Somerville Authentic Movement

Listen to your body's wisdom
Develop compassion for yourself and others
Time to experiment and integrate
 

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Inspired by Carl Jung's practice of Active Imagination, Authentic Movement uses movement as a path to discovering and expressing your whole self. Connect to exactly where you are in the moment and follow your internal impulses to move or be still. The practice looks like everything from gentle movement exploration, improvised dance, to deep rest. There is time time creative practice as integration after each movement session including writing, drawing, collage and time to share in the small group.

 

 

Next 10 week series:
January 19-March 23, 2017
Thursdays 10:15-11:30am
$250 for 10 weeks. Group limited to 8.

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Connect to your body and your sensation as
muse
guide
teacher
inspiration

an ever expanding self emerges

 

What does it mean to be authentic? 

There is no right or wrong with authenticity; it's about witnessing what's showing up from moment to moment and playing with what you find. When you connect to your body and your sensation as muse, as guide, teacher, inspiration, an ever expanding self emerges.

 

 all feelings, sensations, stories, insights

in the moment, and following your internal impulses to move or not move, and watching the process unfold as you become interested in the light coming through the window or the feeling of your toes pressing into the rug or remembering a dream from last night and how it feels in your body. 

What does Authentic Movement practice look like?

There is one or more movers, and one or more witnesses. As a mover, you close your eyes and follow your impulse to move or be still. This looks like everything from gentle movement exploration, improvised dance, to deep rest. It is not about performing. "Authentic" means connecting to what is true for you in the moment. 

In one moment you become interested in the light coming through the window and in another your attention is drawn to the feeling of your toes pressing into the rug which reminds you of a dream from the night before...

The witness holds a non-judgmental, compassionate and safe space for the mover, while simultaneously tracking their own inner process, projections, sensations. This presence helps the mover to develop a non-judgmental inner witness, distinct from the inner critic. 

 

History of the Practice

Dance and movement has been a part of all cultures for all time. In the 1950s, Mary Starks Whitehouse played with Carl Jung's work with active imagination, and developed something she called "Movement In Depth." One of her students, Janet Adler, coined the term "Authentic Movement." My teachers, Alton Wasson and Daphne Lowell, also call it "Contemplative Dance." It's also been called "Your Own Yoga" or "Your Own Tai Chi."