Thursday after work Eurythmy class

 The new term has started, but it still feels very much like hibernation time in some ways. It is dark before I get home most days and it is still very much winter. The autumn and winter is a time when we are generally much more attuned to and focused on our inner needs and in listening to ourselves, whereas in the spring and summer we are busy with being in the world and enjoying the abundance of nature and the warmth (if there is any!). Therefore winter is a good time to initiate routines of self-care and taking time to rebalance and energise. Eurythmy is a great way to find harmony and inner balance and it is gentle exercise […]

Experiencing the Zodiac

The 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. It was such a pleasure to work with such interested people. Now that we have explored the moving heavenly bodies I thought the time was right to explore the static ones – the constellations of the Zodiac. The stars and planets have given direction and guidance to humanity from time immemorial – there is evidence that the stone monuments from over 5000 years ago were aligned with the solstices and stars were used to navigate by long before compasses and naval charts were invented. The division of the Zodiac goes back to […]

Experiencing the Planets

Belief that the planets and stars that surround our in comparison tiny earth have different qualities and influence us has been around since ancient time and it’s a belief that is still held by many today. The ancient Greeks spoke of ‘the music of the spheres’ and modern-day astrology (of the more serious kind) is incredibly complex and has the potential for giving real insight into ones life. In eurythmy we work with both the signs of the Zodiac and the Planets as being cosmic forces that are ever-present and affecting us all. “Truly, the human being grew not only out of those forces which are recognised and assumed by the science of today. The human being grew out of the whole universe, and we understand […]

Thursday ‘After Work’ Eurythmy Class starting 14th September

It’s the last weekend of ‘the festival’ here in Edinburgh and the city will soon return to it’s normal rhythm. The summer has gone rather fast again this year and it has taken me a bit longer to plan my autumn eurythmy sessions than I thought. This has largely been due to getting regular eurythmy work on Tuesdays, which means I will have to change my Tuesday evening class to a Thursday ‘After Work’ class running from 5.30 – 6.30 pm. I hope this might actually make it easier for some people to attend, as they can attend after work rather than having to come back out in the evening. During these 8 sessions we will be working with several […]

Colour in Movement – Saturday 9th September

Colour is everywhere around us and forms a constant visual backdrop to our lives. It is also intimately connected with our soul moods as can be seen in common expressions such as ‘she is feeling blue’, ‘he saw red’, or ‘they were green with envy’. As well as colours being specifically mentioned in writings such as poetry, many poems also have an overall colour mood, which one can work with when expressing the poem in eurythmy/movement. In eurythmy we work with Goethe’s colour theory, which talks of the ‘deeds and sufferings of the light’. Colour emerges when light engages with darkness in different ways – e.g. whether it accepts it or pushes it away. Working with colour in movement can […]

Eurythmy for Social Awareness

Summer is drawing near and I don’t know about you, but I am feeling more social and more tuned in to what is around me compared to how I am in the winter. Being a keen photographer one of the only things that really makes me pay attention to nature in the winter is a thick hoarfrost or naked branches against an indigo sky after sunset. At the moment I am finding it hard to find time to browse through and delete all photos that don’t make the mark. Summer is a time for being out and about, enjoying whatever warmth there is (we are in Scotland after all!) and eating ice cream with coffee! So I thought that for the […]

Movement and Metamorphosis

Spring seems to be happening really fast here in Edinburgh at the moment. I didn’t have quite enough time to enjoy the cherry blossoms before they were starting to fade and the leaves took over and the lilacs are speeding ahead so fast that it won’t be long till they’re past it either. Spring is the time of year where there is an abundance of change and transformation taking place right before our eyes. You can sometimes see noticeable changes from day to day, and trees that have stood bare all winter now sport the most amazing and varied shades of green. Even when we can’t see it, there is always some kind of change happening in the natural world. The same holds true […]