I love what I do. I love teaching, and I love getting creative with Yoga. I think the passion I have for my craft shows in the classes I teach and in the way that I’ve continued to develop AIM and integrated it with postures and poses.
Three years ago, I graduated from a therapeutic movement program in Novato, Northern California that certified me as a Hanna Somatic Educator (HSE). Some of you have reached out to me for help with functional movement issues and are familiar with the one-on-one work that I do in the AIM room, as well as the group classes we offer at both studios.
I have stayed in contact with several of the students who were in my class at the Novato Institute for Somatic Research, and it’s been interesting to see how we have all integrated the new somatic knowledge within our professions.
Wouldn’t it be fun, I thought, to bring the best and brightest together in one location and have everyone present their own skills along with somatics? So I invited four of the other graduates from the Novato program to visit Simi Valley in March and be part of a three-day weekend of movement, healing and somatic education.
Somatics, or somatic movement, refers to techniques in movement study that emphasize your internal physical perception. Yoga is innately somatic because the yoga teacher is attempting to keep your attention in your body as you practice moment to moment.
When perceiving how our body moves, we become more aware of our relationship to the ground and gravity. What habitual postures have we developed? How are we using our body to create certain movements? With this deeper awareness gained, we are then able to cultivate change, to move with more efficiency and improved function.
Thomas Hanna was an inspirational teacher, philosopher and healer. His research, insight and enthusiasm for educating individuals has been passed on to all who complete his training through the Novato Institute for Somatic Research.
The guest teachers who are presenting at this conference are part of a group of individuals who are dedicated to healing through somatics. They are all Certified Hanna Somatics Educators (HSE), and I am thrilled that they’ve agreed to be part of this first conference and are willing to share their healing arts with you.
We are currently completing the class schedule for March 11-13th, and we’ll be offering a wide range of classes, from Healing Touch for Animals to Circus Crafts and Sacred Dance — as well as an opportunity to more deeply explore your own yoga practice and help heal shoulder and lower body injuries.
I hope that you will be able to join us for part of or the whole weekend, and that you get inspired, encouraged and set free from postural habits that may be limiting your potential to live a full and active life.
Watch this space over the next few weeks for more news about Yoga Source… and we’ll see you there!