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SAVE YOUR KNEES BY KNOWING WHERE THEY ARE: #3 in a series on how to use your kinesthetic intelligence
I think most of us have limited ideas about what we are capable of. If you are a dancer, you know you’ve had those moments where your body goes somewhere or does something that blows your mind, and you can only “sit back and watch.” Well, I think that’s a pretty good way to … Read more
EFFORTLESS MIND IN MOVEMENT: #2 in a series on how to use your kinesthetic intelligence
A couple of days ago, I sent you a little mind dance to try. Today, I invite you to take this mind dance into activity: 1) Imagine a spot exactly in the middle of the crown of your head, as if you were looking down from the sky at the top of your own skull, … Read more
FREE BREATHING FROM THE INSIDE OUT: THE VAGUS NERVE
Ever have one of those days when you feel tight, stiff, sore…and none of your usual warm ups work to get you loose and easy? Or your body is maxed out from the day before, and you don’t have the time to really warm up before you start teaching or rehearsing? If this is you, … Read more
WHY WE DANCE: #1 in a series on how to use your kinesthetic intelligence
We dance for a million different reasons, but one of the biggest ones is to feel our relationship to the earth. It’s the one relationship that is with us every day of our life. I hate it when I hear someone say “ I don’t dance”. Everybody dances. Today’s dance: Imagine a spot … Read more
WHY IS MEDIA OVERWHELM A GOOD THING?
Photo by Nik Shuliahin Do you get overwhelmed trying to keep up with current news and events? That’s probably a good thing. Why? Because it means you are actually really sensitive underneath it all. You are responding naturally to something that’s crazy and upsetting. I’ve been in the woods for a week, no TV and no … Read more
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“POLES ARE FOR SAFETY, NOT FOR YOUR LATEST ROUTINE” – my favorite broken subway rule Real life circumstances sometimes call for a little rule-breaking. Dancers understand this instinctively. Where most people are afraid of falling – like on a moving subway train – dancers see opportunity: for self-challenge, for making money, and putting … Read more
BEGINNER MIND, BEGINNERS BODY
Spring! Spring is a great season for my message today, which goes out to all of you: Bodyworkers Alexander Teachers Physical Therapists Somatics Teachers Anatomy Geeks I have developed a special workshop for you! Would you like to: 1) De-pressurize & revitalize your whole body 2) Show you how to stop hurting delicate fingers, wrists, … Read more
LET THE WORLD CARRY YOUR SHOULDERS: ENDING CHRONIC SHOULDER TENSION
“My shoulders are too narrow.” “My shoulders are too broad.” “I feel like I’m carrying the world on my shoulders!” “No matter how many times I shrug and release my shoulders, they never seem to relax!” A couple of weeks ago I led a teaser workshop for my upcoming four-class series “End Chronic Shoulder … Read more
COURAGE, REST, AND RESILIENCE
Check out this months video about sensing and opening the connection between your spine and your arms: What a month it’s been! Upsetting, thrilling, exhausting. I feel so vulnerable, I need so much rest, I despair of being able to keep up with the flow of information and activity. I know I’m not alone. If … Read more
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