Somatics & Fitness

Exploration of the many faces of movement: Somatic movement and Fitness classes.


Somatics

 

 

Fitness

 

Bodies in Motion: Explorations in Movement, Fitness and Fun

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Instructor: Joe Sargent
Price: 6-class series: $96, Drop in: $18
Date: Thursday, May 3- June 14 (no class May 17)
Time: 5:30-6:45pm

Discover a new kind of fitness and expand your embodied experience through explorations in movement and somatic awareness.

Restore your body’s natural functional movement capabilities; rehabilitate old injuries and prevent new ones; relax your body and reclaim control of your nervous system; learn new movement skills, rhythmic coordination, and dance floorwork; develop greater internal awareness and connection throughout your body as well as greater ease of movement and command of the space around you. Students will be encouraged to connect with others through interactive movement and PLAY. This class will be motivated, above all, by an open curiosity towards the body and what it means to be fully alive in our bodies. All levels of skill and experience are welcome.  

Joe Sargent will be leading this class. His influences include gymnastics, circus arts, martial arts, modern dance, Feldenkrais, Continuum Movement, Tom Weksler, Ido Portal, Fighting Monkey Practice, among others.

For questions or to register, email Joe at Joseph.b.sargent@gmail.com


Stretching 101

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Instructor: Kevin Comeau
Price: $60 for 4-class series, $18 drop in
Date: Wednesdays, June 6-27
Time: 8-8:45am

Explore your true length!  Stretching is an activity most admire, but few do.  Many factors keep people from starting a flexibility program.  Two of the most common are: embarrassment over the current state of affairs (I’m stiff!), and confusion over how to proceed. In this 4-week class, we will start from the beginning and build a solid base of knowledge about flexibility.  We will answer the following questions:

What is a stretch?  How does it differ from strengthening muscles?
What difference will stretching make?
What is the anatomy behind stretching?
How often should I stretch?  How long do I hold one?
Are there different ways of stretching?  Which is best for me?

Each class will last 45 minutes, and include:

Brief discussion and check-in
Warmup
Featured stretches and modalities
Quiet relaxation
Optional homework

The class is open to anyone who wants to explore his or her capacity for greater suppleness, and by extension, greater ease of movement and day to day comfort.  No previous experience is assumed.

For questions or to register, email Kevin at kevincomeau1989@gmail.com


Chair Yoga

Date: TBD

Lisa Varno’s chair yoga class incorporates gentle movement especially designed for people who have difficulty transitioning up from and down to the floor. We’ll ease our way through a series of stretches and yoga postures from our chairs that can be modified to accommodate those with limited mobility and difficulty balancing. Each class includes breathing practices and ends with a delightful session of guided relaxation. Through regular practice of yoga, you will notice improved flexibility, strength, balance, and posture. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. To ensure stability throughout the class, we’ll practice with bare feet.


Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement: Taking Care of our Spine

Date: TBD
Instructor:  Frauke Voss

Taking care of our spine is a life-long task, not to say preoccupation. Fortunately there are routes we can take to make this journey easier: One of them is awareness -  by becoming aware of how we use our spine habitually and what we might do to improve or amend our habits.

In this class we will examine in some detail the functions of flexing and extending. This will allow us to regain the tensile strength of the spine and to rely on the length of the spinal column as we walk, sit or play. 

At the end of the class you will be delighted to feel improvements not only in your back, but also your neck and shoulders, the carriage of your head, the function of the jaw, the openness of the hip joints and the improved breathing and general feeling of lightness and ease.