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Somatic Practices



Thomas Hanna, a philosopher and teacher, coined the term somatics back in the 1970s to speak about how we sense our experiences and ourselves. He described somatics as “the study of the self from the perspective of one’s lived experience, encompassing the dimensions of body, psyche, and spirit.” All somatic practices work to help us bring unexamined or unknown parts of ourselves and our experience into conscious awareness through proprioception (knowing where we are in space and time), interoception (knowledge of how we feel inside our bodies), and other forms of inner-directed awareness.

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Stanford Psychologist Reveals One Change That Will Dramatically Improve Your Life | Kelly McGonigal

On this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu, Dr. Kelly McGonigal explains how to change your emotional states through physical movement, and also explains why movement has such a strong effect on the brain.

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Body, Spirit, and Democracy

Body, Spirit and Democracy addresses how can we, of different ethical values, spiritual commitments, and ethnic backgrounds, work together to create a more humane world.

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Feldenkrais Method

The Feldenkrais Method is a somatic, or body-oriented, intervention designed to help people reconnect with their bodies and learn ways to move with greater efficiency. It may help a person increase vitality, coordination, and achieve overall improved well-being.

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Attend and Befriend: Healing the Fear Body - Tara Brach

Our fear management strategies - versions of fight/flight - contract our body and mind, and separate us from others. As we learn to pause and contact the bodily fear with a gentle, mindful awareness, our sense of being enlarges. We rediscover our belonging to presence, love and life.

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Bone, Breath, and Gesture: Practices of Embodiment

This book is a collection of writings on principles and techniques by the pioneers of bodywork and body awareness disciplines. Together, they represent a historical record of the field of somatics.

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Softening the Belly… of Sorrow

We hold our grief hard in the belly. We store fear and disappointment, anger and guilt in our gut. Softening the Belly… of Sorrow Our belly has become fossilized with a long resistance to life and to loss.

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How Trauma Gets Stuck in the Body (and How to Work with It), with Peter Levine

In this video, Peter Levine will share how he helped uncover an incomplete traumatic response that was stuck in the body.

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Touching Enlightenment: Finding Realization in the Body

What does it mean to “meditate with the body”? Until you answer this question, explains Reggie Ray, meditation may be no more than a mental gymnastic ―something you can practice for years without fruitful results.

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To Touch Enlightenment with the Body

Like many Westerners, I always assumed that meditation was a “spiritual” phenomenon, which I took to mean that it somehow had to do with realms beyond the physical.

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Meditating with the Body: A Course in Somatic Practices to Unlock Your Journey

A montage of interviews with Meditating with the Body(R) founder, Reginald A. Ray, teachers Tami Simon and David Iozzi; and participants in a meditation retreat. Filmed during retreat at the Blazing Mountain Retreat Center in Crestone, Colorado, where the course retreats are held.

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