Classes

Moving With Ease with

Jacqueline Rubinstein

E-course content released every Monday
8:00am

$28/month

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Weekly classes based on the teachings of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais.

With this e-subscription class, you will receive gentle, yet profound movement lessons every week to your inbox with videos, audio recordings, and helpful tips. You will learn how to harness the power of your brain, nervous system, and neuroplasticity through simple, developmental movement sequences. Registration is now open!

This class will:
~ reduce pain and increase your comfort
~ improve your coordination
~ increase your flexibility and fluidity in movement
~ give you a sense of effortlessness
~ align your skeleton and coordinate your musculature
~ improve your overall sense of well-being

This course can be done from anywhere and is available globally. You don’t need any special equipment, just a place to lie on the floor and focus on yourself.

Use mindfulness and slow, gentle movement to make extraordinary differences in your daily functioning. This course will teach you how to reduce unnecessary effort, feel subtle yet profound differences, and integrate little movements into your daily life that will change everything.

Learn how to utilize the power of your brain and neuroplasticity through the natural movement patterns of motor development.

With subtle movement, you will discover a profound realm, where you can change the neural pathways of your brain to have more flexible, fluid, and energy-efficient patterns.

In this weekly class, you will receive:
~ an introductory video
~ an hour long movement lesson
~ an email with all the details
~ and you can always reach out for more guidance from me directly!

The class will be released each Monday morning. You can sign-up for a low monthly cost of $28/month. You are free to unsubscribe at any time.

The main movement lesson will be an audio recording. This is intentional as I want you to lie back and enjoy going through the movement sequences. A video would require you to watch me and then you would be imitating me rather than exploring your own ways of moving. An audio recording allows you to be present with yourself while being guided through these biologically meaningful movement sequences.

I will send a short video to help you get oriented and to share the theme for the week. And an email will show up in your inbox every Monday with all the details you need.

When you join the e-subscription, you will also receive a welcome email with two important pieces: an introductory video that will set you up for success and a PDF guide to how to get the most out of these movement lessons at home.

Are you ready to feel better? Then jump right into this on-line class!

Click here to register now!

When you register, you will be signed up for the monthly e-subscription and billed monthly for the nominal fee of $28/month. You only need to sign up once and you will be part of the on-going course. You can always unsubscribe if you want to opt-out of the class.

Subscribe today and get ready for an incredible journey.

These classes use the essential building blocks of movement to increase your movement repertoire and reduce your pain. Do less and feel better!

No matter your age or ability level, your brain is ready to learn and find ease and improvement for you! The work we do together in this class seamlessly integrates into an improved daily life.

I simply can’t wait to be on this new learning journey with you! Join me now by clicking here to subscribe.

For more information, please contact Jacqueline: jacqueline@somaspace.us / 971.373.4059

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Nia with

Siere Munro

Mondays & Wednesdays
9:00am - 10:00 am

$15 drop-in, cash or check

Class Pass: 5 classes for $50

 

Nia is an expressive body-mind-spirit movement program that offers an artistic and innovative approach to fitness and healing. Blending aspects of Martial Arts, Dance Arts, and Healing Arts, Nia provides a variety of movement dynamics to create an experience that involves body and spirit. The use of eclectic, rich music, guided imagery, powerful kinesthetic cues, and heart-felt joy add to the full experience of a Nia class. Every class guides students to mindfully focus on sensation in their body while listening and dancing to music. Each class has its own kind of magic that fosters personal creativity and expression. Nia is practiced barefoot. Every class is adaptable to individual needs and abilities, with movers empowered to explore a variety of intensity levels and ways to modify movements to safely condition their bodies. Beginners welcome.

For more information, please contact Siere: siere.munro@nianow.com

 

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Level 1 Beginner S Factor® Series with

Brenda Munson

Mondays
5:45pm - 7:15 pm

8-week series: June 24 – August 19

$360
Pre-registration required.

*No class August 5

S Factor®  incorporates dance, stretching, muscular work, and a deeply unique dancing meditation that enriches the mind+body connection. Throughout this all-level 8-week series, you will ignite the inherent emotional and erotic fluidity of your feminine body through:

~ Floor work
~ Stripteases
~ Lap Dance
~ And the signature S Routine (or free dance, depending S Factor level)

Each class will begin with a signature S Factor Workout, then move to that day’s specialty lesson, and finally nurturing your feminine body in a rich river of embodied bliss through dance. From beginning to end, each class will take you through an intuitive evolution of your erotic identity. Ask any S Woman, you’ll find that this journey is indeed endless!

There is one scholarship spot available. Deadline to apply is Friday, June 14, 2019. Scholarship will be announced Monday, June 17, 2019. Application can be found here: forms.gle/Q75kREqTQNamdVZB6

To register: schedulista.com/schedule/brendamunson/el7ar-lr973

For more information, please contact Brenda:brendapmunson@gmail.com

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Moving to Heal with

Siere Munro

Tuesdays
10:00am - 11:00 am

$15 drop-in, cash or check

Class pass: 5 classes for $50

Moving to Heal is “Movement as Medicine” and is for anybody seeking a gentler movement practice to compliment and facilitate the healing of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. “Healing” as defined by Nia is defined simply by “I feel better.” Moving to Heal teaches people to listen to the voice of the body, sensation. Through sensation, participants learn how to adapt movements to support their comfort and health needs. Classes include soothing, rhythmic soundscapes and simple choreographed movement, shared in an atmosphere of safety and trust. Chairs are made available for students to utilize for maximum stability, pleasure, and comfort. The focus on adapting personalized, self-healing, movement results in increased body awareness, and overall improvements of wellness, regardless of diagnosis. Beginners welcome.

For more information, please contact Siere: siere.munro@nianow.com

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Tergar Meditation with

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Tuesdays
7:30pm - 9:00 pm

Free

4th Sundays
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Free

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during these Tuesday offerings (not Sunday offerings). A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

Explore meditation and the fundamentals of Buddhist practice

Tuesday evenings
7:30pm – 9:00pm

We explore Mingyur Rinpoche’s teachings with the support of our Tergar community of practitioners, and the guidance of a comprehensive meditation group curriculum. This curriculum, based on Mingyur Rinpoche’s books, The Joy of  Living and Joyful Wisdom, covers the core teachings of the Joy of Living program and includes guided meditations, experiential exercises, and questions that foster group discussion. Sessions are held on a drop-in basis. There are no prerequisites for attending our group meeting. All are warmly welcome!

 

4th Sunday of the month group meeting
2:00pm – 4:00pm

A group meeting focusing on Mingyur Rinpoche’s teachings using our Joy of Living curriculum based on Rinpoche’s books, The Joy of Living and Joyful Wisdom. Our meeting includes guided meditations, experiential exercises, and questions for group discussion. Also an opportunity for us to come together as a community for formal meditation practice. Our practice schedule is divided into two 20-minute sitting sessions with walking meditation in between.

 

For more information, please contact Group Coordinators Lyle and Diane McQueen-Smith:
portland@tergar.org / www.tergar.org/portland

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Veterans Yoga and Meditation with

Troy Mitchell

Wednesdays
10:30am - 11:45 am

Free

Fridays
11:30am – 12:45pm
Free

This class is an all levels, trauma-informed, and evidence based class for veterans and their partners.

Regular participation in this class will help students achieve:
~ Develop proactive traumatic stress management skills so symptoms do not progress into full post-traumatic stress disorder decompensation.
~ Develop the capacity to maintain a flexible mind-set, one that is both “battle-ready” in response to threat as well as able to return to a normal state of arousal once the threat has passed.
~ Manage stress in day-to-day life before it leads to emotional dysregulation (e.g. anger, anxiety, irritability) and/or inappropriate behavioral responses (e.g. substance abuse, impaired interpersonal interactions, unhealthy lifestyles).
~ Decrease hypervigilance and better modulate reactions to sensory input, such as noise, crowds, movement, unexpected touch, and visually stimulating environments.
~ Improve quality of sleep, as well as attentiveness to self care needs such as nutrition, rest, leisure, and achieving a balance in daily life activities.
~ Reduce intrusive thoughts by drawing the mind back to the present moment through awareness of breath and bodily sensation.
~ Improve energy level to support meeting ones daily needs and goals.
~ Improve self-acceptance and self-esteem through the use of affirmations designed to reverse the spiral of negative thinking patterns.

For more information, please contact Troy: tmitchell@dogoodmultnomah.org / facebook.com/Meltingheartyoga-652233128158935/

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Saying Yes! with

Carlton Grew

Wednesdays
7:30pm - 9:30 pm

$10 drop-in, cash

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

Playful improvisational theater class to inspire spontaneity & creativity

This session is based on Scott Kelman’s form of body-centered improvisation. Kelman was a practitioner and teacher of alternative theater and improvisation for over 50 years, a celebrated director in LA who taught in Portland from the 1990’s until his death in 2007. He created a body-centered form of improvisation and presence in which participants explore with abandon within defined constraints.

The form consists of structured exercises and play using mindfulness, observation, physical precision, discovered physical impulses, vocalization, speech and observation, and empathy and engagement with others. The result is to fully experience and inhabit every moment and express the creativity generated by those moments, alone or in ensemble. Kelman’s work cultivates fresh, deep creativity and authenticity.
The work can be a creative adventure, spiritual exploration, a magical fusing of an ensemble, or simply a collection of fully lived moments. It is also Big Fun.

Whether you are a daydreamer, writer, singer, dancer, or simply a curious person seeking to live more fully, Kelman’s work will enhance your creativity and add another level to your experience of your art and your daily life.

For more information, please contact Carlton: nwrain99@yahoo.com

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Dance Temple with

Sacred Circle Dance

Thursdays
7:30pm - 9:00 pm

$10 drop-in, cash or credit

*No gathering on July 4

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

Spiritually-Based Community Dance

Sacred Circle has been meeting to dance together in Portland for over a decade. We are a warm and welcoming group of dancers who love to create something really special together.   We encourage people of all ages and abilities to sink into their body in the safe, beautiful and sacred community-created space, to gather and create an beautiful interaction where music and movement happen, and while each person comes into the space with their own story, their own needs, their own reasons to be there — there is one thing we all share — and that is the love of the dance!

This is a free form dance, you create the experience by how you engage with your body, with other dancers and with the music. There are no set moves, just be safe and kind to your body and respectful those around you and have fun.  This is a great space to practice being unabashedly in your body.

For more information, please visit the Sacred Circle Dance website.

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Healing Chronic Pain with

Alice Boyd

Fridays
10:00am - 11:00 am

** 2019 Summer Class Series **
Fridays, 10:00am – 11:00am

July 12, 19, 26
August 9, 16, 23

6-week Summer Class Series: $72
Walk-in to any class: $15/drop-in

Gentle Movement & Awareness Exercises with the Feldenkrais Method

Chronic pain and injuries influence every aspect of life. Conscious and unconscious limits are placed on your ways of being in the world. Your dance is constrained. Your mind is busy protecting you, restricting your freedom of expression, closing in your world.

You may be acutely aware of the limitations or you may have adjusted to this restricted way of walking through life. Either way, come remember how you used to feel ~ strong, comfortable, flexible, loose, free, & effortless!

In this class, you will experience carefully crafted, gentle movement sequences that will relieve your pain and give you invaluable, surprising insights into your movement and thought patterns.

These exercises are designed to communicate directly with your Nervous System, making the changes you feel not just a temporary fix, but a fundamental improvement in your movement habits. These new movement patterns will be so delicious to your brain and Nervous System that you will find them immediately, subconsciously integrated into your daily life.

If you are ready to:
~ Eliminate aches and pains, and move more easily.
~ Improve your co-ordination, posture and flexibility.
~ Restore lost function.
~ Find relief from stress, and the tools for psychological growth.
~ Attain greater ease and pleasure in all your physical activities.
~ Improve the fitness and agility of your brain at any age.
~ Gain renewed physical vitality, health and emotional well-being.

Then, come learn how your Nervous System is your best ally in feeling better in an effective, quick, and lasting way! Gain the tools to be a powerful agent in your own healing and on-going comfort.

For more information, please contact Alice: alice@aliceboyd.com 

** 2019 Summer Class Series **
Fridays, 10:00am – 11:00am

July 12, 19, 26
August 9, 16, 23

6-week Summer Class Series: $72
Walk-in to any class: $15/drop-in


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Theabroma Cacao with

Erika Ryn

3rd Fridays
7:00pm - 9:00 pm

$25

July 26
August 16
September 20
October 18
November 15

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

A Monthly Women’s Gathering

Theabroma – from the Greek “thea” meaning “goddess” and “brôma” meaning “food”

Cacao – the divine food of the Goddess is and the heart opening inspiration for this monthly gathering of women and femme-identifying folks.

Women have been creating gathering spaces to share, heal, dance, play, create, celebrate and support each other since the dawn of human history. In gathering together, we are reaching back to those ancient times, when women were revered as the bringers of life and the Goddess was held in high regard.

Each month, we will explore a different theme together through dance, guided meditation, sharing, listening, reading, journaling, poetry, or other means of introspection and inspiration.

We will open our evenings with a ceremonial cacao circle. Cacao has been revered by warriors, healers, and shamans for its nourishing, energizing, and healing properties for over 3,000 years. In addition to it’s mystical heart opening qualities, cacao is a nourishing food containing essential minerals such as magnesium, antioxidants, B vitamins, and heart-healthy fats.

Please bring a water bottle, a favorite teacup for cacao, journal, and wear comfortable clothes you can move in. Yoga mats and blankets are provided.

Payment will be due in cash or check upon arrival. If you cancel in less than 48 hours or do not show up, you will be charged $25. This does not apply in cases of emergencies.

Space is limited to 17 participants.

To register: livingritual.com/events.html

For more information, please contact Erika: hierikaryn@gmail.com

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Golden Summit with

Ben Rosen

4th Saturdays
10:00am - 2:00 pm

July 27
August 24

Early bird: $25
Regular price: $33

Pre-registration required.

Monthly Qigong Temple

Earth’s Sun: This month’s temple will focus on the Qigong practices and wisdom centered around our connection with the Earth. Practices to deepen both our physical and energetic connection with the vibrant Sun at the center of Earth. The highest source of nourishing Yin energy beneath our feet. Come enter Golden Summit Qigong Temple and experience a wider spectrum of our authentic energy self.

The Golden Summit Monastery rests at the peak of Mt. Emei, the highest and holiest of Buddhist mountains in China. Almost a millennium ago, 3,600 schools of Taoist, Buddhist, Confucianism, and folk magic from across China were filtered by the monk Bai Yu in deep meditation. Only the high level teachings of each tradition were kept and the low level illusions were tossed away. The culmination of what remained birthed a Qigong lineage that was passed on secretly for almost 800 years. In the 20th century, the abbot of the Golden Summit Yong Yan made a decision that would change history. He trained a layperson for the first time in the complete temple lineage with the intention of spreading Qigong publicly across China for the betterment of all of humanity.

That layperson was General Zhou Qian Chuan, the grand teacher of my master Michael Lomax, lineage holder of the Stillness Movement Jing Dong Gong system.

“Qigong is more than simply the study of energy. In addition to being the single most profound form of preventative and healing medicine, the practice of Qigong is a way of life, a way of attaining our highest spiritual goals, a way of attaining knowledge of who we really are and what we are supposed to be doing on this earth” – Master Michael Lomax

Golden Summit Monthly Qigong Temple presents a 4-hour monthly space every 4th Saturday to dive deep into the accumulated wisdom and longevity methods of the Jing Dong Gong Lineage.

Practices taught include and not limited to:
~ Gift of the Tao Qigong
~ Stillness Movement Sitting and Standing Meditation
~ Taoist Breathing methods
~ Tendon and Joint Stretches for Longevity
~ Qigong Energetic Shielding Methods
~ Spiral Rejuvenation Napping Qigong
~ Qigong Virtues for Longevity, Peace and Empowerment

All levels welcome from complete beginner to advanced.

Dress Code: Wear any clothing that is comfortable to move in without restriction.

Water and bathroom breaks will be provided as needed as well as a set time for lunch. Taoist meditation snacks will be provided. Feel free to bring a light meal or snacks for yourself.

Please arrive on time and ready for instruction.

To register: eventbrite.com/e/golden-summit-monthly-qigong-temple-tickets-64840091459

For more information, please contact Ben: qiclinicpdx@gmail.com / www.qiclinicpdx.com

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Qoya with

Elan McAllister

Friday, August 2, 2019
7:00pm - 9:00 pm

$35

Friday, September 6, 2019
6:00pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, November 1, 2019
6:00pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, December 6, 2019
6:00pm – 8:00 pm

Drop-in or pre-register.

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

Movement as Medicine

The theme for August’s class is “Raise Your Voice.”

In honor of the new moon in Leo, this Qoya class uses movement & ritual to help us tap into our roar, speak our truth, and amplify our voices. If we are the change that we’ve been waiting for, then now is the time to be heard.  

What is Qoya?
Qoya is a movement system based on the idea that through movement, we remember. We remember our essence is Wise, Wild and Free.

Wise, Wild and Free also draw reference to the movement forms that we will practice:
Wise: the wisdom of yoga
Wild: the creative expression in dance
Free: expanding our capacity to enjoy our bodies through sensual movement

Through movement, ritual and community connection, we learn to trust the physical sensation of truth in our bodies. Qoya is powerful medicine for the body, mind, heart and soul.

This class is for women and femme identified of all races and ages (over 16). There are no levels to Qoya and there is no way to do it wrong – you’ll know you’re doing Qoya right if it feels good in your body! Please wear clothes that are comfortable to move in and bring a water bottle and a sacred object to place on the altar.

To register: elanvital.love/events

For more information, please contact Elan: connect@elanvital.loveelanvital.love

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Move the Earth with

Audrey Steele

2nd Fridays
6:00pm - 8:00 pm

$15 – 20 sliding scale, drop-in, cash only

 

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

A Sensual Ecstatic Dance Class For Women

Move the Earth is about repossessing our wild feminine, reclaiming our sexuality and freeing our creativity.  When we allow this, we begin to cultivate our limitless power.

Women hold immense power in our creative centers (aka: our second chakra or our womb space), but we are often in conflicting relationship with this place due to the immense cultural programming and collective trauma we all carry in and around our sexuality. We can feel hopeless, detached, numb, or like we are “too much.” This keeps us from having the lives we want and the kinds of relationships and sex we want. It keeps us from pursuing our dreams and embracing our talents. It holds us back from being the powerful women we are in our lives.

Reclaiming our sexuality is imperative if we wish to find any sense of freedom, or power within ourselves. 

The emphasis of this series will be on developing healthy relationship with Self.

Each class in this series will be a journey diving into, and deeply exploring, our sensual expression through dance.  We will practice listening to our body, to what it desires, and to how it most authentically wishes to express that. In doing so, we will begin to reprogram our limiting thought and action patterns into more empowered ways of being.

WOMEN ONLY…

In order to eliminate the confusion, fear, frustration, and distraction that can sometimes occur in other mixed-gendered, conscious-dance practices, this class is offered to women identified people only. The goal is to create a safe container where we get to play with this energy and express our sensuality freely. It is not about performing, looking good or pleasing anyone but YOURSELF.

What to expect …

Movement…  A large portion of the class will be our movement practice where you will be supported and encouraged to invite your sexual energy out on to the dance floor.

Depth… We will practice simple guided meditations connecting us with our womb space and with the energy of the earth.

Reflection… At times we will have the opportunity to share and reflect our experience with others and with the group.

Challenge…While this class will be focused on developing deeper self-love, it will include pushing ourselves a little outside our comfort zones.

Fun…It doesn’t always have to feel like drudgery!  We will have loads of fun in this class!

The 7 phases of Move The Earth

Like 5-Rhythms, the music will create a “wave,” meaning, there will be a variety of music intended to evoke different flavors of our creativity, and authentic expression.  However, in this class they are specifically designed to evoke our sensual and sexual energies, sometimes referred to as Kundalini, Shakti or orgasmic energy.  Our playlists use a variety of music including pop, hip-hop, electronic, vintage, blues, jazz, powerful female artists and much more…

The 7 phases are: Depth, Opening, Confidence, Wild and Fierce, Grind and Grit, Play, Tenderness 

What to Bring and Wear…

Please dress comfortably… AND you are also encouraged to dress in a way that feels sexy!  What ever that means to you. This class is not about looking good, it’s about feeling good. But it is also about pushing your comfort zone in order to discover how your sensuality would like to express itself.  It is an opportunity to turn a regular dance class into a living art experience!  Have fun with it!

See you on the dance floor!

For more information, please contact Madam Steele: www.audreysteele.com

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Women’s Circle with

Jennifer Bishop

Sunday, August 11, 2019
6:30pm - 8:30 pm

Sunday, September 22, 2019
4:30pm – 6:30 pm 

Sunday, October 13, 2019
4:30pm – 6:30 pm 

Door opens 15 minutes early.

$15, drop-in, cash preferred

Work-trade available, please contact us for more information. 

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

 

Come However You Are

The SomaSpace Women’s Circle is guided by the belief that gathering together with other heart-centered women is essential to your health, growth, and empowerment in these times when women must step up, be loud, and help guide the world back into harmony. The circle holds the value that all people are wisdom-keepers with unique talents, perspectives, and richness to share. When you take the time to sit in circle with other women, sharing from your heart, getting real and raw, renewing your strength and power, and exploring new realms of thinking and being, it is a gift to the healing Earth, as well as to yourself and the community.

The flow of new women and regulars at this circle creates a unique blend of new energy and grounded, deepening experiences together. Each week, the unique group that has gathered opens their hearts to share the vulnerable truth of being alive in this moment and strengthen our capacity to be present and hold wide open, non-judgmental, loving space for others. Facilitation will be grounded, encouraging you to be present in your body and your inner light.

You are welcome to join the circle however you find yourself on Sunday evening; whether you are bursting with joy, grieving, feeling bleh, or any other number of things – You. Are. Welcome. Here!

Come experience the power of women coming together, being real, diving deep, and uncovering the truth of your heart and intuition.

Women across the vast gender spectrum welcome, including trans-women. Queer friendly space. Women of all ages welcome. Women across the vast race/ethnicity spectrum welcome. People of Color, refugees, and immigrants welcome.

For more information, please contact Jennifer: bishjenn@gmail.com

Check out this blog post from Jacqueline about her intention for Women’s Circle!

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Liquid Motion® with

Brenda Munson

4th Saturdays
8:00pm - 9:15 pm

$25

No Class:
July 27
August 24
September 28

Pre-registration required.

Parking in the A-Boy parking lot is permitted during this offering. A parking permit provided by SomaSpace is required. Please read the parking regulations on our Contact page before arriving.

75-Minute Class with Brenda Munson

Liquid Motion® is an open level class that utilizes elements of sensual movement and dance theory to provide a total mind and body movement experience.

In each 75-minute class, students will learn and expand upon the fundamentals of Liquid Motion® each week, to build a foundation for methodical floor and wall work. The class is made up of body conditioning, lateral movement drills, intricate floor sequences, exploration of sensual movement, and an understanding of total body awareness. This combination is Liquid Motion® and the end result is breathtaking, with a seamless and natural movement quality.

Each class starts with simple introductions and a 20-minute warm up. After we’re warm, we do lateral movements across the floor followed by movement breakdowns that will come together into a flow sequence. At the end of class, everyone has the opportunity to freestyle dance with the flow we learned in class that day.

 

To register: www.flowing-feminine.com

For more information, please contact Brenda: brendapmunson@gmail.com

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