Following fully booked workshops in September in both Edinburgh and Glasgow I have managed to fit in another workshop in Edinburgh before Christmas along the same themes of Mindful and Social Eurythmy/Movement, with a focus on centrering, balancing, finetuning our senses and connecting. Today’s society doesn’t always favour and enable positive connections with other people and social Eurythmy is a great way of promoting connection and awareness of social dynamics. Mindful Eurythmy is a great aid in a time when experts say we are in the middle of a stress epidemic and mental health problems are on the rise. In this workshop we will continue working with some of the Mindful Eurythmy exercises and find ways of combining and becoming […]
Eurythmy is an art form, but, as you can see on this website, it is also a form of mindful and social movement. It’s effectiveness as a mindfulness tool lies not just in the strengthening of the mind-body connection, but in the fact that Eurythmy as a movement form in itself has a harmonizing effect. Many of the Eurythmy exercises that can be used mindfully bring balance to e.g. our sense of our own space and to how our thinking, feeling and willing/doing work together.
I am very pleased to have been asked by Chris Grant of “Anthroposophy in Glasgow” to lead a public Eurythmy workshop in Glasgow for the first time. I have led workshops in different organisations on the west coast of Scotland, but this will be the first public one. The workshop will be an introduction to social and mindful eurythmy and can be attended by anyone regardless of experience with movement.
This Mindful Eurythmy Workshop offers a chance to learn some simple, yet effective, movement exercises that can help become more present and bring the body and mind to a relaxed and calm state. They deepen with practice and can be practised anywhere you have a little space to move. The benefits of these exercises grow over time and they offer a way of centring yourself and finding inner balance as well as being calming.
Strengthening resilience is an important factor in learning to cope more effectively with stress and adversity. As explored elsewhere there are different ways in which one can approach this (see the article ‘What is Resilience?’) and in this article I will look more in depth at the role Eurythmy can play. “Skilled use of one’s body has been important in the history of the species for thousands, if not millions, of years. In speaking of masterful use of the body, it is natural to think of the Greeks, and there is a sense in which this form of intelligence reached its apogee in the West during the Classical Era. The Greeks revered the beauty of the human form and, by […]
There is a lot of talk of resilience these days. It has become quite a buzz-word, and this article is an attempt at giving an overview of what is meant by the term resilience and what we can do to strengthen it. There are different definitions of resilience and different ways of approaching it. Some people think of it only as the capacity to bounce back from adversity and hardship, whereas others see it as being both about our ability to bounce back, but also our ability to manage stress, challenges and adversity effectively. I personally find this fuller definition much more logical, as surely our ability to manage smaller stresses and challenges effectively will determine how we respond to […]
I am very pleased to have been offered a space to do a eurythmy workshop at the National Conference for the British Stammering Association (BSA) from 31st August – 2nd September in Cardiff. The theme of my workshop is “Promoting social awareness and confidence through movement” and I intend to be working with social eurythmy exercises that are both confidence-building and fun at the same time. I got involved with the BSA through a good friend in London. I have had a stammer myself since childhood and have been finding ways of dealing with it in a positive and holistic way for 20 years. Since I came to Britain in 2001 I had no contact with other people who stammer, […]
We constantly engage with the world around us in one way or the other – we are either actively doing, responding to something emotionally or thinking about our lives, people we know or what is happening in the world. These forces or ways of engaging are constantly working in us – for better or for good. We all know people who are very wilful, people who get over-emotional or people who are in their heads too much; ideally these three forces should be in harmony and working together, but we see more and more that they become fragmented and we are not able to get them to work together them in healthy way. Through Eurythmy one can get a clearer sense and experience […]
The first workshop in November on Experiencing the Planets went well and we did a lot of exploring and talking about the quality of the movements and the experiences they gave us. Several people expressed regret at not being able to come and asked if I would do another workshop, so here it is! This workshop will be slightly different so that people who came to the last one can get a different experience but still go deeper in their experience of the Planets. When we read a book again and again we continue to discover new things and see new connections and similarly when we are learning something new it is only through continued repetition that we can go deeper in […]
The workshops this spring term are all focused on elements of Speech Eurythmy and how we can make sound visible in movement. Following the Zodiac Workshop on the 20th January we will delve more into the sounds that are connected to the Zodiac signs in this workshop. We will therefore focus on the consonants and as well as experiencing and experimenting with each of the sounds, we will be working with a consonantal sequence that is called ‘the evolutionary sequence’, which can take us through all the stages of human life. Eurythmy is called visible speech, because we always endeavour to make every poem/verse etc visible in movement. When movement and language really unite then we have really achieved this […]