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

Awareness Through Movement – Tuesday morning’s class moved to Zoom

I’ve been teaching a weekly Awareness Through Movement lesson at The Woodlands United Methodist Church on Tuesday mornings at 11:30. Not surprisingly, we’re not meeting in person for a while. So, please join us online, using Zoom. If you’re interested, contact me by phone/text or email and I’ll send you a link. Please contact me no later than 11:00 on Tuesday mornings. The lesson starts at 11:30.

This class is offered free of charge, but you’re welcome to make a voluntary payment if you wish by visiting my payment page.

Class Series: Zoom-ing Toward Resilience

Feeling stuck? Cranky joints, chronic pain, weary of being stuck inside for too long?

No matter what our circumstances, it’s easy to feel constricted and constrained by what’s going on in the world around us. So how do we adapt? How do we move forward in a way that both honors what is real and explores new possibilities?

We’ll begin from the ground up, using a series of five Awareness Through Movement® group Feldenkrais lessons, plus one private Functional Integration® lesson*. Generally slow and gentle, these guided movements bring attention and awareness to how we move, stimulating the nervous system to rediscover or invent movement options that you might have thought weren’t even possible.

Led by Gika Rector, these lessons are designed to improve balance, agility and resilience. On the surface, they’re about improving physical mobility, but they’re also about learning how to learn. As the lessons progress, participants find that they discover new insights and possibilities in other areas of their lives.

Dates: June 1 through June 5, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. Central Time (U.S. and Canada)
Tuition: $145 (includes five online group Awareness Through Movement lessons and a one-on-one Functional Integration lesson)

Enroll now!

*After enrollment, you’ll receive an e-mail confirmation with a link for the online Zoom ATM lessons plus a scheduling link and coupon code you can use to schedule a Functional Integration at a time that’s convenient for you. We ask that you book your appointment by July 31, 2020.

Disclaimer: We assume no responsibility for personal injury or property damage sustained by or through the use of our services or participation in our lessons and workshops.

All lessons and information provided are intended for your general knowledge only and are not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. We cannot and do not give medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before taking part in our activities.

Magical Felt Bowls

Date and time

Saturday, July 25, 2020
10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Description

Join Gika Rector and Lisa Rose to spend a day making two magical felt bowls. Wrapping luscious wool fibers around different size rubber balls, participants will create two felt vessels, perfect for storing small treasures. The process involves soap, water, and fun. No talent required. Bring your curiosity and perhaps an apron.

Instructors

Lisa Rose is an accomplished fiber artist based in Spring. She began crocheting at her grandmother’s knee at the age of six. With a love for all natural fibers, she spins, weaves, knits, and felts and creates one-of-a-kind pieces for the body and the home.

Gika Rector has been a fiber artist for more than 20 years. She combines creativity, her education in psychology, and her role as a personal coach and Feldenkrais practitioner to facilitate transformation in individuals and organizations.

Fee

$45 (includes materials)

Location

The Jung Center of Houston
5200 Montrose Boulevard [MAP]
Houston, Texas
713-524-8253

How to register

SAVE THE DATE AND PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE FOR REGISTRATION INFO!

Magical Felt Mini Bowls – POSTPONED

Date and time

Saturday, March 28, 2020 – POSTPONED, new date TBD
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Description

Join Lisa Rose and Gika Rector to spend a morning making magical felt mini bowls. They’re just the right size to hold stitch markers, tapestry needles, rings, earrings—small treasures. Embellished with a row of beads, and to top it all off, make a coordinating beaded row counter for your knitting.

Fee: $45 including supplies

Instructors

Lisa Rose is an accomplished fiber artist based in Spring. She began crocheting at her grandmother’s knee at the age of six. With a love for all natural fibers, she spins, weaves, knits, and felts and creates one-of-a-kind pieces for the body and the home.

Gika Rector has been a fiber artist for more than 20 years. She combines creativity, her education in psychology, and her role as a personal coach and Feldenkrais practitioner to facilitate transformation in individuals and organizations.

Fee

$45 (includes materials)

Location

Purly Girls Yarn Shop

702 Spring Cypress Road,
Suite A, Spring, Texas
77373

How to register

You may HERE for this course.

Awareness Through Movement® Lessons

Date and time

Tuesday mornings, 11:30 – 12:30 (Please note: No in-person classes on March 17 or March 24, 2020. We’re experimenting with offering the class online through Zoom. Please contact me if you’re interested.)

Description

Give thanks—for being human. Your body is an amazing, complex system that carries you through your entire life. Whether you move easily or have too many aches and pains, the season of Thanks-giving is the perfect time to restore your sense of wonder at living in a human body.

Join Gika Rector for this ongoing series of lessons from the Feldenkrais Method®. Bringing attention to your movements, you will build strength, greater range of motion and better balance. As Feldenkrais said, “Make the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy graceful.”

Classes are suitable for almost all fitness levels. Willingness to lie on the floor and in interest in moving more easily are really all you need.

Fee

$20 for single classes; $80 for 5-class pass

How to register

Call Patricia Noren 713-662-5896 to register.

Contact Gika Rector at 713-213-7643 or gika@gikarector.com

Location

The Woodlands United Methodist Church Recreation Facility
2200 Lake Woodlands Drive
The Woodlands, Texas 77380

 

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 because I saw that it was important in the video about drawing on Youtube which has a lot of views provided by Marketing Heaven. 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

Smoky sunset

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

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