Classes & Workshops

Building Bridges

A new 7 week series starts Sunday, January 14th at 9am!
Due to weather conditions the first class will be held online via Zoom.
Live & in-person

Drop-in as you wish or take the whole series

*If you miss a class or the times & days don’t fit into your schedule
you can still purchase the series and receive the audio recordings
and any instructional videos I include with the series.

(The recordings are sent out the following day class is offered.)

Classes will be held at:

GymSmithy
3721 S Alaska St.
Seattle, WA 98118
Located in Columbia City

(There’s a parking lot next to the building and street parking is available)


Register Here

 

Most of us are familiar with the half bridge pose. Fitness trainers, Physical Therapists, Pilates and  yoga instructors all make use of this  dynamic pose to target and strengthen specific musculature, open the chest and some yoga instructors claim it helps to stimulate specific glands and organs. Each one of these practices adheres to specific principals that serve the modality they’re teaching and the same is true with the Feldenkrais Method.

 

In this 7 week series you’ll be building, crafting, composing, editing, scraping, rebuilding and refining a variety of bridges. I won’t be talking about specific musculature as a means to build your bridges. I’ll direct your attention deeper into the infrastructure of your bridge – Your skeleton.  When the skeleton is well organized the musculature is more evenly balanced and can perform more efficiently.

Throughout the series, I’ll emphasize specific Feldenkrais principals to help guide you through the lessons.

  • You’ll learn to distribute the tone or muscular activity evenly throughout the whole of yourself, so no one part works harder than the other (relative to the part it’s lifting). This involves a particular timing, orientation and organization throughout the entierty of the action.

 

  • You’ll learn to find clear and specific skeletal support from the ground up and discover how the bones from below support the bones above.

 

  •  You’ll learn how to generate the necessary forces to craft a well organized, elegant and stable bridge.

 


Awareness Through Movement®

Ongoing classes from September 2023 through June 2024.

Awareness Through Movement® Classes are a dynamic approach to learning through movement. You’ll learn to skillfully use your attention to sense where you get stuck, lost or use excess effort as you move. As your awareness grows, your ability to move with greater ease, elegance & fluidity will become easier and easier.

In each class I verbally guide you through a series of gentle movement sequences that are done lying on the floor, sitting or sometimes standing. Each lesson is precisely crafted to improve basic functions in everyday movements such as, reaching, rolling, flexing, extending, twisting, side-bending, sitting, standing or walking. Awareness Through Movement lessons vary in difficulty and generally last from 45 to 60 minutes. All ages and movement abilities are welcome to attend class.
(Prerequisite: must be able to safely lie down on the floor and return to standing.)

 

“About a year ago, I found Sarah’s class at Velocity Dance and started attending more regularly. For me, she strikes a nice balance between leading me through the movements and yet challenging me to interpret it on my own. Her voice is soothing, easy to listen to. Her attitude is open and encouraging. After each session, I feel taller and lighter; my head and shoulders are stacked more over my hips and feet. My posture feels upright and easy to maintain. The longer I attend, the more natural and easy movement becomes. This seems to be the kind of practice one can do indefinitely into the future, and one that will benefit me even more as I continue to age.”
~P.S.

 

Benefits of Awareness Through Movement® Classes

  • Experience greater flexibility, balance and coordination.
  • Stand taller & move more efficiently with less effort or strain.
  • Learn to reduce and recover from tension and pain caused by injury or over use.
  • Develop internal strength through ideal organization.
  • Learn to refine and improve your favorite activities in a new way.
  • Reduce anxiety and tap into a more quiet state of mind and body.
  • learn to use your attention more skillfully and become more self-aware.
  • Experience a renewed sense of vitality and joy.
  • Learn to sense habitual movement patterns that get in your way and create new options that support you.
  • Become more curious, resourceful and skilled at improving the way you move, care for yourself and live your life.

 


“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one you in all time, this expression is unique. And, if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”
~Martha Graham