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MOVE THE EARTH

By Leslie Davenport, who will be presenting Deepening Climate Advocacy at Hollyhock in June, 2017.

Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.  -Samuel Beckett

Movement is life: the rhythm of our heartbeat, the ebb and flow of tides, the turning of the seasons, the cycle of our breath. Even the youngest infant expresses a range of core emotions in the language of movement. It’s a tiny dance with an arching and contracting torso, flailing arms and legs, before releasing the physical energy of delight, fear or frustration into sound. Continue reading MOVE THE EARTH

Yoga Nidra (Audio)

By Lauren Walker, who will be presenting The Art of Energy in Yoga at Hollyhock. Audio meditation found below.

A powerful way to shift things in your life is by aligning your unconscious thoughts with your conscious desires.  Yoga Nidra is a simple and elegant way to do that.  Through a guided meditation, you allow the mind to relax and soften and then you insert a conscious desire while the mind is like soft clay.  This desire, or vow, called a Sankalpa, helps you align with your deepest truth. Sankalpa translates literally as – the vow made in the heart that is greater than all other vows.  We are constantly making vows to ourselves, and some of those vows are unconscious. These could be powerful internal voices that we don’t even realize are ‘vows’.  Things like, “I’ll never amount to anything,” “No one will ever love me,” “I’ll never get a job I love.”  Even though these just seem like our internal dialogue, they are actually vows that our internal computers read and enact as if they are computer code.

Most of you know that our behavior is run almost 90% unconsciously.  This is why we keep getting the same outcomes in our lives, despite the fact that we really, really, really want to change and transform.  But change is not always easy. There are energetic flows in the body whose job it is to keep you from change. Even when that change would be good! All the yoga and meditation and running and swimming and dieting and praying and vision boarding in the world won’t help you change if you can’t get your energies to agree to change too!  This is part of the power and magic of Energy Medicine Yoga.  In this modality, we work with our energies, and help them transform, so that the rest of our bodies and minds can follow.  And one of the most powerful practices to help us change is Yoga Nidra coupled with a sankalpa.

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Wake-Up Soma Yoga Practice (Audio)

Donna Martin shares a Wake-Up Practice that you can do even before you get out of bed. This is a way to start your day in embodied mindfulness.

Donna MartinDonna Martin has taught yoga since the 70’s and has been an international Hakomi therapist and trainer since the 90’s. Psoma Yoga is her original approach to yoga therapy.

Donna is co-presenting Whole-Hearted Embodiment at Hollyhock on May 10-14, 2017.

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Somatic Exercises for Back Pain Relief (Video)

Relieve back pain rapidly with easy, safe Somatic Exercises. Martha Peterson explains how in the video below.



Martha PetersonMartha Peterson
 is a Certified Hanna Somatic Educator, movement expert and the author of the book, Move Without Pain. She is a graduate of Somatic Systems Institute and holds a BA in Dance Education.

Martha will be presenting The Myth of Aging at Hollyhock on August 9-13, 2017.

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Spring Cleanse: A Journey of Renewal

Jocelan Coty
Spring Cleanse: A Journey of Renewal
May 10-14