To contact Gika Rector, call 713.213.7643 or send e-mail.

Past Events

Bones for Life at West University

Date and time

3-Week Series on Thursdays
December 3, 10, and 17, 2015
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Regular Class)


Learn through Bones for Life lessons how to move better through out your day, improve your posture, and improve or maintain bone health. Bone health is critical for a vibrant and active life. The lessons will help you to develop a more springy dynamic walk that helps build bones, continue to improve your posture and give you more options of how you move through your daily life.

Join Gika Rector for this series and add a new bounce to your step.

Bring a yoga mat, a clean pair of socks and a beach towel.


– $15 for three week session (West U residents receive a discount)

How to register

Visit or call 713-662-5895 and ask to speak with Toby Brooks or Patricia Noren.

Registration is closed for this event.


West University Place Recreation Center
4210 Bellaire Blvd
West University Place
Houston, TX 77025

Awareness Through Movement® Series at A Healing Collective

Date and time

Three Wednesdays
December 2, 9, and 16, 2015
7:30-8:30 p.m.


‘Tis the season to rush amidst the hustle and bustle. Or not.waterfall

What if you took some moments to slow down and reconnect with yourself? What if you could find a way to move easily and quickly, without effort or hurrying? Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons bring ease and grace to your movements, empowering you to move more flexibly without stretching. Join Gika Rector for this 3- week series and breathe your way through the holiday season.

Based on the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, Awareness Through Movement® lessons, help you slow down and notice how your body gets things done. Bringing mindfulness to your movements, you will build strength, greater range of motion and better balance. As Feldenkrais said, you will “Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy graceful.”

Classes are suitable for almost all fitness levels. Bring your curiosity, your willingness to lie on the floor, and an interest in improving your moving.


$60 series

$25 per lesson

How to register

For more information, send email to Gika Rector .

Registration is closed for this event.


A Healing Collective
4231 Bellaire Blvd, Ste. T
Houston, TX 77025

Practice Towards Mastery

I’ve been running a little experiment lately. After reading about mastery and taking a couple of drawing classes, I still don’t like the way I draw. Reading about mastery did nothing for my drawing, but it did encourage practicing. So, I’ve been practicing. Almost every morning, I start my day with a practice that Julia Cameron calls “morning pages”. Before you read or check your email or listen to the news, you sit down and write three pages. Three pages about whatever comes to mind, no matter how serious, silly, redundant or irrelevant. When I start my day with morning pages, somehow the day goes

Several weeks ago I added a practice. At the end of the writing, I draw my coffee cup. It’s always there. It has a simple shape and so it shouldn’t be that difficult to draw. I usually spend only about 5 minutes on the drawing, because I’m not yet patient enough to take more time with it. I’ve learned enough to know that I have a lot to learn—and not just about drawing. But here’s the good news: this morning’s rendering looks a little better than yesterday’s. It’s not quite as lopsided as previous versions, and something about the handle is beginning to look more like a handle. …more

Seeking Clarity in the Tangled Threads


This year hasn’t worked out the way I planned. My family lost two little lives before they even had a chance to truly begin. A business venture fizzled into frustration and disappointment. An intimate relationship broke into a distant friendship. A dear friend moved across the country—still a cherished friend, but distant geographically. An elder in our family moved geographically nearby, but dementia seems to widen the gap between us—or between us and who she used to be. …more

Never and Always

Smoky sunset

Ya never
on yourself
or others.


This is always true.

Except when it’s not.

Breathing Room

Breathing roomFinding yourself with no room to breathe? It’s especially challenging during this time of year, when we’re rushing around, fighting the traffic, ticking off our list of things to get—hurrying up so we can sit around the hearth, expressing our gratitude, with people we love, but don’t always enjoy.

Here are a couple of simple suggestions.


Take a moment to breathe. Sit or stand still. Exhale deeply. Exhale a little more. And a little more. Hold the breath out. Pause. Wait until it’s time to inhale. Let the air in and notice where the air goes. Pause. Repeat. And repeat again, as often as you like. …more

Bright and Shiny Objects

Bright and shiny objects are great for diversionary tactics. Don’t want someone to notice a few flaws? Surround them with bling, and what people will mostly see is bling. Don’t want anyone to notice that your dining room needs painting? Turn the lights down low, and set the table with cut crystal and candlelight. The tone becomes romantic in a sparkly kind of way.

Bright and shiny objects in gold frameYou probably do the same thing in your life’s work. Got something really important to do, but you’re not sure where to start? Got something that you really want to have or be or achieve, but you’re not sure if you’re smart enough, good enough, deserving enough? You can distract yourself with bright and shiny objects—bright ideas and shiny enthusiasm for something that’s easier, simpler, and probably not as important as what you’re avoiding.

How do you distinguish the real stuff from “fool’s gold”? The real stuff keeps coming back. You might get nervous about it, avoid it, approach it, circle around it, whatever—but it keeps coming back. The real stuff makes your heart sing, makes the world a better place for you, and when you’re in the middle of it, you’re unselfconscious and have no sense of time. …more

Tools for Transformation: An Introduction

Tools for Transformation is a series of blog posts about improving your life. The series is about using what you already have—yourself, your community, and your resources—to make a difference, to add meaning and grace, to explore new territory, and perhaps have more fun than you ever thought possible. Let’s talk about change.

Change happens. It happens in an instant, and it happens over time. With or without our direct intention; and certainly with or without our approval.

It happens when we’re young and it happens when we’re old. It happens internally and externally.

What are we to do with all this change? Do we control it or not? Can we channel it somehow to make the world a better place—or at least our lives a little better? Or perhaps even a few moments or aspects of our lives?

How do we initiate or direct change? How can we respond to change, when it’s imposed on us? How can we go with the flow—the ebb and flow—of all that changes and all that stays the same?

How can we take what we are given and make the world—or our own selves—a little better? …more