The Awakening Body

The Awakening Body

Sunday, February 19, 2017 -
11:00 to 17:00

Join Ellen in an exploration of the body in the tradition of non-duality and Kashmir Shaivism. This ancient approach is an invitation to experience our body as it truly is: a flow of sensation appearing, unfolding and dissolving within the pure openness of Awareness. 

Using guided meditation, simple postures and movements, breathing, visualizations and dialogues, we reacquaint ourselves with our body directly, free of concepts or images. In this contemplation resistances and chains of bodily contractions, the habits that create the illusion that our identity is limited, located and separate are revealed for what they are: simple sensations that come and go in Awareness. 

We come to see and feel that our true identity is pure openness, limitless and permanent. Gently and effortlessly, the body is slowly realigned with this felt understanding. It flows with natural ease and transparency and reflects and expresses the ever-present joy and relaxation that is its source and substance.

Please bring a yoga mat and/or a cushion if you can.

About the speaker, Ellen Emmet

Ellen’s deepest longing for the absolute was fulfilled when she met her teacher, Francis Lucille. In his presence, over many years, she awakened to her true nature of peace and happiness through continuous and deepening glimpses. The process of aligning and stabilizing her life to and in this beautiful non-dual understanding has never ceased to unfold since then.

As a child Ellen was in love with movement and dance. She knew without words the joy and limitless transparency that the body dissolved into when it was free and alive.

As an adolescent and young adult, she acutely felt and enacted suffering through her body, struggling with an eating disorder and with depression.

Thus, the experience that we call the body has always been central to all of Ellen’s experiences, both in the ignoring and in the recognition of her true nature.

Today, Ellen lives in Oxford with her husband Rupert Spira, a teacher in the tradition of non-duality. She has a practice as a Psychotherapist, and facilitator of Authentic Movement. Her background of Dance-Movement Therapy and Transpersonal Psychology has been deeply influenced by the non-dual understanding.

Ellen also offers meetings in the Essence of Yoga, an exploration of the body sourced in the tradition of Kashmir Shivaism.  During these sessions our true nature is explored at the level of the body.

 Master Degrees in Dance Movement Therapy (New York University) and Transpersonal Psychology (John F. Kennedy University, CA). Certificate in Laban Movement Analyst

Other teachers and mentors:
 Janet Adler and Marion Woodman provided great guidance and support in the realms of feminine wisdom, archetypal energies and intuitive knowing.



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