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NEW this July!
Bears have so much in common with humans. They are considered one of the most intelligent and powerful animals in the kingdom. They have many gifts with their senses, memory and ability to hibernate. We’ll explore the teachings of the bear as well as the movements and awareness we might learn from them–particularly strengthening the core.
Benefits of the Bear Series:
- Strong hand to chest alignment for grabbing, pulling and climbing
- Core Strength movements
- Rolling for Fun and the Function of it!
- Going up and down from the floor
- Courage to go Inside for Guidance
Join me live online or through recordings on Patreon.
Bear Lessons: 4 Class Series – LIVE via Zoom
Tuesdays, July 6-27, 2021
9:30- 10:20am PST & 4:30-5:20pm PST
Pricing below is for any or all of the 4 classes in this series. Sponsors who can pay a little more will help those who are in need of a sliding scale price. If you plan to take classes every month, — register thru my Patreon and take advantage of many extra perks for the same price for access to ongoing MONTHLY LIVE Classes AND access to full library of past classes AND Annie’s FELDENKRAIS CD library. You can exit out or lower your tier status at any time.
- Sponsor Price $60 (or Check out Patreon)
- Suggested Price $40 (or Check out Patreon)
- Sliding Scale $Fill in what you can afford
More Info and Register here for “Bear Lessons: Core Power & Inner Guidance” Series
If you choose to pay for this series via Patreon , click on this link to sign-up as a sustaining monthly member for LIVE classes on Patreon (Other options available, too).
Learning awareness and movement from this smallest bird in the world with the biggest heart brings a lot of courage, stamina and agility into our lives. Their tiny bodies weighs less than a nickel. Hummingbirds are fiercely territorial, able to migrate long distances and can maneuver their wings in any direction.
Here’s a few benefits of the Hummingbird Wisdom Series:
- Open shoulders and chest to lighten your heart
- Ease with walking and balance
- Connect to sweetness in Environment and Move with joy
“Cat Wisdom: Self-care & Reliance”
Domestic & Wild Cats have a swagger of self-reliance. They are remarkable survivors, agile and aware. The bigger cats like the Lynx in this photo are super stealthy– one of the top predators in the world and highly adaptable in many environments. What can cat movement and sensitivity teach us?
Here’s a few benefits of the Cat Wisdom Series:
– Move with more flexible ribs & spine for balance
– Soft & supple feet
– Sharpen Vision, Hearing and Smell
– Connect to internal guidance
– Opening Throat/Voice- Vibrating to the Bone!
Blackbird/Robin Lessons – Open Chest & Voice
Opening your chest and accessing your voice is a doorway to vitality often increasing energy level, emotional health, creative expression, breathing and many other activities. What better teacher for this than the American Robin and European Blackbird (Thrush family). Here’s a few more benefits of the Blackbird/Robin Series:
– Free up chest, shoulders & neck from chronic tension
– Open your heart for vitality & emotional clearing
– Improve Balance, Sharpen Vision & Hearing to connect with your community & environment
– Open your voice for clearing self-expression
Rabbit Wisdom – Agility to Clear Fear
Rabbits are known for their agility, bounding energy and keen awareness. This whole series will help your feet & hips– to be more supple and springy for walking, balance and jumping.
Benefits of the Rabbit Series:
– Plucky agility with body & within environment
– Energize your body, mind & spirit
– Sharpen hearing & expand vision
– Respond to fear with awareness & choices of movement
– Connect with your community
Graceful Liftoff and Landings: Swan Wisdom
We can learn a lot from swans to move with lightness and ease, especially getting up and down– and with walking. This series will help organize our head, chest and tail for easier “take-off” and “landings” in our movements on the ground. This series helps with Head, neck and shoulder ease,
– Aligning from head to tail for ease in standing, walking and lowering to the ground
– Fine-tuning direction for navigation
– Opening the throat, voice for clear communication
– Working in connection with our community
Traveling Home – Salmon Wisdom:
The salmon’s vitality to make the arduous journey from the ocean up rugged rivers and creeks to their spawning grounds is awesome. We can learn a lot from salmon with their core strength and will apply awareness through movement lessons to help with:
– Spine flexibility and vitality in all directions (Head to Tail)
– Listening with our entire body for movement direction
– Waking our sense of smell and feeling subtle movements for direction, and coming “home” to your core self and your environment.
Moving within Light & Dark- Owl Lessons:
These online classes work with some of the best skills the owl can teach us along with awareness through movement lessons:
– Relax tension in neck, chest and shoulder for ease and flexibility for turning and all kinds of circular movements
– Wide angle vision and night vision practices
– Stillness and silent movement practices
We’ll also use Feldenkrais lessons to help connect our senses to improve our balance, sight and full-body awareness.
Seeing in the Dark – Bat Wisdom
These classes work relax eye tension for clearer vision in the dark and improve balance for better footing for walking into the unknown. The bat is one of the few mammals that can fly (other than the flying squirrel which is not quite the same…) We will draw wisdom from the bat who is comfortable and agile in the dark, uses their eyes, ears and nose to navigate and is also a highly socially organized animal- something we all can use in this pandemic.
– Clear tension in your eyes and connect to your senses for better balance
– Clear footing for ease in walking and standing
– Continued lessons with Chest Flexibility
– Ease in Breathing
– Head/Neck/Chest Freedom
Open Chest/Free Shoulders – Squirrel Wisdom
This series features the squirrel, our spirited and plucky friend who has one of the most flexible chests and limbs in the animal kingdom. Feldenkrais lessons will help connect mind and body to explore new connections and freedom in the chest and shoulders.
Deeply relaxing and nourishing, this series will also help your lungs and immune system during this Pandemic.
Walk in Balance – Elemental Power
Balance and Walking is so helpful during this time of Covid, Learn how to connect and use the power of the elements for more solid skeletal balance and grace. Each element provides healing and support for balance. Feel more confident with your balance for lighter ease, fluidity in walking and healing for hips, knees, ankles and feet.
This series along the the Deer Wisdom series has been gleaned from over 35 years of Feldenkrais and nature awareness study from knee, sacrum and back injury recovery to exploring lessons with walking, hiking and many other activities to improve balance.
Walk in Balance – Deer Wisdom
So helpful for relaxed and balanced walking, hiking and running– something everyone is doing more of during Covid! Learn special wisdom and expanded awareness from the deer, particularly useful for relaxed and balanced walking. Improve your balance for lighter ease and healing for hips, knees, ankles and feet.
This series has gleaned from over 35 years of Feldenkrais and nature awareness study from knee, sacrum and back injury recovery to exploring lessons with walking, hiking and many other activities to improve balance.
Radiant Face – Flower Medicine
An uplifting Facial for everyone. Learn practical tools to open your heart and face based on the Feldenkrais Method®, Ayurveda, self-massage and nature awareness practices. Connect with the healing essence of flowers to release tension, unnecessary effort in your face and radiate your unique inner beauty. Sense deep peace and joy in connecting your heart and the medicine teaching of flowers.
Nourishing series for relief from chronic face and jaw tension, headache, clearing emotion and stress, pain relief and heart health.
Uplift Head & Neck Series: Courage & Encouragement
Excellent series for healing and recovery from chronic neck and head tension, whiplash, neck injury, postural issues and fatigue. Also helpful to reduce emotional anxiety, depression and clear resistance to change.
Gather inspiration from the Geese how to hold your head high and move in harmony with others and within your environment.
Vital Back – Core Connection (4 Lessons)
Learn some of the best self-care tools to connect your core and how to listen to the natural world (and trees) for guidance in healing. These lessons will help with gentle alignment and toning for your back. Gleaned from over 35 years of practice and research with clients and my own back injury recovery. Feel more connected to the power in your core with rooted support, flexibility and vitality.
Vital Breath- Rooted Power (4 Lessons)
Breathing Lessons to Strengthen Vital Energy, Power, Deep Relaxation and Grounding. Mind-Body practices using Feldenkrais, Yoga and Self-massage techniques to clear sinuses and build immune system. Particular helpful for COVID-19 and any illness.
Clear Fear- Roots for Vitality (4-Part Series)
Learn many Mind-Body practices with Feldenkrais, Ayurveda and Nature Awareness to quickly clear fear and anxiety from your body. This will help you deeply relax and ground. Very helpful for strengthening your immune system during COVID-19 and any stressful situation.
3 Online Workshops in one package: (Marketing Strategies for Feldenkrais Practitioners & Students)
Giving a public talk can be one of the quickest ways to build your practice! These three marking workshops for Feldenkrais practitioners and students in Feldenkrais training programs are designed to boost your confidence and public speaking skills. The first two workshops address learning how to engage a public audience with an “Introduction to What Is Feldenkrais®” public talk & demonstration. This popular workshop got so much positive feedback we offered a 2nd one with all new material. Register and receive access to two 90-minute video workshops including downloadable notes and sample public talk outline. And for going deeper into marketing, a third workshop on “How to Speak About Your Unique Feldenkrais® Practice” is 90-minute video with Annie Thoe, GCFP, Assistant Trainer and Carrie Lafferty, PT, GCFP, Master Qi Gong Teacher (click here for access to online workshops registration and for more details.)
Retreat: Vitalize in Nature
Annie Thoe, Feldenkrais & Nature Awareness Teacher has offered deep immersion with nature retreats to access transformative tools within your body and the natural world. Whether it’s healing, growth and life direction you are seeking, a guided retreat in nature is deeply nourishing. Currently no retreats are scheduled, but send an email or sign-up for newsletter to be notified
*Currently Annie’s nature retreat schedule is on hold. If you’d like to receive information on retreats, please sign up for Annie’s newsletter which will have updates. For more information on past retreats or if you would like to host a retreat in your area, check out nature retreats:
Questions? Contact Annie