What is Embodiment?

Embodiment is the art of being present in our body as we experience life

Embodiment is the moment-to-moment process by which human beings may allow awareness to enhance the flow of sensations, feelings, thoughts, images and energies through their bodily selves. 

As human beings we are born into bodies that travel fluidly through an infinite range of movement and feeling. Over time, through physical and emotional injury, cultural messages, age, and sedentary habits, our movement expression gets narrower and narrower. We forget the physical freedom we once enjoyed.

Open Floor Movement Practice is a physical mindfulness practice and dance inquiry designed to reclaim our full embodiment. The emphasis of Open Floor is to expand sensate awareness, emotional intelligence, and our ability to relate intimately with others. To more readily access the vastness of our own minds, and the spirit that moves us all. The practice is open and exploratory rather than prescribed. It is designed to move us between the continuums of fixed and fluid, habit and choice, inclusion and exclusion and other vast, creative possibilities.

Key Takeaways

To be embodied is:

  • To be aware and awake to the sensations in our physical body, the ebb and flow of our emotions, and the movements of our mind
  • To be present in our life, right here and now
  • To allow life force to move through our bodies in ways both familiar and unpredictable
  • To live and dance with the universal spirit, expressed in the world through our soulful, one-of-a-kind self

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