body earth and breath
I have long been interested in exploring and working with the body. Since being a teenager coming into my body through movement has been a way of connecting with and resourcing myself. I have taught yoga at Bodywise in Manchester for many years now. During this time both my personal practice and approach to teaching have ongoingly changed and evolved. It has been important to me to see the practice as a process of enquiry, exploration and creativity. My approach these days could perhaps be best described as Somatic Yoga. How I practice and teach tends to be quite slow, giving time and space and exploring sensations and returning to presence.
For some years now I have also been drawn to also exploring less structured somatic /embodied movement approaches - allowing movement to arise from listening to impulses within the bodymind rather than from an external form. In particular I love the practice of Authentic Movement, a little known but very rich embodied relational movement practice. It’s a bit like doing the metta bhavana through movement! Whether through movement or meditation I am really interested in discovering how the body can be a 'doorway' into listening to ourselves and can help us find a deeper, more open, easeful relationship to ourselves, others and the world around us.
Inalu Ruth Antoli -is a yoga teacher and body movement therapist. She completed the Iyengar yoga teacher training in Edinburgh and studied in Pune, India. She further developed her practice following the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli. She has also studied Thai Massage and Shiatsu, which greatly enhances her work and makes it truly holistic.
Her passion for working with the body began 20 years ago, initially through contemporary dance and currently improvised movement, butoh dance and expressive arts. For her awareness is core to the practice, grounding ourselves into the body, into the present moment, inviting our inner wisdom to shine. Out of her research and explorations in working with the body she also offers Fluid Body, a conscious dance movement practice, a space to develop creativity, awareness, expression and vitality through the moving body.
Suitable for people who have been on retreat before and have a regular meditation practice. These are more intensive than introductory retreats.
Each day we will explore how the body can be a 'doorway' into listening to ourselves and take us into a deeper, more open and easeful relationship to our experience. We will offer guided and improvised movement explorations; for example how is it to feel ourselves made of the earth, to inhabit and breathe our bones and find the movements stories and images they hold.
Our explorations over the week will include movement, stillness, dance, drawing, dialogue and poetry.
We will also introduce the practice of authentic movement, which invites us to deeply attend to the body's impulses and follow their expression in movement. In this practice life becomes more spontaneous, creative, and more deeply personal, as we allow ourselves to become authentic to our own nature –more genuinely who we are.
Each day there will also be periods of meditation and free time as well as periods of silence.
No experience of movement or bodywork is needed to join us. If what we describe here resonates with you then it is for you and we look forward to meeting you!
For more information read the retreat information sheet.