- No Thursday 5 pm class at the Reno Buddhist Center, on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 22.
- Classes will end for the year on Dec. 15, after Saturday's 10 am class at 250 Bell St.
- All other classes will continue as usual, till Dec. 15, then resume Thursday Jan 3, and continue Jan. 5 and go on into 2019 as usual, TUES, THUR, SAT.
- If there are any changes, I will post early and often, and send email.
- Contact me if you have any questions.
Meanwhile, consider using Feldenkrais classes as a way of easing into the holiday season this year more flexibly in a friendly and supportive environment. You can prepare for physical and mental stress by being proactive and kind to yourself. Then you are more able to do the things you want and actually enjoy them! What a blessing!
Here's the pitch:
While thinking about oneself may seem counter-intuitive during the holidays, it is extremely important. Many of us, especially people with families, children and other holiday related obligations, get pushed to the max, frazzled to the point that the real sweetness of holidays and families and being with others, or helping others, is lost beneath a numb mind and body, a dangerous situation.
When we are stressed, our body makes use of our autopilot feature. The problem here is that suddenly we find ourselves using old movement patterns, doing things that 'hurt,' not paying attention to what we are doing generally in the heat of feeling pressured to get things done. This lack of attention and self-awareness comes at a high cost, causing return of pain, strain and even injury.
One of the best things that happens in a Feldenkrais class is that we add layers of brain mapping and self-sensing in movement to our existing stores of resourced material in our motor cortex. We maintain connection with the wisdom of the body that mediates our movement, even when we are busy. In other words, it is like storing up needed supplies, in this case somatic supplies, for when things get hectic and we lose track of our bodies and our intentions. We sort of hedge our bodily bets. We make it easier on ourselves and can develop confidence in our bodies and brains to come through better, no matter what our state may be. This makes every process better.
I'm not sure that this applies to drinking too much champagne, or spiked egg nog, however, or hot toddies, but I know it applies to navigating icy sidewalks, shoveling snow, rushing around shopping, cooking, and entertaining, and being on the floor with little ones.
So I invite you to get in on these last few weeks of classes during 2018, and store up some good motor cortex karma for the year end and the coming winter weather. Your body and your mind will be thankful for the support. And your spirit will too.
Hope to see you soon.