This approach is underpinned by the Ancient Tradition of Yoga (Vinyasa and Scaravelli), The Buddha’s Teaching on Mindfulness and Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Method (Body Orientated Trauma Healing)
It is inspired by a deep love and fascination of the natural world particularly The Spiritual Element of Water
Overview of Still Flowing Yoga Somatics
Still Flowing Yoga Somatics on one level is a creative internal exploration into the forces of gravity, water and air (through the breath), and how they affect our body’s structure and movement. Using mindful awareness and felt sensation we will explore these forces through various complementary forms. This enquiry aims to cultivate a somatic awakening to the flow inherent to life.
This playful investigation will take place within the forms of asana, fluid movement, embodied meditation and sound vibration.
Our bodily systems are made up of approx 65% water, when permitted and encouraged to move in the way that they are meant to – fluidly and freely –they have the capacity to transform somatically (from the inside out) gradually returning us to a primordial, intuitive and integrated way of being.
On another level by embodying the elements and natures forces and focusing on felt sense we may attune to, and start to integrate, the human animal in us, so necessary for deeper healing.
This work can have a profound healing effect on the anatomy and physiology of the body which is a microcosm of the macrocosm, awakening the core, freeing the spine, regulating the nervous system and experiencing nature as us, with no sense of other.
Within these supportive, buoyant and fluid conditions, we also make a safe container to do the deeper work of gently unravelling and unwinding the patterning of tension, holding, and trauma that may be bound in the physiology of the body, and that may be obstructing the body/mind from experiencing the flowing nature of the here and now.
This fluid enquiry into the body/mind leads us ever deeper into penetrating and realising what are known in Buddhism as the “Three Marks of Existence” – Impermanence, Suffering and Not Self.
Director and Teacher of Still Flowing Yoga Somatics – Module 1 and 3
- Module 2: 7th – 11th December 2013 – “Bones in Motion” – Embodied Anatomy Workshop with Aki Omori @ London Buddhist Arts, Bethnal Green, London E2
- Module 3: 9th – 16th February 2014- “Attuning Internally :- A Somatic Journey through Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation” with Gemma Mallol in Ibiza, Spain
- Module 3 (part 2) 16th – 23rd February 2014- “Community Retreat, Self Practice & Teachings” with Gemma Mallol in Ibiza, Spain
Module 3 takes place at Sunset Mountain Yoga Retreat in Ibiza, check out the website for venue details www.ibizayogaretreat.com
The Rhythm of the Programme
Still Flowing Yoga Somatics develops thematically piece by piece over a period of 3 years. It expands and deepens as the years go on.
The space between retreats (modules) is intentional so that students have the chance to apply the teaching through embodiment and practice. As internal enquiry is fundamental to the somatic approach, the practitioners’ system needs time to integrate and embody the flow and healing process for it to be effective. What you learn on this programme if the somatic process is effective will be embedded in your body, your tissues, your fluids, your cells and your nervous system. This is yoga and meditation from the inside out.