Mindful Movement for Balance & Ease

In this gentle movement-based class, we will explore movement that allows muscles to elongate for optimal tone to make everyday movement, exercise and upright posture easier. Movements are based on the Alexander Technique, a method shown to reduce pain and stress, to increase body awareness, and to improve balance, posture, respiratory function, and ease and range of motion.

How we move and how we think about movement influences our experience of movement. Habits keep us tied to the same patterns of movement without even realizing it. We all tend to take our unconscious habits of tension into all our activities, and when we do that, we practice tension. The highly practical Alexander Technique helps you get better at what you do by learning to redirect patterns of tension that create excess effort and pull your body out of its natural, easy alignment. Alexander Technique-based mindful movement is the perfect complement to your yoga, swimming, walking or other fitness or meditation practice.

We'll be experimenting with a use of our whole mind-body self that allows greater ease by simultaneous relaxation and activation, lengthening of muscles, efficient and helpful breathing, and directing our awareness in helpful ways. In this class, you'll discover how you can naturally change patterns of misalignment, unnecessary effort and unhelpful thought patterns to rediscover balance, ease, flexibility and freedom.

Mari Hodges began learning the Alexander Technique due to chronic back and neck pain, which she was able to overcome. She is passionate about helping others to discover mindfulness of the whole self and the ease, well-being and freedom of choice that come with practicing the Alexander Technique. Mari earned her Alexander Technique certification with the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) at Escuela de Técnica Alexander Buenos Aires and is an active member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique as well as the Asociación Argentina de Técnica Alexander. She is also an Art of Running instructor certified by Canadian champion and AT teacher Malcolm Balk. Mari dances tango and Brazilian dances, which she spent many years teaching, plays the violin and enjoys running. Mari’s continuing studies include chronic pain prevention, neurobiology and non-violent communication. Mari is available for private Alexander Technique classes by appointment. For more information about Mari and the Alexander Technique, please visit http://www.discoverease.how.

April 5, 2020
Time: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Downstairs Studio
40 Hibbard Way
Helena, MT 59601 US
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Event Prices:
$12.00 - By 3/27
$15.00 - After 3/27
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