“You translate everything, whether physical, mental or spiritual, into muscular tension. ” - F.M. Alexander
Energy follows thought - this is a phrase I use in my yoga classes to focus awareness on tight areas of the body and relieve tension. Emotional energy is absorbed and stored in hips, thighs, shoulders, you name it in the body, as the Alexander elegantly quote sums up. When it comes to releasing muscular tension while practicing yoga, it is during the process of the exhales the memory stored in the muscle is released. These released emotions are cleansing to the spirit and become paints for the actor's canvas.
In the Mind+Body+Actor Intensive my mission is to facilitate for students a passageway for releasing what no longer serves the body and, therefore, the artist. Then, taking that released energy from the centers in the subtle body or chakras to create layers for character development. The inspiration to teach this intensive came from my desire to meld my 200 hour Hatha yoga teacher certification and make it even more useful to the process of acting. It all unfolded for me in May when I took the Lucid Body intensive in New York City with Katie Knipp and Fay Simpson. In the Lucid Body method yoga, chakras, archetypes, and psychological gestures are used to sculpt characters. The intensive was exhilarating, therapeutic, and so practical to the actor; I needed to share it.
It is an unforgettable experience to witness committed actors facing down the abyss of fear and coming up on the other end of it discovering truth in the process of creation.
Get intensive with me November 1st & 2nd at the Orpheum Arts Space in Albuquerque, NM.
Register for intensive here.
Bringing a little more Xanadu into the world.