Neuroscientists are very aware of the presence of the body map in the brain. The baby's brain starts a simple map as it becomes aware of its body in movement. With the development of more sophisticated movements like crawling, standing and walking, the body map develops as well. Unfortunately, in the process of growing up and individualization, how we move, think and use our upright human design is for the most part not freely accessible to our sensory awareness. We tend to move through our days (and our yoga classes) without examining the efficiency and quality of our physical expressions, because we do most things on auto-pilot.
We are typically unaware of that design.
We typically don't know how we sit are sitting (but we might feel the physical effects associated with it (unspecific unease in the back). We don't know how we bend down to pick up an object from the floor (but we might feel dull back pain - the effect). We don't pay much attention to how we handle the dishes when doing them (we might just feel the excess effort). We don't know how to stay mentally engaged with the process when the going gets tough in Yoga class (we might just hurry and muscle through). It is a fact that the how in all those activities is exactly the same how we will do all of our Yoga.
Classes in body mapping teach the understanding we need to find out if the means by which we are doing things are effective and health-giving, or if those means are overloading our nervous system and wearing us out prematurely. The way to find out is to study our body maps, which have developed over time and are operating on a subconscious level, day in and day out. Those maps dictate the quality of our movements.
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What Students Are Saying
"I recently took Flora's workshop Primary Body Mapping and Functional Movement for Yogis. That was exactly what I needed: comfortable settings, a small group and a kind and knowledgeable instructor, who guided us and introduced us to Alexander technique. Every class was a great combination of theory and practice that helped to easily digest given information and use it in our daily life. Flora is a very attentive and supportive teacher, always ready to help, her explanations of material were clear and easy to understand..." - Tanya F." (Oct. 2015)