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Diane Bruni- Full Day Intensive

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Community of Hearts Yoga

826 King Street North

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Waterloo, ON N2J 4G8

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BACK TO THE BEGINNING AGAIN

A day long workshop on evolutionary movement, led by Diane Bruni In this day long workshop we will explore breathing and primal movements from birth to 13 months.

What do these evolutionary movements have to teach us about how to move as adults, particularly aging bodies?

How can functional movement play a role in other practices such as yoga?

The building blocks of movement have been hardwired into our nervous systems. Most of us lifted our heads and rolled over at about 4 months. We then learned to crawl on our bellies, crouch, sit, and rotate. We were moving on all fours, very much like our quadruped ancestors.

By 13 months we were rolling, doing deep squats, and preparing to walk. These workshops will cover basic building blocks of movement. Practicing these simple, functional movements with awareness to the breath brings the mind and body into harmony. By re-establishing a deep connection to these primal connections, we reconnect with the origins of life. Rebirthing our movement patterns can help us to remember what it was like to feel young, particularly necessary as we move into advanced years.

Learning to roll over, come to sit, and rise to squatting and standing is the prerequisite for staying mobile as we age. We give up this mobility because we stop getting down on the floor. Participants sometimes have profound experiences when guided through these fundamental movements, from remembering details of their early lives to experiencing a sense of containment and comfort.

These movements include rocking, shaking, and oscillations. Many indigenous cultures and healers use these motions as a gateway into altered states of awareness. Anyone who has rocked a baby to sleep knows that this wave-like motion has a calming effect on the nervous system. Similarly, in this course we will learn how to rock ourselves into a state of relaxation.

This workshop series is inspired by multiple schools of movement and the practice of yoga. Yoga teaches us to be present in the here and now. Tuning into the sensations of the body helps us to stay grounded in the present moment. We developed asana as tools to focus the mind, thus any movement can be a “yoga” pose if we set our intention for it to be so.

This workshop will feel like yoga, but it may not look like yoga.

Breathe Like a Baby Learning to breathe as a 2-month-old will create a deep neuromuscular stabilization that will allow for integrating all the other movements.
This breathing technique is based on Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), as taught by the Prague School of Rehabilitation.

Development from 1 to 6 months We will begin with core stabilization, and then progress to lifting the head, shifting the hips, rolling onto the back and side, balancing on the side, crawling on our bellies, learning homolateral and contralateral movements of the arms and legs, and sitting.

Development from 7 to 13 months Review of 1–6 months and progressing from sitting to rotating, crouching to all fours, sinking to a deep squat, and standing to walk to balancing on one foot.

Evolutionary Flow At the end of the day we’ll review all the information, from breathing to 13 months. You’ll be guided in a evolutionary flow class structure, beginning on the mat and transitioning off the mat. Integrating these building blocks of movement into ‘traditional’ yoga classes is easier than you think, many of of the poses or pauses are already familiar to yoga practitioners.

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