We are woven into the web of life, in dynamic relationship with the world that surrounds us and with all that lies inside of us. How can we draw on these webs of interconnection to sustain us through turbulent times and keep us in resilient health? The weave of relationship within our bodies affects how we relate to others and to our environment. Together we hope to discover new ways to align with these connections to find greater energy and ease.
This online workshop series explores our inner resilience by deepening our connections to our cells, tissues and body systems. We will offer new ways to listen to them and new opportunities to let them speak.
Each month of this series has a new theme. You may sign up for one monthly theme at a time, or for the full series at a reduced price.
Whether you are a health professional seeking to expand your work, or a person interested in embodied experiences – you have a place in our circle.
All are welcome to join our journey of exploration!
The workshops will run over 2 Sundays per month for 2 hours
from 16.00-18.00 CET (Stockholm, Paris, Berlin)
7.00-9.00 a.m. PST (San Fransisco)
10.00-12.00 a.m. ET (New York)
SAVE THE DATES!
14th & 21st of February
7th & 14th of March
11th & 18th of April
9th & 16th of May
6th & 13th of June
Each month/workshop – 750 SEK (≈ 75€ / $92)
People taking a month course will be able to view their recorded classes for a period of one month following the class.
The whole package – 3190 SEK (≈ 318€ / $390)
People taking the full series will be able to view all the recorded classes during the full 5-month period and for one month following the last class.
(Please note that the estimated prices in € and $ are
subject to change depending on the exchange rates)
BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE
Immune System Workshop, February 14th & 21st
Breathing Workshop, March 7th & 14th
Digestion Workshop, April 11th & 18th
Blood Flow Workshop, May 9th & 16th
Skin Workshop, June 6th & 13th
People taking a month course will be able to view their recorded classes for a period of one month following the class. People taking the full series will be able to view all the recorded classes during the full 5-month period and for one month following the last class.
This online series is offered to you by the
Embodied Arts Academy and Pranama in Stockholm
READ ABOUT EACH WORKSHOP BELOW ↓
Our Immune System
February 14th & 21st, 16.00-18.00 CET, 750 SEK
We knew early on that we would begin our series with the immune system. There has been a flood of information in the news about the human immune system since the onset of Covid-19. We want to offer a more relaxed embodied approach to this vital system. Rather than looking only at how our immune system combats disease, we also want to get to know and support its normal healthy function. The health of the immune system depends on its ability to keep recovering its balance, so we want to approach it in a balanced way.
We will begin by making contact with cellular self identity and with various types of immune cells. Sensitively contacting our bone marrow gives another important entry, as all white blood cells of our immune system first emerge in our marrow. In the class that follows, we will tenderly explore our thymus, spleen and lymphatic system through awareness, touch, movement, vibration and sound. What better time than now to engage with our immune system in a calm and caring way.
March 7th & 14th, 16.00-18.00 CET, 750 SEK
No two breaths we take are the same. Watching our breaths rise and fall and pause in between can lead us down all inner pathways into our embodied selves and cells. The great spiritual traditions of breath practice all seem to agree on not forcing it. Our breath restrictions start melting when we attend to them kindly. As they melt, our fuller and easier breath brings us health.
Much of our ease in breathing depends on how smoothly our diaphragms coordinate with other moving tissues that help our breathing process. How can we be more generous with allowing air to move from our nostrils to the branching lobes of our lungs? As we breathe we trade air pressure with the atmosphere, but we also exchange gases within our fluids across thin expandable membranes in our lungs. All our cells participate in breath, most of them through fluid.
What are our pathways between fluid and air?
What inner breathing can we encourage?
What possibilities of breath have we yet to explore?
These classes hope to explore these questions and be a breath of fresh air.
April 11th & 18th, 16.00-18.00 CET, 750 SEK
We have gut feelings about things, a sense of knowing what we like or want. Sometimes these feelings are about what we want to eat, and then we reach toward that nourishment with our mouths. This reach is how we move toward continuing to live, an expression of the forward movement of our vitality. All other body systems are shaped around helping us get to food and drink.
Our digestion speaks a language of sniffing, tasting, chewing and swallowing, taking in to absorb or rejecting to expel. We ingest, digest and eliminate. Digestive organs have a mind of their own, and do not like to be pressured or rushed.
Do we give them the time and space they need?
They do the slow work to transform food we have eaten into life energy.
How do our digestive organs feel?
How do they relate to each other?
How do our inside contents balance with our outside layers?
Let’s chew on this together, and if we like what we find, we can savor it and swallow.
Our Blood Flow
May 9th & 16th, 16.00-18.00 CET, 750 SEK
All our cells and tissues are nourished by our blood flow. The beginning flow of fluid through our cell membranes set the tone for every transition downstream. By embracing transitional flow, we can join and swim with the stream of what gives us resilience, the flow of nourishment that lets us grow. At the core of blood flow lie our heart and kidneys. Our heart dances continually between in and outflow, between closing and opening, between rhythmic activation and pauses for rest in between. How does it feel to balance between these phases?
Our blood flow is in a continual dance between core and periphery, and between activation and rest. Our kidneys filter our blood to keep it fresh and balanced between fluid intake and output. Our blood moves through its network of rivers and streams to and from every part of us.
Blood circulation also moves in tidal cycles that ebb and flow with our relation to sun and moon and to the planet that holds us. How do the rhythms of flow inside us connect us to our world? How do they connect us within ourselves? What is the flow within our movement that brings us life?
June 6th & 13th, 16.00-18.00 CET, 750 SEK
Our skin faces out to touch our world and faces in to enfold us in ourselves. It is our boundary and our comfort, the place where we touch and are touched and the threshold where we come to know where we are.
How much are we at home in our own skins?
How can we build trust through touch and learn to open our hands toward the inner movements that show us evidence of healing?
Can we let touch in, even when it is far away?
Skin’s interface between what is inside and outside us is mirrored in both breathing and digestion, where air and food from outside is taken into cavities within. All three interfaces between what is inside and outside are central to our immunity and resilience. Skin also breathes and sheds outward while still holding our sea of inner fluid contained. It is a mother mantle that carries memories of how we lived in fluid before birth. The gentle pliability of our skin now clarifies our outer boundary of self. It is both soft and strong.
About your facilitators
Myra been researching, developing and teaching somatic and transpersonal therapies that enhance human potential for 40 years. She is currently developing the Embodied Arts Academy with Kerstina Tresselt which is co-sponsoring this Resilient Health Series. She is a co-founding member of the new She Oak Women’s Collective; co-founded and lead the Embodied Flow Somatic Movement Therapy Program with Dr. Scott Lyons, and served as Co-Director of the School for Body-Mind Centering® with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen for 10 years, prior to this she served as Administrative Dean and Faculty at the University for Humanistic Studies.
Myra has a Masters Degree in Humanistic and Somatic Psychology and a Bachelors Degree in Visual Arts. She is certified in Osteopathy, Massage Therapy, Somatic Movement Therapy and as a teacher and practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®. She also has specialized training and experience in somatic therapies and working with acute and chronic emotional and physical conditions including: stress reduction, trauma work, neuromuscular rehabilitation, and postural re-education.
Erik Bendix is an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a certified practitioner and teacher of Body-Mind Centering®. He studied BMC® with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and Myra Avedon and at SOMA in France, and trained in the Alexander Technique with Frank Ottiwell, with Joan and Alex Murray, and with Walter Carrington.
He has taught on training courses in both disciplines, represented both at conferences around the world and developed his own explorations of alpine skiing, scoliosis and embodied poetry. He translates from German, and is well known for teaching folk dance traditions internationally since the 1970s.
Book your spot
Each month has a new theme with two workshops ~ Choose the ones for you!
Everything will be recorded and available for 30 days after the workshop!
The whole package consists of:
Two Sunday workshops / month ~ February-June ~ 10 sessions in total
Everything will be recorded and available during the workshops + for 1 month after we finish!
In this series we will explore inner resilience and health by deepening our connection to our physical form and functions, and by exploring new ways of listening and communicating within and around us through guided embodiment practices. Please join us from wherever you are!
If you have any questions regarding this offering – please don't hesitate
to reach out to us at email@example.com
Pranama, Myra & Erik