Awakening Through the Body – November 18/19th, Mullumbimby NSW

A two day workshop delving into the world of Ancestral Movement. The weekend will introduce a few key principles underlying the entire science of mind and body, and practices for transforming our embodied sense of self at the deepest levels.

Practitioners of any and all disciplines working with the body will massively increase their own body awareness, physical intelligence and movement skill, their sensitivity to the movements of others, and their understanding of human behaviour and our connection to the rest of the living world.

THIS IS A MOVEMENT AND PRACTICE-BASED WORKSHOP. We will not talk for more than 30 minutes at a time, and the practices will be demanding and challenging but accessible to people of all body types and fitness levels.

Things we will cover:

THE PRACTICAL NEUROSCIENCE OF BODY AWARENESS:
Body maps, neuroplasticity, pain and chronic pain, emotion, empathy, communication, associative learning and memory.

AWAKENING THE CENTRAL AXIS:
Spinal freedom and spinal power: simple and incredibly effective exercises for strengthening and mobilising around every individual spinal segment in every possible direction, making the entire spine into a sensitive and powerful structure capable of infinitely complex three dimensional movement.

Abdomen and ribcage control: learning to voluntarily contract and relax every part of the pelvic floor and the deep muscles of the abdomen and ribcage.

Basic anatomy and physiology of the breathing cycle, implications for health, psychology, and physical performance.

Directed breathing: learning to focus the attention and direct the movements of the breath with precision into every part of the torso and every part of the spine, releasing chronic tensions and awakening the body from the inside out.

AWAKENING THE WHOLE BODY:
Solo and partner exercises which direct movement, effort and attention into all of the deepest forgotten areas of the body, using waves, circles and spirals. Every part of body is strengthened and mobilized in every direction, from every angle, and then re-integrated with the whole, affecting all of the tissues from the skin through the muscles, connective tissues, blood vessels and lymphatic system, the nerves, organs, and bones.

EVOLUTIONARY MOVEMENT:
Integrating the central axis work with the rest of the body reveals ancient patterns of movement that we have in common with other primates, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, fish, and even worms.

The animal or ancestral movement patterns are soft and fluid but extremely athletic. Training these patterns show us more and more clearly the traces of these ancestral forms still existing within our own bodies, and we develop more of the incredible power, grace and resilience of our animal cousins and human ancestors. Through this we gain a far deeper understanding of what is unique and special about human beings and human movement, and begin to feel ourselves as ancient and miraculous beings, fully at home on the earth.

MOVEMENT & CULTURE:
Understanding posture, gesture, breathing and voice, feedback loops between the body and the brain. Spatial awareness. Forbidden movements and inhibition of movement.

Emotional contagion and entrainment. Interspecies empathy, mimicry, tracking and physical theatre, nonverbal communication. Cultures of embodiment and connection with the non-human world. Developing sensitivity, the risks involved, “grounding” and the importance of strength training.

MIND-BODY MEDICINE – BEYOND PSYCHONEUROIMMUNOLOGY:
Effects of different emotions, mind states, postures, movements, and breathing patterns on the nervous, cardio-vascular, endocrine, and immune systems.

USE OF THE MIND AND IMAGINATION IN PHYSICAL PRACTICE:
Attention and awareness, cultivating emotions and active imagination. Meditation, myth, memory and symbols. The storied body. Ancient traditions of mind-body transformation. Songlines, ritual and the art of memory. Body as landscape, landscape as body. The re-enchantment of the body and the world.

BODY WASHING QIGONG:
A modified version of the “Hun Yuan Qigong” set originally taught by Feng Zhi Qiang, as a perfect example of supercharging or “layering” mind-body practice to contain all of the concepts described above.

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BIO:
Simon has over two decades of experience across a broad range of disciplines, including Chinese medicine and Western physical therapy, massage and bodywork, exercise rehabilitation, Yoga and Yoga therapy, Qigong, Pilates and the Feldenkrais method; Buddhist, Tantric and Daoist meditation and internal exercise; Capoeira, Japanese and Chinese martial arts, boxing and Muay Thai, wrestling and Brazilian Jujitsu, as well as an academic background in biology, anatomy and physiology, medical science, exercise science, neuroscience, and anthropology.

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The workshop will be suitable for movement enthusiasts, therapists, dancers, actors, meditators, yoga practitioners, martial artists, rehabilitation practitioners, environmental educators, or anyone wishing to get more in touch with the natural world and their own bodies.

COST: $400 for the weekend.

Places will be strictly limited and must be booked in advance.

CONCESSIONS: Those on lower incomes such as students, artists, people with disabilities etc, are all welcome and are invited to pay whatever they are able. Payment plans are advised for professionals who will use the work in their own practices. My concession policy is to keep this important work accessible to everyone, it is not for people to save money so they can pay for festivals, overseas holidays, or other people’s expensive workshops.

Further infromation about the method can be found here: http://ancestralmovement.com/about/

The Ancestral Movement facebook discussion group is here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/954751214582008/

To book a spot or for any other questions, contact simon.thakur@gmail.com or 0431 166 737

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