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Awareness in Action: Listening to the Body

Semester and Year FA 2019
Course Number ARTS-UG1105
Section 001
Instructor Robin Powell
Days T
Time 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Units 4
Level U



Awareness is the key to making changes in our body and mind. In this class we will be listening to the communication from our bodies and honoring our body’s wisdom. Our body constantly communicates important information that when we listen we can make profound changes in both our body and consciousness. Body educator Elaine Summers states, “As you learn to concentrate and listen to all your voices, not only your physical one, but the creative consciousness and the psyche as well, you gain the power to use all your innate abilities.” This experiential workshop uses the methods of The Alexander Technique, The Feldenkrais Method, Kinetic Awareness and its predecessors to increase awareness in the body/mind. The developers of these methods recognize that by using focused attention to sense the body in motion and at rest muscular tension and poor body habits can be released. These techniques are valuable for anyone who wants to gain more freedom of expression, range of motion, comfort, concentration and presence in their work, art and daily lives. The course is designed for the student who is ready to commit to the in-depth process of investigation that is required. Essays and final project will reflect personal interest and include class readings. Readings include Mirka Knaster’s  The Knowing Body ,  Bone, Breath and Gesture Practices of Embodiment , Don H. Johnson and selected readings.


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)