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Core Awareness, Revised Edition Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise, and Dance

ISBN-10: 1583945016
ISBN-13: 9781583945018
Edition: 2012
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Description: Core Awareness, Revised Edition: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise, and Danceoffers a guide to Core Awareness, a body-oriented approach that explores the practice of bringing focus and attention to inner sensation as the means of cultivating an  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 9/25/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Core Awareness, Revised Edition: Enhancing Yoga, Pilates, Exercise, and Danceoffers a guide to Core Awareness, a body-oriented approach that explores the practice of bringing focus and attention to inner sensation as the means of cultivating an innate capacity for expressive movement. Developed by somatic educator and author Liz Koch, the book's Core Awareness movements, stretches, and mindfulness explorations are designed to enhance sensory development and shift readers from the standard paradigm of the body as an "isolated object" to a holistic paradigm of the human being as part of a living process of dynamic expression. This shift in perspective offers practitioners and teachers of movement, yoga, pilates, bodywork, exercise, and dance an empowering model for self-healing and the key to increasing strength, gaining flexibility, preventing injury, and improving resiliency.Describing the practice of moving from one's core, Koch highlights the importance of engaging the psoas muscle--located on either side of the spine--to integrate the body, mind, emotion, and spirit. Koch also discusses the pelvis as the foundation of our physical core and the vital connection with our bones to gain a sense of support, nourishment, joint integrity, skeletal balance, and healthy muscle tone. Rewritten with updated information, this revised edition includes 247 new photos and 25 new Core Awareness explorations--with 64 in total. A suggested reading list at the end of the book provides resources for continuing the development of the ideas presented within the book."It seems that yoga classes are offered on every corner these days, but unfortunately they often emphasize movement over awareness, stretching over sensing, and pushing oneself over self-exploration. Luckily Liz Koch's book can offer the yoga student inspiration as well as simple exercises which can create both the depth of feeling and the profound sensitivity necessary to use yoga practice as a physical, mental, and spiritual tool for transformation. I recommend it highly."--Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT, yoga yeacher, and author of30 Essential Yoga Poses: For Beginning Students and Their TeachersEbook (978-1-58394-525-4) will also be on sale on 9/25/2012.

An international somatic educator and author with thirty years of experience, Liz Koch offers workshops and classes at professional institutions worldwide and her work has been featured in national and international publications including Yoga Journal, Massage Magazine, and Yoga and Health

Emilie Conrad, the founder of Continuum, was born and raised in New York City where she studied ballet and Afro-Haitian dance. After moving to Los Angeles in 1963, she began teaching at the Actors Studio, where her novel approach to movement helped performing artists and led to her choreographing and directing numerous plays and performance works. In 1974, Conrad pioneered a protocol for spinal cord injury, and from 1974 to 1979 she was Movement Specialist in a research study conducted by Dr. Valerie Hunt at UCLA. This groundbreaking study demonstrated that fluid, primary movement is essential in our ability to innovate. Enhancing these fundamental movements has a potential to create a rich intrinsic environment that brings forth new insights in our understanding of the human body and its potential to create alternate systems. Considered a visionary in movement education, Conrad's inspiring work has been incorporated by an international audience of professionals from fields such as Rolfing, Zero balancing, Hellerwork, Craniosacral therapy, Osteopathy, physical therapy, dance, Psychoneuroimmunology, and physical fitness. She teaches Continuum workshops around the world.

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