Movement Classes include working mindfully with active physicality. They’re similar to/informed by: martial arts, somatic restoration, contemporary dance, theater practice, ‘Jedi’ mind workout, sitting meditation, dance therapy, playfighting, improvisation training, mindful-physical training-exercise, and cognitive-neuroscience research. We usually work hard. And laugh. These classes are most aimed towards getting hearts rates up, strengthening muscle, playing!, and becoming more aware that how you move can change how you feel-think.
Somatic/Education Classes often integrate science research and embodiment practices. Somatic education classes are slower paced, with less active movement. They are most aimed towards restoration, healing, and/or learning expert sensing and/or communication skills.
All styles of classes are grounded in various mindful practices. We might work in solo, duo and/or group interaction. You will never be forced to work with someone if you don’t feel comfortable. You are encouraged to modify all exercises to fit yourself – and given support in doing so, as needed. Even if you are working solo, the heart + soul of this work is rooted in the relational. We all effect one another. All levels of experience and mobility are welcome.
What participants say:
“I took a step, literally, out of my comfort zone, but in a very good way…Somehow a lot of tension I felt before simply disappeared…I haven’t felt this connected to other human being in awhile.”
“These exercises can be helpful to sensitize ourselves and use our bodies to respond truthfully…I really thought every part of this class was wonderful.”
“It is Qi Gong meets Theater of the Oppressed meets mindfulness meditation meets improvisation meets whole body permission for it to be whatever you want and need it to be.”
“… made me think about the different kinds of energy we receive from other people, from daily situations, from our own thoughts. Often I do not make myself conscious of these things but they still guide my body’s experience and effect my thinking.”
“…an exploration of our bodies, mind, space, all of it. An opportunity to see what’s in our bodies, observe, play with it…I love when my body surprises me and felt encouraged to let go so that could take place.”
“I loved interacting in the partner exercises, because Erin’s guidance was specific enough for me to feel safe and vulnerable. “Contact improv” doesn’t really appeal to me so fortunately, Erin’s workshop was a clear container for interaction.”
“This class was fun! I t made me more aware of my body and also taught me how I can explore and transform my experience or certain body parts. It engaged me in the movement and potential transformations of energy and organs…I found myself feeling like I was in a big rhythmic organism.”
“The exercise…really allowed for me to push my senses and use them in ways that I don’t rely on in my daily life.”
“… geared first towards body awareness, noticing the places where movement and/or tension originates and then toward playing with the default settings of general daily life embodiment to see where else we can come from. I was interested to realize early on that my usual walk sends heavy impact into the place I am most consistently sore. That adjusting my walk changed it into a more spread out impact situation…encouraging us to branch out of our usual modes and feel more things.”
“Excellent, creatively embodied, motivating instructions. It felt good to be silly and let go.”
“Very opening practice – directions where very clear with enough space to interpret how one may feel.”
“I have not done many movement classes, ever. So this was a new experience entirely. It was ground breaking. I felt a little nervous at first, but soon gave in to the release…your guidance was both useful and inspiring in the art of spontaneous movement; I appreciated both the inward and outward interactions you guided us through.”
“One struggle I have is my shyness and letting go and moving in new creative ways in front of others. But this class was very disarming and it was easy to get over my hesitation/insecurity.”
“I loved the observation/partner activities…Thank you for the deep connectedness you brought to our bodies and to each other.”
“Erin’s presence helped me feel to open and relaxed. She is very welcoming and encouraging, especially when it comes to finding authenticity within ourselves.”
“She is a wonderful guide in connecting with body and voice, and dipping in to the more vulnerable, tucked away ideas and bringing them into my consciousness and exposing them to the light!”