|AIKIDO | FELDENKRAIS AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT|
INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI | LAUGHTER YOGA | MELT METHOD SELF-CARE
POSTURAL ALIGNMENT FOR GOOD HEALTH & LONGEVITY
TAKETINA | QIGONG
(additional offerings by studio renters)
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TAKETINA: LIFE IS RHYTHM
with Michael Kenny
June 10 ENROLL NOW
July 15 ENROLL NOW
TaKeTiNa is a musical and meditative workshop that reconnects us to our natural rhythmic ability. Engage your body, mind and senses to develop awareness and cultivate presence.
The body is the instrument through which primal rhythmic images, not specific rhythm patterns, are accessed. Drawing on the whole person, TaKeTiNa looks like dance and sounds like music.
With this meditative practice you become present with the here and now. You can deeply relax while the mind is alert and focused in the present moment. You can increase your ability to focus, gain clarity, and deepen the sense of balance within your life.
All are welcome- TaKeTiNa is beginner friendly!
~"I loved the TaKeTiNa experience! The drumming, the instruments, the ankle bells, the steps, the singing voices, the community, all were totally amazing. I'm definitely going back for more! I gained some insight into ~myself and feel stronger for it. It truly is the Yoga of Rhythm," Cat Albers
About Michael Kenny: Michael brings his years of experience as a music therapist, training in group rhythm facilitating, and passion for using music as a healing path to his work. Michael, the only Certified TaKeTiNa Teacher in Texas, is also HealthRhythms Certified. He holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Therapy, and populations served include psychiatric hospitals, jails, schools, festivals and corporate boards.
INTRODUCTION TO TAI CHI
Saturday, 2:30p-4p, next date tba
with Bobby Garcia
$30 in advance, $35 at door
Part 1, 2:30-3:20p:
Join us for an introduction to Tai Chi and all the benefit this practice includes. This session will cover principles of practice, qigong, silk reeling, and formwork.
Part 2, 3:30-4p:
With the introduction to push hands, learn more about the 2 person exercises of Tai Chi. (Students may observe or participate in part 2.)
Discover through Tai Chi:
· Improved breathing, circulation, coordination, and focus
"Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might well be called “medication in motion.” There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health.”
“In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of motions named for animal actions — for example, “white crane spreads its wings” — or martial arts moves, such as “box both ears.” As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention — as in some kinds of meditation — on your bodily sensations.
Tai chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai Chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery.”
"This gentle form of exercise can prevent or ease many ills of aging and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.”
Quoted text from: Harvard Health Publications, The Health Benefits of Tai Chi
POSTURAL ALIGNMENT FOR GOOD HEALTH AND LONGEVITY
with Valerie Rogers
Saturday, 2p-4:15p next date tba
$35 early registration, $45 thereafter
Proper alignment of the whole body starts with the feet. If the feet are out of alignment everything will be out of alignment. Starting from the ground up we will learn how to anatomically align the body to establish correct posture for sitting, standing, balancing, and walking.
Correct alignment helps:
Proper alignment creates more space and allows the breath to become fuller. With more space, the organs and neurological system begin to function properly.
Stop sliding down the slippery slope of misuse and begin the journey of change. When you change your posture, you can change your quality of life.
The focus of this workshop is learning how to align the body to achieve optimal health.
Open to all levels. Feel free to take notes.
Valerie is the creator of Chogaflow, Yoga Alliance Certified, and a Registered Massage Therapist. She has a unique, fun, eclectic teaching style with emphasis on alignment and safety. Visit Valerie’s website or email Valerie for more information. ChogaFlow class with Valerie is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:40p.
with Kimberly Beroset
Drop-in/Community class: classes are offered on a sliding scale basis. A minimum offering of $10 suggested, but in the spirit of serving the community, no one will be turned away who is unable to pay that rate. Class passes may also be used.
June 4 ENROLL NOW
July 16 ENROLL NOW
August 27 ENROLL NOW
Humans were designed to laugh. Laughter is nature's stress-buster. It lifts our spirits with a happy high that makes us feel good and improves our behavior towards others. We all know that laughter makes us feel good. Laughter is gentle exercise. It fill your lungs and body with oxygen, deep-clears your breathing passages and exercises your lungs. When we laugh our bodies release a cocktail of hormones & chemicals that have startling positive effects on our system. Stress is reduced, blood pressure drops, depression is lifted, your immune system is boosted & more. Western science is just starting to discover the great effects of laughter. Laughter Yoga provides the opportunity to laugh, without reason, to enjoy the countless benefits to body and spirit that laughter offers.
"Laughter Yoga combines laughter with yogic breathing exercises. It is a perfect way to laugh and get exercise at the same time. It approaches laughter as a body exercise so it's easy to laugh even if you're depressed or in a bad mood. Last year I highlighted Laughter Yoga on my TV program. I've tried it, and it works." Oprah Winfrey
FELDENKRAIS AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT®
with Angela Alston
6-week series: $95 in advance, $105 at door if space available
6 Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30p
May 17-June 21 ENROLL NOW
Discover yourself from head to toe! Awareness Through Movement® (ATM®) offers a unique, profound way to examine and change your habitual and often limiting patterns of moving. In this series, we'll investigate function of your feet, hip joints, orientation of head and neck, and more.
You’ll learn to organize your physical self to move with greater ease and effectiveness, improving co-ordination, range of motion, and balance.
"Truly remarkable such simple movements have such a large impact.”—Michelle Accardo, MS, ATC, LMT, CLT
Pioneered by Israeli physicist/engineer and martial artist Moshe Feldenkrais, ATM offers a unique, profound way to examine and change your habitual and often limiting ways of moving. By attending how you move, you’ll discover how to improve the quality of your movement. “It's nice to live and move in a way that is pleasing to you.“—Dr. Jeff Haller, Feldenkrais trainer
LIMIT 15 participants.
“A few minutes of Feldenkrais can give you the flexibility & postural benefits of hours of stretching exercises.”— Anne Rosenthal, PhD
Each lesson begins with simple movements, which gradually increase in complexity, all organized around a function such as hip opening, movement of the shoulder girdle, or organizing head and neck. You'll discover greater flexibility, improved balance, grace, and pleasure in moving. ATM is a wonderful complement to dance, yoga, Pilates, Nia, and other movement modalities
“Wow, that was incredible. It’s hard to believe little movements can do so much, but obviously they do.”—Janet A., after her first ATM class
PLEASE NOTE: Mats and props are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own mat specifically designed for the Feldenkrais practice, which may be purchased online at WellMats.
Instructor Angela Alston, GCFP, MFA, began taking Awareness Through Movement® in 1996. She trained in The Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education in New York, Houston, and Chicago and was certified to teach ATM® in 2008. Angela also offers Functional Integration® private sessions. Angela has studied a variety of movement forms, including yoga and dance, and she is an award-winning maker of dance films. She has an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in philosophy and biology from Swarthmore College.
MELT METHOD SELF-CARE
with Shannon Mairs, Certified MELT Hand & Foot Instructor, Nia White Belt trainer, JourneyDance Guide. Shannon was trained by the creator of MELT Method, Sue Hitzmann. Shannon Mairs has been teaching therapeutic movement nationwide for the last 10+ years. She is the creator of Compassion Fitness™ and her passion is to help you put your SELF first!
$50 if registered by 6/20, $60 thereafter
(MELT kit not included in registration. Kit is available for preorder while supplies last)
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-3:30 ENROLL NOW
Do you have body aches and pains? Are you looking for simple ways to self-care for your body? Adding MELT to your life can help improve your efficiency and performance in your fitness routine, while enhancing daily life by improving your digestion, sleeping, and reducing inflammation, accumulated stress, and chronic pain symptoms.
This workshop will take you on a journey of grounded connectivity, openness and flexibility!
Explore healing your body from the ground up by focusing on five pressure points on the bottom of the feet. By working with the MELT soft and hard balls, you will create a healing ritual that will alleviate pain and increase stability in your body. Adding the MELT foot treatment to your life will help improve your efficiency and performance in your fitness routine, while enhancing daily life by improving your digestion, sleeping, and reducing inflammation, accumulated stress, and chronic pain symptoms.
Explore healing your body through expansion and touch by focusing on five pressure points on the palm of the hand. By working with the MELT soft and hard balls, you will create a healing ritual that will alleviate pain and increase flexibility in the head, neck, arms and shoulders. The MELT hand method will allow you to experience how easy it is to create change in your body regarding misalignment, chronic pain, and the negative effects associated with aging. Different from going to a therapist for bodywork, MELT empowers people with simple, self-care tools for long-term wellness.
No experience required. Expect minimal, gentle movement.