Body of Practice / The Shape of Awake
with Hope Martin
October 3, 2020
“To take this posture itself is the purpose of our practice. When you have this posture, you have the right state of mind, so there is no need to try to attain some special state.” —Suzuki Roshi
Discover how being fully present and at ease in your body transforms your practice. Being upright is not just an arbitrary shape; it’s a perfect expression of meditation itself. In this workshop, Hope, a master teacher of the Alexander Technique, will help you develop ease and non-striving in meditation and other activities.
Become aware of unconscious habits that interfere with your body’s structure and learn a simple yet profound contemplative process to find the ease, balance and buoyancy that is your birthright. Learn to make subtle adjustments to the relationship between your head, neck, and back to access effortless, balanced posture—light and grounded, and self-adjust whether you’re on the meditation cushion or at work in front of your computer. The process teaches awareness of habits that result in pain, fixed posture and mind-set, and teaches you to shift on the spot to a more open, balanced way of being.
There will be an emphasis on respecting the many moments of response that are our habits, befriending those stuck places and honoring the wisdom that resides in the holding pattern.
The workshop includes experiential exercises, instruction on basic body mechanics and alignment, and personal guidance from the instructor to help improve your posture and release unnecessary tension in your meditation practice and in your life.
2pm – 4:30pm
Your registration confirmation will include a link to the Zoom session.
Donations are appreciated to help support our efforts during this time.
Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for 33 years and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City. She is a Senior Teacher who trained Alexander teachers for 25 years at the American Center for the Alexander Technique. She is also a Meditation Instructor and a Focusing trainer. Hope is a close student of Ani Pema Chodron and has been her cook and attendant for 25 years. Her particular passion is in helping her students discover how easeful, upright posture is an expression of their human dignity, confidence, and innate wakefulness. hopemartinstudio.com
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