What we're about
Welcome. This meetup shares Authentic Movement classes. Authentic Movement is a beautiful practice for coming home to ourselves, it is a practice of awareness in motion, where we are being present in our bodies, "turning within to await an impulse that leads. We follow, moving, witnessing, experiencing the freedom of this inner dance and its authentic expression. From the most mundane gestures to elaborate dances we reveal and have revealed to us our own story of the moment...We rediscover the truth and beauty of our being" (http://www.authenticmovement.ca). We find new freedoms, wisdom within, learn to know and trust ourselves and life more, we tap into life and let the magic happen.
Classes are offered in Toronto, currently near Finch subway station.
No experience is needed. Prior to authentic movement, we have a gently guided warmup to reconnect with our bodies and the present moment and to playfully and organically discover authentic movement for the first time for those new to this practice or to tune in to ourselves as we come to the practice from a busy day for those experienced with it. Authentic Movement classes are not therapy, but can be therapeutic.
Co-facilitated by Ayana Spivak and Nadia Stolpner.
Ayana is an experienced Authentic Movement practitioner and group facilitator. She is a Dance Movement therapist (Moscow, Russia) and she is currently involved in the Expressive Arts Therapy training programme (Toronto, Canada). Ayana is a member of Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Assocciation https://ayanadmt.com/about
Nadia is passionate about facilitating connections with embodied spirit/radiance, peace, beauty and wisdom within us and beyond. She facilitates "Moving Sanctuary" conscious dance journeys and offers spirit-centered counselling to support folks in living more fully from their radiant selves. http://www.nadiastolpner.com/ She is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service workers and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Each person is responsible for taking care of their physical and emotional well-being during and after Authentic Movement group activities. Movement and all other activities are offered as suggestions and each participant is encouraged to trust their instincts and participate to their level of comfort, this may include modifying the exercises as they see fit and choosing to not participate in what is offered. Participants need to be aware of any movement or other restrictions they may have and are responsible for making adaptations.
As with any awareness practice, being present in our bodies and with our minds can make us more aware of our feelings, thoughts, body sensations and sometimes memories. This can be a source of growth for many people. Occasionally, this may not be a good fit.
If you have any questions or concerns about potential impact of participating in the group on your mental, physical or any other aspect of your health, please be in touch prior to attending.
Thank you. Looking forward to journeying with you.
Ayana and Nadia
Ayana: ayanas22 at gmail.com
Nadia: nadiastolpner at gmail dot com, 647-836-1251