General Description of Somatics
Somatics is a system of slow, mindful movement mostly done lying down. Somatics is based on brainwork, making changes in our musculoskeletal system by improving the function of the nervous system. This work teaches us to recognize and release holding patterns and chronic pain resulting from injury, stress and habituated posture. Somatics is based on the somatic tradition of Thomas Hanna, a student of Moshe Feldenkrais. Rather than form, the principles are primary in Somatics; finding ease and quality movement. The movement practice supports effortless, fluid and coordinated movement whether it be yoga, dance, sports and everyday movement. Somatics pertains to the first-person experience and addresses the whole Soma; mind-body-spirit as one unit. This method teaches us how to use movement and awareness to increase wellbeing, health and access our greater potential.

Lördag 30 juni 11:00-12:30 Chakra Somatics

Trough visualization, sound and movement we explore our energy system. Chakras are energy centers in the soma (body-mind) that influence our consciousness and life experience. Each chakra is associated with different qualities, emotions, colors and elements. By activating and balancing our chakras we can increase our life force, refine our awareness and access our inner wealth and unique individual expression.

Söndag 1 juli 09:00-10:30 Somatics – Pelvic Abundance

The pelvis is at the center of the body and connects our foundation to our spine and trunk. It both holds and stabilizes us. The spine stretches out of the pelvis giving mobility to the upper parts of shoulders, arms and head. In this class, we will access and release the pelvic floor muscles and the muscles that connect to the pelvis. Freeing up the pelvic area allows for a more easeful and enjoyable movement practice.

About Gayatri Schriefer

At the festival Gayatri is offering workshops in Hanna Somatics as a path to embodiment, integration and wellbeing. Gayatri has spent the last 15 years studying and practicing embodied movement, including Hanna Somatics, the Feldenkrais Method, Body Mind Centering, and several styles of yoga. She is a certified Hanna Somatic Educator from The Novato Institute for Somatic Research and Training in California, USA. Being the only certified Hanna Somatic Educator in the Nordic countries, she has brought the method to Sweden and is spreading awareness on how we can use slow mindful movement to manage pain, thrive in life and enjoy freedom of movement. She is a core teacher at The Ingle Institute for Somatic Education that offers professional training programs in the clinical hands-on work and how to teach the movement lessons of Hanna Somatics. Gayatri teaches trainings, workshops and consults clients internationally, currently mainly in Russia, Ukraine, India, and Sweden.