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MOVEMENT & AYURVEDA YOGA CLASSES
AT BIG WATER WELLNESS IN MANISTIQUE, MICHIGAN

Thank you for your interest in The Movement Kitchen's movement and yoga classes. I'm looking forward to moving with you.

From July 18 - July 31, 2023, The Movement Kitchen will be offering FREE ADMISSION - Movement and Yoga trial classes on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays at Big Water Wellness. All participants must register 24 hours in advance before each class and be18 years of age or older. 

Official classes will begin on August 1, 2023 and will be offered on a weekly basis. These are not dance classes, they are movement based classes. All levels and bodies are not only welcome, but encouraged. Dance/Movement experience is not required.

Most classes will have live music accompaniment by E. Mohammad Meftah.


Class Schedule:

  • Sunday 1-2pm: Ayurveda Yoga

  • Monday 6-7pm: Skinner Releasing TechniqueTM (SRT)

  • Tuesday: 

    • 9-9.45am Blood Flow (for ages 55+)

    • 10-11am Blood Flow

Class Costs are as follows:

  • $10/single class

    • $45/month (unlimited classes for 55+)

    • $90/month (unlimited classes)

Class descriptions can be found below.

The Movement Kitchen will also sponsor up to 4 participants each month to anyone experiencing financial hardships. Sponsorship options can be found in the registration form.

 


For questions, contact here.

TMK Class Descriptions

📿 BLOOD FLOW 📿

A somatic movement class offering participants with the opportunity to experience a range of modalities to explore and dive deep into the senses. This class focuses on deep listening, body scanning, body awareness, breathing exercises, physical exercise, rhythm, flow and movement, and engage in kinesthetic exploration via images/metaphors inspired by nature. All levels and bodies are not only welcome, but encouraged. 

This class is offered every Tuesday.

  • 9-9.45am (for ages 55+) 

  • 10-11am (open to anyone)

 

*The 55+ Blood Flow class is a gentler, slower paced version of the 10am Blood Flow class. If you are 55+ and are looking for a slightly more rigorous and moderate paced class, feel free to register for the 10am class. 

Suggested clothing: 

  • Loose fitting clothes - anything you can move freely in. Layers are always good to keep your body warm.

  • Please take your shoes off after you enter the building. Shoes are not permitted during class. Bare feet or socks are recommended

📿 AYURVEDA YOGA 📿

Ayurveda (translated as the “Science of Life;” Ayus = Life, and Veda = knowledge/science) is the Sister Science of Yoga. Most people have heard of Yoga, but Ayurveda is something that’s not quite as mainstream. Just like Yoga, Ayurveda can sometimes come off as a bit intimidating to anyone brand new to it, but both Yoga and Ayurveda can be incredibly accessible once we begin to learn more. Ayurveda may actually help us with our yoga practice and our yoga practice can help us bring Ayurvedic principles into our lives. They truly are “Sister Sciences”.

When we are balanced in our body, mind, and spirit through Ayurveda, we can connect more deeply to our yoga asana, meditation, and pranayama practices. This Ayurveda Yoga class will move through simple asanas (the physical shapes), pranayama (breath-work), and meditation.

 

Both Yoga and Ayurveda aim to free us from suffering. It’s inevitable that we will all experience some form of suffering during our time as human beings here on planet earth. We all move through similar experiences like birth, life, disease, and death but for some reason, most of us are shocked when we’re faced with these experiences. Yoga teaches us that we are so much more than these experiences and that we’re all connected to something higher and more eternal than what we see here on earth. Some lineages call this God, love, or even a greater higher truth.

 

Ayurveda teaches us that most, if not all, disease begins in the mind. When we pollute our mind with thoughts that cause worry, anxiety, stress, sadness, or any other lower emotion, put ourselves into a state of dis-ease. We are no longer at ease with our lives and with who we are. This may begin to manifest as complications in our physical body and also in our subtle body. Yoga and Ayurveda come together to give us tools to recognize the beauty in our lives and in everything we do. Both provide practices for us to love ourselves and the world around us. All levels and bodies are not only welcome, but encouraged. 

This class is offered every Sunday.

  • 1-2pm (open to anyone)

Suggested clothing & equipment: 

  • TMK has 10 yoga mats available for anyone who does not have their own mat.

  • If you have your own yoga mat, please bring it with you to class.

  • Bring your own hand towel, yoga block, bolster or small pillow with you for extra support. 

  • Loose fitting clothes - anything you can move freely in. Layers are always good to keep your body warm.

  • Please take your shoes off after you enter the building. Shoes are not permitted during class. Bare feet or socks are recommended

📿 Skinner Releasing TechniqueTM (SRT) 📿

 

Skinner Releasing TechniqueTM (SRT) is a pioneering approach to somatic movement that has evolved from the simple principle that when we are letting go of habitual tension patterns we can move more freely, articulately and powerfully. Joan Skinner, a choreographer, dance improvisation pioneer and former dancer with the Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham companies, developed the technique in the early 1970’s. Today, Skinner Releasing Technique is a comprehensive training system that has become a considerable influence on leading artists and lovers of movement across the world.

This movement class is inspired through a process of discovery. We will explore ways of letting go of holding patterns, letting go of our breath and experiencing multi-directional alignment. We will explore suppleness and its relationship to strength and readiness. The class invites something new to happen by igniting the power of imagination. All levels and bodies are not only welcome, but encouraged.

We're all born as natural movers, with innate coordination and animal-like grace. As time goes by, we tend to lose touch with this natural ease. Muscles tense unnecessarily, and our alignment goes askew. The Skinner Releasing TechniqueTM (SRT) lets us practice letting go: letting go of stress, letting go of unnecessary holding in our body, letting go of preconceptions about what is supposed to happen, letting go of fear of awkwardness, letting go of the belief that we don't have the right body for dancing. We let go of habitual holding patterns and habitual ways of thinking in order to let something new happen. Eventually, we find energy and power. We rediscover our natural alignment, improve strength and flexibility, and awaken creativity and spontaneity.

SRT can be beneficial to people recovering from injuries as well as movers at any level. It can enhance any movement style and any activity. For many, it's catalytic in their lives, with multi-faceted, far-reaching effects of opening and enhancing, no matter what it is they do.

This class is offered every Monday.

  • 6-7pm (open to anyone)

 

*Disclaimer about SRT:

This class involves exercises where you will be touching other bodies and receiving touch from others or myself as a teacher. It is essential to the process and methods of Skinner Releasing TechinqueTM (SRT). Please send a message to The Movement Kitchen if you have any questions or concerns regarding this practice.

Suggested clothing: 

  • Loose fitting clothes - anything you can move freely in. Layers are always good to keep your body warm.

  • Please take your shoes off after you enter the building. Shoes are not permitted during class. Bare feet or socks are recommended

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