Gentle Movement & Meditation
- Story . . . "How Bones for Life May Have Saved My Life!"
- Invitation to Individual Sessions with Brian Shircliff
- "The Gathering" -- Wednesday nights at VITALITY!
Every movement class at VITALITY is geared for gentle, slow exploration!
All of VITALITY's yoga classes have been informed by Krishnamacharya's yoga wisdom of the second half of his 101-year life and Moshe Feldenkrais' insights into neuroplasticity (that our brains can be changed in a split second through slow, gentle movement).
Whether it's our Gentle Yoga class (for anyone who can get up/down from the floor on their own), Chair Yoga (for world-class athletes to people struggling with mobility), or Modified Primary-VITALITY style (intelligent movement to help build some strength), beginners to mindful-movement to well-seasoned practitioners have found themselves at home in our classes.
Want to restore your joints to innocence? Movement Intelligence / Bones for Life is for you!
We all know that walking is some of the best medicine for our bones and our whole selves. But sometimes a joint is tender, or sometimes we feel "out of joint", out of synch. Movement Intelligence / Bones for Life helps to organize the skeleton to make walking and moving in all the ways we move easier and more enjoyable. Bones for Life processes are performed with 20% effort or less and can be modified for just about anybody. People who can get up/down from the floor on their own will find themselves at home at VITALITY's Bones for Life classes, though many processes we use can be modified for people who are more comfortable in chairs. Come discover the beauty and joy of moving mindfully and gracefully, and apply what you learn in Bones for Life to your daily life of walking, moving, playing!
“A dynamic and springy walking style is the natural motivation which stimulates the organism to strengthen its bones. It is the rhythmical pulsations of lively steps that enable the blood, which carries nutrients and oxygen, to penetrate the solid tissue of the bones and provide for growth of new bone cells. A well-aligned posture and harmonious coordination of movement are essential for sustaining the springy pressure of this dynamic walk which can stimulate bone strength.
Comparative research shows that African women, who carry massive loads on their heads with effortless grace, are one hundred times less liable to fractures than women in the West, despite the fact that their bone density is lower than that of Western women.
The Bones For Life program addresses the functional aspect of movement skill involved in withstanding such a load by offering a series of ninety movement processes that improve the quality of body coordination. The emphasis of the program is on organizing the skeleton into a safe weight-bearing posture to sustain springy pulsations of force--the natural code for bone strength and suppleness.
Founded by Ruthy Alon, Bones for Life is based on the teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais for the re-education of movement habits. Awakening the self to improve the quality of moving is achieved through gradual experience of unused options. The learning is geared to the harmonious integration of all body parts in functioning, integration being the central characteristic of any organism. The suggested ways of moving are explored in the perspective of the reciprocal coordination of all body parts.
The movement configurations in the Bones for Life program are modeled after the primal patterns of locomotion in nature. The efficiency of these patterns has been proved throughout millions of years of evolution. These basic patterns of walking are re-learned in the program in greenhouse conditions of safe and gradual practice that are adaptable to individual pace and ability. Simple tools facilitate the development of controlled resistance to pressure, like using a strip of cloth as a harness, pushing a wall, lifting weights, or learning safe ways of falling.
Participants find joy in their practice and they are more satisfied with their competence in moving. The increased confidence in a more reliable skeleton inspires a sensation of biological optimism.” -- from Ruthy’s website: bonesforlife.com