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

The Radiant Heart

Friday, March 18, 2016


Mindful Movement for the Elegant Spine

Saturday, March 19, 2016


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).

Investigating Perception -- Negotiating How We Sense and Know

Saturday November 28 4pm-6pm - $50


Please join me in exploring the Developmental Movement and Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind Centering® in a supportive, guided environment that encourages self-discovery. By exploring the patterns of our earliest movement, and the dynamic anatomy that supports our growth, we re-negotiate limiting habits and arrive at new insights into how to be skillfully embodied in the present.

Our senses begin as potential and develop in response to stimulation and experience. The senses of touch and movement are located throughout the body -- in every cell. The senses of vision, hearing, taste and smell are located in the head. It is through our senses that we receive information from our internal environment (ourselves) and the external environment (others and the world). In this class we investigate how we filter, modify, distort, accept, reject, and use that information.

Perception involves us in the now, in the ongoing psycho-physical interpretation of past experience, present circumstances and future expectations. When we choose to absorb information, we bond to that aspect of our environment. When we block out information, we defend against that aspect. Learning is the process by which we vary our responses to information based on the context of each situation.

Class involves:

Exploration of the six senses (movement, touch, taste, smell, hearing and vision).

Investigation of the perceptual-response cycle as the process of perception.

Bonding, defending and learning as psychophysical processes based on perceptions.

Renegotiating our habits in perceiving


We heal and learn in the way we grew: through movement. In class we will guide you to find support within your living anatomy, while you embody new possibilities from a fuller palette of human developmental potential. We will explore movement experiences together, find balance within ourselves, and move out into the world to share our unique gifts-with all systems revived.