Anatomy In Movement, February 2010

January 21st, 2010

Anatomy in Movement, an experiential approach is back. The entire series will begin again in February at the Yoga Shala.

ANATOMY IN MOVEMENT : An Experiential Approach To The Study of Anatomy with Wendy Hambidge

This series of anatomy classes is an introduction to the experiential anatomy of Body-Mind Centering®. The main tenant of BMC™ is that every part of the our anatomy from micro to macro has the capacity for awareness. Not only does the mind influence the body, the body influences the mind. In this work you build awareness of the body’s individual parts. When the different systems (bones, muscles, organs, etc) of the body are clear about their specific roles, the relationship between the parts becomes more fluid and efficient. The study of anatomy through embodiment will bring ease and depth to your yoga practice or whatever movement practice you may have. As in team sports or in music, when each player knows and performs their part it creates a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Touch, drawing, models, movement and somatic experiences are used to facilitate, embody and understand the fascinating and complex world of anatomy.

ANATOMY IN MOVEMENT 101: Structure and Vitality; The Skeleton; and the Muscles Part 1
5 weeks, Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:30pm, February 3 – March 3 • $225

This 101 course starts in the bones and introduces the muscles. The skeleton provides the framework of our body. When the skeleton knows its role, the muscles can do less and movement will be more efficient. This will help bring clarity and ease to one’s yoga practice. Embodying our bones through intellect and experience we can better know where we are in space and be in relationship with ourselves and our surroundings.

ANATOMY IN MOVEMENT 102: Contents and Container; Organs, Muscles and Ligaments
4 weeks, Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:30pm, March 10 – April 14 • $180*(no class 3/24, 4/7)
Bones, muscles, ligaments and fascia make up the container for our organs. In this class we continue with the muscles, the source of our vitality and experience our ligaments, the guiding force for specificity in the alignment of our bones. We will identify and experience the governing principles of the muscles and ligaments with several specific examples.
The organs, our contents maintain our daily functions, they provide breath, nourishment and elimination. They are round, three dimensional and can provide support to our skeleton from the inside out. We will locate and experience the organs and how they support the movement of our body and how our movement effects them. Embodying the organs brings depth and fullness, ease and satisfaction to our movement and lives.

ANATOMY IN MOVEMENT 103: Fluidity and Clarity; Nervous, Fluid, and Endocrine Systems 4 weeks, Wednesdays, 5:30 – 8:30pm, April 21 – May 26 • $180*(no class 5/10, 5/19)

In this last series we build understanding and experience of our systems of connectivity. The nervous system is the master communicator. It organizes our experiences into patterns. It communicates between our inner and outer worlds. The fluids are the transportation system of the body, they lubricate every membrane. They include the blood, lymph, synovial, cerebrospinal, interstitial, and cellular fluids. The endocrine glands are the major chemical governing system and works intimately with the nervous system through our fluids.
How can we balance the Autonomic Nervous System with the Somatic Nervous System? How can we maintain our fluidity? How can we balance our relationship between heaven and earth? We hold these questions and more in this series of classes.

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Classes are at

The Yoga Shala

3808 North Williams

(One block north of Fremont)

Wendy Hambidge
Registered Somatic Movement Therapist