Mondays 11:00am – 12:00 pm (HST)

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Starting June 1, 2020

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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.

 

Thursdays 11 am – 12 noon (HST)

Starts June 25, 2020

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This chair-based yoga class allows us to safely take our yoga practice to new levels… off the mat to a chair or exercise ball! Bring a fresh perspective to the yoga postures that you already love or would love to learn!  This practice incorporates breath work for more resilient health to our lungs and entire system.
Want to take a yoga break while working? Practice right where you are! Accessible and fun, this class is for all bodies.

Wainani Arnold

Once you’ve taken a class from Wainani, you may find yourself wanting more… and more! Her sure, cheerful delivery of an outstanding movement session leaves you feeling as if you couldn’t have spent your time in a better way.

Wainani believes in getting to the root of an issue to support long-term health, joy and well-being, and that belief motivates her teaching. She is passionate about her work as a movement educator, choreographer and performer and is a co-founding member of Volary Aerial Company.

She resides in Hawai’i, where she was born, raised and graduated from Kamehameha Schools. She attended Chapman University and holds a BFA in Dance Teaching & Performance along with a minor degree in Sociology. From a young age, she lived and breathed Hula, which planted the seed for her growth in all forms of dance and mind-body movement modalities. Wainani has had the opportunity to perform professionally all over the world.

Wainani is a Pilates Faculty member for Balanced Body with her original training through BASI Pilates. She is also 500 hour Yoga Teacher Trained. Additionally, she is certified as an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, as well as a GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM® method instructor and pre-trainer.

with Eva Alewa Geueke

Sunday, February 9  

4:30 -7:30 pm

  • Saturday $69, Sunday $59
  • Both $105 (for $23 savings!)

Also see: Saturday workshop.

Roll your spine healthy, strengthen yourself by connecting to your center (hara / tan tien), where the gut instinct lies. The Hawaiians call this place na’au where the wisdom of your body, mind, and spirit unifies.

We will do movements lessons again with small and subtle movements, as on Saturday, and will do more rolling on Sunday. 

All of us need to be able to easily roll – minimally to get in and out of bed and our cars. As babies we learned to roll before we could sit or stand. Rolling is a critical skill in connecting our body and limbs again back to the center where it all started. Through gentle, mindful rolling, we will re-activate our powerful coordination abilities. These rolling lessons are executed again slowly, gradually developing step by step, so all ability levels can participate.  For some, the movement can be bigger, less meditative and more playful. 

Rolling movements bring us back into our proverbial ‘happy place’, and students often start laughing and giggling! Reorganizing the center often frees up the neck, and discomfort in back and neck can disappear.

You won’t believe how much better you will feel by the end of this weekend of workshops! See Saturday workshop.  Both days are a perfect combination and are built to complement each other. If time does not permit you to do both, you may take them separately.

 

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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 the workings of the human body in motion are both vast.

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 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 loves to share her knowledge and love for conscious movement to help people to improve and excel in all areas of their lives. She taught Yoga Aerobics® in NYC in the 80’s. Eva is 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.

 

 

with Eva Alewa Geueke

Saturday, February 8  

3:00 – 6:30 pm

  • Saturday $69, Sunday $59
  • Both $105 (for $23 savings!)

Also see: Sunday workshop.

In this Feldenkrais®/SmartMoves Weekend Workshop on February 8 & 9, we learn to dwell in the Alpha state where we are most open to new learnings. Our nervous system gets the chance to reset.

In Saturday’s workshop, we will work with the subtle movements of tongue, eyes, jaw and breathing. The subtleness of movement – executed slowly, minimally and with full awareness – is the best way to undo a lot of chronic tension especially in face, neck and back. We use imagination and mind/body connection, enhancing our neuroplasticity.

The last lessons of Saturday’s workshop will be an easy rolling lesson that realigns the entire spine, shoulder girdle and hips and brings you into your center.

The world we live in is not subtle: we are pushing and ‘efforting’, sometimes for years without a break. That lifestyle costs us dearly. We deplete our adrenal glands’ contents and open the door to many illnesses. After a while we do not even know how to rest: we sink exhausted into bed and wake up exhausted. Added to our daily stress, we tend to push our bodies in sport, workout classes, dance or even in yoga, as we do not remember how to be subtle in inhabiting our bodies.

This workshop invites you to cultivate small, peaceful movement that is restorative and replenishing. As you develop greater awareness through movement, you can find new movement possibilities and experience ‘Aha!’ moments about yourself and life.

You won’t believe how much better you will feel by the end of this weekend of workshops! Sunday workshop. Both days are a perfect combination and are built to complement each other. If time does not permit you to do both, you may take them separately.

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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 the workings of the human body in motion are both vast.

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 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 loves to share her knowledge and love for conscious movement to help people to improve and excel in all areas of their lives. She taught Yoga Aerobics® in NYC in the 80’s. Eva is 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.

 

 

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$49

Golden Circle member discount: 20%

Dr. Feldenkrais had injured his knee badly in his youth and by the time he turned 40, he was on crutches. Rather than accepting his situation, he set out to understand his body, brain and nervous system. Thanks to the brilliantly orchestrated movement plan that he devised, he was able to rehabilitate himself. This was the start of the Feldenkrais Method. In this workshop we connect the dots to help the leg joints and also the pelvis and sacrum to move optionally together, as Dr. Feldenkrais did. You learn to put your weight  through  your knees and to align the knees better with your hip joints, ankles and rest of your body so that they can self-heal.  

Through the sophisticated movement sequences of the Feldenkrais® Method and Eva’s SmartMoves, you re-find joint health, regain range of motion and undo tension and pain. Instead of being adjusted or treated by others time and time again, you can now learn what it is that causes you discomfort, tension or effort, as well as how to avoid it. In the course of this workshop, you assimilate easy and gentle movements to take your health into your own hands.

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 the workings of the human body in motion are both vast.

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 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 loves to share her knowledge and love for conscious movement to help people to improve and excel in all areas of their lives. She taught Yoga Aerobics® in NYC in the 80’s. Eva is 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.

 

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$25

Golden Circle member discount: 20%

Back bending can be a challenge for many people, from yoga students to stargazers. And not all yoga classes teach students to move with the body awareness Feldenkrais engages us in. Learn here to safely perform a “wheel” without straining your lower back. This intermediate/advanced workshop uses the smartness of the Feldenkrais Method for you get into a backbend with ease, breath and ‘aha’. Learn to stop your brain’s insistence on tightening and shortening muscles in the back, wrists and shoulder girdle.

These back extensions will also benefit anyone who wants to counter hunching over, as we open the upper chest, sternum and collar bones.

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 the workings of the human body in motion are both vast.

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 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 loves to share her knowledge and love for conscious movement to help people to improve and excel in all areas of their lives. She taught Yoga Aerobics® in NYC in the 80’s. Eva is 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.

 

 

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Fri Sep 21                           

7:00-9:30 pm

$22

Healing power of water evoked through sound, breath and spiral movement.
In this workshop you will learn to:
–  Restructure your movement and reverse aging.
–  Evoke the fluids and spark electricity in the body to heal and multiply healthy cells.
–  Explore your beauty, strength and creativity through wave movement and sound.
–  Tap into the wisdom that lies inside of the Body’s fluid system.

With this practice: 
– the spine aligns, joints open,
– muscles lengthen and strengthen,
– heart opens, mind calms, wisdom flows and spirit soars.

Life flows in the healing power of sound breath and spiral movement! Through Movement done with Love & Awareness we create balance in Body, Water and Earth.

Eva Alewa Geueke

Eva  (Honolulu/ Cologne) practices the path of embodying the sacred through conscious movement and dance. Originally a professional trained dancer who performed and made her own evening length dance pieces she ultimately felt that teaching will bring more healing and positive change into the world than performing.

After her Feldenkrais training and working intensively with Emily Conrad the founder of Continuum Movement and Susan Harper in the 80ies and 90ties she created Wave-Continuum. This beautiful healing movement practice opens the heart and connects the mover to the wisdom of life embedded in our fluid system of out cells and the universe. Undulating movement meditation, breath and sound bring this ancient awareness to the surface of our consciousness.

 

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$25

Golden Circle members: 20% discount

This workshop is for anyone who wants to safely stand on their head. Feel the the benefits of being upside down, including a freer neck and greater space between the vertebrae for a more flexible spine, as well as lowered anxiety and improved blood flow to the brain. This workshop can assist yoga students, dancers, and martial artists in their practices. Dr. Feldenkrais taught thousands of people through his method to stand safely on the head, his most famous student being Ben Gurion, the founder of Israel.  The process cured him of a crippling back ache. The smartness of the Feldenkrais Method introduces a safe method to learn to stand on your head and improve your neck and back.

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 the workings of the human body in motion are both vast.

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 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 loves to share her knowledge and love for conscious movement to help people to improve and excel in all areas of their lives. She taught Yoga Aerobics® in NYC in the 80’s. Eva is 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.

 

 

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$49

Golden Circle members: 20% discount    

 

Eyes are important for more than seeing and jaw troubles can be dealt with!  This workshop helps to improve your vision and gives you the practical knowledge and skills to alleviate suffering from jaw pain or dysfunction, which is often linked to seemingly unrelated challenges, including migraine headaches and eye strain. When we use our eyes properly and release our jaw, our neck improves and even shoulder pain can subside.

The by-products of this form of training include a body at ease, efficient breathing and a quiet clear mind. Movements feel fluid.

Because the movement of our eyes organizes the movements of our body, our vision impacts and interacts with every movement we make throughout our whole body, as well as how we feel and think.

Vision is the primary sense through which we experience the world. Unfortunately, the quality and clarity of our vision can weaken and degrade over time or we have developed bad habits of tension already early on. However, through easy and gentle movements as prescribed in the Feldenkrais Method, we can learn to recognize and eliminate many of the most common habits that interfere with easy, effortless vision and good spinal organization.  We can also learn new skills that transform the use of our eyes, helping us to see more clearly.

As our thoughts move busily here and there, our eyes respond and move busily here and there. When our neck and posture is tight and tense, our eyes will be tight and tense. When our breathing is held or frozen, our eyes will be held and fixed. When our jaw is tight our eyes and neck are tight. As above so below: if the jaw is tight the pelvis and iliac sacral joint tends to be tight.

This Intensive workshop is a wonderful opportunity to get informed and learn to release tension by effortless movements that are done lying down and Tai Chi master Yan Yang, from New York City called ‘Lying down Qigong’!  With these wonderful exercises people have healed severe vision problems, as in the case of Toronto based Feldenkrais Practitioner David Webber http://www.feldenkraiscentre.com/pdfs/DWebberArticle.pdf

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 the workings of the human body in motion are both vast.

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 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 loves to share her knowledge and love for conscious movement to help people to improve and excel in all areas of their lives. She taught Yoga Aerobics® in NYC in the 80’s. Eva is 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.

 

 

 

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Sun Aug 26                        

4:30-7:00 pm

$49

This workshop helps your spine to untwist, to realign, and to self-heal. We use the sophisticated movement sequences of the Feldenkrais® Method and Eva’s Smart Moves to re-find spinal health, regain your range of motion and undo tension and pain.

In the course of this workshop, you will learn easy and gentle movements to take your health into your own hands. Instead of being adjusted or treated time and time again by others, you can now learn what it is that causes you discomfort, tension or effort, and learn how to avoid it.

As there are hundreds of Feldenkrais lessons, THIS workshop IS DIFFERENT from PAST  SCOLIOSIS WORKSHOPS. You will no doubt be doing Feldenkrais moves that you have never done before and receiving their unique benefits.

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 the workings of the human body in motion are both vast.

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 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 loves to share her knowledge and love for conscious movement to help people to improve and excel in all areas of their lives. She taught Yoga Aerobics® in NYC in the 80’s. Eva is 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.

 


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