Register nowPractices in Embodied Teaching: Systems & Fundamentals
with Amy Matthews

2015: A Series of 10 Weekends

Take a deeper dive into anatomy, kinesiology, physiology and embryology during intimate weekends, limited to 15 students.

This is active learning: using lecture, discussion and practice, these weekends focus on development of embodied teaching skills and explore what it “is” to transmit information with skill. Movement experiences will let you connect with the structures you’re learning about in a richer context than from books alone.

You will be challenged to use these explorations to develop principles of skillful teaching and put them into practice. During this year’s course, Systems and Fundamentals, we will ask questions such as:

  • How do we describe and name what we see?
  • How do our expectations affect the way we share and learn?
  • What are the basic building blocks of movement?
  • How do we create a container for experiences?
  • How do we experience breath on a cellular level?
  • How do you relate to the space around you?

The weekends are open to people interested in expanding their understanding of anatomy, kinesiology and physiology who want to develop teaching in the context of embodiment. You can take the weekends individually and in any order, though the final three weekends of the two-year cycle require attendance at previous workshops.

SCHEDULE:

Saturday & Sunday, 9:00am – 6:00pm

DATES and TOPICS:

Jan 17 - 18, 2015Embodied Mind: NeuroEndocrine System #1

How do we see?
How do we describe and name what we see?
How do our expectations affect the way we share and learn? 

The NeuroEndocrine System plays many roles, including that of receiving, analyzing and interpreting the sensory feedback we receive from our internal and external environment. By observing our own habits and preferences in our perceptions, we can begin to expand our understanding of how others learn and process information.

In this workshop we will explore how pre-conceived expectations shape how our Nervous System gathers information and gives meaning to it. These expectations have a profound effect on what we perceive in ourselves and in others, and on our observation skills and language choices.

Recommended reading for this weekend is Bone, Breath & Gesture edited by Don Hanlon Johnson.

Feb 14 - 15, 2015Inner Landscape: NeuroEndocrine System #2

How do we respond to feedback from our inner environment?
From the outer environment?
How do we modulate between them? 

The Endocrine System and the Nervous System work together to maintain homeostasis in our internal environment, in response to fluctuating circumstances in the external environment. Through our fluids the Endocrine System regulates cycles of activity, recuperation and growth.

In this workshop we will explore the basic anatomy of the Endocrine System, its embryological origins and the ways that it interacts with the Nervous System to help us maintain balance, responsiveness and equanimity.

Recommended reading for this weekend is Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert.

 

Mar 14 - 15, 2015Exploring the Container: Bones & Ligaments

How do we create a container for experiences?
How can the fluid support of our bones give us structure without being rigid?
How can our ligaments help us find directness, specificity and flexibility? 

The Skeleto-Ligamentous System provides structure and directionality for our bodies in movement and stillness. In this workshop we will look at the relationship between bones and ligaments in our adult bodies and the embryological progression from fluid to structure that happens in utero and through our first years of life.

Recommended reading for this weekend is Taking Root to Fly by Irene Dowd.

 

Apr 11 - 12, 2015Building Blocks: The Bartenieff Fundamentals

What are the basic building blocks of movement?
Are there fundamental movements that can be applied in any situation? 

The Bartenieff Fundamentals are the building blocks of movement, the basic actions of our spine and limbs that underlie any physical practice and our activities of daily life. With the Fundamentals we can observe and analyze any movement, cultivate awareness of habitual patterns, and develop strategies for repatterning.

In this workshop we will look at the basic movements that make up the Fundamentals, and explore the different ways they can be used to clarify pathways in the body, to cultivate dynamic alignment and to maximize our ability to move efficiently.

Recommended reading for this weekend is A Book of Twelve Winds by Karl E. Geis.

May 9 - 10, 2015Starting from the Contents: Digestive System

What happens when we initiate movement from the organs?
How do the digestive organs help us take in, integrate and release our experiences?
What happens when we teach from a sense of embodying these organs?

The contents of our body are essential for nourishment, growth and survival. When we embody our organs we find volume and fluid movement, and explore questions of desire, choice and survival.

In this workshop we will explore the anatomy, embryology and embodiment of the organs of the Digestive System and will observe how we ingest and then digest, absorb and assimilate what is nourishing and eliminate what we can’t use.

Recommended reading for this weekend is Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky.

Jun 13 - 14, 2015Starting from the Contents: Lungs & Heart

How does embodying the heart and lungs change our experience?
What does the flow of blood through the tissues of our body give us?
How do the heart and lungs give us fluid support for movement?
What happens when we teach from a sense of embodying these organs?

The contents of our body are essential for nourishment, growth and survival. When we embody our organs we find volume and fluid movement, and explore questions of desire, choice and survival.

In this workshop we will explore the anatomy, embryology and embodiment of the heart and lungs, and how these organs and their blood vessels circulate fluid and movement through the tissues of the body.

Recommended reading for this weekend is Beyond Culture by Edward T. Hall.

Sep 19 - 20, 2015Starting from the Contents: Kidneys & Bladder

How do we support the organs that provide our resources?
How can we use the kidneys and bladder to balance and ground our movement?
What happens when we teach from a sense of embodying these organs?

The contents of our body are essential for nourishment, growth and survival. When we embody our organs we find volume and fluid movement, and explore questions of desire, choice and survival.

In this workshop we will explore the anatomy, embryology and embodiment of the kidneys and the bladder, and how we maintain a fluid balance of resources in our body and movement.

Recommended reading for this weekend is The Thinking Body by Mabel Todd.

Oct 17 - 18, 2015Shifting Consciousness: Cellular Awareness

How do we experience breath on a cellular level?
How can we find the right balance of letting in and letting go?
How do we experience self and community?

When the breath moves from external respiration (in the lungs) to internal respiration (in the cells), a shift in consciousness happens as well. In this workshop we will explore the physiology of cellular respiration and its implications in our experiences of self and other.

Recommended reading for this weekend is The Rainbow and the Worm by Mae-Wan Ho.

Nov 14 - 15, 2015Embodied Space: Spatial Pulls, Planes & Space Harmony

How do you relate to the space around you?
Can you yield to space in the same way you yield to gravity?
How does feeling harmonic relationships in space help us experience ourselves more clearly?

Rudolf Laban said, “Space is a hidden feature of movement, and
movement is a visible aspect of Space.” He explored how the spaces
around us shape our movement choices, and articulated through the
principles of Space Harmony how important our relationship to space is
as a vehicle and inspiration for movement.

In this workshop we will explore what it means to have a relationship
to space, and the ways that the fluid and dynamic qualities of that
relationship affect our experiences of our selves and our movement.

Recommended reading for this weekend is The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, MD.

Dec 12 - 13, 2015Creating Relationship: Connective Tissue

How do we experience the relationships between tissues?
What happens when we shift our focus from the different parts of our body to the tissues that connect them?
Does anything change when we pay attention to the quality of a relationship?

Connective Tissue is as a component of all the systems of the body, as well as being considered a body system itself. It plays a role in connecting, separating, and defining the space between organs, tissues, cells and whole systems.

In this workshop we will look at the general physiology of connective tissue, the characteristics of connective tissue in the different body systems, and the ways that connective tissue shapes and responds to our movement choices.

Recommended reading for this weekend is Job’s Body by Deane Juhan.

PRE-REQUISITES:

Practices in Embodied Teaching weekends are geared towards people who have had basic training in anatomy and kinesiology, and have some teaching experience.

Possible prior training could be Anatomy of Breath-Centered Yoga with Leslie Kaminoff OR Embodied Anatomy & Kinesiology with Amy Matthews OR a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training equivalent OR equivalent training in another discipline.

PRICES:

Full Year (10 weekends) $3,300
Single Weekend $400

DISCOUNTS:

Pay for a full year of weekends and save $700 on the series.
Pay for a full year of weekends eight weeks in advance and save $1000 on the series.
Pay for a single weekend eight weeks in advance and receive $25 off.
Work-study discounts are available for a full year of study. To apply, please fill out a Work-Study Application.
School Partnership Scholarships, which provide a tuition discount, are available for a full year of study. Click here for more information and to apply.

REGISTRATION:

To register for one or more weekends, please complete the Practices in Embodied Teaching application. Once your application has been accepted, you may use the buttons below to pay a deposit or in full to reserve your spot.




I have gained an expansion of my yogic understanding to include the realm of the physical body. I now have the language, information, attitude of openness and exploration to teach not only metaphysics but anatomy, kinesiology and physiology. On top of that, I’ve gained a teacher, colleagues, community, support, a challenging environment, a place to grow, a ton of maps and tools as well as a deeper personal practice. What I have learned is now me so I use it when I am student, teacher, consumer, friend, wife…

—Julia Pearring, yoga teacher

In my teaching — of yoga, art appreciation, acting, speech, and reading to adults — I often repeat what I heard from Amy years ago, “It’s not what you are doing, but do you know what you are doing.” Practices in Embodied Teaching feeds my curiosity about and hones my ability to know what it is that I am doing and saying — which may be different than what I think I’m doing or want to be doing. This consciousness has opened up a whole new world, wherein my teaching is significantly more specific and clear, I am less tired as a teacher, more honest about my own experiences, and better able to see what is there vs. what I am looking for. In short, this program has helped me see how I am both a part of and separate from the message I am sharing in any given context, and has helped me practice making choices accordingly.

—Alyson Schacherer, teacher, actor, director

POLICIES:

Cancellation Policies

  • Up to 2 weeks before – REFUND. Deposit will be refunded, minus a $30 processing fee.
  • Up to 7 days before – CREDIT. Deposit minus a $30 processing fee may be transferred to another workshop or course at The Breathing Project.
  • Less than 7 days before – No refunds or credits.

Payment Policies: Practices in Embodied Teaching

  • A deposit is required to hold your space: $200/weekend.
  • To receive an early registration discount, full payment must be received eight weeks prior to first session.
  • Payment plans must be arranged before session start and direct debit is required. A $10 processing fee will be added to each payment.
  • Full payment must be received prior to first session, unless a payment plan has been arranged in advance. Late payments will incur a $25 fee.
  • Enrollment is by full cost of session. There is no pro-rated enrollment for partial attendance.

Post-Program Attendance: Practices in Embodied Teaching

  • Once you have taken a Practices in Embodied Teaching weekend, you are welcome to return to that weekend as a student for 1/2 price - space allowing, and at the discretion of the teacher.
  • If you register and pay for a full year of Practices in Embodied Teaching weekends, and you're unable to attend one or more weekends, you may take the weekend the next time it's offered at no charge, space allowing.
  • If you have completed all the EdY coursework, you have the option of returning to the Practices in Embodied Teaching weekends as an assistant. There is no charge for assisting, but there is a further application process.

Work-Study: Practices in Embodied Teaching

  • A work-study discount of $900 is available for a year-long series of Practices in Embodied Teaching weekends.
  • Awards are given for study beginning in January.
  • Work-study students must commit to a full year of study, complete two 90-minute training shifts prior to start of the course, and work one two-hour shift per week for the duration of study.

Questions? Please email register@breathingproject.org.