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[Live Streamed] Yoga and Feldenkrais with Joanna Dunn & Debra Lerman
July 10| $245
Yoga and Feldenkrais:
explorations to integrate body and mind
co-taught with Debra Lerman, Physical Therapist and Feldenkrais® Practitioner
This special series is divided into 5 themes
Each theme follows a similar format:
Introductions (5-10 minutes)
Anatomy and Kinesiology review (15-20 minutes)
Yoga Experience (Joanna)
Feldenkrais® Awareness through Movement Lesson (Debra)
Yoga Experience (Joanna)
Discussion, Q&A, Reflections
Theme 1: Body & Breath, Parts 1 & 2 – Our breath is as individual as our signature. Our breath is intimately connected with our consciousness. Where there is freedom of breath, there is ease and harmony of thought and action. Using the combined practices of Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement® (Somatics), restorative yoga, and yogic pranayama, we journey into the quiet space of the breath to free the mind and heart. We begin our exploration with an overview of the anatomy and kinesiology of the breath visualizing and informing our experience of our breath. In this workshop, Debra Lerman guides a 30-45 minute gentle movement series bringing awareness to and creating freedom in the physical aspects of breath. In the latter half of the workshop, we learn to rest deeply in our breath by combining restorative yoga and guided yogic pranayama (breath consciousness).
Theme 2: Balance, Parts 1 & 2 – Balance is one of the most inclusive of all of the activities we can engage in, as it uses our eyes, our inner ears, feedback from the nerve endings in our joints, and the small muscles nearest our spine. Everybody talking to everybody else! In this workshop, we begin with a little introduction to the anatomy and physiology of balance, then provide a somatic movement lesson to embody your learning, grow it with some classic yoga asanas, and integrate and quiet the whole party with pranayama breathing: challenging, exciting, and ultimately satisfying and fun.
Theme 3: Myofascial Meridians, Lateral Line & Spiral Line – This concept arose initially through a contemporary of Moshe Feldenkrais’ named Ida Rolf. Her revolutionary bodywork, now called “Rolfing” or “Structural Integration”, worked directly with the layers of fascia or connective tissue which, previously believed to be inert, is quite alive and changeable. A student of hers, Thomas Myers, has taken her concepts and formalized them identifying 12 fascial “lines” or meridians. In yoga, we do plenty of side-bending and twisting. In fact, some might say that these are some of the most delicious and refreshing poses that yoga offers, enlivening the spine and nervous system. We also do a fair bit of side bending and twisting in daily life – just think of reaching for a high shelf or turning to look over your shoulder to see something behind you. Yet many of us can become restricted on one side either through injury or trauma, through scoliotic changes in the spine, or simply through dominant hand use. Yoga and Feldenkrais® movements can create fluidity and spaciousness in both fascial lines.
Theme 4: Myofascial Meridians, Back Line & Front Line – In yoga, we become familiar with restrictions in the front and back of the body through forward and back bends. In daily life, maintaining integrity and fluidity in both the front and backline allows us to lean over and pick things up and or maintain proper posture which is so important to the healthy functioning of our organs. put on our shoes. This series is great if you have tight hamstrings, hips, or back, or struggle with maintaining proper posture.
Theme 5: Myofascial Meridians: Psoas & Deep Front Lines – Sooooo…what’s the big deal about the Psoas (pronounced so-az)? The psoas muscles are somewhat elusive yet critically important muscles in everything that we do in movement – walking, cycling, skiing, running, etc. Every time we use our legs, our psoas muscles are involved. And yet they are DEEP in our bodies so we can’t see them contract and most of us can’t feel them. Healthy functioning of our psoas is critical to a healthy body. This workshop brings greater awareness to this important pair of muscles. In part 2 of this workshop, we move into the Deep Front Line which ties together the souls of the feet, the adductors, deep core muscles, respiratory diaphragm, the “core” in the neck and chest all the way up to the jaw! Our fluidity, agility, and emotional stability are all impacted by balance (or the lack thereof) in the DFL.
Learn more about Debra Lerman on her website: DebraLerman.com
$245 for the entire series of more than 20 hours of instruction and workshop!
* This workshop will be recorded. If you can’t attend live but would like the recording, please just pre-register and the recording will be sent out in the 24 hours after the workshop is completed. The recording will be available for one month.
About the instructors: Joanna Dunn & Debra Lerman
A yoga teacher since 2001, Joanna’s background is eclectic. She teaches a variety of styles, including beginner level alignment, a Level 2 slow paced Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative as well as somatic movement and meditation. Her teaching is influenced by Iyengar-based teachers, Judith Lasater (Restorative yoga), Kathryn Payne (Pranayama) and Theresa Elliott (alignment, sequencing, and Vinyasa). Her primary influences from her early studies also include choreographed multidimensional vinyasa of Lynn Kingston and the accessible, gentle yoga of Kripalu. Joanna is currently studying with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga. Prajna fuses traditional yoga practices (Ashtanga and Iyengar) with the energy body wisdom of yoga and Chinese Medicine, Meditation of Buddhism and somatic movement of Feldenkrais and Hanna.
I bring all that I know to my work: My early years as a dancer and massage therapist, 40+ years of experience with moving bodies of all shapes and ages, my 30 years as a physical therapist, and my 20 years of teaching the Feldenkrais work, in order to help people find comfort, ease, and power in simple human functions. How we use our bodies and ourselves is the physical picture of our level of well-being and potency. The organization or our skeleton and muscles are as individual as our height, the length and tonus of our muscles, and our history.