Grounding and Balance Workshop
Instructor: Fritha Pengelly
Serenity Yoga Studio, South Hadley
“A Martian visitor would not hesitate to conclude that the human body is the closest to an ideal frame designed for movement and the least suited for standing motionless.” – Moshe Feldenkrais, from ‘Body and Mature Behavior’
What does it mean to be ‘grounded?’ How can we improve our balance? As humans we stand on a relatively small base of support, and our center of gravity is high – making us a fairly unstable species. Moshe Feldenkrais understood this relationship and actually described ‘good posture’ as the ability to move in any direction without hesitation. In other words, our balance is dependent upon a dynamic stability, not a static one.
In this workshop we will explore how to find clear support through the skeleton in relationship to the ground for ease of movement and a sense of stability. When we find this support we lessen the pressures on our soft tissues and reduce general wear and tear and overall muscular tension.
Workshop will include exploration of two Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons and will include time for discussion and questions. No experience necessary – all are welcome!