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Developmental Movement for Adults:

re-discover the building blocks underlying coordination with Ellen Barlow and Doug MacKenzie

Infants show us how the impulse to move arises reflexively, then develops into functional patterns. In this workshop we will explore some of the patterns of our own earliest movement, and uncover innate impulses that allow coordination to make natural sense. This can be perceived as our movement feeling easier, or more graceful, or energized. Through this study, our spontaneous activity becomes aligned with our intent through the most efficient pathways available, and many things we like to achieve through movement become newly accessible. We aim to make this fun and practical, i.e. applicable to activities of daily living, GYROTONICⓇ exercise and yoga practices.

Saturday, Feb 6 from 1-3pm - $60


NEW Body-Mind Centering® Workshops with Ellen Barlow & Mark Taylor

The Radiant Heart

Your heart is a pulsing muscle, a sense organ, a gland, and the center of your circulatory system. It has an electromagnetic field and is an important center of wisdom within your body.  Embodying and sensing each aspect of the heart can refine your GYROTONIC® or yoga practice on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. Toning your heart center strengthens, coordinates, and aligns your upper body (neck, shoulders, and arms) and provides the support for self-nurturing and relating to others.

Friday, March 18, 2016 from 6:30-9:30pm - $90


Mindful Movement for the Elegant Spine

Embodiment of your living vertebral column is key to finding vitality in the movement of your entire body. As you develop sensory awareness of your central axis and understand its anatomy, you will identify those habits of movement that lead you toward pain, and those that create pathways toward greater ease. You will learn how to seek balance among the three curves of your spine, enhance your stability and mobility, and find a relationship between the front and back of your body.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 1-4pm - $90

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).