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Movement for Meditators with Laura V Ward
May 5 - June 28 (8 weeks)
Sundays from 4:00-5:15pm EST, 1:00-2:15pm PST
An 8-week movement & theory course on Zoom
Sundays 4:00-5:15pm EST, 1:00-2:15pm PST, 9:00-10:15pm GMT*
February 4th - March 17th, 2024
Your bodymind has brought you this far in life, bravo, but could you be healthier? Go deeper? Be more aligned with life? Feel better in your body and be more connected? Move with more ease and flow? Recognize and release tension as it arises?
The Movement for Meditators course offers an experiential reconnection of body and mind in the interest of promoting coherence, health, and systemic integrity. If you want to release crusty old thinking, inhibitory armoring, and outdated holding patterns and thus access deeper states of embodiment and vitality, then this class is for you.
Meditation has probably taught you a lot, but not about moving your body. You will be in this body for the rest of your life. We interpret our whole world through our physical body and our senses first, and through thinking second. This course will connect and open our bodymind through MOVEMENT using a playful multi-system approach, drawing from many modalities. We will be reconceptualizing and moving with geometric SPACE, crystalline forms, and the Elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, in a way that is perfect for meditation practitioners.
The class will consist of:
- Warm-up/Tissue Prep: A Guided Free Flow Movement Exploration
- Moving in geometric space, using the 3 dimensions and the platonic solids as guides to open up our realm of movement potential
- Simple exercises and mat work (like yoga and Pilates) focusing on specific exercises to relieve our bodies from excessive sitting and stillness
- Rolling on the floor for mobility, tissue hydration and release
- Somatic Practice to go deeper into Awake Awareness while moving, staying present with your Self
- Reconnect to movement and embodiment in a healthy user-friendly way
- Rethink and deprogram unhelpful social, cultural, familial, political, and historical biases that objectify and separate the BODYmind
- Renegociate inner and outer space to optimize flow, hydration, healthy function, and expression
- Learn how to down-regulate and up-regulate through breath, sound, and movement
- Learn to move in novel ways, make space for new neural pathways, let go of old priors
- Better health, more flow, and resilience
Who is this course for?
- People who have achieved some depth in their mediation life and want to explore deeper embodiment through movement
- People who are interested in approaching movement practice in the way they approach their mediation practice
- Analytical thinkers, and people who spend a lot of time “in their head”
- People who want to grow and learn
What if I have limited mobility?
No problem. You can move at whatever level of ability you have. Breathing is movement. Bringing the concepts we will work with into your imagination with no movement will still greatly affect your bodymind.
Will it be recorded?
Yes. It will be available privately to people who have signed up for the course.
Laura Victoria Ward is a maximalist artist, choreographer, somatic movement educator, consciousness explorer, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, teacher, musician, painter, somanaut, psychonaut, and meditator. She is the artistic director of Kingston Contemporary Dance Theatre, and has been teaching movement, creating dance theater, and performing in New York State, the Hudson Valley, and internationally for almost 30 years.
Participating equally in both experiential and performative practices–including movement, awareness, and expression—lays the foundation for Laura's work, which includes creativity, play, inquiry, and the infinite wonder of existing in a human body. An expansive knowledge of diverse practices, hands-on bodywork, anatomy, and kinesiology underpins Laura’s playful investigation including Continuum Movement, classical ballet training, Laban/Bartenieff, physical theater, and nondual awareness meditation (à la Michael Taft). She has been meditating for over 30 years.