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

Body-Mind Centering® Workshops

Alignment through the Seven Diaphragms
With Ellen Barlow and Mark Taylor

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.

Friday, November 14, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Cost: $100/$90 (early reg.) $190 for both workshops


Deep Embodiment: The Skeletal, Organ, and Fluid Systems
With Ellen Barlow and Mark Taylor

Are you feeling stressed, tired, impatient, or stale? Are you living with aches and pains? Attending Deep Embodiment will provide you with tools to counteract your discomfort, whether physical, mental, or emotional. Touching on three of your body systems—skeletal, organ, and fluid—you will learn how to initiate movement from both your container (bones) and contents (organs) while finding the pleasure of internal communication and irrigation through awareness of your fluids. You will use breathing techniques, simple movement, a bit of anatomical detail, and deepening body consciousness to reduce postural restrictions and provide lightness and freedom for your entire body, mind, and spirit.

Saturday, November 15, 1 – 5 pm

Cost: $133/$120 (early reg.) $190 for both 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).