About this course
In our first two years, human beings undergo some of the most profound and extraordinary learning of our lifetimes. We learn how to organize our lips for sucking, how to grasp with our hands, how to coordinate our eyes, how to move our limbs, how to roll, crawl, balance, walk, jump. We learn language, and how to shape our mouths into sounds and words. All of this is done without thought, without following instructions-internal or external.
The embodied, sensory-motor learning we experience as children is still available to us as adults, and Awareness Through Movement lessons offer a means to access that direct, sensory learning.
In this month of the Embodiment Lab we will explore the profound learning that can come through developmental movement lessons. As all of our adult movement patterns and habits have their foundation in similar developmental sequences, when we re-visit those developmental patterns, it can clarify and improve the functions that grew out of them.
Moving like a kid is enlivening and youthening. Rolling, crawling, squatting, holding your feet…If you ever try to follow the movements of a baby or a young child, you will find they are incredibly mobilizing, strengtheninging, integrative, spontaneous and functional.
Join us for this month of moving like a kid again!
"If we have a concrete way of talking about self-fulfillment, then we have concrete ways of helping. You cannot have concrete ways unless you know how we grow from a baby who can’t speak, can’t walk, can’t sing, doesn’t know anything, but learns all these things. And no one teaches it! You can’t teach him what you want. He learns and his way of learning is actually a sensory-motor way. The first year-and-a-half it is done without thinking. Only if we understand how that growth, that initial motor-sensory learning, becomes what we are when we are grown, can we understand what fulfillment means. Then we can provide some people with the means, within themselves, to realize their unavowed dreams." -Moshe Feldenkrais