We educate, study and celebrate movement and bodywork modalities that deepen awareness, provoke curiosity and promote presence of being. SMP strives to open dialogue, push boundaries and build community. It continually evolves from the belief that embodiment is a state of being that can liberate us from the self-limitations in movement, behavior, emotion and thought.
What is Somatic Movement?
Intuitive, comfortable, easeful and joyous movement used as a tool to improve an intimate connection to ourselves – an awareness of our whole self connected to our individual parts, to space and gravity.
Somatic Movement is practiced with the intention of an internal experience rather than to the outer appearance. It is a mindfulness practice that uses the felt sense awareness to keep us connected to the present moment.
Somatic Movement uses the body as a tool for fine tuning our awareness. We “learn to listen “ to what we sense and feel in ourselves physically: our breathing, our posture, our weight distribution or degree of ease or discomfort in our movements. We then expand to listening to the quality of our thoughts, reactions and behavior. Awareness does not discriminate. We can learn to apply this awareness to all of life. We get better at listening to what the world around us is saying without our hearing being restricted by the sound of our conditioned or habitual thoughts and judgements.
What is the Feldenkrais Method?
The Feldenkrais Method(™) – a sensory-motor education system designed to promote bodily and mental well-being by using movement, sensation and processes of the nervous system to teach self-awareness and improve physical and mental functioning. Moshe Feldenkrais designed a collection of lessons – taught through words or touch – based on his lifetime of understanding of neuroplasticity, physics, sensory-motor connectivity and mindfulness.
Awareness Through Movement(™) lesson – is one of thousands of lessons that were created by Israeli scientist and Judo master Moshe Feldenkrais. Students are guided through a sequence of gentle movements, done slowly, with attention on the sensation in order to discover new possibilities for optimal functional. This results in improved flexibility, coordination and efficient movement, increased ease and range of motion, reduction in aches and pains, and an increased sense of self-awareness.
What is Somatic Education?
What is Somatic Yoga?
An awareness-based approach to yoga. Yoga asana is used to experience somatic movement.
Somatic Yoga begins with simple inquiry, clarifying where we are physically and mentally, sensing parts of our bodies and fluctuations in our breathing or thought patterns. The practice explores functional movement patterns and alternatives to habitual movements or holding patterns. The intention of the practice is to evoke a heightened sense of connectivity, sensitivity and awareness.