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25 September 2017
Handspring Publishing

£29.95 GBP / $39.95 USD

Somatics, Dance, Mind-body Therapies, Sport and Fitness




Somatics in Action

Now available for pre-order at Handspring Publishing

Lauren KEARNS

Lauren W. Kearns, M.F.A., E-RYT 500 is a choreographer and dancer.

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Somatics in Action describes a Pilates, yoga, and dance inspired movement system that helps movers achieve optimum strength, skeletal alignment, and body-mind engagement. The book integrates the Pilates principle of strengthening abdominal and spinal musculature to support postural stability and balance with alignment-based yoga’s principle of proper physical placement and an understanding of anatomical structure. Three additional concepts that contribute to the foundation of SIA are imagery, experiential anatomy, and body integration. This work focuses on dancers consistently engaging with their body and mind’s inner wisdom, not only in quiet moments of reflection, but also in the very active moments of moving, dancing and creating. Somatics in Action details the unique movement theory and practice developed by the author. The book blends yoga, Pilates, experiential anatomy, body integration and imagery into a comprehensive, rigorous and creative pedagogical tool for educators and dancers. The textbook outlines how dance, movement, yoga and Pilates educators can incorporate this technique into their teaching and curriculum.
The book:
• provides thoughtful and nuanced explanation of the technique as well as
detailed lesson plans and assignments that can be implemented immediately into a
university or other curriculum.
 • can be used in any somatic based class (yoga, Pilates, dance conditioning), in
modern dance technique courses and also in creative movement curricula

Contents

 

Acknowledgements

Forewords

Preface

Video Index

 

Introduction

 

Chapter 1 Laying the Foundation

Mindfulness and Movement

Imagery

Body Integration

Experiential Anatomy

Movement Educator Resources

 

Chapter 2 Somatics in Action: Body Practices I

Brief History of Yoga

Asana and Pranayama Props

Pranayama

Asana

Restorative

Sequences

Movement Educator Resources

 

Chapter 3 Somatics in Action: Body Practices II

Brief History of Pilates

Pilates Principles

Terminology

Pilates Props

Pelvic Clock

Pilates Mat Exercises

Personal Explorations

Movement Educator Resources

 

Chapter 4 Somatics in Action: Body Practices III

Somatics in Action

Class Structure

The Practice

Terminology

Center Barre

Personal Sequences

Movement Educator Resources

 

References

Index

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