We are very excited to offer an 8 week course in Authentic Movement – A Mindful Movement Practice. Come and try this deeply centring practice, offered for the first time at Simply Mindful. Discounted price for this new program!
We invite you to discover for yourself the benefits this experiential meditative practice has to offer.
Participants who have taken an MBSR course or Mindful Yoga know the practice of attending to the body both in stillness and in movement. Authentic movement complements and builds on mindfulness practices in a powerful way and enhances the connectedness of mind and body. Some practices familiar to those who have experienced Mindfulness, MBSR and Mindful Yoga will be woven into the Authentic Movement classes.
“It really helps to centre me, and brings greater clarity. I feel more connected with my body and clearer in my mind”
In the practice of mindfulness meditation one acquires a respectful and compassionate ability to attune to the body and self by noticing sensations and other aspects of experience such as thoughts, emotions and impulses. The Authentic Movement process offers a different dimension in which to explore our inner landscapes further. It invites sensations and motoric impulses to emerge and come to a completion. As with meditation, it can inform and transform our self-knowledge, self-belief, and well-being.
“Throughout the class I felt something shifting and changing in myself. I left feeling lighter, freer and energised.”
Developed in the USA, Authentic Movement has been used for well-being, healing and personal growth for over sixty years. More recently it has been trialled in the UK for therapeutic use in chronic conditions and medically unexplained symptoms.
We are very fortunate to have internationally recognised and highly experienced teacher, Sandra Kay Lauffenburger and our very own Jenny Holmes (many will know her from Retreats and Graduate Practice Groups) facilitating Authentic Movement.
Sandra Kay Lauffenburger, B.Ed. M.Sc. B.Soc.Sci.(Hons Psych): Dance Movement Psychotherapist, Somatic Movement Psychotherapist, Psychodynamic Psychoanalyst, Certified Movement Analyst.
For several decades, Sandra has had a clinical practice in Self Psychologically-based psychotherapy and somatic/movement psychotherapy. The incorporation of somatics and movement into therapy has supported successful work with trauma-related issues such as chronic pain, chronic illnesses, PTSD, complex trauma, personality disorders, and borderline presentations. Sandra has lectured in graduate and tertiary level courses in Movement and Somatic Psychotherapy at the University of Canberra, Wesley Institute (Sydney and Calgary), University of Auckland, and the Apollo Institute (Beijing). Sandra is an Associate Editor of the Journal for Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy. She offers face to face and online supervision to psychotherapists, physiotherapists, body psychotherapists, psychologists, and movement therapists.
Jenny Holmes enjoys a deep interest in body based practices such as yoga, Alexander Technique, dance and Authentic Movement. She has been a student of Authentic Movement and Mindfulness for many years and co-leads the Simply Mindful Graduate Practice Groups and helps out at retreats. Mindfulness has had a profound impact on Jenny’s life. She began her mindfulness journey in 2006 when she did the MBSR course. At the time she was burnt out physically, mentally and emotionally – the result of accumulated stress, grief and health issues. The MBSR course was transformative and marked the beginning of a long healing journey. Jenny has a committed daily mindfulness meditation practice and enjoys extending her learning and deepening her practice regularly at retreats, workshops and practice groups. In 2018 Jenny successfully completed Level 1 MBSR teacher training with MTIA.
More on Authentic Movement
Authentic Movement is the practice of bringing awareness and curiosity to our rich physiological and psychological inner world. It differs from other movement forms in its creative and experimental focus on the relationship between sensation, movement response, and symbolic expression as it brings new aspects of our Self to light. It has been suggested that it is a ‘movement cousin’ of Jungian Psychology’s Active Imagination.
Please note that registration and payment are for the entire term. We are not able to accept casual enrolments.
- ClassTuesday July 30, 20196:00 pm - 7:30 pm
- ClassTuesday August 6, 20196:00 pm - 7:30 pm
- ClassTuesday August 13, 20196:00 pm - 7:30 pm
- ClassTuesday August 20, 20196:00 pm - 7:30 pm
- ClassTuesday August 27, 20196:00 pm - 7:30 pm
- ClassTuesday September 3, 20196:00 pm - 7:30 pm
- ClassTuesday September 10, 20196:00 pm - 7:30 pm
- ClassTuesday September 17, 20196:00 pm - 7:30 pm