Every moment in life we function through our bodies. Breathing, posture, movement, the way we hold ourselves altogether, influence our whole presence, the way we think, act, feel and perceive the world and ourselves. The basis of this workshop is learning to pay attention to the body, its subjective experiences and how they influence who we are, and thus to be actively responsible for one’s own life and well-being. This process involves paying attention to the present moment, without trying to make it be different than what it is – this way of being honestly present can be described as embodied and unified attention. Training attention we expand our choices: when we become more aware of what is happening our choices move from unconscious automatisms to mindful decisions. Through choices we sculpt our lives. This workshop (series) combines movement, awareness and other embodiment practices, as well as gives some theoretical insights. We become what we practice, so training awareness, spaciousness, expanding our movement and breathing capacities, and gaining an ability to shift between different qualities, we learn to embody new ways of being, because body is not a fixated being, it is a process, in constant movement.

“Into the body” can be offered as a course with an extended curriculum of exercises, theoretical discussions and practices, that aim to raise body awareness and enable participants to become more conscious of their own perceptions and abilities, of the inner resources of strength, silence and presence whatever the outer circumstances, as well as encourage concentration, focus, relaxation. Such course offers a way to discover the existing connections between mind, perception, expression, emotions, behaviour and the physical body and to integrate these different parts into a more harmonious whole.

 Photos by Ivars Burtnieks, Julia Bocanet and Toms Lucans
at MAD Summer School of Design 2017, 2018 and 2019