I’m interested in a lot of stuff. As I mentioned on my Aboutness page,
A big part of what makes me “me” is my curiosity. I believe in life-long learning. It’s what drew me to library school, the idea that I would have the knowledge to pursue *any* crazy curiosity I could come up with if I could find the information, and if a librarian couldn’t find the information then… it may not have been documented yet. My latest experiment with curiosity has been Phix’s Curiosity Camp. Phix is the way the Greek Sphinx would have been pronounced in the local dialect. I’m still experimenting with what Phix might become. Right now it’s a venue for me to post and reflect a little about things that catch my curiosity, primarily on Facebook, a little on twitter, and maybe a few other places.
My background in movement includes dance, yoga, and dabbling across other movement modalities as I have the opportunity to explore them. I am endlessly fascinated by how the human body moves through space and aiding people in moving efficiently, comfortably, and functionally through their day.
Movement is a dance exploring:
- physics with the body and gravity,
- the network of the neural system through space, and
- the recognition that our brain is not just located in our skulls and our chattering Cartesian monkey mind.
To borrow Carl Sagan’s words, “We are the local embodiment of a Cosmos grown to self-awareness.” It is a profound experience to take time to explore our understanding of ourselves and our world through movement.
Movement is more than “just” exercise, there is joy in a good run or walk. There is a delicious quality to swimming. My hope is that people experience moving as something that feeds them and feels good (even if it sometimes feels good because you get to stop finally). One of the things I love about the GYROKINESIS® method in particular, that led me to take teacher training, is that the exercises can be modified to fit anyone’s ability. The Gyrokinesis exercises can be practiced by people from all walks of life, including accomplished athletes and dancers, college students, baby boomers, senior citizens, and people with disabilities.
This method gently works the entire body, increasing range of motion and creating functional strength. It is an original and unique movement practice which has roots in Yoga, Tai Chi, swimming, gymnastics, and dance and is practiced with a mat and chair, on the floor, and standing. The GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods fall under the GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM®. Both methods were developed by Juliu Horvath, who suffered a series of debilitating injuries during his dance career, and began developing these methods as a way to heal himself and regain his strength and agility.
I am not teaching at this time, but let me know & I can try to help find an instructor if you’re interested.