Somatic Continuum Based Movement, Yoga and Meditation Practices
Practices are ways that we engage with an activity to become more proficient and skilled with it. Typically, to practice is to return to the activity over and over again finding new refinements and understanding with each iteration.
I offer embodiment practices; ways to more fully inhabit and show up for the unfolding event that is life in a body. Practices of movement, attention, love and subtlety. Personally, I am committed to my own authentic presence in my body and I wish to share that with everyone I meet.
The practices I offer combine skills and activities that I have learned from many wise people and traditions over the years. Please visit the individual pages for more details on Somatic Movement, Yoga and Meditation as deeming potent embodiment practices.
“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God.
Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.
It takes about 10 years to make a mature dancer. The training is twofold. There is the study and practice of the craft in order to strengthen the muscular structure of the body. The body is shaped, disciplined, honored and in time, trusted. The movement becomes clean, precise, eloquent, truthful. Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul’s weather to all who can read it. This might be called the law of the dancer’s life — the law which governs its outer aspects.
Then there is the cultivation of the being. It is through this that the legends of the soul’s journey are re-told with all their gaiety and their tragedy and the bitterness and sweetness of living. It is at this point that the sweep of life catches up the mere personality of the performer and while the individual (the undivided one), becomes greater, the personal becomes less personal. And there is grace. I mean the grace resulting from faith: faith in life, in love, in people and in the act of dancing. All this is necessary to any performance in life which is magnetic, powerful, rich in meaning.” — Martha Graham