Somatic Expression - Body Wisdom for Modern Minds

Somatic Expression - Body Wisdom for Modern Minds

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We at Continuum Movement are very excited to share with the community this wonderful conversation with Dr Stephen Porges and Dr Donnalea Goelz about Continuum Movement and the Polyvagal theory. Hope you enjoy it! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2865875733516326&extid=pFYB1auuKMyaGx6I
Thank you one and all.
Jamie is one of my former teachers at Tamalpa. Working with him was wonderful.
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Beautiful page, Jamie! Thanks for sending the invite my way. Hope you're doing well. :)
I have some classes coming up if you are interested:

1. As an independent teacher at First Street Studio May 1-June 19th a Bartenieff Floor and Floor Barre class for any/all level movers. Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm $10 cash. Drop-in

2. Through ACC summer courses for students and community members, an intermediate level Modern Dance class July 5-Aug 12 4:30-7:05 M/T/W/TH. Registration is now open see ACC courses.

Current bio: Ellen Bartel MFA, CMA, RSME, Moving For Life™ cancer exercise specialist, and is an award winning independent dancer, choreographer and teacher in Austin TX. She recently served as an Interim Education Coordinator and Assistant Instructor at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC, facilitator of creative and somatic approaches to grief in NYC and Austin and, a peer review dance panelist and Creative Ambassador to the City of Austin. She has been a dance educator for over three decades teaching in Central Texas and New York. She is an adjunct professor at Austin Community College and continues to choreograph original work and teach independently in Austin.
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Ok, what are we doing? 🙏🏼

Somatic Expression® - Body Wisdom for Modern Minds is an integrative approach to the art and science of human movement. Somatic Expression®, developed by Jamie McHugh over the past 35 years, is an integrative approach to the art and science of human movement.

In this work, you research and resource your own body from the inside out with the five essential somatic technologies nature has given us as human beings:

Breath

Vocalization

Contact

Movement

Stillness

The intention of Somatic Expression is to cultivate an intimate and intelligent dialogue with your own inner nature by creatively exploring these fundamentals of the thinking body (soma) and

Operating as usual

The Timeless Stream - DreamTime Pools 17/05/2021

The Timeless Stream - DreamTime Pools

Please enjoy my latest newsletter, and join me for my next free Power of the Pause: Breathing Room Online on May 22 and 23 🌊✨🌿

https://conta.cc/3eLMI6A

The Timeless Stream - DreamTime Pools Online Somatic Sanctuaries for Coming Home Somatic Expression® with Jamie McHugh Body Wisdom for Modern Times DreamTime/Double Exposure (2021) www.naturebeingart.org  “In order to understand the cond

linkedin.com 11/12/2020

Jamie McHugh - Somatic Movement Specialist - Somatic Expression® - Body Wisdom for Modern Minds | LinkedIn

This is where you can find me in the future...

GOOD-BYE FACEBOOK...On the eve of my birthday (and with that marker, my departure from Facebook), I want to acknowledge how much I will miss all the connections and contacts here. It has been quite the delightful tapestry and I have gained (and given) much! And, I am aware how this platform has probably created more harm than good as our social fabric continues to unravel. The rampant pollution of the information ecosystem here has allowed noxious agents - like Q and COVID denialism - to choke out any reasonable discourse. It's heartbreaking and dismaying to daily bear witness to the dehumanization of the public commons. And it feels important for me to separate myself from this unholy tangle.
If you want to find me, I will be posting on LinkedIn, a site which feels more neutral: https://www.linkedin.com/in/somaticaesthetic/
Thank you for stopping by, sharing, connecting and engaging.

linkedin.com View Jamie McHugh’s profile on LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional community. Jamie has 6 jobs listed on their profile. See the complete profile on LinkedIn and discover Jamie’s connections and jobs at similar companies.

24/11/2020

so true - in Somatic Expression as well!

Yes ...

24/11/2020

Intuition/gut is the center of the soma - our interoception can give us meaningful direction as we fine tune our inner GPS

20/11/2020

May this be a morning of innocent beginning,
When the gift within you slips clear
Of the sticky web of the personal
With its hurt and hauntings,
And fixed fortress corners,
A morning when you become a pure vessel
For what wants to ascend from silence,
May your imagination know
The grace of perfect danger,
To reach beyond imitation,
And the wheel of repetition,
Deep into the call of all
The unfinished and unsolved
Until the veil of the unknown yields
And something original begins
To stir toward your senses
And grow stronger in your heart... - JOHN O'DONOHUE

08/11/2020

7 Days of Beauty Project

Day 7 of 7 - Enjoy your breath and your body while taking a 5" pause...what a great day for the US and the world to finish the 7 days!
(4 years later - here we are! 7 Days of Beauty began after the 2016 election when people were in states of shock and dismay. Once again 5 minutes of breathing room and an online pause - to be with yourself and the natural world.)
https://youtu.be/ftGKdNyruC8

07/11/2020

KYUK

Meanwhile, the dance goes on...

As we navigate these times together the spirit of the Y-K Delta remains strong and resilient. Join us in celebrating the power of dance through this video collaboration between KYUK, Pamyua, and everyone who shared their amazing videos!

Stay Healthy, Stay Safe, and Keep Dancing!

Special thanks to everyone else who submitted a video!

06/11/2020

7 Days of Beauty Project

Coming to the end of this election cycle and getting ready to exhale deeply...

Day 6 of 7 - Enjoy your breath and your body while taking a 5" pause...
(4 years later - here we are! 7 Days of Beauty began after the 2016 election when people were in states of shock and dismay. Once again 5 minutes of breathing room and an online pause - to be with yourself and the natural world this week. Come back each day for a new video.)
https://youtu.be/LFDFaNqh7js

05/11/2020

7 Days of Beauty Project

Day 5 of 7 - Enjoy your breath and your body while taking a 5" pause...

(4 years later - here we are! 7 Days of Beauty began after the 2016 election when people were in states of shock and dismay. Once again 5 minutes of breathing room and an online pause - to be with yourself and the natural world this week. Come back each day for a new video.)
https://youtu.be/GLKMazbhmH0

04/11/2020

7 Days of Beauty Project

Day 4 of 7 - Enjoy your breath and your body while taking a 5" pause...
(4 years later - here we are! 7 Days of Beauty began after the 2016 election when people were in states of shock and dismay. Once again 5 minutes of breathing room and an online pause - to be with yourself and the natural world this week. Come back each day for a new video.)
https://youtu.be/WZTXAcpigRI

04/11/2020

7 Days of Beauty Project

Day 3 - Enjoy your breath and your body while taking a 5" pause...

(4 years later - here we are! 7 Days of Beauty began after the 2016 election when people were in states of shock and dismay. Once again 5 minutes of breathing room and an online pause - to be with yourself and the natural world for a week. Come back each day for a new video.)
https://youtu.be/5Ax7Sz-MgCE

02/11/2020

7 Days of Beauty Project

Day 2 - Enjoy your breath and your body while taking a 5" pause...

(4 years later - here we are! 7 Days of Beauty began after the 2016 election when people were in states of shock and dismay. Once again 5 minutes of breathing room and an online pause - to be with yourself and the natural world for a week. Come back each day for a new video.)

01/11/2020

7 Days of Beauty Project

4 years later - here we are! 7 Days of Beauty began after the 2016 election when people were in states of shock and dismay. Today, I am starting up the 7 Days before the election to offer once again 5 minutes of breathing room and an online pause - to be with yourself and the natural world for a week. Come back each day for a new video. Enjoy!
https://youtu.be/x7sfl68LpBI

13/10/2020

A great illustrated guide to all of those fancy names for regions of your somatic landscape :) Take some time to feel into these various regions and see what you discover on your excursion...

PALPATION

22/09/2020

I will be speaking with Teri Carter and guiding an Embodying Nature practice at 1pm Pacific Time today if you want to jump in and join me! Register at the link below...
(Free replays for 48 hours if you can't join today, or purchase the whole series for $47)

Starting today!
September 21 - 23 "NATURE OF EMBODIMENT"

Host Teri Carter interviews diverse somatic specialists who share insights and embodied movement experiences.

No Cost sessions that move you into infinite waves of health and innovation. Register free here https://vr2.verticalresponse.com/s/somaticsummit

www.SomaticSummit.com

eventbrite.com 20/09/2020

The Power of the Pause: Breathing Room with Jamie McHugh

Give yourself the gift of a pause and journey inside your 360 Degree Breathing Body! Two free hourlong sessions on Sunday, September 20: 9:30AM or 4PM Pacific Time - Click the link below to register

eventbrite.com Breathing - it takes the edge off!

sidewalk-talk.org 09/09/2020

Breathing Room and the Power of a Pause | Jamie McHugh — Sidewalk Talk

A wondrous, heartfelt conversation with the amazing Traci Ruble

sidewalk-talk.org Did you know that you can use your breath to activate your body and become more receptive in connection? Jamie McHugh shares how breathing and pausing help us connect.

whatisemerging.com 04/09/2020

“Leaders Of The New Era Are Being Asked To Hold Space In A Completely Different Way.” - Emerge

Some great ideas, especially her differentiation between "sustainable" and "regenerative" practices.

"When I teach, I talk to both men and women about the need for the energy of all four seasons in our daily lives. It’s not enough to only pay attention to the changing seasonal cycles when we look out of the office window. We need to cultivate a curiosity and interest in our own inner emotional rhythms, making sure we allow our inner ecosystems the benefit of surrendering to all seasons. What does this mean? It means cultivating and being curious about the energy of winter. We are so programmed to rush through winter, to be constantly moving and producing and not respect our need for a restorative night's sleep. Collectively, we are not comfortable with stillness, solitude and silence because that depth requires inner work from us. Winter is a restorative and regenerative time for nature."

whatisemerging.com Laura Storm is part of a new generation of sustainability professionals calling for a change in how we approach our planet, our work and ourselves.

myemail.constantcontact.com 02/09/2020

Finding the Sacred in Breath, Cells, Nests and Waves

"The natural world is the larger sacred community to which we belong. To be alienated from this community is to become destitute in all that makes us human." - Thomas Berry, theologian

myemail.constantcontact.com Introducing Special Friends to the World Somatic Expression® with Jamie McHugh Body Wisdom for Modern Times Field (2020) www.naturebeingart.org "The natural world is the larger sacred community to whi

eventbrite.com 21/08/2020

The Power of the Pause: Breathing Room with Jamie McHugh

Settle inside yourself with 360 Degree Breathing...
Free hourlong session - Saturday 9:30 am Pacific Time; click the link for more info and to register

eventbrite.com Breathing - it takes the edge off!

14/08/2020

A lot going on in this relatively small part of our inner landscape...

Remarkable.

myemail.constantcontact.com 06/08/2020

Befriending Ourselves - Upcoming Saturday Class + 2 New Series Begin

"Being mindful is not a matter of thinking more clearly about experience; it is the act of experiencing more clearly...One of the great strengths of this technique of meditation, from a secular point of view, is that it does not require us to adopt any cultural affectations or unjustified beliefs. It simply demands that we pay close attention to the flow of experience in each moment." - Sam Harris

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myemail.constantcontact.com 26/07/2020

Immanent Becoming | Benevolent Journeys in the Inner Landscape

Become breathing rock
Pause, center and stabilize in the midst of movement
Immanent becoming, settling in place,
Nature being breath becoming
Attentive to what is most generously revealed
Become the movement of stillness exhaling silence.

myemail.constantcontact.com

[07/01/20]   "Societies never know it, but the war of an artist with his society is a lover’s war, and he does, at his best, what lovers do, which is to reveal the beloved to himself and, with that revelation, to make freedom real." – James Baldwin

myemail.constantcontact.com 30/06/2020

Easing Uncertainty with Presence and Perspective

“Mosses and other small beings issue an invitation to dwell for a time right at the limits of ordinary perception. All it requires of us is attentiveness. Look in a certain way and a whole new world can be revealed." - Robin Wall Kimmerer

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27/06/2020

Embodied Mindfulness Teachers Network Events

Returning and re-tuning, over and over again...

"Stillness is vital to the world of the soul. If as you age you become more still, you will discover that stillness can be a great companion. The fragments of your life will have time to unify, and the places where your soul-shelter is wounded or broken will have time to knit and heal. You will be able to return to yourself. In this stillness, you will engage your soul. Many people miss out on themselves completely as they journey through life. They know others, they know places, they know skills, they know their work, but tragically, they do not know themselves at all. Aging can be a lovely time of ripening when you actually meet yourself, indeed maybe for the first time. There are beautiful lines from T. S. Eliot that say:
'And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.'"

Excerpt from "Anam Cara" by JOHN O'DONOHUE

[06/18/20]   When we journey through the inner landscape of the body through the practice of Embodied Mindfulness with ease, attention, and curiosity, we discover the unexpected and the unforeseen. These explorations have always reminded me of my time outdoors, leaving the human path and following deer and other animal trails, or wandering along the fluid path of streams. It was a delight, then, to come across Robin Wall Kimmerer's book: "Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses" that very much matches my experience in both the inner and outer landscapes!

"A Cheyenne elder of my acquaintance once told me that the best way to find something is not to go looking for it. This is a hard concept for a scientist. But he said to watch out of the corner of your eye, open to possibility, and what you seek will be revealed. The revelation of suddenly seeing what I was blind to only moments before is a sublime experience for me. I can revisit those moments and still feel the surge of expansion. The boundaries between my world and the world of another being get pushed back with sudden clarity an experience both humbling and joyful.

Mosses and other small beings issue an invitation to dwell for a time right at the limits of ordinary perception. All it requires of us is attentiveness. Look in a certain way and a whole new world can be revealed."

A visual representation of these same ideas can be found here: https://vimeo.com/channels/breathingroomseries

myemail.constantcontact.com 06/06/2020

Rising Up, Settling Down & Dwelling Within

My latest newsletter...
“If I really see you, I will laugh out loud, or fall silent, or explode into a thousand pieces. And if I don't, I will be caught in the cement and stone of my own prison.” - Jelaluddin Rumi, 13th Century Persian Mystical Poet

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eventbrite.com 05/06/2020

The Power of the Pause: Breathing Room with Jamie McHugh

This Sunday, June 7 - 10am Pacific Time

With so much anxiety and uncertainty presently in the world, the return to the breathing body in the company of others online is a much-needed soulful sanctuary and an oasis of calm, clarity and ease.

These FREE hour-long online gatherings are guided in real-time to offer a practical experience of collaborating with your breathing to dissipate anxiety and stabilize attention.

The session will consist of a 5-minute introduction, a 45-minute experience with a primary focus on 360 degree breathing and individual variations, and 10 minutes for reflection. Open to all levels of experience.

Click on the Eventbrite link to register; if you can't make it this Sunday, other dates/times are available @ the link.

eventbrite.com Breathing - it takes the edge off

[05/13/20]   “Time for Serenity, Anyone?”
By William Stafford (1914-1993)

I like to live in the sound of water,
in the feel of mountain air. A sharp
reminder hits me: this world still is alive;
it stretches out there shivering toward its own
creation, and I’m part of it. Even my breathing
enters into the elaborate give-and-take,
this bowing to sun and moon, day or night,
winter, summer, storm, still—this tranquil
chaos that seems to be going somewhere.
This wilderness with a great peacefulness in it.
This motionless turmoil, this everything dance.

technologynetworks.com 10/05/2020

Leg Exercise is Critical to Brain and Nervous System Health

The importance of weight-bearing activity through the legs - wandering and wondering a part of our genetic imprint as migratory beings?

"One could say our health is grounded on Earth in ways we are just beginning to understand," concludes co-author Dr Bottai."

technologynetworks.com New research shows that using the legs, particularly in weight-bearing exercise, sends signals to the brain that are vital for the production of healthy neural cells.

billmoyers.com 09/05/2020

A Poet a Day: Wendell Berry – BillMoyers.com

Words of wisdom from Wendell Berry:

"Listen privately, silently to the voices that rise up
From the pages of books and from your own heart.
Be still and listen to the voices that belong
To the streambanks and the trees and the open fields.
There are songs and sayings that belong to this place,
By which it speaks for itself and no other."

Click the link for the whole, delicious poem...

billmoyers.com During these trying days of social distancing, self-isolating and quarantines, days rife with fear and anxiety, my colleagues and I thought you might like some company. So each day we will be introducing you to poets we have met over … Continue reading

web-extract.constantcontact.com 07/05/2020

Upcoming Breathing Room & Thinking Body, Sensing Mind Series

"We often forget that we are nature. Nature is not something separate from us. When we say we are connecting with nature, we are connecting with ourselves." - Andy Goldsworthy, artist

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legacy.com 04/05/2020

NANCY SMITH Obituary - New York, NY | New York Times

"Where you are when you don't know where you are is one of the most precious spots offered by improvisation. It is a place from which more directions are possible than anywhere else. I call this place The Gap." - Nancy Stark Smith (1987)

legacy.com SMITH--Nancy Stark, age 68, a writer, editor, and dancer who co-founded the contemporary dance form called Contact Improvisation, died of ovarian cancer at home in Florence, MA, on Friday, May 1, 2020

eventbrite.com 30/04/2020

Online - The Moving Art of Breathing with Jamie McHugh

Free 1 hour session as part of Bay Area Dance Week - 10am Pacific time, Thursday April 30. Please join us for my 3rd and final session of the week!

eventbrite.com Experience how your breath can support and guide movement effortlessly and creatively in this contemplative dance practice

Our Story

Somatic Expression® is an integrative approach to the art and craft of embodiment developed by Jamie McHugh over the past 40 years. In this work, you resource your own body from the inside out with the five essential somatic technologies nature has given us as human beings:

Breath
Vocalization
Contact
Movement
Stillness

Somatic Expression combines these five objective technologies with subjective personal expression, making this method applicable to healthcare, education and the performing arts.

The overall intention is to use these technologies to re-wild the body, mend the mind and invite nature back into our modern lives. Your body wisdom flourishes with playful inquiry and mindful practice, increasing your comfort, ease, pleasure and grace in daily life.

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