Universe Somatic: Six Class Series: Alchemy of the Six Elements
May 4 - June 8, 2021
Tuesdays 5 - 6:45 PDT
Universe Somatic is a practice that integrates meditation, imagination, movement and energy work with a spirit of experimentation and playfulness. We explore the union of spaciousness and embodied energies and find that contemplative practice can be expressive, fun and not fixated on quietude.
This Universe Somatic six class series creates a vessel for deep exploration. Each class will center on one of the Six Great Elements: Space, Air, Fire, Earth, Water and Mind, though the interaction and alchemy of different elements will be a part of all classes. The teachings and methods will be developed throughout the series.
The heart of the practice is an alternation between Dzogchen open awareness style sitting meditation and movement sessions. The movement phases are multifaceted- a time to appreciate the simple miracle and joy of the living body, a time to connect with energies and emotions beyond our ordinary sense of self and an opportunity to cut through hindrances to awakened awareness on an energetic level.
For example, in a movement session we may work with Water, inviting and embodying the quality of fluidity in order to soften rigidity in ourselves. The movement sessions open and enliven us in various ways and we bring those qualities back into the sitting sessions.
This practice draws on its vision and methods from Dzogchen and Zen with practices brought in from Paratheatre and Butoh.
This class is open to everyone interested. We request a commitment of attending at least 4 of the 6 classes.
Jogen Salzberg, Sensei