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Aki Omori is a Somatic movement therapist and educator, working with developmental movement patterns, experiential anatomy and Authentic Movement.
Enquiry: Reflexes - waking up feet and hands
Simple and easy exercises to wake up feet and hands. Enquiry about how our reflexes - our automatic movements - support us in the more sophisticated movements. Without them, there's no way one can move freely and gracefully. Great exercises to bring more life into feet and hands and re-establish the pathways between nerve endings and the spine.
Pada Bandha - wake your feet, wake your spine!
Starting slowly and quietly relaxing your nervous system, realigning the pelvis and releasing the spine. Then we use simple and fun rolling around the floor movements as a way to find a subtle but powerful connection between your feet and spine - awakening the Bandha in your Pada (foot)! Pada Bandha connects you to Uddiyana and Mula Bandha, so the whole of the spine is awake! This class includes a gentle yet quite challenging standing sequence and satisfying seated pose. Get ready to roll around!
Enquiry: Lung capacity and how they support the arms
Slow, calm, seated exploration to find out your top, middle and bottom lung’s capacities. This class will: 1. calm you down and create space inside; 2. benefit your posture from the inside; 3. support the ease and range in movements of your arms.
Simple space-creating, gentle energiser
A very simple practice using the awareness of our body surface to create space on the inside. Refreshing, energising and relaxing, this class will get you going during the day or help you to release tension and become more restful in the evening. When we are stressed, feel down or hold an unhelpful posture all day, we lose our inner space - both physically and psychologically. Use this practice to remember the lively space inside of you.
Enquiry: what is fluid movement?
We often talk about 'fluid' movements. What is that? This short talk and exploration will show you one of the key elements for fluid movements. If you’re interested in moving more fluidly, try this class to begin embodying your fluid self. Happy moving!
Falling and rising
We are often going against gravity in our practice. Try this class and learn to let yourself go with the gravity and fall - immediately you will feel ease of effort. When you allow yourself to fall (letting the gravity move through the structure of the body), then you will also find the rising, which is not effortful lifting. The rising also moves up through your body... In this life in your body, you are always falling and rising simultaneously and when you go along with that flow, the world is on your side. A slow yet deep and insightful practice. The class includes hip openers, forward bends, Lotus (with alternatives), deep twists, half Sun Salutations, Locust backbend into Cobra and other standing and seated postures. Let yourself fall and feel the rising. Enjoy.
Expand your range of movement - arms and shoulders
Very simple and fun exercise to free, and increase, the range of mobility in your upper body, shoulders and arms. A little bit of anatomical information to spark your imagination to help move little areas of the upper torso which are often tight and forgotten, thereby limiting the range of mobility. You can now reach more freely into space and your heart will be expressed through your arms more.
Forgotten rise in spine
Simple Hatha based class with the difference! There is a forgotten area in the spine which remain collapsed - not many people notice this, including many experts in movements and bodywork... It is easy to access this area and wake it up. It can change the way you breathe, feel and move. The class includes breath awareness, hip-opening, shoulder opening, Downward Dog, standing/balancing poses, abdominal, reclining forward bends and backbends. Props needed: block and blanket.
Slow floor work releases the spine and opens your body from the inside. If you always struggled with "short hamstrings", then you may discover a new insight in how you can improve your flexibility. This work is inspired by Scaravelli yoga and helps you find your true core strength, that is supple and strong. This could potentially change the way you move.
How to strengthen your legs
This slow yet strong sequence will train your legs gradually. Legs are sometimes weight bearing and strong, sometimes light and float up effortlessly in space. When there's a dialogue between your foot and the ground, movement becomes alive, allowing your body to be fluid. Your whole body learns to move like a well-tuned orchestra. Your legs develop to be strong but they are not chunky and solid. They develop to have strength, elasticity, are able and lean. This will transform the way you practice your yoga.
Discover the power of your hands! A somatic movement exploration to find out how you can open your body and support the ease and delight of movement through the awareness of your hands. Imagine you have big hands, front and back! Then we will explore their energetic relationship to the front & back of your body, shoulder blades, the inside your ribcage. It creates more space in your body. We then apply this awareness to a short standing pose sequence to see how it supports your movements during your yoga class.
Slow paced energetic sequence
A somatic movement exploration to find out how you can open your body and support the ease and delight of movement through the awareness of your hands. Imagine you have big hands, front and back! Then we will explore their energetic relationship to the front & back of your body, shoulder blades, the inside of your ribcage. It creates more space in your body.
Hands on partner work for shoulder release
Through partnerwork we release shoulders, arms and legs. We then apply this awareness to a short standing pose sequence to see how it supports your movements.
Shoulder and arm integration
Using very simple floor exercises, you can release tension in your neck, head and shoulder and spine. They will bring fluidity back in your otherwise stiffened spine. You gain coordination of arm and shoulder effortlessly, by going through the movements. Do them slow enough so that you can feel what's happening in your body. You don't need to understand what's going on. Just to feel what's happening. The shoulder excercise here is Bartenief fundamental movements.
Release tension in your back and bring calmness in your life
General tendencies of modern life make our attention so front oriented that our back body takes all the strain and become tense and solid. This all around hatha/vinyasa class will address this issue and help open and lengthen your back body while providing a well balanced practice. When your back regain its broadness, length and suppleness in the tissue, you will feel calmer and more balanced in your being.Part of the Complete Yoga Program
Easing into the day, Winding down from the day
As Morning practice: Instead of diving into the day, sometime it's nice to slowly ease into the day, so that you will not carry stress and tight spots in your body for the rest of the day. As Evening practice: it is nice to gently ease the hard working body, so that you will be able to enjoy a relaxed evening and calmness when you go to bed.
Somatic movements to ease your spine and upper body
A fun and effective class. Drawing from the somatic movement therapy work, it shows you how to bring back more fluidity and ease back in your troubled neck, shoulder and upper back, find your soft spine which support the health of your entire spine. Experience the joy of the integrated upper limbs!!
Active yoga class with hip opening and backbends
The class starts with a gentle hip opening that takes you into deep twist, some shoulder opener and uttanasana (standing forward bend). Then it moves into sun salutation variations, deep lunges to open the front of hips, upper back, chest and shoulders, standing poses sequences and dynamic cobra/upper dog sequence to gradually prepare you for later backbends. The last backbends section includes quads/deep hip flexor release, virasana (heroes pose) sequence, urdhhva danurasana (full backbend). The class finishes with a twist, other gentle counter poses and savasana.
Restorative Yoga sequence releasing the back
Start with a short meditation, followed by a sweet sequence of restorative poses to bring you back in the more relaxed state while some emphasis on releasing the chronic tensions in your back and neck.
A Vinyasa based class with emphasis on hip opening
A simple vinyasa class with easy warm up, standing forward bend, sun salutation variations, standing pose sequence, hip opening pigeon pose, forward bends, mild back bends and twist.
Understand how to align your torso
This series of explorations will help you understand and learn how to align your torso by focusing on 1. three bodies - head, ribcage, pelvis. 2. relationship between pelvis and spine. Once you understand this through own experience, it can be applied in all different poses including standing poses, seated poses, even back bends. Helps you develop inner awareness of your own body. Great for beginners and perhaps even more useful for seasons practitioners to access and correct their unhelpful habits.
Short energising sequence with emphasis on backbends
Short but fairly strong sequence to get in touch with the vitality within.
Chest opening Vinyasa sequence
The sequence gradually opens the shoulders and chest, takes you deeper into standing forward bends. It strengthen feet, ankles to give more support for standing poses and Sun Salute. Strengthen the upperback and prepares you toward deeper back bend while learning to take care of lowerback. Decievingly light and accessable but it leads you into deeper practice.
Short Warm up for Yoga
A fun Sun Salutation variation starting from a kneeling position
Shoulder and arm release with a partner
A very simple and effective hands on exercise you can do with your partner or a friend to release tention in shoulders and arms.
Intermediate to Advanced Standing poses
Light and fun yet fairly strong standing pose sequences that can strengthen your core while learning to keep the body open and spacious in challenging poses. It also contains some hip opening and twist at the end.
A light Yoga practice
A good sequence for beginners and level 1 students with detailed instructions, or when you feel like doing a light practice. Containing a short Meditation, hip opening, side stretch, half Sun Salutation, standing poses and seated forward bend and twist.
Fluid Sun Salute into hip opener
The practice begins with exercises that induce fulid movements. Then it moves into deep hip opening in standing pose sequence. Cooling down with reclining forward bends and further hip opener.