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

Past Events

Workshop: Landscape Felt

Date and time

Saturday, August 20, 2016
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Description

Imagine painting with wool and other fibers. Join Lisa Rose and Gika Rector for an all day workshop, exploring the possibilities of creating imagery with fiber. Combining simple embroidery and three basic felting techniques—wet, nuno and needle—participants will create a small felted landscape, approximately 8 1/2” by 11”.

No previous experience or talent necessary. We’ll provide all the necessary materials and tools. You bring your curiosity and perhaps a favorite landscape image for inspiration. (We’ll also provide some images and samples to get you started.)

We will break for lunch. Please bring a lunch or plan to go out to pick up lunch.

Fee

$90 per student, which includes teaching fee and all materials
Max 10 students, Min 4 students

How to register

Visit WC Mercantile online to register. REGISTER HERE!
Questions? Contact info@wcmercantile.com or call 936-825-3378.

Registration is closed for this event.

Location

WC Mercantile
201 E. Washington Ave.
Navasota, TX  77868

Workshop: Nuno Felting

Date and time

Nuno felt Saturday, April 23, 2016
1–4 p.m.

Description

Join artist Gika Rector for this introduction to the magical process of making nuno felt…
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Fee

$35, plus a materials fee of $10

How to register

Call Twisted Yarns at 281-528-8664 to register.

Registration is closed for this event.

Location

Twisted Yarns
702 Spring Cypress Road, Suite A [MAP]
Spring TX 77373

Bones for Life at West University

Date and time

5-Week Series on Thursdays
April 7, 14, 28, and May 5, 12
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 the series

How to register

Visit www.westutx.gov/220/Senior-Services or call 713-662-5895 and ask to speak with Toby Brooks or Patricia Noren.

Registration is closed for this event.

Location

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

Ongoing Class: Awareness Through Movement-Breathe Pilates

Date and time

Mondays (Please note: No class on May 16)
5–6 p.m.

Description

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.”

Fee

Single classes are $15, but you can also purchase a package of 10 classes for $140.

How to register

Register online at Breathe Pilates and pay at the door.

Registration is closed for this event.

Location

Breathe Pilates
25236 Grogans Park Dr.
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-298-5277

Ongoing Class: Awareness Through Movement-Woodlands

Date and time

Mondays (Please note: No class on May 16)
1–2 p.m.

Description

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.”shoelace

Fee

Single classes are $15, but you can also purchase a package of 6 classes for $75, or 10 classes for $120.

How to register

Classes are held at Yoga Studio of The Woodlands, To register, please call 713-213-7643 or send email to Gika Rector. You may pay by cash or check at the door.

Registration is closed for this event.

Location

Yoga Studio of the Woodlands
26603 Oakridge Dr.
Spring, TX 77380
281-364-8934

Ongoing Class: Bones for Life

Date and time

Ongoing Classes

Mondays (Please note: No class on May 16)
12–1 p.m.

Description


Bones for Life (BFL)
is a program based on the premise that bone strength is stimulated through gentle, springy, weight-bearing motions. Developed by Ruth Alon, BFL is based on Moshe Feldenkrais’ teachings for improving movement. Bones for Life is focused on promoting bone health, improving skeletal alignment, posture and balance.

“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

For more information see http://www.bonesforlife.com/ and www.movementintelligence.org

Fee

Single classes are $15, but you can also purchase a package of 6 classes for $75, or 10 classes for $120.

How to register

Classes are held at Yoga Studio of the Woodlands, To register, please call 713-213-7643 or send email to Gika Rector. You may pay by cash or check at the door.

Registration is closed for this event.

Location

Yoga Studio of the Woodlands
26603 Oakridge Dr.
Spring, TX 77380
281-364-8934

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.

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.

Breathe.

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