Dynamic Embodiment of the Sun Salutation

Pathways to Balancing the Chakras and the Neuroendocrine System


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Martha Eddy,Shakti Andrea Smith
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About the Authors About the Artist Foreword by Eleanor Criswell Foreword by Per Erez Preface Salute to our Teachers and Acknowledgements Introduction CHAPTER 1 Somatic Awareness and Dynamic EmbodimentSM - Components that Support the Sun Salutation CHAPTER 2 History of Yoga and Chakras/Sun Salutation CHAPTER 3A The Nervous System, Glands and Neuroendocrine System CHAPTER 3B Diving Deeper into Glands CHAPTER 4 Layering in the Chakras CHAPTER 5 The Sun Salutation - Entering the Practice CHAPTER 6 Developmental Movement and the Sun Salutation CHAPTER 7 Considerations for Practicing the Sun Salutation - Preventing and Countering Pain CHAPTER 8 Managing Glandular Challenges CHAPTER 9 Considerations in Teaching the Sun Salutation CHAPTER 10 Get Moving with Glandular and Cultural Awareness, Supported by Nature References Permissions Index
Martha Eddy is the Founding Director of Moving For Life (non-profit); Founder and Director of Dynamic Embodiment Somatic Movement Therapy Training; and Founding Director of the Center for Kinesthetic Education. She has taught at Columbia, Princeton, San Francisco State and New York universities and currently is the Geraldine Ferraro Fellow of Social Justice through Movement at Marymount Manhattan College where she also advises the Body, Science and Motion program. She has been a strong advocate for Somatic Movement as a Certified Teacher of Body-Mind Centering since 1984, former President and Executive Director at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies, Past-President of ISMETA and author of Mindful Movement - the Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action. She began practising the Sun Salutation in 1975 and continued taking yoga classes together with Body-Mind Centering (BMC) community members including Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. By 1984 she was teaching the neuroendocrine developmental courses for the School for BMC and quickly began to apply that knowledge to her Sun Salutation practice which she has sustained for the past 35 years. This Dynamic Embodiment somatic approach has become a road to trauma recovery Post 9/11 (Inner Resilience-Tides Program) and for cancer survivors (Moving For Life Gentle Yoga Moves) as well as a gentle health giving force for dealing with her own Lyme Disease, Hashimotos and other immunological and inflammatory stressors. Shakti Andrea Smith, RSMT, LMT, RYE, APP is a registered Somatic Movement Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist, Registered 500 Hour Yoga Teacher, Polarity Practitioner and owner, teacher, and healer at Prema Soma Healing Arts. She also teaches at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, and is a former faculty member at Movement Research in NYC, as well as being a member of ISMETA and of Yoga Alliance. She has 30 years experience as a student and teacher of the key areas the book is focused on: Yoga, Movement, Chakras, Glands (body-mind centering and anatomy), developmental movement. Shakti has been a yoga teacher for 20 years, movement teacher since 1992, and a licensed professional health practitioner since 1998. She is based in New York City.

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