July 31, Aug 1-2, 2020

Friday July 31  3:00 – 6:00 pm HST

Saturday Aug 1  10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:30 – 5:30pm HST

Sunday Aug 2  10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:30-5:30pm HST

5 hrs of pre-recorded modules and independent study

Yoga Alliance CEC’s available

Maximum 25 participants

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This 20-hour training introduces participants to specific tools to facilitate trauma-sensitive movement. We will explore hatha yoga and breath practices, which can be vital to the healing process of complex trauma. The training emphasizes core components of the theory and practice of trauma sensitive yoga, and how they relate to other anti-oppressive and trauma sensitive treatment methods.

 

This program includes:

  • The latest trauma theories and neurophysiology
  • Theoretical underpinnings and methodology of TCTSY
  • An in-depth look at studies involving TCTSY
  • Opportunities to practice the methods.

 

Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) has become a leading evidence-based adjunct treatment for Complex Trauma (sometimes called chronic, treatment-resistant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). TCTSY is the only yoga-based practice accepted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and listed with the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). This unique intervention is based on the robust research that has emerged from The Trauma Center in Boston, MA. 

This training is designed for social workers, activists, mental health clinicians, yoga teachers, educators, other health care professionals and anyone looking to deepen their understanding of complex, intersectional trauma. There are no prerequisites to taking this workshop. All are welcome.

Complex trauma dramatically impacts the nervous system. This course is designed to support professionals in broadening their repertoire with trauma sensitive movement and incorporate aspects of the Evidence Based Practice (EBP) of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) to specifically address the connection between trauma and the nervous system.   

This weekend training qualifies as the prerequisite for application to the Center for Trauma and Embodiment’s TCTSY 300-Hour Annual Certification program and is eligible for CEs (18 contact, 2 non-contact) with Yoga Alliance (YA), International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), and various state licensing boards (as requested). Please let us know if you need Continuing Education Credit hours.

COST:

How much you pay for training and practice can be an act of justice. For those of you who can afford to pay on the higher end of the scale, your payment helps to support those who cannot. This is one way to leverage our privilege and stand for equity for everyone. If you cannot pay the higher end suggested, consider what is authentically sustainable for you, and pay that. Please, contact us at 808-397-7678, to select the Community rate.

SLIDING SCALE:

$450   | Supporter Rate (support others as well as yourself)

$350   | Sustainer Rate (pays for you)

$250   | Community Rate (discounted)

*The value of the training is $350 

If none of the above pricing options are within your means, please contact us at info@stillandmovingcenter.com for more options.

 

 

Jody Hassel

 Your facilitator, Jody Hassel, is the TCTSY Trainer for Alaska and Hawaii and a Supervisor for the 300-Hour TCTSY Certification program with the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at the Justice Resource Center in Boston. Creating access to an embodied practice of being present and feeling empowered is her highest priority in facilitating yoga. 

Jody facilitates Trauma Sensitive Yoga in small-group and private sessions at Blossom House Healing Arts and to community members in various programs in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is the founder and Executive Director of Blossom House, a nonprofit service organization providing accessible, trauma-informed interventions to incarcerated and in-custody communities. As a headquarters for healing, trauma stewardship, and community gatherings, Blossom House facilitates a collective of artists, teachers, and therapists who work to create access to wellness in order to cultivate a caring and just community. 

Blossom House’s Yoga Service Project Alaska and Breadcrumbs Theatre Company currently offer weekly sessions for men and women at the Fairbanks Correctional Center, and for youth at the Fairbanks Youth Facility, and Family Centered Services Residential Treatment Center. Jody also offers Trauma Sensitive Yoga for clients of Turning Point Counseling. 

Iyengar-based hatha, restorative, and vinyasa yoga styles add to Jody’s trauma-informed practice in other community classes at University of Alaska Fairbanks and Tanana Chiefs Conference facilities. Jody is the lead facilitator of Mindfulness and Yoga Practices at Turning Point Counseling Center’s Intensive Outpatient Program, and she continues to develop her understanding of personal and community trauma through yoga, creative writing, and the performing arts.

Jody can be reached at jodyhassel@gmail.com.

 

About TCTSY: website https://www.traumasensitiveyoga.com/

 

About JRI: website http://www.traumacenter.org/

 

Frequently Asked Questions on 20 Hour TCTSY Foundations Training

 

Q Do I need to be a yoga teacher to attend? 

 

A No, anyone interested in learning more is welcome and many kinds of professionals attend including mental health professionals, educators, nurses, body workers, nutritionists, wellness and life coaches, etc.

 

Q What credentials will I have after completing the training?

A You will receive a completion letter showing that you have received 20 hours of training from the Center For Trauma and Embodiment in Boston. This training does not certify you as a TCTSY-Facilitator, however it is a prerequisite for the 300-Hour TCTSY-F Certification Program. 

 

Q Do you offer CEUs or CEs?

A CEs are offered to Registered Yoga Teachers who are registered with Yoga Alliance and with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. CEUs for mental health and social work professionals are currently pending State approval and can be obtained retroactively if the process takes longer than expected. You can also contact your board for more information and offer your letter of completion to your board with their prior approval.

 

Q Is there any home study?

A There are several hours of independent study assigned, which can be completed before, during, or after the live course, making the training a total of 20 hours.

 

 

Q What should I consider regarding self-care?

A During the training, it’s possible that emotions and trauma responses may arise due to the content of the training. Please feel welcome to support your emotional and physical needs. You’re welcome to move in and out of the sessions at any time as needed.

 

Q What should I wear?

A While this is a professional training, please wear comfortable clothing that you feel you can move in for practicing yoga and keeping warm. We will have one hour of yoga practice on Saturday and Sunday along with group practicum and practice teaching throughout the session. 

 

 

Questions about this training may be directed to Jody Hassel: jodyhassel@gmail.com

 

Jody Hassel, M.F.A., E-RYT, TCTSY-F, YACEP

Fairbanks, Alaska

Licensed 20-Hour TCTSY Trainer

Supervisor, 300-Hour Certification Program

 

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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.

Sundays, 8:00 – 9:00 am (HST)

Starting July 5, 2020

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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. 

One world.

Together. 

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

Wednesdays 12:00-1:00pm, Kwan Yin Meditation

Saturdays 3:00-4:00pm, Gems from the Wisdom Traditions

Sundays 12:00-1:00pm, Satsang

 

Miku Lenentine

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)

(日本時間:火曜日9:00~10:00am)

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.

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このクラスは特別にスティル&ムービングセンター 、アロハ大使のドーリス・モリサキによるアロハ・スパークルで始まります。クラス開始前(1時50分~)にドーリスがZoomでクラスに入ってくる参加者を出迎えます。クラスが始まる前にちょっとしたアロハ・スパークル情報(愉快なハワイの習慣、面白いハワイ語やピジョン語、ハワイアンフード情報やハワイで訪れると楽しい所など)をシェアします。

このボウスプリング・ヨガクラスでは背骨と体の自然なカーブの発達を促します。従来のハタヨガのポーズを使わずに、しなやかなラインを目指します。60分間のクラスで、しなる弓形姿勢をマインドフルに保持することで、腰痛や肩こり、他にも慢性的な痛みを緩和。体をしなやかに調整し、体のバランスを整えながら、集中力も高まります。

この最先端なヨガスタイルは2012年にデジー・スプリンガー氏とジョン・フレンド氏によって生み出されました。何か新しいことをトライしてみたい初心者、シニア、熱心なヨギーニまで誰もが参加できるオープン・レベルのクラスです。

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

40歳までヨガの経験がなかったが、カリフォルニア州ロサンゼルスでトップレベルのバーガーシェフとして7年間働いた後、日本に戻り、真剣にヨガの勉強を始める。ヨガに熱心に従事し、E-RYT200ヨガ講師として認定される。2011年以来、日本やハワイで何千人もの生徒を養成し、RYT200認定書を授与している。

2013年にサンフランシスコでデジー・スプリンガー氏とジョン・フレンド氏主催のワークショップを受講後、ボウスプリング・ヨガを学び始める。馴染み深かった伝統的なハタヨガとは全く違うボウスプリング(しなる弓形)メゾットに深い感銘を受ける。“忘れられないレッスンでした。特にスカイダイバーのポーズはとてもエキサイティングで難しく、死にそうになったほどです!”と語る。

ボウスプリング・ヨガを始めてから、マインド、体、健康が好転。長年の腎臓結石や腰痛も解消したという。このマインド・ボディーメゾットを日本中に広めたいという想いのもと、東京に2カ所、スタジオ・ボウスプリングを開設。現在、株式会社リブウェルの代表取締役として、HOT40 Yogaというヨガスタジオを全国20カ所で運営している。

“20年前、短期間ですが、歌舞伎役者をしていたことがあります。歌舞伎に付け加え、日本文化や禅の哲学を尊び、学びました。ご存知かもしれませんが、“かた”という言葉は禅の哲学から由来しています。世界的なボウスプリング認定講師・トレーナとして、ボウスプリング・メゾットのヨガ・テクニックとアジア伝統文化を融合する役目があると確信しています。生涯学びの精神で、デジー、ジョン、そして他の立派な講師達からボウスプリングを学び続けたいと思っています。”

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

ハワイで日本人の両親の元に生まれたドーリスは英語と日本語を話し育ちました。ロコ(ローカル・日系ハワイ人)のドーリスは陽気で、心暖かく、アロハの心で人々をもてなします。アロハの心で暖かく迎え入れ、シェアしするドーリスは人々にとても愛されています。ヒルトン・ハワイアンビレッジで働いていた時から、訪れるゲストがハワイを存分に満喫できるよう心がけてきました。

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。

熱心な料理人(ハワイアンは食べ物が大好きで、ドーリスもグルメな食通です。)であるドーリスは楽しいことをするのが大好きで、空いてる時間には医師の夫を手伝い、素晴らしいバルーンアートを作ります。

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先生はとてもエネルギッシュなボウスプリング講師です。情熱と威厳のオーラがあります。先生のボウスプリングのクラスでは先生のようにやるのは難しいと感じましたが、クラスの後、体と心がリラックスし、とても爽快でした。もっとクラスを取りたいと思います。”

“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先生の導き、指導はクリアでわかりやすいです。先生はとてもはつらつとしていてエネルギッシュ。先生の矯正や説明は率直でポイントをついています。クラスではいつも背中がリラックスし、楽に呼吸ができ、心と精神が落ち着くよう手助けしてくれます。”

“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

Easy Breathing with Back-Rolling to Health:  Feldenkrais©/SmartMoves Workshop

Sunday, June 7, 2020 

11 am – 2:00 pm (HST)

$59 

Golden Circle Membership: 20% for single workshop

$79  for Easy Breathing weekend

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Rolling is something we did as kids when our spines and ribs were still very flexible. In this workshop you can learn to have such a flexible spine again that rolling becomes pleasurable and informative to the health of your nervous system. Finding easier movement in the spine, you free the ribcage, and with it your breathing.

The ability to roll when you fall can be life saving. To be able to feel the enjoyment of rolling on the floor and giving your connective tissue a nice massage instead of feeling stiff will make your whole being happy.

The genius of the Feldenkrais© Method is to teach movement so that the impossible is possible, the difficult becomes easy, and the easy becomes elegant. Wouldn’t it feel wonderful to bend down easily and to get onto and off of the floor without any difficulty?  

This workshop will be playful and eye opening. It will open the chest, correct round backs and help your breathing. Your neck as well as your lower back may benefit. Your whole spine can achieve health and strength!  

This workshop may be taken by itself, yet Saturday will be a good preparation as it will get the spine ready for rolling.

 

Eva Alewa Geueke

Eva has been a guild certified Feldenkrais® practitioner for almost 30 years. She came to the Feldenkrais Method® as a young professional dancer and it changed her understanding of 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, many hundreds of week-end workshops and evening classes.

Eva is also a teacher of Contemporary Dance, Qigong-Universal Tao of Mantak Chia, a IAO healer, a Capoeirista (Brazilian Martial Arts) and a choreographer. She also teaches Authentic Movement and Wave Continuum, a spin of Continuum Movement.

 

I have taken 2 workshops with Eva and she is a wonderful instructor/therapist. These classes are very informative and have helped me tremendously in my knowledge of body mechanics and movement and making healing connections in my body. – Ruth

I loved Eva’s Feldenkrais class! My shoulder felt stiff and sore for almost a month. With just a few simple and gentle movements it was feeling so much better! My spine was stretched out and my feet were more evenly holding my body weight. I plan to take more classes in near future.  Thank you Eva. You are Excellent!!! – Diane

I like the variety of classes offered, and the Center’s focus on the mind-body-spirit connection. I particularly enjoy Eva Geueke’s Feldenkrais classes. The facilities are beautiful, and everyone is so warm and welcoming to students and guests. – John

Saturday, June 6, 2020  

3:30 – 6:00 PM (HST)

$49 

Golden Circle Membership: 20% discount for a single workshop

$79  for Easy Breathing weekend

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Learn to breathe well, and you’ll lose that pain in your neck… Wait, what?!?

Surprisingly, learning to move the diaphragm and ribcage can unlock neck tension, scoliosis and immobility in the spine! Proper breathing provides huge benefits, including mental health and disease resistance! Oxygen is our primary source of energy, our lifeline, even before water and food: breathe well and everything changes. 

In this workshop you get acquainted with your biggest muscle, the diaphragm. Once you learn to ‘drive’ this ‘motor’ in the center of your body, you move everything connected to it with greater ease. The diaphragm and the musculature between the ribs learn to work together. The diaphragm pulls equally, releasing unwanted curvatures in the spine. Your ribcage frees up and softens, and your spine elongates. The breath benefit travels up through your thoracic spine into your neck!  Who knew?

While you may take this workshop by itself, you will find that Sunday’s back-rolling workshop will reinforce the mobility and ease of breathing that you gain on Saturday.

 

Eva Alewa Geueke

Eva has been a guild certified Feldenkrais® practitioner for almost 30 years. She came to the Feldenkrais Method® as a young professional dancer and it changed her understanding of 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, many hundreds of week-end workshops and evening classes.

Eva is also a teacher of Contemporary Dance, Qigong-Universal Tao of Mantak Chia, a IAO healer, a Capoeirista (Brazilian Martial Arts) and a choreographer. She also teaches Authentic Movement and Wave Continuum, a spin of Continuum Movement.

 

I have taken 2 workshops with Eva and she is a wonderful instructor/therapist. These classes are very informative and have helped me tremendously in my knowledge of body mechanics and movement and making healing connections in my body. – Ruth

I loved Eva’s Feldenkrais class! My shoulder felt stiff and sore for almost a month. With just a few simple and gentle movements it was feeling so much better! My spine was stretched out and my feet were more evenly holding my body weight. I plan to take more classes in near future.  Thank you Eva. You are Excellent!!! – Diane

I like the variety of classes offered, and the Center’s focus on the mind-body-spirit connection. I particularly enjoy Eva Geueke’s Feldenkrais classes. The facilities are beautiful, and everyone is so warm and welcoming to students and guests. – John

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.

Sunday May 17, 2020 

10:00 am – 1:00 pm (HST)

$59 (Golden Circle Membership: 20% for single workshop)

$79  for Heart Strength weekend

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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.

 

Eva Alewa Geueke

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.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

1:30 pm – 4:00 pm (HST)

$49 (Golden Circle Membership: 20% for single workshop)

$79  for Heart Strength weekend (2 days)

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Heart, Neck, Shoulders & Wrists Connection

This workshop will serve to calm and strengthen the heart and nervous system, addressing neck, shoulder, wrist and hand issues along the way. In the last workshop we opened up the thoracic spine, which we will continue. Now we will increase our understanding of how the nervous system and the heart are linked. In Chinese medicine, the heart and pericardium’s electromagnetic circuit (meridian) flows through the arms and hands.

Physiologically, the heart extends itself through the muscles and connective tissues of the back and torso, into the shoulders, then to the arms, wrists, and hands. Metaphorically the heart expresses itself through the hands – as we see in hula, dance in general, acting, and everyday life. If we can imagine a healthy blood flow from the heart, perhaps we can imagine our emotions also flowing healthily out from the heart to the outer extremities. These are the signs of a strong, resilient heart.

Attendees will have access to a video recording session for a days after the workshop, at a modest price.

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Eva Alewa Geueke

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.

By Sarah Hodges

Have you ever struggled to accept help, even when you really needed it? We all face this situation, and sometimes have to overcome our own pride to accept acts of generosity. It’s not greedy to accept help. The truth is, nothing happens by one person alone. We all rely on the assistance of many others to accomplish our own life’s work. Right now, more than ever, we get to experience the importance of each other’s help. Putting ego aside, we find that great things come from accepting what is offered. Here, blessings can abound! 

Only in accepting can we give, and thus the natural flow of giving and receiving continues to thrive. In the natural cycle, the plants release oxygen and need carbon dioxide to live; on the other side, animals breathe out carbon dioxide and breathe in the oxygen that the plants produce. A miraculous life flow happens in this dance of giving and receiving. We exist in a beautifully interdependent universe, where nothing operates isolated from another. 

We still need discernment in navigating offers of help. Pay attention to any internal warning signs that are telling you that a gift may be dangerous or come with ill intention. Anything that risks our physical, mental, or emotional well being is not actually “help” – it’s harm. When we are true to ourselves, we don’t betray ourselves. When we are centered, we more easily see when to accept and when to graciously decline an offer.

We can also move beyond any fears of not being deserving, or not being able to repay. We can consider accepting a hand reached out in assistance, just as naturally as we may offer help spontaneously with a loving heart. In walking our path in a pure-hearted way, honoring all that is sentient and insentient, we mindfully take our place in the great, interactive flow, which the trees and animal kingdom naturally move to in their own way.

If giving is a blessing, we might well be magnifying any blessing offered to us tenfold, just by our willingness to receive.


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