GRAVITY ROCKS: BALANCING FOR HEALTH

I just came across this super cool guy who likes to spend his time balancing rocks. You probably already saw him on Facebook.

Finally – someone else as focused as I am on balancing! This is how I start every warm up that I teach, every working session, every private lesson. By attending first to my own balancing, and then to include my student’s balancing in my awareness and to help them refine their ability to remain in a “state of balancing” as much as possible.

Balancing has healing properties, integrative properties, communicative properties, and calming properties. Sitting in meditation is just one kind of balancing but there are many others. Balancing is an energizing process of relating to the mass of the earth. It’s how we spend every moment of every day. It’s as much a natural part of our expression, our communication with one another, as words are. Lying flat on our backs, or walking, running, and rolling – we are always balancing.

This is what I explore in my Effortless Warm Up Class at Balance Arts every Thursday 6-7! If you would like to find out more, shoot me an email.

 

 

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February 25th, 2014 • No Comments

The Art of Breathing

I am delighted to be teaching a workshop specifically in the Art of Breathing, at Park Slope Wellness Center, this coming Sunday Feb. 2, from 11 am – 12:30 pm. The cost is $45.

Let me tell you why this work is so important to my Alexander Technique practice!

I always hated the suggestion “be aware of your breath.”

It felt like a prison in my chest, a space that wanted and needed air – but wasn’t allowed to get any. It was a mystery of desperation causing alarm. I felt much better if I just didn’t pay attention. Shut down, put my awareness on something else. As a rule, dancers are not really educated about how breathing works, even though we depend on it so much.

It wasn’t until I studied the Art of Breathing with Jessica Wolf that I started to find some answers. The first thing that saved me was: permission to let breathing be shallow – sometimes. The second thing was:  knowing that breathing is not “regular” or “even” but irregular, unpredictable, even wild, like emotion, or the ocean! Then, the recognition that I had been “tanking up” deliberately, always breathing in, in, in, getting ready for the next sentence, movement, or thought, never letting the current breath out, into the quiet of space, time, emptying as an easy part of breathing. This was AWE-SOME. What a relief.

To see an accurate anatomical image of what breathing actually looks like inside your body, check out the sample video on Jessica’s homepage: http://theartofbreathing.org/

Through my work with my students I am always reminded that breathing patterns are unique person to person, some people have breathing patterns similar to mine but each one is slightly different. No one size fits all. If you would like to find out about your own breathing, and how it affects your posture and movement, this workshop is a perfect place to begin.

 

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January 27th, 2014 • No Comments

PRACTICE MAKES PRACTICE: THANK YOU 2013

I’ve been trying to write an honest post about my fabulous achievements in 2013….and despite a year of many difficulties, here they are:

I’m living my dream making a living as a movement educator, and I’ve re-discovered that learning and teaching through movement is my greatest passion.

I launched my new website and my new product the Launching Pad is now for sale online.

I shared my work for the first time at the national Alexander Technique conference in Chicago this past June.

I wrote a monthly blog post faithfully and made contact with alot of new people.

I learned many new hula (dances) and mele (songs), and finished a year of learning beginning ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi.

My biggest achievement, though, is REALLY that I developed and faithfully carried out my own daily movement and mindfullness practice. I do it ALMOST every day. And because of that, I feel stronger, more in tune with myself, and more in touch with what is really important to me. Because of that I am almost pain free for the first time in about 10 years. I can’t tell you how good that feels! Itʻs physical, but it is also emotional. Very emotional! And, because I keep strumming my ʻukelele, and learning new songs, my voice is stronger and I can express all that emotion more clearly. Mahalo for that!

I would like to thank the following artists, bodyworkers, and movement educators who made contributions to my learning this year, and whose influence is woven into my daily practice:

ALL OF MY STUDENTS

– Deborah Gladstein

– Shelley Senter

– Joan and Alex Murray

– Ron Lavine

– George Russell

– Jason Poole

– Doug Alexander

– Marie Stroud

– The ladies of Na Lehua Melemele (a hula group or hui), and my Hawaiian language teacher Bryson Embernate

Much love,

Clare

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December 24th, 2013 • No Comments