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Embodiment Matters

We are Somatic Naturalists and Embodiment Mentors. We are honored to steward of a living body of work we call Integrative Embodiment. We live in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah, with our amazing 11-year old son, a wild and wonderful kitty, a python, a gecko, and a bunch of hilarious hens. We are trained as Feldenkrais Practitioners, Embodied Life Instructors, Tai Chi teachers, Community Grief Tenders, a Work That Reconnects facilitator (Erin) yoga teacher and therapist (Erin) and a Structural Integrator (Carl.) We are also long-time meditators deeply grateful for our deep roots in the Lojong and Dzogchen traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. We host a podcast, write, work with private clients, teach courses, workshops, and retreats and we absolutely LOVE our work. We're so happy you're here!

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About this course

This month, the theme is "Finding Ground." We will explore awesome movement lessons around the feet, legs, and pelvis, growing our living connection with the Earth, and deepening the felt sense of what it is to be grounded during times of uncertainty. We will also have talks, poems, meditations, and guided inner-listening practices that support finding our ground in these times.
Here is what one student shared after a practice in the Lab last month:

"Oh WOW.  Being part of this Embodiment Lab is the BEST thing I could do for myself, for my family, for my community, and for the world, right NOW.  I've just finished these 24 minutes and feel a warm, loving, hopeful glow of love and of healing and of peace, and even, better, I feel a sense of optimism for the future.  Yesterday was a hard day, tight and sore and fearful in all ways, so this marked contrast, my delighted surprise that something as simple as a guided meditation should lead to the bliss I feel right now, is startling and wonderful.  The words "thank you", Carl and Erin, feel insufficient.  I am excited for what this Lab unveils for us!" - Sharon Ellsworth Nelson

We are living in challenging times, and for many of us, the bodily stress we are carrying has increased.

Embodied practices can be so helpful in learning to release unnecessary tension, and grow the somatic elements of resilience, and deepen our embodied, relaxed, alert presence as we move through our lives.

Some of the questions we will explore are:

How do I discover, and continually return to, a vital, nourishing, living connection with the ground?

Can I learn to bring warmth, curiosity and friendliness to the places I hold tension?

Can I move in the world in a way that has a quality of grace, self-respect, power and integrity?

Can I maintain a connection to my own center without disconnecting from the world around me?
Can my breath be free, spontaneous, uncontrived?
Can I learn to inhabit and move from the vital center of the lower belly, known as the tan dien, or hara?
Can I be less stuck in my head, and learn to inhabit my whole body?

Can I grow my capacity for resilience, and how I respond to challenges?