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Moving Body Awareness


"The body is the only layer of the self where all layers can be experienced simultaneously"
Christopher Wallis / Tantra Illuminated

Moving Body Awareness (MBA)

Moving Body Awareness is a form of moving meditation and a way to true improvisation. It explores the mechanics of movement through presence. While helps develop strength, balance, coordination and absorption, the inevitable result - a meditative state beyond the thinking mind.

In class Galit teaches basic movement technique and drills, with focus on body alignment, mechanics of movement and balance. You will be taught simple patterns which will enable you to let go and trust the natural flow of movement. Through slow moving and deep listening a spontaneous dance will emerge taking you to a place beyond thoughts or words some describe as a meditative state.
A wonderful journey of exploration for dancers and non dancers alike!

Moving Body Awareness is ideal for those who want to experience a meditative state but find sitting meditation a challenge. No Dance or meditation experience required.
For the more experienced 'meditate'Moving Body Awareness is an opportunity to explore a different way of meditating.

Galit discovered the meditative nature of slow, focused movement while working on strengthening her technique as a dancer. Slowing movement to almost stillness in order to better understand its mechanics and improve its quality, Galit found herself in a meditative state. This fascinated her and she went on to explore this further, first on herself and then with other people. In 2007 Galit started teaching Moving Body Awareness to people with and without dance experience, guiding them to awaken their "dancers' awareness" and to trusting the flow of their own body's movement

"To learn to dance, you learn the particular steps, one at a time. That is the world of fixed / state orientations. But once you know those steps, you can truly dance, and dancing is different from repeating the proper steps. In dancing you forget the steps and just flow; the steps more or less disappear as you enter another orientation. Your awareness is no longer on steps. now you have another awareness, the awareness of a dancer!" Arnold Mindel / Quantum Mind

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Testimonial:
"...the framework of free-flowing rhythmic movements stretches and strengthens my muscles . Emphasis on posturing techniques enables me to feel grounded, maintain my balance and stand taller. Meditative qualities of relaxed and gentle motion, alignment of breath with movement and creative visualization help shift my focus away from pain to one of a purposeful and mindful manner. Not only have I learned valuable elements that have improved my dance, my body has begun to breath, heal and feel alive again" Annie.K from Brighton

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Moving Body Awareness can also be described as mindful dancing and spontaneous dance.

Benefits of Moving Body Awareness:
* Natural improvement of posture & quality of movement
* Increased flexibility and strength
* An improved ability of listening & responding
* De-Stress and Relaxation
* Shift in state of Mind
* An overall alignment that goes beyond the physical

The elements:
Posture/standing
Flow
Balance
Breath
movement /Stepping/walking
Stillness
Rotation/turns
Moving from the inside out
Moving from the outside in
Retracing steps / moving in reverse
Mirroring

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The drill practice (technique):
In order for us to be able to relax enough to get to a meditative state while moving, physical training is required {even sitting meditation requires physical capability of sitting up right, some claim that the main purpose of Yoga postures is to train the body to be able to sit up right for a length of time for meditation.
Posture, flow, balance, movement and stillness are the main elements which are practiced and drilled in Body Awareness classes repeatedly.
Other movement elements which get interwoven into the practice are
Rotation/turns
Moving from the inside out
Moving from the outside in
Retracing steps / moving in reverse
Mirroring
Cannon
Breath

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The Cyclical movement pattern (choreography):
You will be taught short cyclical repetitive moving patterns. These act as warm up and technique drills and also serve as a means of focusing your mind. A kind of a 'mantra' you can go back to whenever your thoughts start taking over. Focusing on the repetitive movement pattern instigates a meditative state which can then lead to you following your body.

The spontaneous dance - Following your body (Improvisation):
In every class there will be 10-15 minutes allocated to spontaneous dancing. When we start moving spontaneously our ability to trust and follow our body's lead from one move to the next is key.
The cognitive faculty of the mind will try to take over at first and this will result in us directing the move, trying to think of what movement to do next and worrying about what we may look like or about our ability to execute certain movements which require more skill.
Once you become aware that you're mind has taken over in a cognitive (rather than spontaneous or intuitive) manner, the best thing to do is go back to a set pre-determined movement pattern (given by the teacher). The pre-determined pattern acts as a kind of 'mantra', something for you to focus your mind on so that the brain can calm down and relax into an absorbed state in which the body can take over.
Your body will never lead you to do anything that might harm you (your brain might). It will not cause you to over stretch or stumble. If you do find yourself on one leg and wobbly follow the body, what you may perceive as falling is merely your body stabilizing itself on the ground if you do not resist coming down onto the floor this downward movement will be a graceful and harmless one and will naturally lead you to the next move.
The slower you move, the better you can follow your body. Imagine following someone else, if they move too fast - it's harder to follow them, the same rule applies when you follow 'yourself'. Pausing/waiting when not sure where the body is leading is a good idea. Sometime the body will want a pause to create space for the next movement. Trust that. Do not insist on constant movement.

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The meditative state:
Meditative here refers to a state of absorption, relaxed awareness and focus without getting caught up in anything, it's about being fully present. This requires flow, trust and a certain level physical capability which is taught and trained in this system

The music:
Even though this type of meditative dance can easily be done without music. The music gives another layer of depth for us to get absorbed in. Of course like anything it could act as a distraction - in which case, going back to the the cyclical movement pattern is the thing to do.
They say music has the power not only to change consciousness but also to create it. You will not need to consciously focus on the music, the body will respond to the music. When you are in the meditative state of listening to, and following your body, you are at a state of unity, you, your body, your mind and the music are one, there is no separation. Trying to actively 'listen' to the music in order to respond to it will only take you out of the meditative state into a state of separation, you will know when this is happening as you will be thinking and trying to figure out what to do next.
This is bound to happen and when it does you always go back to the movement pattern.
As you get more experienced, you will find that you can stay in the absorbed state for longer.

Dance like no one's watching:
Moving Body Awareness
is NOT a performance dance it offers the dancer a very personal meditative experience through listening to & following their body, the music and the space they are in. Having said that, if there are spectators, they are likely to have a meditative experience as well. The depth of this experience will mostly be in direct relation to the depth of the meditative state the dancer is in.

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