleshooting.
Mondays 4:15 – 5:30 pm (HST)
Wednesdays 4:15 – 5:30 pm (HST)
Started June 17, 2020Sign up now!
Rediscover your innate capacity for effortless, organic, efficient, and graceful movement. Some students find themselves freed of years of pain that they thought they would live with forever. Feldenkrais “Awareness through Movement” lessons consist of gentle movement sequences that can eventually become more complex as you progress. After attending the classes for a while, you will find improved flexibility and breathing, coordination and balance. No prior experience necessary.
Feldenkrais® is based on a sophisticated understanding of the human nervous system that helps students continuously improve their functioning in all areas of life. This method uses learning in the way that babies learn: through exploring movement and sensing the environment, in order to get whatever it is we most want out of life. For a baby that may be reaching for a toy and bringing it to the mouth, but for an adult, that may be learning to play a sport better, becoming a better actor or dancer, living a pain-free life, increasing productivity at work, or finding harmony at home. Many students of the Feldenkrais® Method find their physical and non-physical problems spontaneously disappearing as they increase their self-awareness.
Erica knows the body well, both from her own physical practices as a dancer and from her training and experience helping other bodies heal with Feldenkrais Method® and Osteopathy. Whether in class or in a treatment session, you’re in good hands with Erica.
Originally from Vancouver, Erica enjoyed a 20 year career in classical ballet and contemporary dance took her to the United States, Canada and Europe.
Erica completed her training of the Feldenkrais Method® in Paris, France in 2006 and has since taught movement workshops and Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement® classes to a variety of groups in Norway, Belgium, Japan, the United States and Canada. She also teaches ballet and contemporary dance in the professional community, locally and internationally.
Erica returned to Canada in 2010 to continue her interests in dance and movement as well as manual therapy. Erica teaches dance for numerous groups in the Vancouver community. As a dancer in Belgium Erika had received Osteopathic treatment, which she found to be beneﬁcial to her health. She completed her manual osteopathy training in April 2019 at the Canadian School of Osteopathy Manual Practice in Vancouver and won the Coup de Coeur award for her thesis on manual osteopathy and olfactory dysfunction.
One-on-one, In person, Erica uses the hands-on ‘treatment’ of the Feldenkrais Method® called Functional Integration® lessons, as well as cranial osteopathy, and other techniques such as strain counter strain, muscle energy, visceral manipulation and fascial release to help people with dysfunction and pain.
Tuesday 7:00 – 8:00 pm (HST)
Starting April, 2020Sign up now!
2. Please use the link to sign into Zoom, 5-7 minutes before class, allowing extra time to download the the app if you are new to Zoom.
3. Contact the desk staff at 808.397.7678 for troubleshooting.
From Eva Geueke
When the heart is restless or you’re feeling anxious, gently hold your little finger with your other hand for about 10 minutes. It works to calm the heart.
This hand posture comes from the Jin Shin Jyutsu tradition, a healing art form from Japan said to have been rediscovered in the 20th century. The acupressure points on your pinky correspond with the heart and small intestines. Healing energy is especially strong in your fingertips and the middle of your hand.
Our human emotions run through the heart: whether anger, hatred and fear, or joy, love and compassion. Our hands act as extensions of our hearts, capable of being cruel and destructive, or giving and caring. Our loving hands reach out from our loving hearts, capable of healing and bringing the energy system back into harmony.
Politicians sometimes instinctively (or knowingly) put their fingers together, or hold one wrist with the opposite hand while they are in a crowd shaking hands, to prevent an energy drain.
In moments of stress, the simple resource of holding our little finger is very easy to do. You might also pay attention to how your hands naturally grasp and gesture throughout your day. These positions are often instinctive to our body’s energy system, and you may discover that you are already innately using hand postures to release stress and bring a sense of renewed calm.
Without consciously knowing particular points on the body needed to release an energy lock, a mother intuitively touches her baby where it needs help, and her love for the child comes straight through her hands with healing benefits.
To support our instinct to position our hands and bodies in ways that clear blocked energy, Eva teaches Morning Qigong every Tuesday at 8:30 am, HST.