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L29 Dance 332Mind-Body: Integral Practices2.0 Units
Description:The mind and the body are not only connected, they are a fundamental unity, always functioning in a coordinated state. Whether or not we coordinate them well or badly is a choice we make, whether we are conscious of choosing or not. Many so-called "physical" exercises, activities and arts suffer from a lack of adequate skills of sensation, attention, perception and conscious control. Conversely, many so-called "mental" activities lack adequate awareness of the bodily underpinnings of thought. Like a person learning to play a musical instrument, one's ability to coordinate the mental and physical aspects of Self toward one's best personal potential is a skill requiring study of strategies and techniques for good practice in "being well." Such ideas and methods are not "new age," but can be traced back through more than a century in the work of investigators such as F.M. Alexander, progressive educator John Dewey, anthropologist Raymond Dart, and many others. Through direct experience and related readings, this class will introduce students to "somatic," or "integral" practices -- activities that are inherently more effective at developing the aspects of Self in a coordinated and authentically holistic manner. We then learn to apply our understanding to all kinds of activities, both mental and physical, from chores to exercise, from arts to sports, from hobbies to vocations. Some kind of prior movement training (e.g., athletics, martials arts, dance, etc.) is preferable, but not required.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:CPA Fees:
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