Alexander Technique in Motion: A mid-day restorative practice
$15/class or $50 for the entire series
This class, taught by Glenna Batson, is designed for those wanting to put a potent pause in a busy day. The class will draw from the Alexander Technique – an approach to understanding postural support and reducing mind-body stresses in everyday living. You’ll gain an appreciation for ease in simple functional movements. You’ll learn how brain and body work together in unique ways for mindful standing, sitting, walking and even resting. The easercises are designed to shift your thinking from stressful reactions to becoming more present and supported. The ease and effortlessness you learn in class will restore a sense of peaceful and pleasurable embodiment. What you take home, you can practice in daily living, offering you a means of transforming stress on the go. All are welcome to join this lunch-time series at any point.
Over the last four decades, Glenna Batson has honed an approach to teaching that integrates dance, human movement science, and somatic movement studies. During the 1970s, she apprenticed with Irene Dowd for four years (Ideokinesis, kinesthetic anatomy). From 1987 through 2014, she introduced Somatics into dance as faculty of the American Dance Festival’s summer program and the Hollins/ADF MFA. From 2008-2016, she taught extensively in England, and in October 2018, received an honorary fellowship award for contributions to Dance Science and Somatics from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has been recognized for her pioneering research on improvisational dance Parkinson’s disease (2009-2014). In the last two years, she taught mainly in Ireland, co-directing the training program for the Alexander Technique Centre Galway, and guest teaching in a variety of dance-for-health projects. Now in her seventh decade, Glenna is keener than ever on sharing the power of movement as catalyst for meeting the challenges present in our world today.
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