Learn to cultivate mindfulness in movement by sensing, feeling, and adjusting yourself through a series of unique stretches and strengtheners that put an emphasis on whole body alignment and natural human movement.
We will be intentional about and aware of every movement, focusing on our somatic nervous system. Being mindful of breath and surroundings is an extremely effective way to manage stress and improve your overall wellbeing. We will be practicing Nutritious Movement Restorative Exercise which is all about mindfully incorporating natural human movement in the way we move our bodies from place to place, but also incorporating awareness of how our environment moves us. We will use this knowledge to help us not only move more, but move more of ourselves at the cellular level for increased wellbeing.
Please bring a mat, yoga block, half foam roller, yoga bolster or blanket. We have a limited number of exercise props for your use; please call Program Manager, Bonnie Mis to reserve by May 13.
Commuter: $60 includes lunch
9:30-10:45 Minding our Anatomical Neutrals
Learn 25 objective bony markers to evaluate your unique muscle tension pattern. Learn to understand body alignment, which will form the basis of our mindfulness practice.
10:45-11:45 Movements for a Resilient Spine
Learn the subtleties of 10 corrective exercises that stave off an excessive forward curve of the spine and increase whole body muscle use.
12:45-1:45 Movements for Supple Shoulders
Learn the movements that create harmony in the muscles of the upper body. An elixir for shoulder girdle tension.
1:45-2:45 Deep Core and Pelvic Floor
The last hour will be spent paying close attention to breath while minding the pressures on our deep core and pelvic floor. We will activate the deep core musculature, building upon the movements learned earlier in the day. Leave relaxed and renewed.
2:45-3:00 Integration with Q and A
Revisit your alignment points, noting the transformation of your body in the short time we spent together. Have any burning questions answered.
Christine Altman, RES-CPT is known for her light-hearted but highly specific approach to mechanics-based structural analysis and restoration. A dedicated student of Katy Bowman, Christine teaches and practices pure Restorative Exercise sprinkled with wisdom gained from years of clinical practice. She runs The Vital Gaitway, in her hometown of Torrington, Connecticut, one of a handful of facilities in the world devoted to teaching this practice. A talented instructor, she is staff at the Nutritious Movement Center in Sequim, Washington, and has performed numerous teacher trainings around the country and mentored practitioners-in-training from around the world. Christine works with hundreds of clients each year in one-on-one sessions in Connecticut and New York City, and teaches Move Your DNA workshops throughout the Northeastern United States. Christine has been a guest for many organizations and will be a featured presenter at the World Clarinet Festival on Long Island, New York in April of 2019. She is currently developing a training program for birth professionals in China. She applies meticulous observation and rigorous training with the heart, hand and eye of an artist.