Integrated Movement & Embodied Practice

Integrated Movement & Embodied Practice

Led by:

Julie Martin

Date

26 April 2018 to 28 April 2018

Location

Yoga Yama Doha
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Through understanding the body and its need to move research has shown that working muscles and body parts in isolation isn’t really a smart system for a structure that is based on tensegrity.  From the embryo, we know that everything evolves as a whole unit and that once we begin to honor that in our movement we find a freedom and strength that utilizes the whole.  Julie often refers to this as “universal core”.   When we apply these principles to our asana practice the discovery unveils that “effortless effort” we are looking for. 

When we move as a whole we can feel and experience deeper layers within.  Movement and stillness go hand in hand and we become the practice.  We take it off the mat and into meaning in our daily lives, our moments guided by our breath and awareness.  

Using Julie’s unique form of asana and movement, somatic meditation, breath work and awareness exercises the process of “doing” the practice will transform to the state being, fully present with the sense of aliveness we are looking for.   These sessions will be full of curiosity and inquiry, pause and presence, stillness and movement.  All practitioners welcome.  

Brahmani Style Asana Flow Practice

Morning Sessions: Thursday - Saturday

Looking into the asana practice as a means to find connection with the present moment we will play with pulses, spirals, and waves and then find the ability to pause and remain curious in the stillness before we move on.  Starting with a structured sequence, Julie will start to remove boundaries so that through the enquiry of the poses and movement we begin to let our own sequence unfold depending on what feels right in that particular moment.   This is how we allow ourselves to embody movement.  

 

Foot, Pelvis and Spine Relationship 

Thursday afternoon

This afternoon we will break down the information that arises from the feet and how that informs the pelvis and spine where to move in space.   There is a constant dialogue throughout the body and often the foot is “left out” due to being put in shoes.  We’ll not only “play” with our feet but also experiment with finding stability and balance by negotiating movement so that the conversation between foot, pelvis, and spine comes alive.   

 

Natural Movements, Animal Locomotion and New Ideas About Strength

Friday afternoon

We have inherent strength and stability within our structures.  Our design is to move, travel on foot over long distances, climb trees, crawl on the ground and uneven surfaces.  But we have lost that connection due to being in environments that are linear in structure for our safety.  This afternoon is all about getting back to our natural movements, integrating the body as a whole and playing with the power our ancestors use to access.  You’ll learn to “gorilla”, be a “tiger”, and a “lizard”.  We will play with lots of natural movement and find out what “core” really means.  Then it will be put in a movement sequence so that we can apply that to our regular practice.  In short, we’ll have loads of fun!  

 

Slow Movement Investigation with Somatic Meditation Practice

Saturday afternoon

We can take a meditation practice into movement that is much slower and more intimate in relationship with our emotions.  Instead of learning a sequence we will find a few “shapes” and discover different ways to integrate them based on what feels right.  Construction and de-construction on what is useful, what is movement and when does stillness arise without effort.  We can embody stillness when the awareness of the container that we occupy is the centre focus.  The last part of this session includes a few different styles of somatic (awareness focused) meditation techniques, some laying down, some working more through the breath awareness. 

About The Instructors

Julie Martin wants you to think outside the box, get off your mat, shake up the old dogmas and find the freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside. With over 25 years of experience and an international following of students and teachers alike, Julie’s greatest aim is to inspire. Her particular passion for human movement means continual investigation of new anatomical approaches, working with natural movement, range of motion, integrated stability and letting go of some of the old asana myths in order to move with the body and not against it. The practice is always an inquiry, a somatic exploration of sensation, movement, and stillness.

15 years ago Julie set up Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India after teaching in Brighton, UK for over 8 years. The largest motivation for the yoga centre was to create a community that could join together each winter season and practice without judgment, learn to let everything evolve and be totally inclusive to all yogis. What grew out of that is an international reputation especially in training teachers to challenge the “norms” of the yoga world when they no longer work for us. Julie’s work as a teacher trainer leaves students inspired and empowered.

She encourages people to find their own pace, fluidity, and strength in a structure that is only a "suggestion". No longer asking people to get "into" a pose, but if stillness arises in a moment then space is given to pause, feel and sense.

“Coming from a dance background and starting an asana practice to save my knees (which it did) I was initially so thankful for the practice. But as I moved over into the deeper world of yoga and teaching it (25 years ago) I was soon riddled with injuries. I had to rethink how this method that had initially "saved" my body was now the source of pain and injury and why everyone in the midst of it was so intent on a "right way" to do the practice. So I stepped away from the strict methodology (which lost me students in some cases) and worked on combining information from modern anatomy and fascia research, including some of my dance knowledge, with natural movement and letting people find their own alignment instead of forcing ideas of what anything should look like. For me, it's about allowing students to find a somatic practice that nurtures and heals the body and mind.”

Your yoga practice should invite you into a relationship with your self, your body, your mind, and emotions. This is not Instagram yoga or circus skills class. This is moving through layers, feeling, experiencing and observing the process, moving towards stillness, moving towards self.