Mondays 11:00am – 12:00 pm (HST)

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The results of practicing the ELDOA Method are a sense of ease in your body, especially in your back, improved posture, and an overall sense of well-being. This practice promotes independence. You will learn how to relieve, heal and strengthen your own spine!

A French Osteopath named Guy Voyer created ELDOA to eradicate back pain. Using the body’s fascial chains and the principle of tensegrity, the postures of ELDOA set up specific lines of traction to open up spaces in our spinal column as well as shoulders, hips and ribs. Marla blends this powerful practice with yogic breathing and gentle stretches.

Many of Marla’s Eldoa students feel relief from pain after other approaches have failed them. They leave class feeling relaxed, empowered and taller. They understand her clear instruction with images that help them to remember the movements. Students sleep better, move more easily, and improve their posture!

What Marla’s students are saying:

“Marla has an incredible understanding of the body as well as the generosity and intelligence to communicate her knowledge in a way that can be shared with others.”

-Lesley Telford

“Marla is a great instructor and an amazing, kind person. I attend both her yoga and Eldoa classes. I particularly like the unique stretches and posture focus Marla has for my computer neck!”

-Jeff Appelbe

“As a chiropractor, with a broken lumbar vertebra, I’m very picky about who I let treat my body or provide me with exercises. When I heard about Marla’s ELDOA in Vancouver, I had to check it out. Apparently, Tiger Woods has used this technique to help him with his spine, so it had to be valuable, right? Right. Marla is very professional, knows her functional anatomy, and is an excellent teacher. Even with my 20 years in practice, she taught this old dog some new tricks! I have already recommended a few clients to her classes, and they are getting a lot of benefits too. Great complement to chiropractic care.”

-Christian Guenette

 

Marla Waal

Marla was a professional dancer, trained in classical ballet among other styles. Based out of Montreal, then later Chicago, she travelled the globe performing and teaching. In 1998 she began to study various styles of yoga, from extremely gentle restorative, to more vigorous Ashtanga. Marla then studied Pilates with Diane Miller, Dynamic Anatomy with Eric Franklin, ELDOA Method created by Guy Voyer and more recently Buteyko Breathing created by Russian Doctor Konstantin Buteyko.

Marla is passionate about helping people feel more free and strong in their bodies by educating and directing them to learn through practice, and by sharing tools that promote independence.  She lives in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada with her two children. If you are in Vancouver and would like to attend one of her classes in person, she teaches at Qi Integrated Health.

 

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.

$59

Here’s your chance to shine your light in a fun, nurturing, creative space!

Led by Faith Rivera (Emmy-winning Singer/ Songwriter & touring Positive Music Artist), join in this 2 hour “musical firewalk” to experience more creativity, joy, freedom, confidence, and empowering fun than you’ve ever had before.   

What You Can Expect to Gain from Attending:

  1. Experience more creativity, joy, freedom and confidence.
  2. Heal that old story.
  3. Have fun expressing your authentic self.
  4. Feel the thrill of witnessing other everyday superstars in action.
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Whether you want to break through stage fright or you just want to experience the joy and freedom of letting loose, this is your time to embrace the spotlight and be your brilliant self. 

Learn positive, upbeat sing-alongs, easy dance-alongs, even write your own personal chant and celebrate the Everyday SuperStar that you are!

Complete your SingDanceShine playshop experience by performing with Faith at the Still & Moving Center Birthday celebration, March 14th, 5:30 – 7 pm, with a brushup at 4:30 pm.  

Bust through those old stories and break out into the new Everyday SuperStar that you are!  Come inspire others through your joy in expressing yourself, dancing, singing, sharing your heart and shining your light! Your fun and free expression is contagious – so help Still & Moving celebrate with songs you’ll learn in the playshop and rehearse again on the 14th. It’s not about perfection or the “right” moves or the “right” notes – it’s about intention and serving community through our collective creative joy!

Be as involved as you want to be.  No singing or dancing experience required, just the intention to SingDanceShine & Play!  

Come and express your authentic self. Heal that old story & give yourself the permission to express freely & fully! 

* ALL AGES WELCOME *

 Wear comfy clothes that you feel good moving in.

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Tuesdays 9:15 – 10:30 am (HST) **Hybrid: LIVE ONLINE & IN-PERSON**

Starting Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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Jivamukti is a physically and intellectually stimulating vinyasa style of yoga that integrates the physical, philosophical and spiritual aspects of yoga. Like ashtanga yoga, Jivamukti yoga can include hands-on assists to help students find alignment – only with students’ consent, of course. Classical yoga teachings, drawn from a monthly focus, stream through the class in a way that is relevant to modern day life. Each class grounds itself in 14 key elements and involves Sanskrit, chanting, teachings, and flowing asana sequences set to uplifting music, with meditation and a deep relaxation to close. 

Jivamukti Yoga is a thorough, vigorous vinyasa practice whose teachers adhere to five tenets: ahimsa (non-violence), bhakti (devotion), meditation, nada (sacred sound), and study of yogic texts. 

Sarah McTee

Whether small or large, Sarah’s classes feel personal and create a safe environment to let your true self shine through, providing a path to apply yoga in your everyday life. Like many who practice at the Still & Moving Center, Sarah is an ocean-loving yogi. She moved to Hawaii in 2002 to attend graduate school at UH, specializing in coral reef ecology. When life subsequently carried her to the east coast she was introduced to, and became a dedicated student of, the Jivamukti style of yoga. Studying with the founders, David Life and Sharon Gannon, and under the rigorous and inspiring mentorship of Andrea Boyd, Sarah received her certification to teach Jivamukti in 2011. Since then, Sarah has augmented her yoga practice and teachings with the study of massage therapy.

 

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Health Protocols

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

  1. Wear a FACEMASK IN CLASS and throughout the building.
  2. Wash your hands before entering building and sanitize frequently thereafter
  3. Receive a touchless temperature reading upon entering: 100 degrees or more, no entry.
  4. Bring your own yoga mat and equipment, or you can rent or buy it from us.
  5. 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.
  6. Maintain spatial distance of 6 feet in class and throughout the building.
  7. 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!

 

 

 

Directions for getting to 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.

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Mondays 3 – 4 pm  – starting Aug 28

Fridays 3 – 4 pm  – starting Sept 1

The purpose of Stress Management Movement Meditation is to enhance everyday life through awareness of the equilibrium of a healthy mind and body, via healing movement. The techniques are designed to reduce stress-bound ki energy and allow it to flow through the whole body.

What is Stress Management Meditation?

  • Unraveling stress in the mind through body movements.
  • Having the mind concentrate on each movement holistically.
  • Coordinating thought and breathing to become one as movement is created.
  • Recognizing that muscles and nerves are controlled by the mind while you are moving.
  • Seeking the source of movement creation, the mind which cannot be seen, known or touched.
  • Exploring the question, “What am I?” in the unsolvable quest that is Yimoko meditation. Yimoko is the embodiment of movement united with breath, sound and thought.
  • Exploring the movement with breathing, Yimoko and mudra (hand movement) that is defined as Mudra meditation.
  • Releasing worry and stress, nerves and muscles through movement meditation.
  • Expressing inner feelings through improvised movement.
  • Transforming anger, sadness, excitement, distress, etc. into equilibrium.

This Stress Management technique can improve body posture, increase flexibility of body movement, strengthen abdominal and sphincter muscles, and alleviate incontinence. It helps the mind-body balance, relieving stress-induced problems, such as insomnia, weak stomach, diabetes, high blood pressure and computer syndrome.

The movement practice can benefit one’s physique and diet. Concentrating the mind on the  breathing can bring peace of mind and contentment with life.

Dr. Sun Ock Lee

Sun Ock Lee is both a practitioner of Zen meditation from Korea and a world-renowned dancer, choreographer, teacher. Her life’s work, Zen Dance, is a fusion of both worlds: meditation and movement.

Beyond creating mindful dance art, Sun – or “Sunny” – is dedicated reducing human suffering in the world. Her vocal meditation continually poses the question, “What is the true self?” Every aspect of her meditative movement technique is designed to provide mental, emotional and physical freedom from the stress and anxiety of the complex world we live in.

Traveling the globe, working everywhere from India to New York, from Europe to Singapore and Australia, sharing her dance and insight, Sun has received numerous honors and awards from artistic, scholarly and medical corners.

A huge presence in a tiny body, she is as powerful as she can be ethereal. A review of one of her performances in New York, where she taught and danced for years, included this description: “Time stood still, and every step and gesture seemed to emerge from eternity.” And from another review of her dance, Sun Ock Lee was “poised… between body and spirit.”

Prolific in sharing the wisdom she has garnered over her lifetime, Sun is the author of a number of books on, including Zen Quest: Enlightenment in Dance and Zen Dance – Meditation in Movement.  Dr. Lee is the Secretary General of the Asia-Pacific Performing Arts Network (under UNESCO).

 

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Thursdays 5:45 – 6:45 pm – Starts September 14th with a free introductory class!

In this Vinyasa and restorative yoga combination class you enjoy benefits of flowing between both worlds. Start slowly with our deep, yin practice, move into a vinyasa flow, then close with a restorative yin. The tone of the class is light, so you walk out feeling as if you’ve been on holiday!

This class helps you to naturally reset a healthy balance between both sides of the spectrum: mental and physical, strength and flexibility, exertion and rest.

Your two teachers, Ciara and Lee-Ann, also balance one another out. One of them wants to guarantee that you sleep well tonight from the effort you’ve put into your practice; the other hopes you’ll sleep well once the restoration session releases all your tensions of the day! Lee-Ann’s humor counterpoises Ciara’s earnestness.  Here’s a typical repartee between the two:

Ciara: “If you can breathe, you can do yoga.”

Lee-Ann: “If you’re not breathing, you’ve got other issues!”

Both teachers graduated from Claudia Castor’s fine Adhi Shakti yoga teacher training at Still & Moving Center, and both are students of our beloved David Sanders.

All levels are welcome to this class. Your teachers say: “You don’t have to start out all bendy to come to yoga. That’s the point! Just start from where you are!”

 

Ciara Steynberg – the Yin side of the class formula

Ciara explains each move in an unruffled, easy-to-understand manner, emanating a sense of patience and ease. She helps people to calm themselves. Students find her to be friendly and approachable. With Ciara’s lead you’ll come back to a place of inner retreat and relaxation. Her focus on awareness and alignment ensures that you maintain safety during this class.  

Ciara is a school teacher and is also certified in children’s yoga. A little known aspect of her life is that she spins fire!

Lee-Ann Kong – The Yang side of the class equation

Lee-Ann’s approach is fun and energetic. She encourages you to keep going even when you want to quit. Hey, you want to earn those fried foods credits for after class, right?!? When she coaches you to do your best, that doesn’t mean to do someone else’s best. We’re all here to get better, she reasons, so just push yourself to do a tiny bit better than you did before…and laugh your way through it! She reminds you to tune into your personal safety. You don’t need to do the full fancy pose – she gives you options to stay within your range of comfort.

Lee-Ann likes bringing to class crystals, candles, and essential oils for aromatherapy. She studies under a feng shui master learning how universal energy flow affects us on the personal level, and she bring that understanding to her practice and teaching of yoga.

 

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Wednesdays 5:30 pm. Transfers to Kezia on September 6.

Prerequisite: Aerial Level 1 classes and instructor permission.

Given the lyrical, gracefully acrobatic movements aerialists can perform on this apparatus, it is appropriately called “lyra”. While upper body strength is cultivated by practicing lyra, it also provides beautiful resting poses.

This class is for students who are able to get on and off the lyra without a spot. Students will learn basic poses and variations under the lyra, straddles with variations, poses in the lyra, and balance poses. Contra-indications for aerial classes: glaucoma, heart-conditions, fused spine, pregnancy beyond doctor recommendation. Clothing requirements: tight-fitting; no zippers or metal; under-arms covered. No jewelry.

Kezia Holm

Kezia aims to inspire others to live to their full potential by being open and chasing their souls’ passion. Aerial holds a special space in her life. It sparked a fire that allowed her to explode into a whole new rainbow of color and creativity. Kezia took her Aerial Fundamentals and Lyra teacher trainings from the esteemed NECCA, the New England Center for the Circus Arts, and her Aerial Yoga training from Wendi Lynch of Aerial Yoga Hawaii.
Kezia first dove into flow arts in 2008 when she fell in love with a hula hoop, appreciating its freedom and beauty in the expression. In addition to aerial dance, Kezia is also devoted to other flow arts practices, including horseback arts and yoga. By practicing gratitude for all teachers, experiences and opportunities she has had along the way, Kezia continues to enhance and share her knowledge through study, practice and teaching. Kezia has had the opportunity to study under a number of Acro Yoga Instructors including during her Yoga Teacher Training.

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Sundays 11 am -12:15 pm – starting September 10.

Yin Yoga, also known as Taoist Yoga, targets connective tissue, specifically ligaments and tendons in the joints and spine. To lengthen the connective tissue, we extend the duration of the postures, engaging in static stretching. When the muscle is fully stretched, the stress reaches the connective tissue. In yin yoga, asanas are usually held for three to five minutes. Because of the long duration of asanas, one of the key values cultivated in the practice of yin yoga is patience. It is quite a meditative practice.

If the muscles are cold, they will be less elastic, and more therapeutic stress will be transferred to the connective tissue. For this reason, it is recommended that yin yoga be practiced earlier in the day, before physical activity that warms the muscles and increases their elasticity. However, some note that practicing yin yoga after a strenuous day is psychologically soothing.

Over time, practice of yin yoga can lengthen these tissues, increasing range of motion. As connective tissue accounts for about fifty percent of the body’s resistance to range of motion, focusing on connective can dramatically increase flexibility. The intensity and physical benefits of the practice depend on duration of the asana (pose) and the temperature of the muscle.

Ciara Steynberg

Ciara explains each move in an unruffled, easy-to-understand manner, emanating a sense of patience and ease. She helps people to calm themselves. Students find her to be friendly and approachable. With Ciara’s lead you’ll come back to a place of inner retreat and relaxation. Her focus on awareness and alignment ensures that you maintain safety during this class.

Ciara is a school teacher and is also certified in children’s yoga. A little known aspect of her life is that she spins fire!

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A wise women after a long inner journey exclaimed “Through health I found movement…”. Movement in my body, thoughts and spirit.

Health, Movement, healing these are all buzz words in our health conscious society – what does that really Mean? What does true Health feel like? As women what is it we need, desire and choose for our health?
This class is set in a therapeutic environment to invite women to listen, learn and experience the healing benefits of their unique acts of self-healing in movement and stillness.

with Mary Francis Hoffman

 

Price: $35 or $89 for all three workshops.

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A contemplative dance and moving meditation, Authentic Movement gives us greater access to “the witness” that lives within each of us. We can think of our “witness” as that aspect of ourselves that is always calmly and nonjudgmentally watching all that we do. We gain great understanding by listening to the insight provided by our own, private, witness. Reflecting on our internal transitions as we dance allows us to perceive and embody our divinity within.

 

During this workshop series we’ll use the elements in nature that arise within our own physicality. We’ll deepen our understanding of our natural self as we tap into our senses.

 

  • On February 7th, we’ll explore our fluid self
  • On February 21st our earthy self
  • On March 6th our fire self and working with passion and purpose.

 

We emphasize breath and movement – sometimes mirroring each other’s movements – in all our workshops. We also incorporate expressive arts through drawing and journaling.

 

mary francisMary Francis Hoffman

People who dance with Dr. Mary Francis discover more about themselves through this moving meditation process. As an expressive arts educator and teacher she comes back to Honolulu to share the highly regarded practice of Authentic Movement with us.

Mary Francis has facilitated 9 workshops for the Sacred Dance Guild, Hawaii Chapter over the past 14 years. She was a presenter at the Festival in 2001 and just presented again at the Waves of Grace Festival 2015.

Her passion is explorations of our natural connections with Mother Earth using the moving meditation practice of Authentic Movement/Contemplative Dance.

She is a Registered Expressive Arts consultant and educator, a Registered Movement Therapist, a certified yoga instructor and her PhD is in Transpersonal Psychology. Her research was creative and intuitive in nature and used the form Authentic Movement in nature to seek elements of transformation.

 

Mary Francis Hoffman Ph, REACE, RSME

offers Private Sessions for $80 an hour

 

These one-on-one sessions will be geared toward a deepening of an understanding of the witness that lives within and our connections with our mind-body–spirit.

In exploring our geography and natural connections through the form of Authentic Movement/Contemplative Dance, you as mover are offered a space for exploring your personal goals, and dreams.

 


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