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Body Part Conversations

When I first started taking improvisation classes I wasn’t sure I understood why there’s a warm-up part to the class. I mean why do I need to warm if all I’m doing is making up stuff anyway? As my understanding of improvisation developed I realized that, asides from warming up the physical body so I…

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Re-writing your story

Before I get into this week’s thoughts, just a quick note that last week’s playlist for Mindful Dancing is waiting for you at the end of this email. Even though oppression has been around forever the results of it seem to be apparent now more than ever. For me, dealing with the effects of oppression has been a lifelong journey.  I used…

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Just listen

Somebody I know made a protest sign that says: “Black communities have plans. Let’s listen” and I thought that was one of the more intelligent signs I’ve seen. What is more important these days and what is more powerful and healing than listening? Listening is what we do to create a feeling of safety, to show support and respect,…

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Freedom and ease in times of struggle

I’m sure you’d agree with me that transformation is a great idea in theory but how do we  inspire transformation on a practical level? Well, one place to start is on the body-mind level. We have something inside of us that is the epitome of transformation: fluids.In fact, it makes up a very large percent…

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Dance and Live

These days I’m very interested in how the research that I’m doing in the studio is connected to my everyday life and relationships in particular. In fact I’ve put together a whole class series that is just about that. I’m learning a lot from others and I’m hopeful that it will influence my teaching. I…

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Soft Spot Season

As my process is moving further along, the contrast between how I feel about myself at times and the reality of things becomes more obvious to the point where, if in the past the insidious self-denigrating thoughts would manage to sneak under the radar of my awareness, now the radar is setting off a deafening…

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Tapping into your true power

I don’t like confrontations. I tend to want to avoid them at all cost but, as it turns out, confrontation, which is intended to bring people closer together, is not the same as conflict, which tends to bring people apart. So as much as having to confront somebody is never easy, it’s very important and…

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emovere

I just completed another step in my self imposed learning journey, a step called Viewpoints. There’s so much to unpack. I mainly experienced great awe watching one group of people after another improvise with a specific set of rules and with an overarching intention to take care of the common space. All the focus and intention…

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Transcending “either or” Dilemmas

Do you ever feel like you have only two opposite options in various situations in your life and then you realize somehow that in fact it doesn’t have to be either or? When I went into my Authentic Movement training that just ended yesterday, I noticed that had a lot of ideas or questions, as often…

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Mindful Driving

Don’t have time to meditate? No sweat! Here’s something you can do instead. Like many of you, I spend a long time in the car. As part of my resolve to lead a more intentional life and my deep interest in somatic practices (practices that integrate body and mind) I decided I’m going to dedicate…

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