Plans for 2018

It’s already mid October, the leaves are falling, my son goes crazy about Halloween and I can’t believe my 3 years of study are coming to an end!

My last module is coming up end of November – out of 14 students who started this journey, 9 will be graduating as new Clinical Somatic Educators. I am so grateful to have started the training when I started it, it felt just right.

I am beyond excited that my Tuesday morning class at the Education and Research Centre is full with curious minds and so I am planning to add some more classes to my schedule for 2018. I am planning to offer a class in Rathfarnham – if you are interested, let me know by using the contact form here! Restorative Somatic Education is suitable for everyone, even if you dislike fitness classes and just know you need to keep your movement up. It is gentle enough and suitable for condition where a lot of movements are contraindicated. We can even practice the movements in sitting, if lying on the floor is not available to you.

I am also delighted to be back teaching Ballet for adults – everyone who always wanted to try it is welcome! So I am researching suitable spaces in Dublin South to start a weekly evening class from next year again.
As always, I can only offer classes if people are signing up, so if you are interested, let me know. I will have a minimum sign up policy for the next courses – I will send a newsletter once spaces are confirmed. You can sign up to it when you visit my website – a pop-up window should appear where you can fill in your details.

New classes from October

Lots of exciting things are happening – first off I am guest lecturing again in UL next Monday, this time I will work with the new MA Contemporary Dance Performance students as well as the MA Traditional Dance Performance students to introduce them to Somatic Movement Education in the tradition of Thomas Hanna.

I am delighted to be back at the beautiful Irish World Academy, the performing arts faculty at University of Limerick. This is where I completed my MA in Contemporary Dance Performance in 2010, an important year for me on my journey of somatic education.

When I’m back, I have a bit of time to recollect myself before traveling to beautiful York once again for my fifth Clinical Somatic Education module under Martha Peterson from Essential Somatics. I’m so happy to see my class mates again after a year of practice at home, it’s good to dive in again in a super concentrated format! Looking forward to having a public clinic again this time, where we can receive feedback from both teachers and mentors as well as class mates. While I used to be really nervous on such occasions, I am now looking forward to being ‘assessed’ and get more info from the outside about what I am doing.

Back in Dublin, a whole host of new classes are starting up – Monday will (hopefully) see a new Ballet for Beginners class at Yoga Dublin in Ranelagh! I’m so looking forward to have some dance back in my life after a long hiatus and boogie in the living room with my son. I love teaching ballet, it’s challenging but very rewarding for everyone involved. I think I like that it has a reliable structure for both teacher and students and progressions are very clear. Even working at the most basic level, we can feel how beautifully we can move our bodies, no matter how old, large, small, young or whatever we are (or feel – it’s just numbers anyways..). The class is on at 10am and you can sign up via http://www.yogadublin.com/courses
On Tuesdays I will offer a Restorative Somatic Movement class in Harold’s Cross – there are still spaces available! I’m looking forward to teach 8 solid weeks of Somatics again, as clients can make sense of how they move when there is a regular class and things ‘stick’ better. Over the summer, creche is closed so morning classes were not doable – I’m happy to be back teaching! This class is open to ALL ages (so far I have a good few over 60s booked in!), so even if you think a regular exercise class isn’t for you, try it out! If you read this and think your parents might benefit, let them know! You can hop over to the Classes section and book your mat there. This class also starts at 10am.

The finally on Friday I’m back at Live and Breathe Pilates with another Restorative Movement class at 10am. This class will be perfect for anyone who likes to just come to a class – mats and cushions etc are all there already and all you need to do is book in and show up!

In November, you have the opportunity to take a whole weekend of learning with my teacher Martha Peterson in a Fundamentals Immersion weekend, held at Live&Breathe Pilates. I can’t recommend this highly enough – you will feel refreshed, your mind will be blown and safely put back together again and you will learn so much about yourself! Get booking, this is a rare opportunity to learn Somatic Movement in the tradition of Thomas Hanna in a pure form. The workshop is taking place on November 18th and 19th. Please book here: http://www.essentialsomatics.com
To raise more awareness for the workshop, I will teach an intro class in aid of the Dublin Simon Community on November 4th – 75min for 20€ will all money going to Simon.

You can sign up for all of the classes online, either at http://www.yogadublin.com/courses or www,liveandbreathepilates.com, or drop me a line for the Tuesday class!

Mums! Take a breath.

Did you just bring your child or children into creche or school? After 2 months off, that’s how I feel about it – off. It’s strangely quiet in the house, nobody is telling me a rambling story of strange things that might happen when the dinosaurs arrive, I can drink another cup of coffee without having to caution my son to not knock it over.

Once we are all settled back in to our school year routine, or this new thing of leaving your child with someone to mind them, take some time to nurture yourself. If you don’t work in the morning, why not take a restorative class where you can fully let go, concentrate on sensation, being guided through movements while only making decisions for yourself – you don’t have to conduct the orchestra of children, work, household for an hour and come out more balanced and grounded on the other side.

I have 2 new offers coming up in October (trust me, September will be over in a jiffy!)

Ballet for beginners at Yoga Dublin Ranelagh on Monday morning at 10am (7 weeks, 100€) – move to piano music through a classical ballet class, starting with a warm up at the barre and moving on to more expansive movements in the centre. The class is suitable for beginners, and no matter your shape or size, ballet feels great! I have taught ballet for a decade and am finally finding my love for it again, so I am very excited to offer a class again, informed by my Somatic Movement studies!
Bookings via Yoga Dublin only (I will add the link once ready) , we need a minimum of 6 sign ups!

Restorative Somatic Movement at Our Lady’s Hospice Harold’s Cross on Tuesday morning at 10am (8 weeks, 80€) – this class helps you to foster a kind mindfulness towards yourself. We move through primal movement patterns to release tensions and explore where we hold our stress in our bodies, so we can apply those strategies of self regulation when life gets stressful. Somatic Movement Education has changed how I think about movement, how I move, how I think about myself and others. It is much more than relaxing muscles if you’re ready for transformation ( it’s gentle and wise and powerful!)
Book online

It’s a rainy summer!

1501667852790-1087569711Anyone here with children? Are you on staycation and you feel your ‘me-time’ gliding away over the 8 weeks of closed creches and schools? How about immersing yourself in play. With your children.

I am at home with my 3.5 year old son (it’s 10am right now and he just asked for chicken…) during the day and then teach in the evenings. When I listen to my son playing with his toys, the stories make me laugh out loud. Some are so fantastic that I can’t imagine how he came up with it. And that’s the issue – have you forgotten how to make up a ridiculous sounding story? Can you tell one that has exciting twists and unexpected additions? Or is it the same pattern every time?
Relying on the same pattern every time can occur in thinking and moving. Children seem so ‘unreliable’ in patterns sometimes, they still have the unhabituated drive to simply do new things and drive us grown-ups nuts. When we compare ourselves to toddlers, we can easily see how getting older means more automatic programs running – well somebody has to do the washing and cleaning and going to work… but do you get home and have your ritual to relax? A beer or wine, because the conditioned association with it is relaxation? Are you getting annoyed if something happens to your routine?

So maybe for the rest of the week, pay attention to your daily routines and if you have some space to do something that is a bit different – leave the TV off and read a book, read a totally different genre than what you usually read, play a game, connect to someone you haven’t talked to in a while.
And make up a crazy story involving totally random characters…
Different input – different output – grow new neural connections!

Summer time

I’ve spent two long weekends over the last 3 weeks in Leeds and York, assisting and observing my teacher Martha Peterson on courses.

First up was the Fundamentals Immersion weekend, where I assisted hands on with my colleagues Karyn Clark, who graduated recently and Jahna Clark (not related!) who is one of my study colleagues. It was a big group full of inquisitive people, a lot of whom have experienced Somatic Movement before and wanted to delve deeper into the basics and theory / philosophy of it. It was a very active and satisfying weekend in lovely York.

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Essential Somatics Hanna Somatics Exercise Coach Level 2 training in Leeds

Yesterday I came back from observing a Hanna Somatic Exercise Coach Level 2 training in Leeds, which was taught by Martha Peterson and my Irish colleague Colm McDonnell, while Sylvia Jay and David Flemming as well as myself were observing the group of 10 teachers participating. We contributed to discussions and teaching tips, but there wasn’t as much hands on help needed, as all of the participants are already teaching Hanna Somatic Movement. We listened to some beautiful mini classes from each student and I think contributed in a meaningful way on their journey.

I have one more lunchtime class on offer tomorrow, before I have a break with classes. Fear not, I am planning some new classes in Harold’s Cross starting in autumn, besides some more exciting developments in the making. Right now I am to finish two papers, one on Neurophysiology and one on Somatic Philosophy as well as practice more with clients. Summer tends to be slower (and my son is not in creche, so I get to be a full time mum during the day and teaching Pilates in the evening), but I can work with a couple of clients and enjoy some time off too.

End of September will be my next module and my final one end of November will be followed by another teaching residency at Dance Ireland in December, which is a beautiful end of my working year and the first classes I will teach as a fully certified Clinical Hanna Somatic Educator! Half a year seems a very short time when you’re having fun..

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Booking a session

My booking system is down at the moment, if you would like to book an appointment, you can send me an email at katrin@somadublin.com and we can find a date!

Currently I can offer 121 lessons in the morning (10am), as well as Friday afternoon (12 noon, last one at 4.30). Saturday afternoon on request possible as well.

If you would like to experience Somatic Movement in a group setting, next week Wednesday at 12 noon is the first of 4 dates teaching an open class at Dance Ireland. The class is excellent value at 7€, so don’t miss out!

 

Starting next week: Weekly Wellness Class at Dance Ireland

Weekly Wellness ClassI’m so happy to be back at Dance Ireland next week to teach a Somatic Movement class under the ‘Healthy Dancer’ umbrella. The 4 weeks of lunchtime classes will give you the chance to find out a bit more about Somatic Movement the only way to find out – by experiencing it!

I’ve got some wonderful movements lined up for your tense neck and shoulders, your grumpy lower back, and achy hips. We will pick a theme, a gentle focus (you will find out that when we work with the pelvis, your shoulders might just ‘sigh into place’ too!) and then tie it back into the full body. These classes are suitable for everyone who can get down on the floor, you don’t have to be a dancer and you don’t have to wear dance attire.
It’ll be Wednesday May 31st to June 21st at 12 noon for an hour, class costs are 7€ per date (the classes run under a subsidized scheme, so yes, it’s quite a bargain!)

I hope to meet you on the mat for a journey into kind movement!