Click the links below to see short videos from 2016’s Functional Anatomy classes
at the Boston Conservatory:
Three Movement Workshops with Aline Newton
Underlying the myriad techniques and forms of dance is a common thread: the body, a living being, moving in the field of gravity. Get to know this being through these three workshops! It will help you in your dance or yoga practice, and in your daily life.
Each workshop will focus on an aspect of embodiment—Core, shoulders and feet will be our starting points.The results will be more freedom to move, fewer injuries and easier expression.
Sunday afternoons 1-4 at the Green St Studios in Cambridge:
March 26 – Exploring Core Experience
“Core” is more than abdominal muscles. It is an expression of how you are relating to your surroundings. How does core activity work? How do we access it? Learn the perceptual processes that are the key.
April 2 – The Shoulder: An Expressive Joint
Of all the joints in the body, the shoulder may be the one most linked to our own emotional state. Free your shoulders and arms by finding better support inside and out. This workshop is an opportunity to explore this connection.
April 30 – Footing
How the joints of your feet combine in different ways to allow the foot to be,one after the other, your landing pad, the base of your support, and the spring that pushes you off, all in about 1 sec. (and more than 5000 times a day). Learn how to get your footing working for you in walking, running and jumping.
Register at: http://www.greenstreetstudios.org/workshops
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2017 Functional Anatomy Program at the Boston Conservatory Alexander Training Institute
Instead of “cutting us up” as the root of the word “anatomy” implies, this series of classes is an opportunity to understand anatomy from the perspective of a moving being. Taking an experiential approach, our journey will cover basic functions of balance, walking and breathing and the perspective of evolution, embryology and infant development.
Spring Topics will include:
The Shoulder: An Expressive Joint
How the joints of your feet combine in different ways to allow the foot to be, one after the other, your landing pad, the base of your support, and the spring that pushes you off, all in about 1 sec. ( and more 5000 times a day).
Spirals, Contralateral movement and the Spinal Engine. An exploration of contralateral movement at each of 3 levels: limbs, trunk, and spine. We will consider the spine and limbs from an evolutionary perspective, from fish to land creature, to see how it can deepen our understanding with particular reference to walking.
Smith College, Kahn Institute: Two Talks: Perceptual Body and What is Body Awareness, Anyway?
Boston Conservatory: Functional Anatomy Program
Akasha Yoga Studio, Jamaica Plain: Living Anatomy for Yoga Teachers: Deepening Practice, Preventing Injuries: Finding Center