Join me for two deep-dives, each with anatomy information and movement session that will help improve your relationship to yourself. These sessions introduce you to the Feldenkrais Method®, as well as help you feel better. How? Through novel movements that help feed new information to our brilliant nervous systems, providing us with more choices for how we do what we do! Even though these are focused on a particular area, improvement will be general—meaning, you’ll likely feel taller, experience neck freedom, and relaxation! In addition, find some rescue movements to help you keep what you learn.
December 4th, find more comfortable sitting, and understand the anatomical foundations that support you during the many hours you spend in a chair. Take home with you some foundational knowledge, and movement practices that will help you sit more comfortably! Come again in January for the Shoulder workshop!
New Year's Day, join Jodi Boone and I for a deeply restful and supported Restorative Yoga Sound Bath, with hands-on healing. This is limited to 10 people, and is in person only.
Two pop-up Awareness Through Movement Classes in December. This is not a series, so sign up for all the times you would like to attend, either online, or in-person. Only 3 spaces available for the in-person class. $20 in person / $15 online
What it means to be Scent Free
I’m so grateful to you all for continuing to remember to avoid scented products, essential oils, lotions, and make-up when you come to the cottage. However, a few clients are coming wearing scent without realizing it.
As a chemically sensitive person, one of the most difficult things is Fabric Softeners and Scented Laundry detergent. It’s a good idea to simply keep a few items of clothing washed in scent-free detergent to use for visits to scent-free places (doctors, physical therapists, acupuncturist, etc.). Why? Because fabric scents stay in the space, sheets, and props, long after you leave. Sometimes it takes weeks to remove the scent (especially from fabric softeners, which coat fibers in perfumed silicone), and then these items are not available to use with other clients. In addition, they make me ill, and affect other clients!
For more information on why avoiding scented laundry products is good for you, your neighbors, and your environment, look at this Seattle Study! Hitchcock Center for the Environment | Education for a Healthy Planet and Scented laundry products emit hazardous chemicals through dryer vents | UW News (washington.edu)
I'll be offering one-to-one sessions through-out the holiday season. Keep in mind, I'll be away January 17 - February 5th, as part of my internship helping to teach at a Feldenkrais Training.
Towards a Flexible Spine - 10/30 1-3:30
Learn kinesiology and function of the spine, as well as the basic anatomy, through sensing, looking, exploring, and listening. Then, through movement, expand your awareness of how you use your spine, and use the process to improve your alignment, posture, and sense of ease. Sit better, stand better, breathe better.
Hybrid - online or in person at The Yoga Tree in Fremont (Seattle)
Towards a Comfortable Seat - 12/4 1-3:30
Often when we sit for long periods of time, we experience discomfort in our low backs, necks, hips-- or we have difficulty standing up after sitting. Sometimes we are unable to find a comfortable seat at all. Whether looking for an easier seat for meditation or for yoga, or searching for some ease at work, you'll find a start in this grounding workshop. The Yoga Tree - Home
Restorative Yoga Teacher Training 11/11, 12, 13
We have room for a couple more people in this trauma informed training. Jodi and I deeply value the practice of Restorative Yoga, and love teaching teachers. This practice is deeply needed, and is powerful to offer in groups or individually. Even when working with manual therapy clients, I find that the propping continues to be something I use with my clients. As a practitioner, Restorative Yoga has helped me balance the business that I tend towards. Quiet, restful, and meditative, Restorative Yoga has been an invaluable healing modality for me, and for my clients and students. An added workshop on 11/17 is included and will address teaching restorative yoga online.
Weekly Restorative Yoga Classes
Jodi Boone and I are teaching Thursday nights at 7:15pm. Jodi in-person, and I'm teaching online. We'd love to see you all! Register through Mind Body app, or at The Yoga Tree - Home
Drop-in Awareness Through Movement Class
10/19 and 10/23 will be quieter lessons organized around the pelvis, and how moving the pelvis influences everything else. We'll work with asymmetries and anatomical specificity, as well as some mindfulness cuing. In the later classes, we'll work with the pelvis, spine, and neck. Some lessons will be quiet, others will be more active. Some lying, some seated and lying, some possibly on hands and knees as well.
Classes end 11/27, and will begin again next year
Chair Yoga Training in January!
Chair Yoga Teacher Training
With Jodi Boone and Heather Emanuel - Restorative Yoga Institute
January 28-29, 2023
12-5 pm both days, at The Yoga Tree
$495 (includes extensive manual)
In this lesson we clarify the location and movement of the hip joints and find more availability in the ankles, and participation in the low ribs, sternum, and upper chest. Now, of course, that means that the primary place of focus in the hip joints is only the beginning, and learning to facilitate the movement in the hips by softening the rest of you can transform your walking, sitting, and general sense of well-being.
Sunday's recording is a little different. We spend more time on some of the stranger movements at the end.
A movement process for you
Here is an approximately 20 minute, side-lying process for improving pretty much anything. Ease in the shoulder and neck, ease in the hip and back, improved walking and twisting, improved sense of length and breathing. Remember, improvement happens because you work in your range of comfort, and continually think, where can I soften to make this movement smoother, clearer? Can I breathe more simply, or soften in the hip joints?
Scan either seated, or lying down, and then the movements are side-lying.
I offer you the option to pause the video and then do the other side. If you are addressing chronic pain, it is nice to do both sides--calming. However, you may feel free to stick with one side, and see what happens. If you do this, I recommend also paying attention to what is happening where you make contact with the floor or mat.
Online Classes Weds & Sundays
Intrinsic Rewards Fall 7 class series Online $108 for access to classes twice a week 10/12 - 11/27
Choose your main time to attend these mindful movement explorations that help you to reorganize towards healthy function and well-being. I'll offer a lesson on Wednesdays, and reprise the same/very similar lesson the following Sunday. You may come to both for no extra charge; however please choose your main day to attend.
Register here for the Online Weds 11am class
Register here for the Online Sundays 5pm class
Restorative Yoga Online or in-person at The Yoga Tree in Seattle's Fremont Neighborhood
Jodi Boone and I are sharing a class Thursday evenings at 7:15. This class in ongoing and you can register at Yoga Tree. As we go into fall and winter, the evenings are quite cool. Remember to wear layers, and socks for this deeply restful and supported class. Warmth is essential for still practices like these.
Experiential Anatomy In-Person Monthly Workshops at The Yoga Tree in Seattle's Fremont Neighborhood
Each month, for the next 6 months, join for a 2.5 hour deep dive into a topic of function that interests you. You'll find that even in a class focusing on breath, or the spine, that you'll experience a general sense of improvement. Registration for these classes is through the Yoga Tree in Seattle. Sundays make parking a breeze. Remember to dress warmly, and bring your curiosity. For information on all of the workshops: Experiential Anatomy Workshops
Register for The Essential Breath at Yoga Tree, October 9, 2022 from 1 - 3:30
Facilitating, Volunteering, and Having a BLAST
I love facilitating. I offer ideas, and people make amazingly brilliant discoveries. Witnessing these discoveries may be my favorite thing ever. I am learning more and more about how I know what I know, how to show, share, explain, some of this while allowing and encouraging people to find their own way, to do things their own way. This is perhaps why Feldenkrais is such a perfect fit for me.
So, while I've missed you, I've been loving every minute of taking part in the training of people on the path towards becoming Feldenkrais Practitioners. You can expect some periodic times when I'll be away continuing on the trail. But never fear, I'll always come home to Seattle.
Oh, and, yes, I've been in the boot this whole time. What better place than rolling on the floor for two hours a day for three weeks? I'm looking forward to hearing how my foot is healing. Optimism!
2.5 hour intensives into topics and strategies
Self-study sessions with nourishing and restorative movement that will help you to re-organize your movement and find a sense of well-being, strength, stability and flexibility that you can apply to your other activities. Register for these through YogaTree -- Sessions will be audio recorded for your review. In addition, join Jodi or me, every Thursday evening there for Restorative Yoga in person! Wowee.
Trauma-Informed Restorative Yoga Training
Jodi Boone and I are so excited to share that we will offer our Yoga Teacher Training in person this fall at the Yoga Tree, in Seattle's Fremont Neighborhood. Join us November 11-13, 2022, for this 23-hour training, (20.5 if you opt out of the included Online teaching workshop). Our training is intentionally limited to 12 participants so that you receive the most high-quality training experience and individual attention.
If you know someone interested in deepening their practice (it's like a learning retreat!) or gaining skills for guiding others in this deeply restful, trauma-informed practice, please share. Details are here, or you can visit The Yoga Tree website directly to register.
Off to San Fransisco Sept 1 - 20
Do you want to come in before I go? Schedule your appointment here
I'm so excited to go to San Fransisco for three weeks as a mentor to some Feldenkrais Training students. I'll also be an intern in the training, deepening my own work. This does mean that I'll be away Sept 1 - September 20, 2022--and I'll miss you all! However, I believe it is important and valuable for us to have different mirrors, and different feedback. It's a great opportunity to do that. While I'm gone, why not make an appointment with Michael Emanuel (call/text 206.399.2159) Therapeutic Massage - Michael Emanuel, LMT - Reiki Master Teacher, Seattle master of unwinding and supporting the system do it's own reset with Reiki and hands on work. Or, perhaps the lovely Sheri Cohen Movement Education | Seattle Feldenkrais, Yoga & Dance ?
Sunday Evenings 5pm July 10 - August 21
Join me online for the Intrinsic Rewards: Awareness Through Movement (ATM®) Class!
July 10 - August 21, every Sunday at 5pm.
Tuition: $108 for 7 classes / $20 for online drop-in.
Want to check it out? If you would like to attend one class online to try it, you are very welcome. Use the "drop-in," choose July 10, and I'll email you the link. Pay between 0-$20. If you decide to continue, your payment will go towards the series! Or use the credit towards a session with me.
More information on what this class looks like here.
We are systems: when one part improves, everything improves.
In this series, each class will have an organization and focus: expect classes that address breathing, healthy movements of the spine, finding length in the hamstrings, ease in the neck, improved coordination, happy knees, and more.
In the process, many other things will be improved as well, and you'll find yourself a little more space and ease. People often report feeling taller, breathing easier, and a sense of grounded-ness and confidence. If you know that commuting here in the summer is going to be a hardship, please attend online. If you know you need an in-person place, and these fill, please email me, and we'll see what we can do! However, if many of you would like to come in-person, I'll add another section.
If you know someone that would like to try the first class online, they can use the drop-in link, and register for the first session on July 10th. They can pay what they like from $0-$20. If they choose to continue, their class purchase will go towards future classes. If the cost of class is a hardship, I provide many free audio ATM classes online, videos online, and am happy to work with you to make attendance live online possible as well.
As I do for my clients, I've been away accepting myself as I am, and nourishing my health--and I am so grateful. And I am also so excited to work with you again! I find so much joy and creativity in my work, that I miss it when I am away--so much so that I even brought a roller and inflatable balls (if you haven't met these, you will) to Hawaii!
Simply being, without forcing things to be different than they are--well, it's a paradox: Acceptance of where and how I am is the beginning of healing. And that acceptance isn't perfect, just the best I can in the moment. I know this to be true from Feldenkrais lessons, classes, and from my own life experience. And I have felt it in my time away.
Feeling better isn't just about getting out of pain. Sometimes it is just the ability to turn down the static, the worry, the stress. When we have more ease, more easy alignment, we feel more confident. We feel stronger, more capable. Our relationships improve; we have more options. We are more connected to ourselves and others.
I hope you are finding a way to feel purposeful, connected, and in the flow of life! Look below for the fundraiser for Ukraine, offered by Feldenkrais Access. With Feldenkrais lessons online, you can be your own kind healer, and David and Raz are two wonderful mentors and teachers.
With gratitude for your presence in the world,
Feldenkrais ATM Class?
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Looking for a place to start addressing internalized effects of racism in our society? Wondering if you are part of the problem, and also have a part in the solution? (You are. You do.) Read. Watch. Take in the vast and varied resources created for your education by people who have spent their lives studying (not to mention experiencing) issues of racism.
There are so many ways and places to dive in. These two are for starting out, learning the territory, and understanding the language, and the particular internal barriers that might exist for you in your conversations with those around you.
Addressing Racism in the Body - application of many of the mind-body techniques in a beautiful a specific way is introduced in this On Being Podcast. A book is out there as well.
Consider how you might offer support in a way that is needed, impactful, meaningful, and sustainable. Consider that learning is only the beginning. Action is important. What that action is, on the other hand can be as varied as you can imagine. Making phone calls. Texting. Writing letters. Donating. Choosing where and how you spend your money. Choosing where and how you have conversations. Self-care is also a powerful way of disrupting our system which is predicated on our being exhausted and underinformed. So, rest. Become informed. And throughout, don't be afraid to screw up. Do your best, and learn to do better (this is paraphrased, or perhaps quoted from Ijeoma Oluo).
If you have money to donate, seek good advice instead of donating on the spur of the moment. Consider donating at a "level you notice," and plan to do so for the long-term in order to support change over time (thank you Sarah, owner of Yoga on Beacon for this advice, in her Facebook post).
And as Robin DiAngelo asserts in her youtube talk don't stop at learning. Ask yourself, how will POC (or your community) know that you are learning? How will you show up differently? Keep asking.
Our growth and health as a community depend upon our all creating room within us, and outside of us for conditions that support growth and healing.
Heather Danso, now Heather Emanuel, is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Method® Practitioner, Restorative Yoga teacher, LMT, and Awareness Through Movement® facilitator.
As an artist, she playfully explores work in Acrylic, printing, and multimedia, creating portraits and abstracts that explore expression, playfulness, identity, and the possible. Her CV is here.