The Cues We Used to Use

With Diane Bruni and Matthew Remski
Friday 16, June 2017

Over the last five years, the basic movement principles of modern yoga have been placed on notice by a flood of injury reports from long-term practitioners, plus the community’s increasing openness to the movement research that’s standard in other disciplines. Diane Bruni has helped facilitate this revolution on both fronts. Her transparency about her own yoga-related pain and injury has inspired thousands to get honest in an industry famous for just breathing through it. And her tireless research into all aspects of movement has helped thousands more expand their definitions of what yogic embodiment might mean.

Over the same period, the historical ideologies that underlie these principles, the personalities that taught them globally, and the stories we tell ourselves about posture, alignment, intensity, and pain have all come into sharper focus. The militaristic, performative, and achievement-obsessed roots of the modern yoga movement — and how these overlap with contemporary body-image anxieties — are becoming more widely known. Through the WAWADIA? project, Matthew Remski has been a leading voice of this changing narrative, and a leading listener to lesser-known stories.

In this day-long co-operative movement-and-pondering workshop, Diane and Matthew will pass the baton of a changing yoga back and forth between action and theory. Diane will discuss, demonstrate, and deconstruct many of her “ex-cues”, and offer the movement alternatives that naturally flow out of the experience of asana dysfunction. Matthew might stand in as her awkward model for some of this work, in between segments of commentary and discussion on how yoga dogmas arise and what they might mean in our bodies, both personally and socially.


With Diane Bruni
12 classes $120

Please join me as I guide a group of curious movers through a 12-part series on the basic movements of childhood development, dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS) breathing, fascia release, and somatic sensing. This course is based on scientific studies and principles, but also experimental and exploratory.

The MRI series is for anyone interested in the building blocks of movement, and may specifically appeal to yoga practitioners, dancers, and body workers. We’ll analyze and practice simple movements like rolling over, crawling, sitting, squatting, and walking, in conjunction with DNS breathing, to create a movement practice that is transferable to daily life.

We’ll also practice general principles of movement such as undulations, oscillations, elastic recoil, falling, and moving through spirals, figure eights, and circles.

We’ll explore body puzzles that challenge us to think outside the box, finding solutions to movement riddles. These puzzles are wonderful ways to create a sense of connection in groups, as the individual becomes part of the whole, sharing an experience of the group moving together.

There will be some partnering exercises, exploring touch as a medium for deepening our capacity to heal and be healed.

Upon finishing the course you will have more ideas, experiences and practices in your toolbox, which you can easily integrate into your own classes.

When you purchase the series you will be given access to a secret Facebook group. Videos of each class will be posted in the group, along with complete notes. You’ll be able to ask questions and share with the group your own observations as well as ideas on how to integrate this new movement into your current teaching style and practice.

“I do not believe in styles anymore. I do not believe that there is such thing as the Chinese way of fighting or the Japanese way of fighting or whatever way of fighting…because styles tend to not only separate man, you know, because they have their own doctrines and the doctrine became the gospel truth that you cannot change. But, if you do not have styles, if you just say ‘here I am as a human being, how can I express myself totally and completely?’ Now that way you won’t create a style because style is a crystallization, you know, I mean that way, it’s a process of continuing growth.” Bruce Lee

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