Baby, Moves Me.

It’s feeling deeply inside.
It’s breathing.
It’s in the allowing of my body to be…
As it is.

It’s in exploration and curiosity,
It’s the open attentiveness with which I
Trace the emerging movements.

It’s the sounds and the gestures
That flow.
It’s the moments of
Infinite Pause
And
The fluid undulations in my spine.

It’s the way the breath begins
Each movement and
To it, the movement
Returns.

It’s the willingness to feel
Each moment as it bubbles to the surface and
The underlying stillness at its core.

It is deeply feeling this life
Growing, moving, exploring
From the inside out.

It is the story of evolution that
Ripens within my womb.
The miracle of life from
Formless to form.

It is these moments in which we
Move together
As one.

It is these moments… and
There are only these moments.

Hayley Price

Sometimes dancing is the best choice!

This morning, after I finished my cup of nettle tea, all Bumpy and I wanted to do was DANCE!

I laid out my yoga mat and it lay there, untouched, as we DANCED!

Celebration needed to move its way freely through my body.

My body called to move me, not me move it.

How do you know when dancing is the best choice?

When it’s the one you make in that moment and you go with it and let it unfold you.

Come dance ūüôā

Somatic Yoga: Pulsing from the Heart

Sharing a little snippet from this mornings practice. 

A soft and fluid, whole body, movement sequence that centre’s around the heart.¬†

Supportive, self touch is encouraged to enhance connections throughout the body.
Breathe and move at your own pace, with the rhythm of breath that feels good, light and easeful for you. 
The same goes for your movement Рallow it to be easeful Рmind with matter as oppose to old school mind over matter. 
How is it to feel your way through the movements rather than think about what they ‘should’ look like?
The invitation is to be mindful of the experience as a whole, throughout the entire body, to be open and receptive to what may reveal itself to you through this sequence, rather than try to impose meaning upon it. 

Once you’ve got the hang of it you can switch off the video and make it entirely your own, in your own pace, rhythm, and movement style.

Enjoy! 

High Heathercombe and Nature Reconnection

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Last week Ross and I visited the land around High Heathercombe centre on Dartmoor. We walked through the Edge Sculpture trail in the woodland and then visited some of the gardens and appreciated the surrounding landscape.

When we left the house, I was feeling quite tired with a buzzing, foggy feeling in my brain. I was sleepy after a month of traveling from place to place for study, work and beautiful weddings that, although each ing their own sense were great experiences, were needing some space for digestion and stillness.

We drove the 40 minutes from our home in Totnes to the centre on Dartmoor and I watched the landscape drift before my eyes to that or a more rural, wild and natural setting. We found the track that led us to our desired location and parked up by the woodland.

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It’s not just here, many woodlands seem to touch me in this way. As soon as I step inwards, immerse myself amongst the tall trees, crackling leaves, vivid greens, and wet earth, something in me calms. The whole cycle of life is represented here. I am inwardly soothed by the lucidity of this space, the clarity it evokes within me.

And here, woven in amongst the vibrant, natural landscape, is art. Art that, too, evokes my senses and inspires my mind. I am struck as I walk through this space by how my senses become alive and awakened. I can hear, see, taste, smell and feel more clearly.

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We weave our way through and along the trail. My heart skips a beat at the amount of community projects that include pieces created children and families that evoke awareness of  environmental issues and sustainability. Sculptures are either formed from earthen wares or recycled / reclaimed materials and educate on welfare of the bees, our planet, contain a philosophical message or offer a direct experience with my own hopes, dreams, wishes and desires through this living body.

One such moment came about when we came across a pod that held the wishes of people for our own lives as for our planet. We were invited to enter a quiet area where we had access to pen and paper to write these down. Ross and I sat in there for a while, in silence, while the gentle babbling of the brook and the soft breeze amongst the leaves and birdsong surround us.

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After some time, I had the strong desire to bring this contemplative time into movement through my body Рto experience in a lived way through this living entity, that which I was contemplating and feeling. I asked Ross if he would be open to witnessing me in movement and offered him the same in return. As I moved, I could feel the messages within my body becoming more clear and grounded. I attuned to the feeling of them in the presence of my witness, not just the thought, but all that was coursing through me there and then in that emerging moment. We held the discipline of the practice of Authentic Movement in that Ross witnessed me while I moved and I then witnessed him. We then discussed our own experience of being both witness and mover.

Through taking these short moments to turn towards our bodies in movement and to practice conscious listening and speaking with each other, our senses became acutely attuned, our relationship with each other and our natural environment both heightened and deepened. There was a piercing and beautiful silence that penetrated everything and I felt I could truly breathe again, breathe with this living, breathing world.

 

There was something about this space, the sculpture trail in the forest as well as the intentional landscape  and focus of the High Heathercombe Centre, that conveyed to me a way in which the man made and the wild can coexist in harmony with each other. I have so much been exploring and integrating this within my own being of late, finding places of conflict between form and fluidity, order and chaos, as well as the places where these opposites meet, relate and even thrive through their relationships to each other.

I feel a much needed sense of renewal and hope that these meetings are possible. This feels so important to me when I consider so much of the conflict that is present in the world today through our relationships to politics, to our natural world, to each other and to ourselves, all of which can be so overwhelming that we deafen, dumb and dissociate ourselves from all that is occurring.

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I am reminded, when I step into nature, the absolute intimacy that I can share with the landscape, the intimacy I can feel with myself and how that affects my perspective and relationships out with this space too. Without this nourishment, I am not sure I would be of much use in the world at all. Without these moments of silence that speak volumes to me, I may end up a collapsed heap upon the floor, weighed down by all the ‘bad news’ that is projected into our society and culture.

I feel an infinite gratitude towards nature – our natural world as well as our inner nature. Movement, voice, the creative arts allow me to access and express that which is within me – the sadness, the joy, the anger, the celebration, all of it. Spending time in reciprocal relationship with our natural world inspires me to express as well as, I feel, holds an unconditional space for me, you, we, us….. and then it’s important to take that back into the man made – how can our inner nature flow in harmony ¬†with our outer world in a way that serves humanity and respects natural, wild spaces?

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Somatic Yoga in Pregnancy

Somatic Yoga in Pregnancy
A little snippet of my this mornings emerging movements.

This is not intended to be used as a set practice, although, if you would like to – go for it! My intention is more to show how the intuitive body can flow into, from and through movements when it is allowed.

(I am in the 2nd trimester of pregnancy so I would recommend, if you are to use this video, to use it from the 2nd trimester onwards – I felt so sick in the first trimester I could barely move at all!! It’s great to be celebrating movement again after a break!)

Some of what you will see here is sequence (mainly for supporting my sacroiliac joints as they loosen in pregnancy!)… most is intuitive, the bits in between and around the sequences – there are no names for ‘postures’ – just deep listening to the body and allowing it to move and express as it needs to in each unfolding moment.

Enjoy!

Somatic Yoga is focused towards exploring an intuitive knowing of the body, moment to moment, from the inside out. It integrates sound and intuitive, free form, movement with simple and gentle sequences that promote presence. The invitation is offered to fully inhabit the body and access its innate wisdom through your own unique experience. Somatic Yoga is less about physical achievement and more about developing a healthy relationship with yourself, your practice, others and Life. In this way, movement is used as a tool to inquire within, to develop open attentiveness and creativity as well as to aid relaxation and release. The environment is non-competitive and you are encouraged to listen to the needs of your own body without force. With the focus on mindfully staying with breath and physical sensations this practice can access the level of the nervous system as well as the emotional body. In this way it naturally supports integration and healing. It can also be very useful for pain management and relaxation.

Women’s Circle, Edinburgh, June.

Would you like to be part of a gathering of women in Edinburgh on June 20th?

Coming together to celebrate, share and support each other as Midsummer draws towards her fullness.

I would love to share space with you while I am in Scotland.

So, I hope to hold a women’s gathering on the evening of Monday, June 20th.

I am thinking between 6.30-9pm or thereabouts.

Would you like to come?

We will sing together, move together and share together.

I hope to hold a gentle space in which we will explore being human, being woman, through movement, voice, partner / group activity and sharing.

This will be a one off opportunity while I am in Edinburgh so do let me know if you would like to come. (let me know by Thursday this week if you can, as June 20th is coming up soon!)

Investment: £30 (£25 concession)

Spaces: Limited to 12 participants.

I hope to hear from you soon!

As soon as I have enough participants I will start taking bookings!

All warm wishes,

Hayley xx

And for anyone interested, here is a link to my latest blog post.

https://integratedembodiment.com/2016/06/05/mama-moves/

Mama Moves

A video and some writing I made this morning ūüôā

I have other things to do,
“Important things,”
But the music it pulls me in
Like a river….

I have to move.
I must.

I feel something in my hydrated heart
That needs to move through me.
A love,
A gratitude,
A fullness.

And inside my belly,
A babe is growing and
Moving with me.

A babe is listening to
The music,
Turning and rolling,
Exploring the vast ocean of
My womb.

So I move because I must,
Because there is no other way.
And I sing because my heart
Sings within me,
Because there is sound that
Moves as another limb of this movement
Through my body,
Through my whole body.

How else can it be?
In this moment as it
unfolds its way
Through me.

Hayley Price
www.integratedembodiment.com

Music: Jon Hopkins: Immunity

A great talk from Somatic Perspectives

I just listened to this talk while engaging in my creative movement practice.

I feel it sums up a lot of what I am working towards and motivated to share through Integrated Embodiment in terms of articulating the link between somatic movement, somatic psychotherapy, wisdom teachings and the arts.

I still have a breadth of learning to experience within these fields but listening to this talk makes me excited about what I feel I am moving towards birthing into the world in a more integrated way at some point.

For the time being, I share what I can where I’m at.¬†

Enjoy!

http://somaticperspectives.com/2012/01/johnson-rappaport/

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This body, the Earth

As I moved this morning, this was born …

This body, the Earth.

I begin with a dance,
A more upbeat one my music
shuffle list comes up with.

I have no idea what will come.

This track emerges,
slower, the sounds of daily life
perhaps in a village far away.

I begin.

I do not know what will come.

I stretch and move and soon…
The images arise.
I am there in that village.
I am those sounds.
They move through my body.

I touch the Earth.

I touch the Earth.
I find a great tenderness.
So great it touches my heart
deeply.

Something about the children singing.
Something about the everydayness of it.
Something about the birdsong,
The buffaloes, the rain.

This Earth.

This Earth.

I touch the Earth.
I touch my body.

This body,
The Earth.

I am made of it. 

I feel such tenderness
And tears.

Tears of a mixture of awe,
Of longing, of sadness,
Of Love.

This body,

The Earth.

I am made of it.

At once in my living room,
And another in this far off place,
Where these things happen every day.
Where my bare feet touch the Earth,
Where children sing.

My movement is slow.
I move my hand up my body,
As I pass my throat the tears lift to
My eyes.

My body,
The Earth.
I am made of it.

Hayley 16th May 2016

Music: African Dream by Shaman’s Dream

June Workshop, Edinburgh

Summer Solstice Celebration!

 

June 25th 10:30am-5:30pm
OR
June 26th 10:30am-5:30pm
OR
Both Days
Location: TBC
Investment: £65 if one day,

£140 (£125 if booked before May 18th) if two days (TBC)

Cost does not include accommodation, which must be arranged individually.

I hope this finds you all very well! I am settling into our new place down south, slowly making a house a home. We don’t have the internet set up at home yet so please do bear with my slow responses. I do love to hear from you!!

Below is information about what I envision for our June workshop.
Those of you who are interested in coming, please let me know the day you can make, or both days so that I can organise this and start to take bookings.

Please only respond if you are committed to coming on one or both of the days.

That way I can assess if it will work for me too. I will need a minimum of 12 people to run this workshop and will take a maximum of 16. I will run either a one day or a two day workshop depending on numbers. The workshop will be in, or accessible, to Edinburgh.

Exchange Opportunity!
Would you like to attend this workshop in exchange for your time?
I am looking for someone to help me to find a venue for either one of the days or both days, depending on what people can commit to. Your task would be to secure a beautiful venue, preferably close to nature in return for a space on the workshop with no fee. 

I will offer this place on a first come first serve basis.
Again, please only apply if you are committed and you realistically have the time to search for a venue, which will need to be secured asap.

To apply, please write to me letting me know if you do have the time and why you would like to attend the workshop. I will send you more details about what I have in mind for a venue once you have applied.

 

Summer Solstice Celebration!
Information Below

Sunneerfly!

Join us to celebrate the Summer Solstice! This weekend will offer a chance to connect with like minded people in a nourishing space focused on presence and creative inquiry! 

We will nourish and resource our beings by calling into our awareness all that we feel grateful for in our lives – the celebrations and the challenges – as we reflect upon how they have helped us to evolve into who we are today!

We will share and sculpt our dreams, visions and desires, calling them into presence and contemplating the ways in which they are already birthing through us. 

We will cultivate useful resources through exploring creative movement, vocal play, time for reflective presence and connecting with each other in a safe and held space. 

We will share time and space with each other, bare witness to each other and, perhaps, allow ourselves to be seen. We will meet new people, make new friends and connect more deeply with ourselves.

 

I hope to open for bookings within the next couple of weeks, provided I enough people are committed to attending and we have a venue!

Very much looking forward to reconnecting in June!

Much love,

Hayley