Is it kind of like Yoga?
At first glance, it might look that way.
Most lessons are done on the floor, lying on a mat. A teacher verbally guides you through a series of unusual movements to awaken your brain and allow you to become aware of your movement patterns.
Most people leave more flexible, more vibrant and with less aches and pains.
Many use it to compliment their Yoga practice and find they can suddenly do Yoga poses they used to find challenging.
Comparing the two modalities is like comparing apples to oranges. Both are fruit, but the complexities of their taste, fragrance, genetics and how to grow could take a 4 year degree to truly understand.
The same goes for Neuromovement and Yoga. Comparing the two doesn't do either one justice. They are different in philosophy, execution and result, even if some areas might overlap.
I am a big fan of self exploration, so if you are wondering how Neuromovement differs from what you know about Yoga, then come check out a class!
Come out and learn something new about yourself through movement!
July 21 & 28, 2016
July 23 & 30, 2016
$10 Drop in
4 for $32
Harrison Beach Hotel
160 Espalande Ave
Harrison Hot Springs
(free parking on Lillooet Ave)
For more info, give me a shout!
****Please bring your own mat/towel/blanket to lie on.
One day I found myself lying on the floor in a large room with 80 other people in California.
I had joined the training to help my daughter, who has a rare genetic disorder. I definitely didn't join because of me. (I will post more about this one day!)
So, I was lying on the floor about to experience my first Group Neuromovement Lesson (also called a Transformational Movement Lesson - TML for short), definitely not for myself, but for my daughter. I'd just spent a hell of a lot of money to get there, flights, meals, tuition, etc... so my expectations were pretty high.
The room was abuzz when Anat Baniel walked in. To most of the parents in the training, who had witnessed miracles in their children underneath her hands, Anat has earned a certain awe-factor status.
Anat also has one of those commanding presences that demand attention. Ha, which happens to be one of her essentials.
So when she told us to go slow, do the movement with awareness and not to 'stretch', but to only go as far as comfortable, I was a bit confused.
I was there to kick some butt. Conquer my daughter's mixed-up genetic code to the curb.
Anat instructed us to do small, seemingly insignificant moves. A slight shift of the arm, a tiny movement of the leg.
All the while shouting at us to: "Go slower! Go s-l-o-w-e-r!"
Lady, if I went any slower I'd be dead.
Dear God, what in the world did I get myself into?!?!
Tamping down the panic that I had just spent a small fortune to learn how to do nearly nothing, I tried even harder to go slower.
"No, no. You are moving your right knee. I said move only your left knee. Your other left knee. Wake up!"
"It is only when you know what you are doing, that you can do what you want."
Jen Stewart is a mommy of 3 amazing kids and a practitioner of NeuroMovement™