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Somatics…teaching day today…

Somatics is neuro-muscular re-education of tight, restricted body parts; using small, slow movements. By moving in small, mindful movements, the brain becomes re-educated and the movement pattern can then be controlled and areas can then be released. Somatic education helps relieve poorly functioning muscle patterns brought on from over work, injuries, stress, aging, etc. Improving the function to targeted areas brings a greater range of motion that translates into more functionality in all aspects of daily life. Better yoga, better cycling, better riding…better life!

You can’t stretch a muscle by pulling on it! Somatics is the way to lengthen and release tight body parts!!!

My somatics week continues today with teaching. This week of Gentle Somatic Yoga is really a Somatic lab. There are so many amazing teachers attending this week and we are being led by an outstandingly thoughtful, mindful leader James Knight. James is leading this group of voracious learners into the world of somatics by exploring the principals, the theory and the movements. And then, in our teaching sessions, continuing the exploration and making them our own.

So today is my teaching day and I think I’m ready… ❤

Somatic Yoga

Off to day 5 of Gentle Somatic Yoga…thank you fellow GSY participants and thank you James Knight…namaste.

V

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Salt Spring touring day…

We spent the day touring around the island.

Forest

Checked out the Studio tour…visited some amazing artists and viewed their art. Sculptures, pottery and even some imported French fabric sewn into pillows, napkins and tablecloths…beautiful.

Got some inside info on which beach had the best walk, where to get amazing French pastries were to be had and where the locals go to get their locally smoked, smoked salmon.

We got the skinny on where the locals grocery shop…it was a wonderful grocery store and we stocked up veggies and stuff for the week.

Got the news that the only laundromat in town closed a short while ago. (might be a problem for me this week!!!) Seems there is a cultural change going on here on the island. There are a lot of homes and land being bought by wealthy purchasers and the old local flavour of the stereotypical hippie, back to the earth, young families are being phased out. It’s a little more like being in the Napa Valley than rural BC.

I think my truck is the biggest (except for a couple of garbage trucks) and the only 1 ton truck here. It is a bit strange lumbering around in the GMC on these skinny, twisting roads but it was perfect to put it into 4 X 4, to climb to the top of Maxwell Mountain and watch the sunset. Amazing. On the climb up, I felt like I was in the middle of an Emily Carr painting…stunning.

Emily Carr forest

Time to fire up the big truck…today is registration for my Somatics course and Canada celebrations on Salt Spring Island…gonna be a great day!

V

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Well, that was interesting…

After 18 months of very interesting, sometimes quite challenging but really oh so satisfying, we now have our certificates.

Yoga Certificate

But most importantly for me, it has led me to Somatics, Somatic Yoga. Slow, subtle exercises designed to improve brain/body connection, to relax and lengthen tight areas in the body, to align the spine, to improve posture creating a more functional, balanced body in motion.

Somatic Yoga, Wednesday mornings 10:30 at Refresh Wellness.

And “in motion” is the thing that got me. Now to add Somatics to our Core Mechanics Workshops…this is going to be grand!

Next Core Workshop weekend is July 16/17. Core Mechanic Concepts. Contact me or Lindsey for details.

Horses all turned out, off to find my yoga mat and Somatics…

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