Feldenkrais® & Taiji 2021

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Myths of Core Stability  ~  Taiji 5 section form, stances, Mandarin  & English titles ~

~ Improve your posture, stamina and balance. Enjoy moving gently, easily, elegantly.
~  Learn to refine your internal-external organization to produce powerful movements!
~ Develop your ability to turn in any direction safely.
~ Discover a beautiful complement to earthquake or disaster preparedness.

Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement,
Classical Peking 24 section Yang style Taiji &  5 section Yang style Tai Chi
(practice notes included).

☯ Workshops & Private Lessons in  Vancouver BC by request

☯ Vancouver BC & Online
Please see studio calendar for dates and times!

☯ Free Class in of Vancouver BC throughout the month of May each year!
WHEN See studio calendar for dates and times!
WHO: For beginners and those with experience.
Participate as often as you wish.
WHERE: Location TBA, Vancouver BC
CELEBRATE: Join us to celebrate International Feldenkrais Week! & Dunbar Salmonberry Days during the month of May each year!
TEACHERS Katarina Halm and we hope to include Guest Teacher Yanjiang Liu again for the morning series!

Notes from Katarina Halm:  With the year 2016 I celebrated ten years  teaching as a certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Education.  It is also a great pleasure to serve as a Level 3 Senior Instructor with the Canadian Taijiquan Federation (since 2011).  My experience with martial arts began in San Francisco 1965-70 when I studied Aikido with Robert Nadeau.

Katarina Aikido with Robert Nadeau Shihan,7th Dan1968

to enhance my performance as a Ballet dancer and teacher.

In 1970 I moved to Vancouver, BC to teach Ballet for Norbert Vesak at his West Vancouver School while he traveled to choreograph for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. In addition to teaching Ballet I completed certification in the Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Education and studied Yang style Taijiquan in Vancouver with Raymond Chung, Sam Masich, and Shou Yu Liang.

Since 1991 I have been teaching Taijiquan at various locations in Vancouver and Victoria, including Waterloo Park, Dunbar Community Center Park, Crofton Manor, Ten Thousand Villages, and Southlands Farm Markets. My Feldenkrais® practice, beginning in 2007 and continues to enhance the Taijiquan curriculum.

Here are two moves from the ancient Water Style Taijiquan “Luihe Bafa”:

Weekly Taijiquan classes are adapted for those of all abilities and disabilities who wish to improve their stamina, balance and well being while enjoying time with others. The class meets for 45 minutes including warm up exercises, a basic form and invocations to the elements – EARTH, SKY, FIRE, WATER, WIND and WOOD – to ground students in the philosophy of Taiji.

As the classes progress over several weeks, months, and years, I include “prognosis”: watching my students to determine what they like to do best, what they do well, building on their strengths until they feel confident with a few movements. Each student refines the weaker parts of his/her practice through an organic process which ican be expereinced as “happy learning “.

Katarina Halm, M.A.,, CFT, GCFP
Focusing training, Dream Appreciation, Philosophy of the Implicit
Feldenkrais® Method of Somatic Education
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Sounder Sleep System™

* The terms Feldenkrais, Awareness Through Movement, and Functional Integration are registered service marks  in Canada of the FELDENKRAIS GUILD of North America (FGNA).
* Bones for Life® is a registered service mark of Ruthy Alon