Spring! In Your Step:
Instructor: Fritha Pengelly
Thursday, March 24, 10:30am
Friday, March 25, 3:15pm
Saturday, March 26, 11:30am
“We frequently walk with the sole purpose of getting from one place to another. But where are we in between? With every step, we can feel the miracle of walking on solid ground. We can arrive in the present moment with every step.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Feeling Spring in the air? How about some spring in your step?
In this 3-class series we will explore how our relationship to solid ground can provide us a springboard for lightness and ease rather than a sense of weight and heaviness. Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons will provide opportunities to clarify and understand the bony structures of the feet, how the organization of the feet in relationship to the ground directs forces through the skeleton, and time to sense how this affects the quality of movement in the whole self.
As we sit, stand, and walk, it is important to remember that what is below supports what’s above. How we organize our feet, our base of support, in relationship to the ground will affect how ground forces travel through the rest of our body. For example, how I use feet will determine if ground forces allow me to stand tall on my hip joints vs. sliding and shearing across it causing wear and tear in the joint(s) and perhaps creating sliding or bending in my spine that could lead to discomfort and pain.
The ATM lessons will allow time explore where we are “in between” as a way to discover our habits and open up new possibilities and patterns of action. When we can find a way to organize ourselves so that our skeleton is doing the job of support, our muscles have to do less to support and stabilize us and can instead be at ease and ready to generate movement. This in turn allows us to feel a sense of lightness, and perhaps spring in our step as we move, walk, dance, and live our lives.
Feel free to attend just one of the classes, or all three. Each class will build on the previous lesson, but each lesson will also stand on its own.
“When we first learned to walk, we walked just to enjoy walking. We walked and discovered each moment as we encountered it. We can learn to walk that way again.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
$40/early-bird ($45 after 3/17)
Friday and Saturday ONLY $26
In line with the Center’s efforts to promote racial equity and justice we are inviting Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color to attend at no charge:
Use Coupon Code: Fee-waived