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Pathway of the psoas January 10th 2021
This class was taught in January 2021 and will be offered again soon! Read below to get more information and click on the link to be on the waiting list!
Now offering the mini version of this as well! A once a month Pathway of the Psoas class: Tending our Wild Roots, Tending to our Ancestors. In this explorative based class we will explore the elements shared below, once a month in an hour and a half format class. See below for more info.
In this four week series we explore the pathway of the psoas and many of the deeper meanings of the psoas muscle group. In this deep dive into our relationship to our psoas, a 4 week long online course diving deep into this primal, spiritual, ancestral, animal like, intuitive and instinctive messenger within us.
The psoas muscle group has been studied and even whole movement systems have been designed around it. Over the past several years, it has been come to be known, that maybe this muscle is not even a muscle at all. It is often referred to as the soul muscle, and is primarily made of connective tissue, with tissue really like no other. It's primary function is that it is a messenger. It is a part of the grand symphony of our nervous system and an integral part of what is called the enteric nervous system, or the belly brain, the second brain. It's primary focus and function is that of expression. That is why working with this deep primordial messenger of our bodies using the LifeArt Process work has been deeply transformative and life changing for myself. As we begin to explore and listen to the messages that our deep neuro-core is speaking, we can then express and explore these messages through drawing, movement and writing. Making meaning out of the stories that have been passed down and through us.
In these past 10 months, I have deepened my spiritual practices, self/soul care practices, and meditation practices. As I realized, these are a necessity for me at this time. I've broken down time after time and have recognized this feeling of wanting to quit over and over again, but I realize that quitting is not an option. Resting is, but not giving up. Finding this rhythm of my own body within all of this chaos can be daunting. But it is possible. I keep my finger on my souls pulse and listen closely to it every day. This is what true self/soul care is. Some days I may need deep rest and quiet and to unplug from the world. Other days I may need connection, stimulation, creativity and movement. not giving up. Finding this rhythm of my own body within all of this chaos can be daunting. But it is possible. I keep my finger on my souls pulse and listen closely to it every day. This is what true self/soul care is. Some days I may need deep rest and quiet and to unplug from the world. Other days I may need connection, stimulation, creativity and movement. But the beginning of this process, is actually finding and listening to our inner pulse.
What is it that you value? What do yo need the most right now in order to thrive in these times? It's different for everybody, and our needs change everyday. I know that my soul needs rest and reflection, as well as movement, connection and joy. If we don't know what it is we are seeking, value or need, than how can we move towards it? I offer this contemplation to you, as I am reminded everyday over and over, how many of us have never learned true self care. Beyond pedicures and shopping sprees, what needs tending to? In our bodies? Our souls? Right now? In our hearts? What is crying for your attention? Attention is such an ordinary act, yet so profound.
What we pay attention to.... g r o w s
I have learned that self care and preservation is a not only a necessity for me, but a way of life. I have learned that authentic relationships are a necessity for me. I have learned that being in deep nature regularly is a necessity for me. I have learned that tending to the earth is a necessity if we as a human race will survive.
I tell you these things as these are what I have learned about myself and my hearts calling. If you are interested in exploring your own and learning tools to build and expand your self/soul care and building your inner awareness, this is for you.
I have researched and taught about the Psoas muscle group, for almost 2 decades. This deep primordial muscle has connections to our ancestry, are adaptations as humans as we've evolved from four legs to two. This is a four week online series in which we dive in deep. The four weeks are divided into different parts of the meanings of this psoas.
We begin each inquiry with reading, journal prompts and guided mediations, followed by movement practices, as well as expressive arts explorations, drawing, creative writing and journalling, sounding and more.
I have studied many movement modalities, and we explore many here, from Continuum movement (fluid body), Gyrotonic, Restorative Yoga, LifeArt Process®, some Pelvic Floor and foundations of Pilates, Sound Healing, and somatic practices where we move and explore creatively. Here are the topics of the 4 modules....
Evolution and Adaptation, central channel, and how to keep this channel open and alive, attention, listening, instinct, intuition, and trusting our gut
The psoas and its relationship to vulnerability, self-worth and value, trust, expression, ancestral patterns, safety, containment, fluidity and flow
The psoas and its relationship to communication, time, past, present and future, true center and our sense of place, discernment and boundaries
The psoas as an actual pathway, an inner and outer path, inner pulse and impulse, resonance and dissonance, our souls path and purpose, our body compass, and the psoas as the great transmitter of information
We will cover a lot of ground, and explore this muscle group each week with many modalities. Each week beginning on Sunday, you receive the reading for the week and the journal prompts. These are written by myself and writings that I have complied to help you really explore these concepts in your body, mind and soul.
Wednesday you will receive, two videos for that week. The videos will help you explore the concepts deeper, as well as give you many tools to explore and self care tools to help you expand your medicine bag. These videos will vary from breathing exercises, guided meditations, release techniques, mobility exercises, somatic experiencing, drawing and expressive arts guidance, dance, yoga, pilates, sounding and mindfulness practices.
The psoas often holds trauma, either yours or inherited from our ancestors. I do recommend having a therapist or somatic practitioner that you can work with to help you navigate some of these if you have never explored before.
Fridays there will be a live zoom call, where I can answer questions, group members can check in, and we can support each other and hold space for one another, as being witnessed in your inner body awakening can be a huge part of the process, so you may integrate these parts of yourself within your daily life and relationships. Here you can share insights, or challenges that are coming up for you.
You will also have access to a private Facebook group only for course participants and myself. Here is a place we can also share with each other, offering insights and support as needed.
This series is not recommended for those who have not taken another psoas workshop or a class or have been studying and reading about this muscle group for sometime. This is not an anatomy or exercise series. It is a deep exploration into the psoas and its deeper emotional, ancestral, and spiritual, and energetic meanings, and its affect on our lives.
You will receive invaluable research and resources for yourself, that I hope brings you more and more into this exploration into deep relationship to yourself and your self and soul care. After this course, you will have much more material to dive into on your own and explore throughout the year. What a great way to end 2020, and bring 2021 in! $150 for this online course with videos, and materials that are yours forever. Begins January 10th 2021
If interested, please email me directly and tell me why you want to take this course, and some of your history with this muscle group.
Are you ready to step into your path of healing, movement, and inner knowing?
Upcoming online classes and workshops
PATHWAY OF THE PSOAS MONTHLY WORKSHOP
Unfolding From Within
Exploring the Psoas through the LifeArt Process®
Fluid Spine/Fluid Body
September Dates TBA
THIS IS A PSOAS CLASS LIKE NO OTHER. I HAVE TAUGHT HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF PSOAS RELEASE CLASSES, AND STRETCHING AROUND THE HIP FLEXORS AND RELEASE TECHNIQUES FOR THIS MUSCLE GROUP, WHICH IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE SOUL MUSCLE. I STARTED TO REALIZE THAT MY PSOAS NEEDED MORE THEN STRETCHING AND RELEASING AND THAT I WAS ACTUALLY MAKING THINGS WORSE. I STARTED TO FOLLOW THIS CALLING AND BEGAN EXPLORING THIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THIS DEEP AND ANCIENT MESSENGER OF OUR BODIES, AND BEGAN TO LISTEN TO THE MESSAGES THAT WERE BEING EXPRESSED.
IN THIS CLASS WE USE MANY MODALITIES TO EXPLORE THE MULTIPLICITY AND LAYERS OF OUR BODIES IN ITS PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL, IMAGINAL, MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL STATES. WE PRACTICE MANY MOVEMENT FORMS FROM YOGA, GYROKINESIS, GUIDED MEDITATION, DANCE FORMS, AS WELL AS FORMLESS NESS THROUGH MOVEMENT EXPLORATION, CREATIVE PROCESS OF DRAWING, WRITING, SOUNDING, AND STOARY TELLING, THROUGH THE LifeArt Process®.
WE BEGIN TO EXPLORE AND INHABIT OUR FLUID BODY.
WE WORK TO FREE AND HYDRATE THE PSOAS BY HYDRATING THE SPINE, USING MOVEMENTS AND BREATH THAT DEEPLY NOURISH OUR TISSUES, BRINGING RESILIENCE TO OUR TISSUES WHILE FINDING MORE SUPPLENESS, FLUIDITY AND A RESPONSIVE SPINE AND PSOAS. WE ARE LITERALLY A BODY OF WATER, A MATRIX OF FLUID CONNECTIVE TISSUE. AS WE BEGIN TO FIND OUR BONE RHYTHMS AND INNER LUSHNESS WE BEGIN TO INHABIT THE INTELLIGENCE OF THE CORE OF OUR BEING.
I DISCOVERED THAT THERE WAS A DEEPER TENDING TO THAT I COULD ACCESS THROUGH VARIOUS SOMATIC AND EXPRESSIVE ARTS PRACTICES, THAT LEFT MY WHOLE BODY, MIND AND NERVOUS SYSTEM FEELING REFRESHED, RESET AND RE-SOURCED. IN THIS CLASS, WE EXPLORE DIFFERENT ASPECTS AND CONCEPTS THAT THIS MUSCLE GROUP ENTAILS FROM THE LISTS ABOVE. EACH MONTH YOU WILL RECEIVE WRITING TO CONTEMPLATE BEFORE THE CLASS. IN THE CLASS, IT IS LIKE AN OPEN SPACE FOR YOU TO GATHER YOUR RESOURCES, ENGAGE WITH YOUR BODY AND SOUL ON A DEEP LEVEL, WHILE WE EXPLORE THIS MUSCLE GROUP THROUGH MOVEMENT FORMS OF YOGA, DANCE, GYROTONIC, QI GONG, BREATHING AND SOUNDING, WHILE ALSO EXPLORING THROUGH FORMLESSNESS OF CREATIVE MOVEMENT AND DANCE, AS WELL AS JOURNAL WRITING, DRAWING AND GUIDED MEDITATION. IN THIS WAY WE EXPLORE ALL AROUND ITS EDGES, NAVIGATING THIS INNER COMPASS OF OUR BODIES SO THAT WE CAN FIND OUR TRUE NORTH AGAIN.
PLEASE HAVE A CHAIR, SOME BLANKETS THAT WE MAY USE FOR RESTORATIVE YOGA AND BREATHING, A SPACE TO MOVE FREELY IN, A YOGA MAT, A JOURNAL AND PEN, AND A DRAWING PAD AND SOME OIL PASTELS OR CHALK PASTELS.
PLEASE JOIN US IN THIS CREATIVE EXPLORATIVE NURTURING MOVEMENT SPACE, WHERE YOU MAY HOPEFULLY LEARN NEW WAYS TO TEND TO YOURSELF, DEEPEN YOUR SELF CARE, WHILE CREATING MOVEMENT PRACTICES, RITUAL, ANCESTRAL CONNECTION THROUGH MOVEMENT AND TENDING TO THIS ANCIENT PRIMORDIAL MUSCLE OF THE PSOAS. TENDING AND FEEDING OURSELVES IN SUCH A DEEPER WAY THAN MANY OF US ARE USED TO. IN THIS WAY WE LEARN TO LISTEN, FEED AND NOURISH OURSELVES DEEPLY, WHICH IN TURN CAN HELP FREE UP THIIS PATHWAY, WHICH CAN ALLOW FOR GREATER EMBODIED LIVING AND PRESENCE IN OUR DAILY LIVES.
TO SIGN UP GO THE SHOP PAGE, AND PURCHASE THE PATHWAY OF THE PSOAS MONTHLY CLASS.
SEE YOU ON ZOOM!
BUILDING RESILIENCE WITH A HOME PRACTICE....COMING SOON
I am also working on a 4 week series on Building Resilience with a home practice. Looking at all the ways we get in our own ways of having our own personal practice. Whatever that practice may be, a practice is holding space for ourselves, creating a boundary for ourselves, and creating and developing a relationship with ourselves. Many of us were never taught to care for ourselves, much less developing a relationship with our own bodies. Learning to tune in, navigate and know our inner terrain of our bodies is essential. We need to unplug, disconnect from the outer noise of life, to actually begin to hear our own inner voice and sensations of the body. Which in turn, brings us in deeper connection to the earth, the universe and who we truly are and our purpose.
We are a Pilates, Yoga, & Movement studio offering private and semi-private sessions. We have over 20 years in the industry are trained to help you restore hope in your body and get you back to the active lifestyle that you once led or just wanting better performance results! We have the highest standards of teaching, and we watch and teach you from beginning to end. We have taught and trained for almost two decades and can literally see what needs to change in movement patterns to achieve optimum health.
During these most challenging times we are still seeing clients visually for private sessions on Zoom. We also have many videos that can be purchased or rented on various techniques like traction methods, chair yoga, pilates, strategies for dealing with neck pain, pirifomis issues, restorative yoga, yoga for empaths and people dealing with anxiety, and much more. New videos are added weekly.
We've successfully helped hundreds of people using different modalities such as Pilates, Iyengar based Yoga, Physical Therapy, Restorative Yoga, Mindfulness Practices, Body Rolling and other myofascial muscle releasing techniques, Gyrotonic, and Breathing Awareness Practice. All of these movement modalities help to bring you back into your truest alignment. Learning the Pilates Method and the principles of Yoga alignment changed my life, now I am ready to help you move towards the life, body and health that you deserve.
Private Session prices working with Shannon Knorr,
Senior Pilates Instructor, and RYT 500 (Registered
Yoga Teacher), Scoliosis Specialist
1250/package of 10
625/package of 5