16th September : The Myth of Ageing

with Amanda Franklin & David Fleming

16th September    10.00 – 4.00pm


Gentle Somatic Yoga® (GSY) is an innovative blend of Hatha Yoga, Hanna Somatic Education, Pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation, created by James Kight (www.gentlesomaticyoga.com).

It is a unique brain-to-muscle re-education that combines traditional yoga postures, Hanna Somatic Education, breathing techniques and healing visualizations. GSY incorporates slow, mindful movements which raise body awareness to heal old tension-based patterns in the body. This method is ideal for overcoming bodily aches and pains and dramatically increasing flexibility.

Thomas Hanna coined the phrase ‘myth of aging‘ in his book ‘Somatics- Reawakening the Mind’s Control of Movement, Flexibility & Health‘ putting forward the idea that the body degenerating as we age is a myth, and that it is really due to lack of movement and loss of brain-to-muscle connection.

Our bodies regularly respond to stress with natural (automatic) reflex patterns. If we get stuck in these patterns our bodies can develop pain and dysfunction (Sensory Motor Amnesia – SMA). With Somatics you use your brain to “reprogram” your muscles so they can relax to their natural resting length. As you reduce the sensory-motor amnesia in the system, your brain also regains better sensation and control of your muscles, so you can move with more ease and grace, fluidly, and ultimately pain free.

In this workshop you will be introduced to the original 8 movement patterns presented by Thomas Hanna, and learn how they connect to Hatha Yoga.

The only requirement for attending the workshop is the ability to get down & up from the ground and to be able to lie on your front, back and sides for a short period of time.

The teachers :

Amanda and David initially trained in The Nia Technique, completing Black Belt Training in 2014. They have also trained in Nia 5 Stages and Aerial Yoga.

From their love of Nia, and its somatic approach to movement, they went on to train with Martha Peterson of Essential Somatics to become Somatic Exercise Coaches, and more recently with James Knight to become a Gentle Somatic Yoga teachers.

David is additionally training as a Clinical Somatic Practitioner, offering 1-2-1 work.

Alongside Aerial Yoga classes, workshops, and Teacher Trainings, they regularly teach Hanna Somatics and Gentle Somatic Yoga workshops around the country, as well as regular workshops in Leeds.

All of the classes, workshops and trainings offered by David and Amanda are influenced by Hanna Somatic principles, as they are both committed to educating people to move more freely.

Venue : Grenoside Community Hall, Sheffield S35 8PR

Cost : £35.00

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from Yoga Days Info, posted April 2017


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