Waking Up Through The Body:
Embodied Presence In Everyday Life
A course with Carl Rabke
5 Thursdays April 6-May 5 th
Mindful Yoga Collective
In this course, we will learn how we can bring a sense of embodied presence into the everyday nitty-gritty of our lives. It is wonderful to feel the shoulders relaxed and open when getting up from savasana, or to be intimate with your breathing while sitting on the meditation cushion, yet what happens to your breath and shoulders when you read the latest news headlines, or are stuck in traffic, or are having a challenging conversation with family member?
Our bodies always give us direct, accurate feedback on the state of our being. Our embodiment also offers a potent, tangible gateway to shift our state of being.
These are challenging times we are living in-both for our culture and our world. People are pretty jacked up. There is loads of research that shows when we are functioning in a kind of chronic stress/ startle response, we lose access to so much of our higher cortical functioning: empathy, creativity, self-reflection, the ability to connect with others etc. In one study that Daniel Goleman quotes in Tulku Thondup’s “The Healing Power Of Mind,” he shows that chronic emotional stress turned out to be 75 percent more harmful than smoking!
Over this course, we will do movement lessons that help us to unwind the stresses that we carry in our body, and we will learn to embody a vital, dynamic presence as we move through our world.
Along with longer Feldenkrais movement lessons that help us to deepen qualities like groundedness, centeredness, interoception, inner-spaciousness, length, and lightness of movement, we will also learn a series of brief refreshers- ways that we can return to qualities of embodied presence in 5 seconds, 30 seconds over and over throughout the day.
-Dynamic connection with the ground
-Length and mobility in the spine
-Freedom of the legs and arms
-Vital presence in the lower belly
-Openness in the chest
-Awareness of the space inside and around us
-Ease and responsiveness in the face
-Sensitivity and receptivity throughout the body
-A sense of being stuck in the head, or top-heavy
-Restrictions in breathing
-Being absent through much of the body
We need this.
The world needs this.
I look forward to the journey together.