Workshops at Moving for Life’s Studio 55C


Embodied Physiology – learning to feel and heal your own body

Neuro-Motor Development/Learning to Move – understanding how your early movement experiences – from conception to now impact our behavior

Bartenieff Fundamentals – experiencing relaxing ways to align the body and strengthen your ability to move efficiently

Laban Movement Analysis – open up your worldview of what movement is all about. Discover why non-verbal communication is important and how to talk about what you do and see.

Find August 2019 – January 2020 Workshops Here



BodyMind Dancing Pedagogy Workshop

Thursday, Jan 31st 2019  10pm-3pm


Instructor: Dr. Martha Eddy

Learn the principles and choreography of BodyMind Dancing – the somatic dance system of Martha Eddy that has been featured at international dance festivals, colleges and in NYC dance studios since 1982.  It’s an evolving improvisational process. Bring your talents and passions to “the classic” phrases (shaped from Dynamic Embodiment principles of Laban/Bartenieff and Body-Mind Centering, Dance Injury Reduction, Contact Improv, Modern Dance forms and more) and choreographic structures (derived from Art Bauman, Barbara Diley, Robert Ellen Dunn, Anna Halprin, James Waring among others).


PAST WORKSHOPS (to be offered again in the future):

The Following Workshops Fulfill credit hours to become a Dynamic Embodiment Practitioner,  Moving For Life Certified Instructor, or Certified Teacher of BodyMind Dancing:

Embodied Physiology/a Dynamic Embodiment perspective that highlights the Body Systems Work of Body-Mind Centering®

Workshops may be taken together or separately. However, in selecting your classes you are asked to make sure you experience at least two hours of  moving and touching each of the following six body systems: muscles, skeletal system, organs, glands, fluids and nervous system


 Look out for Workshops and Mini-Workshops such as:

Unraveling the Stress Response

Instructors: Dana Davison and Mandy Chan

Calming the nervous system through a guided experiential meditation, bringing awareness to the adrenal glands and kidneys through hands-on self-care, and moving the whole body with different rhythms and dynamics all provide support for a healthy bodily response to accumulated stress. Working from the inside out, the hypothalamus and pituitary gland also come into play. Part of a Somatic Wellness Series, this workshop exercises body parts and systems through Dynamic Embodiment, also integrating practices from yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Breathing From the Heart: Somatic Anatomy® Workshop

Instructors: Dana Davison and Lissa Michalak

The heart is one of the most vital structures in the body. Its ability to survive and protect itself is unparalleled. This workshop explores the anatomical reasons behind its resilience, and how tapping into the heart organ and heart glands through physiology, visualization, breath work, sounding, touch and movement, can enhance the entire body’s ability to recuperate and rebound. In Breathing from the Heart, one can find balance in giving and receiving, being active and being still, finding compassion for others and for oneself. (organs)

Somatic Anatomy® Workshop: Joints & Injuries (focuses on musculo-skeletal system with exposure to other 4 body systems – organs, glands, fluids and nervous system)

Instructor: Lissa Michalak

Neuro-Motor Development: An Experiential Movement Approach Learning to Move

Instructors: Dana Davison & Mandy Chan

Go back to the beginning of life, from cells to pre-birth, with a basic introduction to embryology from a Body-Mind Centering® perspective, to our earliest memories of our very creation, and see how it informs our movement patterns today. Move from newborn to one-year-old patterns, experiencing the relational cycle of yield, push, reach and pull, as well as the practice of “Series One” – developmental movement progression created by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Practice adult sequences of Neuro-Motor development to feel core-limb relationships, drawing on the work of physical therapist, Irmgard Bartenieff. Learn how we practice and apply these teachings within Moving For Life DanceExercise for Health®.

The Body in Translation

Instructor: Dana Davison

Moving to a poem and short story read in Russian and English, then from drawings of the story, this workshop examines the relationship between words and sound, languages and form, images and movement, exploring the impulses and reactions of these bodily translations, addressing the questions: How do we translate what we hear in a language we don’t speak, into our bodies? How does the experience change when we understand the words? What happens when we see images of the story?



  • Neuro-Motor Developmental Sequences with Organ or Glandular Support
  • Fluid Systems of the Body
  • Developing Alignment and Strength with Fluid Support: Accessing muscles, bones and fluids
  • Eye-Hand-Body Development – Activities for attention and the visual system: Engaging nervous system, glands and organs
  • The Power of Flow and the Flow of Power: Finding The Physical Support for Inner Strength to Enhance Communication and Relationships – Balancing the Autonomic nervous system, organs, and the endocrine glands



Fluid Yoga Flow  

Instructor: Kristin DeGroat

Shift your view of gravity by focusing on the fluids of the body in this class and workshop. Our bodies are comprised of nearly 60% water, and yet when we hold yoga asanas (postures), our practice can tend to become rigid.

Vinyasa yoga links movement with breath, and offers the opportunity to move and breathe rhythmically. This is experienced most dynamically as we transition from one posture to another. And yet, on a subtle level it can be felt in the asana itself – every inhale breath giving us the opportunity to expand and pull back, and every exhale the opportunity to root down and become more stable.

Add to this the experience of moving from the fluids and tissues of the body, and we take our practice to another level. Ultimately, it will change the way you carry your body and move.

Yoga Workshop: Balancing Mobility and Stability in the Ball and Socket Joints of the Body – An Exploration of the Hips & Shoulders 

Instructors: Kristin DeGroat and Inger DeGroat