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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, you can click on the Book An Appointment page and register there. You can also 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.

Mini (Feldenkrais) movement lesson for Zoom fatigue

A brief movement lesson designed to alleviate the stress and fatigue of too much time sitting and staring at screens. Presented by Gika Rector, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, for the June 2020 meeting of Social Media Breakfast Houston.

CreativeMornings: Mini (Feldenkrais) Moves with Gika Rector

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You’re already spending even more screen time than usual. What’s happening with your neck and shoulders? Your low back? Building up any tension there? Holding your breath?

Join Gika Rector for a CreativeMornings Virtual FieldTrip and learn some simple, gentle movements that can help you sit more comfortably—and chances are it will help you with lots of other movements, too. All you need is a chair to sit on. Ideally, your chair would have a firm seat, and you should be able to place your feet flat on the floor while sitting.

Date: June 8, 2020
Time: 9:30–10:30 a.m. EDT (8:30–9:30 Central)
Location: Online at FieldTrips on Zoom
Price: Free!

Register now!

About Your Host

As a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, I’m delighted to serve as a field guide, helping people to explore how they might improve how they move. It opens up so many possibilities on so many levels.

About CreativeMornings

CreativeMornings is the world’s largest face-to-face creative community — a global breakfast lecture series serving local creative communities in over 200 cities. Started in 2008 by Tina Roth Eisenberg, she wanted an easy way for her New York creative community to come together, on a regular basis. CreativeMornings events are free of charge and always will be. Powered by the generosity of over 200 hosts and 1,500 volunteers, events happen on a monthly basis typically featuring an inspiring talk and breakfast. The CreativeMornings team is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.

About Virtual FieldTrips

FieldTrips are meetups to interact, learn and collaborate in an effort to level-up your creative life. Built on top of our 20,000 monthly attendees at CreativeMornings talks, FieldTrips are community-organized events built on the spirit of generosity that has powered CreativeMornings events for the past 10 years.

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 – Postponed
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

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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.