New Education Somatic Program of Understanding the Body w. Lesley A. Powell

New Eyes of Understanding the Body.

Online and recorded workshops somatic program. Somatic applications to bring into your practice:
Dance, Pilates, Yoga and Functional Fitness

A journey about anatomy and movement

Anatomy Dances is about the shifting dances around the body to create and support movement.  I bring together my studies of art, anatomy, dance, somatic practices, fitness, Pilates, yoga, Laban’s Space Harmony and Bartenieff Fundamentalstm.

Bartenieff Fundamentalstm. and Laban’s Space Harmony is a phenomenal approach how the body moves in space and one’s expression. Both also addresses how the body moves three dimensionally whether it is simple walking to complex spiral movements such as tai chi. I will bring examples into fitness, yoga, dance and pilates. Already in the Pilates world, Eve Gentry, who worked with Irmgard Bartenieff, brought a version of the Fundamentals to her teaching.  Eve has influenced a majority of companies training Pilates teachers with their movement principles.

Objectives:

  • An introduction to new models of anatomy
  • How principles of Biotensegrity, Space harmony and new research about fascia are models of dynamic movement
  • Bartenieff Fundamentalstm  – Roadmap of biomechanics principles of connections and coordinations
  • Applications to Pilates, Yoga, Functional Fitness and Dance

ANATOMY DANCES:TAKING YOUR PRACTICE AND TEACHING TO NEW EMBODIMENT

Level I: New Eyes for Embodiment in your practice
This series of workshops is a deeper look about the body: anatomy, how the body moves in space and how to facilitate change.  These workshops are open to all.

Level II: Deeper dances in embodiment
This series of workshops is a deeper dance into Laban’s Space Harmony, Bartenieff Fundamentalstm, embodied anatomy, history of somatic education, observation, how to facilitate changes in your clients and structures of your teaching sessions, and practice of these concepts in your teaching.

Level III: Embodiment is a practice/Mentorship

  • Part I For the Anatomy Dances certification Level II is a documentation through journal writing, simple videos on your phone or tablet of your practice, lesson plans of applications of Anatomy Dances to your teaching.  This will at your own pace. Ongoing documentation of taking somatic classes.
  • Part II Assessment Forum -There will be a series of themed Embodied Anatomy forums discussing issues about teaching and clients with other somatic professionals. Problem solving will be on the participants as well as clients who have special issues.  Teaching is a skill of observation and developing lessons plans around how the client learns and progress of improving function.Priority will be given to students who send in questions, case studies and particular client issues for the forum dates.
  • Part III  With sending in of documentation and journals, a private session will be set up with Lesley A. Powell to go over one’s journey and any questions about the your process.  Mentoring classes with colleagues in this course will be set up as well.

Level IV: Case study of working with a client over 6 months time.  Presentation of case study to classmates.

New Lens for Embodiment in your Practice  Schedule for 2022. Level I-II

 

  Level I Level II
Intro to Space Harmony and Function March 5 March 6
Spine May 7 May 8
Sensing the psoas September 17 September 18
Ribs November 12 November 13
Hand Scapula TBA TBA
Dynamic stability core to arms TBA TBA
Hippiness TBA TBA
Call to legs and distal  TBA TBA
Gait upper TBA TBA
Gait lower TBA TBA
     

For more information and sign up for workshops scroll down
Level I Saturdays 2 – 5:10 PM.
Level II Sundays 2 – 5:10 PM.
$150 per workshop.
Level III Saturday 4 – 6 PM.  $100
$1000 for 10 workshops  Level I or II

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​NPCP cecs are for live online courses available.  Recordings are available.

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Level I

Level II

Level I – March 5, 2022
Anatomy Dances:  Bringing 3d in your Physical Practice

Bartenieff Fundamentalstm and Laban’s Space Harmony is a phenomenal approach how the body moves in space and one’s expression. Both also addresses how the body moves three dimensionally whether it is simple walking to complex spiral movements such as tai chi. I will bring examples into fitness, yoga, dance and pilates. Already in the Pilates world, Eve Gentry, who worked with Irmgard Bartenieff, brought a version of the Fundamentals to her teaching.  Eve has influenced a majority of companies training Pilates teachers with their movement principles. 

Objectives:

  • An introduction to new models of anatomy
  • How principles of Biotensegrity, Space harmony and new research about fascia are models of dynamic movement
  • History of Eve Gentry, Irmgard Bartenieff and Pilates movement principles
  • Bartenieff Fundamentalstm  – Roadmap of biomechanics principles of connections and coordination

Level II – March 6, 2022
Anatomy Dances: Space Harmony in Movement
Teaching 3D in your Physical and teaching Practice
Prerequisite: Level I Bringing 3d in your Physical Practice

Laban’s Space Harmony are many maps how our bodies move in space.  We are going to observe accomplished movers in each Laban spatial forms: running, tennis, golf and dance. and compared to beginner movers. Action plans will be created with applications how the body moves in space differently. 

Objectives:

  • Observation of applications of Space Harmony to our movement loves
  • What are the coordinations skills that makes a successful mover
  • How our preferences and tight structures prevent create restrictions.
  • How to create new Roadmaps to enhance biomechanics principles of connections and coordination

 

Level I – May 7, 2022
Anatomy Dances: Core is 3D.
   

Biotensegrity, Laban’s Space Harmony- 3D and Bartenieff Fundamentalstm are new maps of how the body moves in space:developing better patterns of moving the spine

Bartenieff Fundamentalstm and Laban’s Space Harmony is a phenomenal approach how the spine moves in space and one’s expression. Both also addresses how the body moves three dimensionally whether it is simple walking to complex spiral movements such as tai chi.  This workshop will bring examples into fitness, yoga, dance and pilates.

Objectives:

  • to understand how the spine moves and efficiently give the correct support
  • Why is neutral important
  • How are cues enhancing or hurting dynamic alignment
  • How does the spine move differently in use of space  for example ballet, karate and tai chi
  • Understanding tensegrity and enhancing our physicality.

Level II – May 8, 2022
Anatomy Dances: Deeper Dives into 3D Core
Prerequisite: Level I Anatomy Dances: Core is 3D.   

Laban’s Space Harmony is a phenomenal approach how the spine moves in space and one’s expression. We are going to observe each other and clients how the body moves three dimensionally.  When one part of the spine is not moving well, the entire structure is compromised.  As we enhance the spine in simpler movement phrases, we will see changes in more complex movements.  A healthy moving spine is essential for a side plank for example .  This workshop will bring examples into fitness, yoga, dance and pilates.

Objectives:

  • Observe how the spine moves and efficiently give the correct support
  • Neutral spine a jump off for the spine moving well
  • Action plans how to build a healthier spine for more complex movements
  • Creating new roadmaps for the spine to move differently in use of space  for example ballet, karate and tai chi
  • Spinal enhancements improving lower and upper body connections. 

 

Level I – September 17, 2022
Anatomy Dances: Sensing the Psoas 

The psoas muscle is one of the most powerful muscles in the body. It affects the function of the lumbar spine, pelvis and hip joints. Its origin affects breathing and its length plays a huge role in determining posture. When it is healthy, it contributes to the strength of the core while allowing for efficient movement of the lower extremities. Dysfunction of the iliopsoas  can lead to back pain, sacroiliac joint issues and compromises to the hip joints. 

Embodiment of the Psoas is about waking the senses in your body. Drawing is the sense of touch. Drawing will teach us about the structures of the iliopsoas in our torso. Our mapping the Psoas will teach us about the space the iliopsoas has in our body. The movement class using pilates will explore the connections of the Psoas and the feelings of good healthy function.

All are welcome. No experience is necessary in drawing.

  • For Drawing Section: 1 1/2 hr drawing and mapping the Psoas
    Please have blank paper and some kind of drawing tool: crayons, colored pencils, markers, pastels.
  • For Movement Section:  1 1/2 hr movement class
    Please have some kind of prop: foam roll, overball, books, foam roll, towels
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Objectives:

  • anatomy and function of the three parts of the iliopsoas (lumbar, pelvic, hip), abdominals and back muscles
  • its function during motion of the lumbar spine 
  • its function during motion of the hip joint 
  • its role in creating stability and mobility of the pelvic girdle and SI joints 
  • its role during reciprocal lower extremities motions (i.e. walking) 
  • how dysfunction contributes to lumbar and SI pain, pelvic torsions and hip injuries. 

Level II  – September 18, 2022
Anatomy Dances: Sensing the Core
Prerequisite: Level I Sensing the Psoas

The abdominals and the back muscles are powerful muscles in the body. It affects the function of the lumbar spine, pelvis and hip joints. When it is healthy, it contributes to the strength of the core while allowing for efficient movement of the lower extremities. Dysfunction of the muscles of the core can lead to back pain, sacroiliac joint issues and compromises to the hip joints. 

Embodiment of the muscles of the core is about waking the senses in your body. A dynamic core has many different flavors depending on the movement.

Drawing is the sense of touch. Drawing will teach us about the structures of the iliopsoas in our torso. Our mapping the core muscles will teach us about the space in our body. The movement class using pilates will explore the connections of the core and the feelings of good healthy function.

All are welcome. No experience is necessary in drawing.

  • For Drawing Section: 1 1/2 hr drawing and mapping the Psoas
    Please have blank paper and some kind of drawing tool: crayons, colored pencils, markers, pastels.
  • For Movement Section:  1 1/2 hr movement class
    Please have some kind of prop: foam roll, overball, books, foam roll, towels

Objectives:

  • anatomy and function of the abdominals and back muscles
  • its function during motion of the lumbar spine 
  • its function during motion of the hip joint 
  • its role in creating stability and mobility of the pelvic girdle and SI joints 
  • its role during reciprocal lower extremities motions (i.e. walking) 
  • how dysfunction contributes to lumbar and SI pain, pelvic torsions and hip injuries. 

Level I – November 12, 2022
Anatomy Dances: Freeing the ribs to enhance the Biotensegrity of the Core

The ribs are flexible. They are not rigid like we see of the skeletons that we see in the class room. Each rib has a joint into the breastbone and spine except for the floating ribs. We are going to understand the biomechanics of the ribs and it’s affects on breathing and movement.

Objectives:

  • Anatomy of the ribs
  • Importance of breath
  • How the ribs move
  • Applications to Pilates and movement loves

Level II – November 13, 2022
Anatomy Dances: The Ribs: A Reflection of the Spine, Breastbone and Breath
Prerequisite: Level I Freeing the ribs to enhance the Biotensegrity of the Core

The ribs are a reflection of our spine and breath.  If the ribs and spine are stuck, this changes our breathing and movement.  Sometimes breath can improve movement; or visa versa movement enhances breath.  Deeper dives into the anatomy of the breath will be taken. Embodied Anatomy of the space and function of the lungs can make a big difference in our movement. 

Objectives:

  • Anatomy of the Breath, diagphram and lungs
  • Deeper dives into how the ribs move
  • Applications to Pilates and movement loves

Level I -TBA
Anatomy Dances :
Bartenieff Fundamentalstm: Hand – Scapula Relationship and its connection to the core.

Bartenieff Fundamental™ Hand -Scapula relationship addresses the intricate timings of the shoulder girdle with the phrasing of the torso.  This workshop will explore the anatomy and mechanics of the hand-scapula relationship and its proper function to the torso.

Objectives:

  • What is stabilization of shoulder: its myths and facts
  • Understand anatomy of Hand scapula relationship
  • Understanding the importance of the rotator cuff muscles
  • Improving rotator cuff function during the workout
  • How the arm works in coordination with the torso
  • How the improved shoulder function enhances the core.

Level II – TBA
Anatomy Dances : Forearm to Hand Connections

Prerequisite: Level I Bartenieff Fundamentalstm: Hand – Scapula Relationship and its connection to the core.

Bartenieff Fundamental™ Hand -Scapula relationship addresses the intricate timings of the shoulder girdle to the hand.  This workshop will explore the anatomy and mechanics of the hand-scapula relationship and its proper function to the forearm, wrist and hand.  Especially with overuse injuries due to being on our devices, our hands and wrists need to have movements to offset our present workloads.

Objectives:

  • Understand anatomy of arm: humerus, forearm and hand
  • Understanding the supination and pronation
  • Improving hand coordination during the workout
  • How the hand, forearm and humerus works in coordination with the shoulder girdle

 

Level I – TBA
Anatomy Dances: Dynamic Stability is an new Call Core to Arms

Dynamic stability of the shoulder girdle is a dance with the hand, scapula and the torso.  Coordination is key for correct mobility and strength.   Past cues really have locked down the movements of the scapula and the torso.  Myths of shoulder stability are creating more problems.  In this workshop we will learn new ways to train the nervous system about new connections.

Objectives:

  • Looking at tight structures
  • Strategies for shoulder openers
  • Importance of the head-tail connection
  • Coordination of hand – scapula to the head – tail connection
  • Closed chain vs open chain

Level II – TBA
Anatomy Dances: Ribs, Shoulder girdle and Arms Dance
Prerequisite: Level I Anatomy Dances: Dynamic Stability is an new Call Core to Arms

Dynamic stability of the shoulder girdle and the arm is a dance with the torso.  Coordination is key for correct mobility and strength.   Enhancing the biomechanics of the hand to the torso is essential for correct function.  Closed chain has a different organization than open chain.

Objectives:

  • Anatomy of the bone rhythms of hand-scapula relationship.
  • Looking at tight structures and strategies for shoulder openers
  • Importance of the thoracic spine mechanics
  • Coordination of hand – scapula to the head – tail connection

Level I – TBA
Anatomy Dances : Hippiness and the legs
The intricate design to be able to make level changes

Child development from birth, crawling, sitting, standing and walking is the process of making changes at the hips and legs in coordination with the torso.  As we grow older, we forget about these important coordinations of the the legs, pelvis and torso. Bartenieff Fundamentals(™) addresses these lost coordinations and mobilizes.  Applications will be made to pilates, yoga and our movement loves.

Objectives:

  • Identify the movements of the pelvic floor, leg in the hip sockets and the torso
  • Anatomy of hip and thigh muscles
  • Improve sequencing of thigh, hip and spine movement for level changes
  • Address tight structures

Level II – TBA
Anatomy Dances: Knee Me
Prerequisite: Level I Anatomy Dances : Hippiness and the legs
The intricate design to be able to make level changes

The knee is a vulnerable challenged joint. Incorrect alignment, lack of proper training and injury can cause the knees to become painful as ligaments, joints and muscles are strained. We will look how the foot and hips influence the function of the knees. How the leg organizes in standing requires a different coordination.

Objectives: 

  • Understand the anatomy of the leg and its affect on the knee
  • Assessment of client’s posture and the influence of the posterior leg and hip muscles
  • How your clients neurological patterns prevent good function of legs and posture
  • Experience how the function of the knees relates to your hips and feet. 
  • Use Pilates repertory to improve function and balance of tone.
  • What is ACL and meniscus injuries
  • Applications for climbing stairs and walking

Level I – TBA
Anatomy Dances: Call to Legs and Distal Relationship to Core

Call to Legs: Distal Relationship to Core is a workshop exploring the connections of the distal: foot and ankle mechanics to the leg and the core. We are addressing balancing the foot and ankle muscles that influences our entire alignment. Our ankles influence our foot, hip and core mechanics. When the Distal relationship is working correctly, the core immediately works deeper.

Objectives: To understand the connections of distal to the core.  How to improve function of the legs to bring in new core connections using Pilates Repertory. Underlying good function is dynamic alignment of the spine.

  • Improving ankle function 
  • Understand how the bones of the legs and pelvis move
  • What is stabilization of legs and hips: its myths and facts
  • Understanding the importance of the posterior leg muscles
  • Improving the coordination of legs to core during the workout
  • How the improved leg relationships enhances the core

Level II – TBA
Anatomy Dances: Ankle to Hip
Prerequisite: Level I Anatomy Dances: Call to Legs and Distal Relationship to Core

The alignment of the ankle joint is key to the entire the body.  When the ankle is not moving correctly will affect the foot, hip and spine.  This workshop will look at the mechanics of the ankle, how to improve mobility and strength and applications to pilates, yoga and everyday actions.

Objectives:

  • Improving ankle function 
  • Understand how the bones of the ankles move
  • Understanding the importance of the calf muscles
  • Improving the coordination of ankle, foot, and legs to core during the workout
  • How the improved ankle mechanics enhances the core

Level I – Anatomy Dances : Upper body in Gait
How the spine moves in gait
TBA

Posture is key in walking.  Poor posture can affect the mobility of our hips and legs in walking.  This section will improve how the upper body moves in an ideal healthy walk. Lesson plans will evolve around how to increase mobility, coordination, strength and balance.

Objectives: 

  • Learn observation skills about how the spine moves in gait
  • Address muscular imbalances in gait observation
  • Improve walking skills with muscular training and balance skills
  • Address modifications needed for seniors; 
  • Anatomy of spine and arms in relationship to gait

Level II – TBA
Anatomy Dances: Learning how to assess Upper Body in Gait
Prerequisite: Level I Anatomy Dances : Upper body in Gait

Learning how to observe how the upper body in gait is a skill.  Using each other and videos of clients walking, we are going to practice how to see the spine moves in walking.   Strategies will be explored when a client’s spine is not moving correctly.  We will also address certain injuries that affect the spine in gait.

Objectives:

  • Improving skills for observing spine in gait
  • Developing lesson plans for poor mechanics of the spine in gait
  • Injuries that affect gait

Level I – TBA
Anatomy Dances : Lower body in Gait
How the legs move in gait

We take walking for granted.  When we lose the ability to walk comfortably, we lose our freedom to do things.  Poor posture, lack of strength and mobility and diminishing balance skills affect our gait.  This workshop is an introduction to how the body moves in gait and how as trainers we can plan a workout that encourages better walking skills.

Objectives: 

  • Learn observation skills about gait
  • Address muscular imbalances in gait observation
  • Improve walking skills with muscular training and balance skills
  • Address modifications needed for seniors; 
  • Anatomy of foot, knee, hip, spine and arms in relationship to gait

Level II – TBA
Anatomy Dances: Learning how to assess Lower Body in Gait
Prerequisite: Level I Anatomy Dances : Lower body in Gait

Learning how to observe how the lower body in gait is a skill.  Using each other and videos of clients walking, we are going to practice how to see the lower body moves in walking.   Strategies will be explored when a client’s hips, legs and feet are not moving correctly.  We will also address certain injuries that affect the lower body in gait.

Objectives:

  • Improving skills for observing lower body in gait
  • Developing lesson plans for poor mechanics of the legs and hips  in gait
  • Injuries that affect gait