Conscious Movement Matters

“Movement has the capacity to take us to the home of the soul, the world within for which we have no names. Movement reaches our deepest nature, and dance creatively expresses it. Through dance, we can gain new insights into the mystery of our inner lives. When brought forth from inside and forged by the desire to create personal change, dance has the profound power to heal the body, psyche and soul.” - Anna Halprin

What Is Somatics?

The field of somatics has developed over the last century through a process of inquiry into how consciousness inhabits the living body. The term is derived from the word "somatic" (Greek "somatikos", soma: "living, aware, bodily person") which means pertaining to the body, experienced and regulated from within. According to Thomas Hanna, who first coined the phrase, "somatics" is the study of self from the perspective of lived experience, encompassing the dimensions of body, psyche, and spirit.

Somatic movement describes movement that is sensed and shaped from within, rather than from an external source. (ISMETA)

MODES OF PERCEPTION : THE SENSES

  • Sight - Mirror neurons, the minds eye, imagination
  • Kinesthetic awareness - Feeling - can be enhanced through attention
  • Inner senses - Seeing, feeling, hearing, smelling, knowing, imagination

The Rhythm Way Dance Journey with Laura

In the western world, we have been taught to experience physical sensation as “less-than”, but the body is gateway to soul. The Rhythm Way is a guided movement and musical experience that will take us into sensation and our deep imagination. Through movement flows, deep imagery, and dance, this archetypal journey will guide us into a wild, playful, and free sense of self on the level of the body and beyond. Come prepared to move, to connect, to laugh, to play, and to drop into the innate intelligence of your body.

Laura was certified in 2007 in Beginning Hatha Yoga at the Shambhava School of Yoga at the ashram on the Big Island of Hawai'i. She has been an avid and enthusiastic practitioner of all forms of yoga, and has been blessed to study and mentor at close range with some of the best yoga teachers in the world today including; John Friend, Sianna Sherman, Janet Stone and Shiva Rea among others. She journeyed deep into Classical Tantric philosophy, and the study of the sanskrit language with the Mattamayura Institute through her primary philosophy teacher Christopher 'Hareesh' Wallis, whose mission is to educate yoga students in the West about Yoga as a complete spiritual path. Shakti now actively fuses the world of Classical Tantra, mythology and asana with other forms of somatic movement, and cyclic earth wisdom. 

Laura's yoga classes offer creative, ceremonial and self-informed sequences that focus in on the pulse of erotic creativity expanding from the belly of the earth, through the belly of the practitioner. She skillfully weaves insightful anecdotes of Tantric philosophy and indigenous wisdom that profoundly applies to our present day world.