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

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.

with Eva Geueke, Feldenkrais practitioner 

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Sunday April 19, 2020 1:30 – 4:00 pm: $59 

Part 1 & 2 Price:  $79 

Golden Circle Members: 20% discount (on individual workshops)

Enhance your lung health as you straighten your spine – it’s important for a healthy respiratory system. Eva will be offering live feedback to students during this interactive workshop.

This workshop will help your spine heal and/or stay healthy. If you have a twist in your spine (scoliosis) or suffer from roundback (kyphosis) this workshop can teach you how to lengthen your spine and undo curves that hinder free movement. Your neck, thoracic, and lumbar vertebrae will benefit and feel more mobile yet stable. You may be able to reduce headaches with these movements.

Our ribcage and diaphragm often reflect our spine’s habit of shortening to one side or to the front. To make lasting change, we will address mobility of the ribs and learn to balance the intercostal muscles to be more functional in all directions. With a freer ribcage and spine, we breathe more easily!

You’ll take 2 lessons with a water break in between.  We plan to record the lesson to make it available to workshop attendees for a small fee.

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 over 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

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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