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

Strong Bones for a Lifetime

Date and time

Thursdays
April 3–May 8, 2014
9:00–10:15 a.m.

Description

Learn what you can do to promote bone replenishment and maintain healthy bones for the future.

Bones for Life® (BFL) promotes healthy bones and improved alignment—making your movements easier, safer and more fun. Ways of moving to sustain life and maintain health have well served many of the world’s traditional cultures for centuries. Some of these ways have been lost in our modern, comparatively sedentary life.

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.

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

For more information about Bones for Life, please Click here! 

Fee

- $45 for all three classes pay by the Tuesday before the series starts, $55 after.

- 6 weeks: $90 for all six classes pay by the Tuesday before the series starts, $110 after.

- Single Session $20 Online $25 at Door

- You are encouraged to commit to all 3 sessions to receive the biggest benefit.

- Contact Gika if you want to take fewer than the full number of sessions.

How to register

Register online at NiaMoves. Select the Special Event & Series tab and go to August 15. You may also pay at the door.
Registration is closed for this event.

Location

NiaMoves
508 Pecore Street [MAP]
Houston, Texas
713-864-4260

Stepping In—A Mini Workshop

Date and time

Saturday, May 3, 2014
3:30–5:30 p.m.

Description

What are you stepping into? Away from? What would you like to step toward?

Walk on BeachCambrey and Gika invite you to a sensory based experience steeped in Feldenkrais, Nia and Creativity. Leaving your daily distractions behind, explore your feet as the foundation of movement. Try “Stepping In”, the second cycle of the Nia Technique, not only physically, but also as a metaphor for where you are versus where you would like to be. Be prepared to step back into life refreshed and invigorated—making new connections physically, emotionally, in your mind and in your spirit.

Cambrey Lindsay, MA , LPC is a Nia Brown Belt Certified Trance Dance Facilitator and Shamanic energy healer. Her interest in psycho-­‐spiritual practices and Source healing has provided the tools for energetically clearing somatic imbalances, emotional conflict, and improving holistic well-­‐being. She believes the fluid connection of mind-­‐body-­‐spirit are instrumental for psycho-­‐spiritual growth and evolution of the Self.

A fiber artist for more than 20 years, Gika Rector combines creativity, an education in psychology and her role as a personal coach to facilitate transformation in individuals and organizations. She is known for her nonjudgmental and supportive approach to hearing the truth, eliciting clarity, and opening new possibilities. She teaches Awareness Through Movement®, Bones For Life®, and felt-making.

Fee

$45 online or $55 at the door

How to register

Sign up here: Register at NiaMoves.

Location

NiaMoves
508 Pecore Street [MAP]
Houston, Texas
713-864-4260

Workshop: Nuno Felting

Date and time

Nuno feltSaturday, April 12
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

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

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