Movement & Meditation

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“Waking to the sacredness of the female body will cause a woman to ‘enter into’ her body in a new way, be at home in it, honor it, nurture it, listen to it, delight in it’s sensual music. She will experience her female flesh as beautiful and holy, as a vessel of the sacred. She will live from her gut and feet and hands and instincts and not entirely in her head. Such a woman conveys a formidable presence because power resides in her body. The bodies of such women, instead of being groomed to some external standard, are penetrated with soul, quickened from the inside.” -Sue Monk Kidd, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter.

I’ve been studying and practicing yoga, dance and spontaneous movement since 2005, when I spent 6 months living at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health as a volunteer.

This was the year that I would have been a senior in high school, but I had left a year earlier and gone to North Star: Self Directed Learning for Teens, and so I was free to continue to explore my own interests.

I spent half of that year at the Kripalu center, at first as a volunteer, and later for my bodywork training. This transformational time was the beginning of my spiritual path and my movement practice.

I took a lot of yoga classes, of course, but some of the most meaningful experiences I had there were the times when walking by one of the big, dark, unused program rooms, and I was drawn inside. I found myself moving freely and spontaneously in this huge, empty room, just allowing my body’s wisdom to unfold intuitively. There was an exhilaration, a freedom, an ability to express myself that I had never felt before.

This practice of letting my body move from it’s inner wisdom continued at barefoot dances in the Northampton area, as well as being informed by various yoga and movement classes, and my eventual yoga teacher training in Embodyoga with Patty Townsend at Yoga Center Amherst. Patty’s approach, infused with Body-Mind Centering, further developed my practice of deep listening to the body.

Now that I am putting these tools and experiences into practice as a teacher/movement leader, I’ve found myself wanting to offer something different than the usual yoga class. My interest lies in creating a safe space, and giving you the support and encouragement needed to help you follow your own body’s wisdom.

Especially for women, who are conditioned to see our bodies as objects, and to think of our movement in terms of how it looks from the outside, it is a profoundly healing experience to let go of that external focus, and simply allow the body to move from the inside, in the ways that feel right and good to you. We all have movement patterns that our body needs and wants to express, and we often need some encouragement to allow that to come out. That is what I am here for.

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