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

Bee's Knees—An Awareness Through Movement Series

Date and time

3-Week Series on Tuesdays
July 8, 15, and 22, 2014
12–1 p.m.

3-Week Series on Thursdays
July 10, 17, and 24, 2014
5 – 6 p.m.

Description

The Bee’s Knees—Find more ease and grace in your knee joints. The knees are meant to bend and unbend, take a load and then take a load off. Join Gika Rector for this three week series of Awareness Through Movement® lessons, exploring how the knee bones are connected to the foot bones—and the hip bones. And most importantly, how you can get those knees feeling like the Bee’s Knees again.bee-jackson

It seems counterintuitive in our hard-working culture that the easy way might be better, but in this case it really works. As a black belt in Judo, an athlete and a scientist, Moshe Feldenkrais (founder of the Feldenkrais Method®) understood how to develop strength, efficiency and elegance in human movement.

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. Willingness to lie on the floor, and an interest in moving more easily are really about all you need.

Fee

- Three session series: $45 early bird pay, $55 after.

- Single sessions: $20 online or at the door.

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

How to register

Sign up here: Register at NiaMoves.

Location

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

Strong Bones for a Lifetime

Date and time

Thursdays
August 14–28, 2014
9:00–10:15 a.m.

Description

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

relax_womanBones 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 May 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

Unlock Your Neck and Shoulders—An Awareness Through Movement® Series

Date and time

3-Week Series on Tuesdays
August 12, 19, and 26, 2014
12–1 p.m.

3-Week Series on Thursdays
August 14,  21, and 28, 2014
5 – 6 p.m.

Description

Do you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders? Do headaches, shoulder pain and tension in your upper back keep you from doing what you want to do? Neck and shoulder pain are common complaints and often limit what we can do on a daily basis. Come and learn some simple movements to help reduce discomfort in your shoulders and neck. See if you don’t stand taller and move more easily at the end of the day. It is time to leave that ‘pain in the neck’ behind.shoulders_sm

It seems counterintuitive in our hard-working culture that the easy way might be better, but in this case it really works. As a black belt in Judo, an athlete and a scientist, Moshe Feldenkrais (founder of the Feldenkrais Method®) understood how to develop strength, efficiency and elegance in human movement.

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. Willingness to lie on the floor, and an interest in moving more easily are really about all you need.

Fee

- Three session series: $45 early bird pay, $55 after.

- Single sessions: $20 online or at the door.

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

How to register

Sign up here: Register at NiaMoves.

Location

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

Strong Bones for a Lifetime

Date and time

Thursdays
July 10–July 24, 2014
9:00–10:15 a.m.

Description

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

relax_womanBones 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. You may also pay at the door.

Registration is closed for this event.

Location

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

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

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

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