by Karola Luettringhaus, who will teach June 2-4, 2017 from 9-12.
'Movement is intelligence. Watch a person move, walk, tackle the challenges that day to day activities pose. The tremendous complexity of seeming simplicity is overwhelming and awe inspiring!
I dare to hypothesize that hierarchy does not exist! There is no prime mover, no leader, no follower. There is not better or worse, no more or less important. What is really at work here is a democracy, an interplay and inter-connected-ness.
As a movement researcher, I am fascinated by this complexity, the beauty, and by the intelligence of the human body. Our body thinks, it acts independently, has autonomy. It is worth a look, study and the desire to understand its workings. Our bodies reflect back on us what our universe looks like. Our body reflects back on us a community and a sense of interdependence that is omnipresent in all, and among all, structures.
Our bodies reinforce the wisdom that we are alike, all of us, and that we are all kin under the skin. Compare the skeletons of humans, cats, turtles, birds, snakes, fish. The similarities are striking! Our nerve cells look the same, our building blocks are the same. We are made of the same material which begs to conclude that we all experience the world very similarly on many very fundamental levels. Contemplating this gives me great insight into my own body, and the meaning of life.
Study our joints, our tissues and discover that movement is essential for life, that happiness is derived from movement, that all bodies are built to move, to constantly change and evolve, respond and play with one another. We can deduct that happiness can come from focusing on these issues, by listening, by allowing us to go back to the basics, by listening rather than imposing goals that we, or society, has imposed on us. What is truly important, what does that even mean, what is arbitrary, useful or unnecessary? What is to achieve, what is to gain?
Answer, at least for me: Peace. A body at peace, at joyful interplay, at ease, at collaboration. A world at ease, at play, at collaboration. Studying the body gives me open mindedness, and willingness to listen, to receive, to contemplate, to allow the body to respond instead of 'defend'.
In my class, 'BII - The Body's intrinsic intelligence' we study being in the moment, listening foremost, and then responding to real demands, to actual challenges and developing a sensitivity to our selves and our environment. We engage both the body and the mind... come to find the two are not as separate as we typically conceptualize. The body is intelligent, the body feels, talks, responds, gives, analyses, suggests, supports. Let's listen and go with the flow!
I look forward to discovering and playing with you in June.'