DiscoverEase in Movement

Have you ever wanted to:

- Discover your innate freedom of movement and strength with this mindful practice based on a healthy head-spine relationship.

- Rediscover easy upright posture to naturally overcome pain, stiffness and stress.

- Learn to release tension to increase vitality and mind-body balance.

- Create space for change free of self-criticism and judgement.

- Let go of tension and strain that interfere with a balanced way of being.

- Redirect your energy in a way that supports you to improve performance and get more benefit and enjoyment out of all your activities.    

Join Alexander Technique instructor Mari Hodges for a 2 day workshop designed for dancers and movers to discover EASE in everyday and dance specific movement.

Class payment structure:

Before June 7

1 class: $35 2 classes: $60 3 classes: $90

After June 7

1 class: $50 2 classes: $90 3 classes: $135

Recommended for ages 15 and up (please contact Mari at info@discoverease.how if you are under 15 and wish to enroll). All abilities welcome.

Class Descriptions

DiscoverEase in Movement - Introduction to the Alexander Technique

This workshop is about discovery: discovery of how you can move and balance with ease, free of tension, stiffness or pain. We’ll explore whole body coordination based on a healthy head-spine relationship that supports innate freedom of movement. You’ll learn how to release unwanted tension and change unconscious patterns of posture and movement naturally to rediscover ease, flexibility and freedom. Mari gives hands-on guidance to incorporate these concepts in activity. The discoveries you make in this class will also help you to prevent strain and injury.

The Alexander Technique is a method used by performing artists around the world to improve performance by increasing mind-body awareness, improving posture and coordination, and reducing tension. This holistic approach offers a way to care for yourself in all your activities, so you will be able to apply what you learn to your work, sports and exercise, performance arts, rehabilitation, resting, and daily life. It is a way to unlearn harmful habits of posture, movement and thought that interfere with any activity. This re-education of the whole mind-body self opens the door to freer and easier movement, effortless upright posture and balance, improved clarity of thought and intention, and naturally overcoming pain, stiffness and stress.

- Discover your innate freedom of movement and strength with this mindful practice based on a healthy head-spine relationship.

- Rediscover easy upright posture to naturally overcome pain, stiffness and stress.

- Learn to release tension to increase vitality and mind-body balance.

- Create space for change free of self-criticism and judgement.

- Let go of tension and strain that interfere with a balanced way of being.

- Redirect your energy in a way that supports you to improve performance and get more benefit and enjoyment out of all your activities.

DiscoverEase in Movement 2

This workshop is open to everyone who has taken the introductory DiscoverEase in Movement class or who has experience learning the Alexander Technique

Much of what we do is controlled by unconscious habits. The Alexander Technique empowers us to engage the whole mind-body self in the activity we choose to do, whether that be exercise, work, play, music, art or other creative endeavor, rest or other daily activities, for greater ease, freedom and poise. Using this holistic method, Mari will lead you in an exploration of non-doing and mindful use of your whole self for greater freedom of choice. You'll discover how you can let go of strain and effort as you go about your activities. Come with an activity in mind that you'd like to explore! 

Flexion, Extension, Spirals

By learning to work with the body's design, we can improve range of movement, flexibility and balance. In this super fun workshop, we will be exploring the curves of the spine and how they help us improve mobility. We will be using the principles of the Alexander Technique to optimize the use of the body for easy flexing, extending and spirals. With this holistic approach, you’ll learn how to use the primary and secondary curves to allow ease of movement and to prevent injury and strain. Mari gives hands-on guidance to incorporate these concepts in activity.

The Alexander Technique is a method used by performing artists around the world to improve performance by increasing mind-body awareness, improving posture and coordination, and reducing tension. This holistic approach offers a way to care for yourself in all your activities, so you will be able to apply what you learn to your work, sports and exercise, performance arts, rehabilitation, resting, and daily life. It is a way to unlearn harmful habits of posture, movement and thought that interfere with any activity. This re-education of the whole mind-body self opens the door to freer and easier movement, effortless upright posture and balance, improved clarity of thought and intention, and naturally overcoming pain, stiffness and stress.

About Mari

Mari Hodges is a certified Alexander Technique instructor teaching in Montana half the year and in Argentina the other half of the year. She began learning the Alexander Technique due to chronic back and neck pain, which she was able to overcome. She is passionate about helping others to discover mindfulness of the whole self and the ease, well-being and freedom of choice that come with practicing the Alexander Technique. Mari earned her Alexander Technique certification with the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) at Escuela de Técnica Alexander Buenos Aires and is an active member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique as well as the Asociación Argentina de Técnica Alexander. Her Alexander Technique training includes training in developmental movement with Luc Vanier, Director of The School of Dance at the University of Utah and co-author of Dance and the Alexander Technique: Exploring the Missing Link. She is also an Art of Running instructor certified by Canadian champion and AT teacher Malcolm Balk. Mari dances tango and Brazilian dances, which she spent many years teaching, plays the violin and enjoys running. Mari’s continuing studies include non-violent communication, chronic pain prevention and application of AT to the violin. Mari is available for private Alexander Technique classes in Montana during the summer by appointment. For more information about Mari and the Alexander Technique, please visit www.discoverease.how.