Poise, Posture, Presence

For You

How To Be In Your Body, Interview for "This Podcast Is A Ritual"

So a wizard walks into a workshop… for real though. I recently held a workshop at Movement Research in New York City and a certain 21st century wizard, Devin Person, was in attendance and then asked me to be on his podcast. Appropriately named “This Podcast Is A Ritual,” I chose the theme: “align.” In this interview we talk about my journey with debilitating chronic pain and how that led me to Alexander Technique, the chair as a microcosm for addressing habits, and why capitalism encourages the disconnection of body + mind. It was truly a blast of a conversation with lots of insightful nuggets. Though I can’t confidently tell you exactly what it means to be a wizard, I can speak to the fact that there are many modern witches investing in the power of intention as magic. Intention and attention are our tools for transformation.

I teach my students how to have conscious choice. My job is to provide the space for them to learn and grow and be comfortable with being wrong, that is the way that you learn how to improve. There’s no room for growth if you are constantly doing the same thing over and over again.

I’m not teaching people something new. This is something that you have already, a natural coordination and we are learning what it is that you are over-doing that is stopping you from tapping into that.

I cannot address someone in their habits if they’re thinking, ‘I need to do this right, I need to be perfect,’
or if they’re trying to control in a way. It’s the journey not the destination.

Most of the ways that people are causing harm is when they’re trying to do things correctly or get to the end goal. So they’re not like breathing and feeling in the moment and not being present.
— Deena O. Hyatt
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11 Minute Guided Sound Healing Meditation

11 Minute MindBodyGrace Meditation

Made you an Alexander Technique infused Guided Meditation accompanied by 432 hertz crystal quartz singing bowls.

Take 11 minutes out of your busy day and create a space to practice awareness in non-doing, allowing your system to organize and re-calibrate.

Ideally do this in Constructive Rest on a yoga mat or carpet on the floor with a book under your head.

Practice non-doing and everything will fall into place.
— Lao Tzu


Constructive Rest

This is a semi-supine power position where you can consciously create space for your self. The floor and book provide steady support and feedback for your system to re-organize. With your feet hip width apart, allow your bent knees to shoot towards the sky. If knees bent isn’t comfortable yet, that’s okay, that will change. For now, put a long pillow under the knees or rest your legs on a chair or couch. With your arms in a triangle of support, you can feel your breath with your hands on your stomach

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Sound Healing

Sound is vibrational in nature, and everything that moves vibrates, from the smallest molecule to the universe itself. 

Scientific studies show that sound can produce changes in the autonomic, immune, endocrine and neuropeptide systems. 

Crystal bowls are made from 99.992% pure crushed quartz and heated to about 4000 degrees in a centrifugal mold.

The bowls produce powerful pure tones that are very nurturing to the human body. 

These bowls are tuned to 432 Hz (as opposed to 440 which is common in Western music). This is said to be the frequency found in nature, to aid in healing. 

Special thanks to Michelle Berc, Sonic Being, for the bowls.