Learning To Listen – Somatic Movement Training
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Module 1- Intro to Somatic Yoga
June 12-15, 2017 & Jan 11-14, 2018
Module 2 – Movement Explorations & Om Waters Retreat
Jan 17-21, 2018
This training is about improving how you move, how you think and how you navigate through your life.
By exploring innovative techniques, we will harness and expand our awareness and refine our ability to sense and feel ourselves and the habits of the mind and body that limit our potential and hold us back.
Yoga Teachers and practitioners will deepen their practices and learn a fresh approach to their teaching by exploring the Functional Architecture of asana.
Bodyworkers will benefit greatly from this training by improving their sensitivity and kinesthetic awareness and understanding of Functional Anatomy.
Life Coaches and Counselors can use Somatic Movement as a valuable mind-body-integration tool for their clients.
Module 1 – Somatic Yoga
Somatic Yoga, is an embodiment practice cultivated by approaching asana and movement in a personal way that builds upon what you sense inside. Rather than using our eyes and “thinking” parts of the brain and striving toward accomplishing an ideal posture, Somatic Yoga uses the sensing parts of our brain to establish clarity, efficiency and ease in our postures. If your yoga practice was a trek, “somatics” is how to pack your bag before you set out!
Based on the Feldenkrais Method, students will work to bridge the gap between what is felt in the body and what is known in the mind by learning basic techniques that develop awareness of one’s own self-limiting habits in body, breath and posture.
Students will use various methods and exercises such as Awareness Through Movement, Functional Movement Exploration, hands-on practice, group work and discussion, asana and personal inquiry. We will begin the process of deepening our kinesthetic awareness, explore various concepts like the difference between “awareness and attention,” why “muscle memory” actually works against us, how focusing on achievement can limit our ability to reach our goals and the secrets to improving the way we approach physical, mental and emotional challenges.
Students will learn to identify and differentiate various muscular and joint functions in the body and chronic holding patterns that dictate movement (asana) limitations. Basic release techniques and valuable tools for greater ease of movement, connectivity, clarity and creativity in classes, asana and in daily life will be explored.
Module 2- Movement Explorations
A continuation of Module 1, (open to those who completed Module 1 or those with relevant somatic movement experience) we will refine our awareness of our movements, thoughts, reactions and behaviors. We will investigate more sophisticated and dynamic movements for more subtle refinement in our sensing and transitioning. In this module, we will start to link movement patterns; exploring our own biomechanics, sensory response and personal expression. We will delve deeper into our ability to understand what we observe in ourselves and each other, identifying common kinesthetic patterns, habits and limitations. Hands-on partner work will help us continue to understand functional anatomy as well as listening with our hands without expectation or judgement. Functional respiration will be introduced and we will explore the implications and benefits of regular breathing practice for overall ease in the body and mind.
Day 1) The Integrated Body
-What is Embodiment? Implications on physical practices and lives
-Neuro-Muscular Re-Education – Creating an environment for learning
-Building Awareness – Using movement as a tool
-The Parts Influence the Whole – Bringing our whole selves into action
Day 2) Demystifying the Pelvis
-Investigating your own postural habits – Propulsion and Connectivity
-Exploring of Planes of Movement
-Identifying Movement Patterns, Habits & Limitations
-Release Techniques – Freeing the Hips
Day 3) The Spine as the Movement Highway
-Demystifying “good” posture
-Tracking Movement Pathways
-Release Techniques – Freeing The Spine
-Listening Through Touch
Day 4) Finding Freedom through The Shoulders and Neck
-The Face is more than Expression
-Release Techniques – Breathing
-Learning to let go
25 Hours – Yoga Alliance Continuing Education
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“This has been the most revolutionary course I have taken in terms of movement exploration. I guarantee it will be incredibly enriching. Tara’s teaching is honest, deep, inquiry based and heartfelt.
If you aren’t already tempted enough to go to Chiang Mai, let this be the reason.
To open up your inner feeling, seeing, hearing, embodied self and let the light in x”
– Jade Wood
Embodiment & Reconnection Retreat
December 15-17, 2017
Sri Lanna National Park, Chiang Mai, Thailand
A retreat centered around embodiment ~ for movers, yogis, non-yogis, bodyworkers, lovers of nature, searchers of serenity and inquisitive humans. An inquiry into the nature of movement and stillness in body and mind.
Inspired by the Feldenkrais Method, somatic movement, mindfulness, yin yoga and craniosacral biodynamics, join Tara Eden and Jade Wood for this retreat to find more clarity in what you feel, how you move and the connection between them.
Our intention is that you will leave feeling refreshed and renewed with helpful tools for easeful movement, improved awareness and the space for self-reflection.
This is a celebration of learning and loving how your body and it’s movements are uniquely yours.
Central to the retreat is the time we will take, both during the classes and in the in-between. This is true quality time to spend with yourself, read, swim, play, sun-bask as well as reflect and reconnect or just be.
Enjoy a rich investigation, fully supported by the teachers and the stunning natural environment, not to mention amazingly delicious, fresh and locally sourced catered food by The Cat House Restaurant!
Jade and Tara have years of combined experience in teaching yoga, bodywork, movement and mindfulness and are so excited to return to this truly outstanding venue, OM WATERS to share this experience with you.
How the retreat looks:
4 days, 3 nights, 3 fresh delicious meals on Sat and Sun, plus dinner Fri and brunch before leaving on Mon (let us know your dietary restrictions!)
Transportation is provided from Chaing Mai to the retreat and accommodation is on the open air floating house boats on the lake!
Friday Dec 15th we will meet in town and travel together & arrive at Om Waters in the afternoon, we will have one movement session followed by dinner and rest.
Saturday & Sunday Dec 16th & 17th we will have an uplifting movement session, delicious breakfast and late afternoon yin exploration followed by lovely dinner. Mid-day is your retreat time to relax, swim, read, practice, receive bodywork, hang out with new friends, dialogue with the instructors or just be.
Monday Dec 18th we have a relaxed late morning brunch, last chance to swim or do a little self-guided practice, open up discussions with teachers or group etc. At 11am we take the boat ride back to mainland and then song taw back to Chiang Mai.
The movement sessions will usually be 2+ hours. Everyone is encouraged to go at their own pace, to participate in a way that best suits their needs at that time.
There will also be an opportunity for private Theraputic Thai-style Massage, Body Assessment Sessions and Biodynamic Craniosacral Sessions with Tara or Jade during the retreat.
We look forward to sharing this special experience with you 🙂
Please send inquiry below for more info or to register 🙂
Somatic Movement Weekend Workshop
Bangkok, Thailand – March 26 & April 2
Yangon, Myannmar- Yangon Yoga House – June 17 & 18
In this workshop series, students will be given an introduction to simple, powerful tools that can change the way the brain perceives information and the way the body organizes itself.
Through various mobilization, breath, and visualization techniques, students can observe cause-and-effect improvements to their flexibility, stability, fluidity, and overall ease of their movements. We will explore how Functional Movement and Awareness Techniques can provide drastic long-term improvement to common postural habits/holding patterns/mobility limitations from daily life, office life, sports, old injuries, emotional traumas, etc.
Students will not only learn how to move better they can learn how to adjust to the limitations of their own self-image, improve clarity and experience an overall feeling of well-being.
Chiang Mai, Thailand – All Levels Somatic Yoga – Wednesdays & Fridays 6-7:30pm
Feldenkrais- Awareness Through Movement – Fridays 1:30-3pm & 10-11:30am
Yoga Teacher Mentoring Programs
Awareness Through Movement Sessions
Yin & Restorative Yoga
Asana Exploration Sessions
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