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

Past Events

Awareness Through Movement® Series at A Healing Collective

Date and time

Four Wednesdays
April 8–29
6–7 p.m.

Description

Join Gika Rector for this 4-week series of Awareness Through Movement® lessons exploring the relationship of the feet to the carriage of the head.

Often ignored and neglected until they cry out for attention, the feet have a profound impact on the simplest of movements. With 3 separate arches and 26 bones in each foot, the complexity of how human beings get support from the ground up is amazing. But because we box up our feet in shoes and walk on flat surfaces all day long, we lose the range of motion and proprioceptive information that can make human movement so beautiful. As we remind ourselves of these possibilities, we can once again hold our heads lightly at the top of the spine and move with greater confidence and ease.

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.

Fee

$80 series

$25 per lesson

How to register

For more information, send email to Gika Rector . To register mail your check made out to Gika Rector to A Healing Collective, 4231 Bellaire Blvd. Ste T, Houston, TX 77025.  Please include your name, address and phone number.

Registration is closed for this event.

Location

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

Awareness Through Movement® Series—Rice University

Date and time

Six Wednesdays
February 11–March 25
(no class during Spring Break, March 4)
4–5 p.m.

Description

Feeling stuck in a rut? Want to move better, faster, and with more ease? Whether you’re a couch potato looking to begin exercise or a highly skilled athlete who wants to compete at the next level, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement is right for you. Designed to help the human body move with greater strength and efficiency, this 6 week class introduces students to new movement patterns and ways to be more mindful of our own bodies. Classes are suited for all fitness levels; willingness to move with grace and ease required. Come and try the class for free on February 11 and see if it fits for you!Stretch

Fee

$60 students

$70 non-students

$80 non-members

Registration is closed for this event.

Location

Rice University, Room MPR 2

Bones for Life at ER-Jewish Community Center

Date and time

Two 9-Week Series on Tuesdays
March 24–May 19, 2015
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Description

Bones for Life® (BFL) is a program based on the premise that bone strength is stimulated through natural movement and weight-bearing posture.  It was developed by Ruthy Alon, and is based on Moshe Feldenkrais’ teachings for the re-education of movement habits.

Bones for Life training teaches you safe, non-jarring exercises, through gentle, springy, weight-bearing motions.  It helps to stimulate bone health, improves skeletal alignment, posture, and balance.iStock_000017831931XSmall

“Natural movement, which resonates through every part of the body, integrates them all into graceful harmony. It organizes the body both for stability and flexibility. It inspires trust in the bones as well as in the freedom of the joints. The joy which emerges in performing vigorous movements with ease and success is a constant companion to the dynamic activity. I call this joy, biological optimism. This biological optimism in regaining natural movement is the real benefit of the program; strengthening the bones is the bonus.”     —Ruthy Alon

 

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

Fee

– $77 Member/$108 Public for the 9-week session FREE for Fitness Center Members

How to register

For more information and to register, please visit the ER-JCC website.

Location

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston
5601 S. Braeswood
Houston, TX 77096-3907

Bones for Life at West University

Date and time

5-Week Series on Thursdays
January 8-February 12, 2015

10:45-11:30 a.m. (Beginner’s Class)
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (Regular Class)

Description

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.
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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.

Fee

– $30 for six week session

How to register

Visit www.westutx.gov/SeniorServices or call 713-662-5895 and ask to speak with Toby Brooks or Patricia Noren.

Location

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

From the Ground Up—An Awareness Through Movement® Series

Date and time

4-Week Series on Wednesdays
Coming in March or April
6–7 p.m.

Description

From the Ground Up—an exploration of gravity, feet and freedom of the head

Join Gika Rector for this 4-week series of Awareness Through Movement® lessons exploring the relationship of the feet to the carriage of the head.

Often ignored and neglected until they cry out for attention, the feet have a profound impact on the simplest of movements. With 3 separate arches and 26 bones in each foot, the complexity of how human beings get support from the ground up is amazing. But because we box up our feet in shoes and walk on flat surfaces all day long, we lose the range of motion and proprioceptive information that can make human movement so beautiful. As we remind ourselves of these possibilities, we can once again hold our heads lightly at the top of the spine and move with greater confidence and ease.

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.

Fee

Fee is $80 for all four sessions or $25 per session if paid separately.

How to register

Contact Gika Rector or call her at 713-213-7643 to register.

Registration is closed for this event.

Location

A Healing Collective
4231 Bellaire Blvd, Ste T
Houston, Texas 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 better.coffee

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

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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

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Never.
Ya never
hafta
shoulda
woulda
coulda
on yourself
or others.

Ever.

Always.
This is always true.

Except when it’s not.