A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice

A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice

A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice

A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice


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Is it possible to remain connected to the wholeness of embodied experience, as modern life becomes increasingly disembodied, fragmented and fast-moving? Many people hunger for a meaningful movement practice, but struggle to find it. The movement practice offered in this book is an inquiry into the nature of human flourishing. Our lives are made of movements, and bringing an organizing consciousness to our moment-by-moment experience opens a flow of intelligence from the natural world through our senses and tissues. Instead of living “on the surface,” we can know ourselves as part of nature’s body, connected to nature’s life force. This book is a guide to establishing a personal movement practice that can serve as the foundation of daily life, with the body itself as teacher.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948796750
Publisher: Epigraph Publishing
Publication date: 06/14/2019
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Beth Pettengill Riley is a global leader in somatic movement education and therapy, as well as a seasoned somatic movement activist with over 40 years of experience in facilitating workshops in Continuum, yoga and meditation. She has a master's in education with a specialization in dance from Stanford University and currently serves as president of the board of the International Somatic Movement and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Beth passionately engages embodiment as a spiritual path and maintains a private practice in Santa Cruz, CA, assisting individuals in finding greater freedom of movement.

Priscilla Auchincloss has been seeking to understand how the world works for most of her life. She earned a doctorate in experimental physics from Columbia University and, as a professor and administrator at the University of Rochester, investigated the role of gender in the culture of science. Finding in movement a way to reclaim a more authentic, elemental and physical life, she left the university, opened a movement studio, and became an authorized teacher of Continuum. She lives and works in Rochester, NY, and continues to explore movement as a path of insight into the world and healing the modern soul.

Table of Contents


Preface: About Continuum


Preparing for practice

Writing about your experience

Week 1: The Elements of Practice

Week 2: Setting Up the Experiment

Week 3: Amplifying your Practice

Working on the chair

Week 4: Moving Beyond the Container

Week 5: Sensation and Reflection

Working with pain

Week 6: A Movement Practice to Sustain You

Designing your own sequence

Essential Reading


Watermark Arts

About the Authors

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