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Alignment Through the Seven Diaphragms
Friday, March 27 6:30-9:30PM

Often, when you want to align your body, you tighten and pull with your muscles and increase tension in order hold yourself “properly.” In Alignment through the Seven Diaphragms you will discover a method of effortless alignment by sensing and coordinating awareness of the seven major diaphragms: your feet, pelvic floor, breathing diaphragm, thoracic inlet, vocal diaphragm, soft palate, and cranial diaphragm. Ellen and Mark will guide you through simple body awareness exercises to enhance posture and movement from a sensory “allowing” perspective rather than a motor “doing” one. Enjoy your alignment through the dynamic relationship between the pull of the earth and your body’s inherent anti-gravity responses.

The Art of Breathing
Saturday, March 28 1:30-4:30PM

Breath is the bridge between the body and the mind: by deeply observing breath you can understand how your mind affects your body and how your body’s movement affects your mind. By working with detailed anatomical information and new movement awareness, you will embody your lungs, ribs, muscles, voice, and other structures associated with the process of breathing. This body awareness will help you to find physical ease and reduce postural restrictions, which in turn invites movement and freedom in your mind and spirit.

Price: $100 each workshop. $180 for both workshops

Body-Mind Centering® Workshops with Ellen Barlow and Mark Taylor

Body-Mind Centering® Workshops


Ellen Barlow is a movement education specialist with over 30 years experience teaching, designing and managing programs in fitness, rehabilitation, dance, yoga and other mind-body practices. At Elements Fitness & Wellness Center she is a certified GYROTONIC®, GYROKINESIS®, and specialized equipment instructor. As well, Ellen is a certified practitioner and teacher of the Body-Mind Centering® Approach to movement education, and a registered somatic movement therapist with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). In 2013 she became an ergonomic affiliate with Focal Upright Furniture.


Mark Taylor is a somatic movement therapist who directs the Center for BodyMindMovement, with training programs in Pittsburgh, PA, Eugene, OR, and Mexico City. As a choreographer he founded Mark Taylor & Friends in New York, directed Dance Alloy in Pittsburgh, PA, and was on the dance faculties of Princeton University and the University of Limerick, Ireland. He was the U.S. Program Director and Program Coordinator for the School for Body-Mind Centering® and co-directed the Embodied Performing Arts Program in London, U.K. Taylor teaches movement workshops and embodiment practices in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Central and South America, maintains a private movement therapy practice in Pittsburgh, and is president of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).