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The Mind-Body Connection: Reducing Stress

presented at The Chicago Bar Association

5/12/2017, 12 – 1:30 pm

Includes practical standing and at-your-desk seated awareness movements, workshopping specific body-based actions that you can practice in the privacy of your office, hotel room (for road warriors), at home, even in the courtroom.

For Busy Lawyers.

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Powerful Presence – Move Into Your Power
A Workshop for Women

presented at Prairie Yoga

9/16/2017, 9am – 3pm

In this workshop, you will use awareness and movement to experience the possibility of shifting your patterns of muscular contraction to attain a more neutral stance and emotional state. This sense of neutrality in carriage and emotion is felt and observed as having a powerful presence. From this place of neutrality, you unburden yourself from unnecessary muscular effort and emotional constraint, and free yourself to respond appropriately to life.

For Women Only.

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Powerful Presence
Calm Your Nerves
Foundations of Feldenkrais

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  At Prairie Yoga, we love hosting Julie Francis for both specialized workshops and Feldenkrais class series. Julie brings a sense of freshness to each presentation while she consistently builds upon the teachings of somatic and subtle movements. She is widely received by our students who love her sweet energy and soft kindness.    

Calm Your Nerves: A Body Centered Approach to Reducing Anxiety, Stress and Tension

presented at Prairie Yoga

9/30/2017, 1 – 3:30 pm

How you are wired emotionally affects how you move. Likewise, how you move affects your emotions. Imagine if you had a few simple things you could do to quiet your nervous system so that both your mind and your body could feel more comfortable, even in the middle of a challenge.

For anyone wishing for some calm and lightness in their life. (aka, pretty much everyone!)

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Practitioner: From Practicing to Practice

presented at Life Options Studio

Segment 1: November 10 – 12, 2017
Segment 2: TBD

You graduated from a Feldenkrais® training – recently, or maybe even years ago.  You’re certified.  You “should” be able to start a practice. But… something is holding you back from practicing. 

For graduates of Feldenkrais® training.

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Foundations of the Feldenkrais® Method

presented at Prairie Yoga

12/3/2017, 11 am – 4 pm

The Feldenkrais® Method is known as a way of finding ease in physical movement, but it is really much more than that. Rather than being about the body, Feldenkrais is about learning, and learning how to learn. Moshe Feldenkrais used movement as his metaphor because it is readily accessible to everyone. During this workshop, we will use movement to explore the underlying principles behind the method and how to make our endeavors – from learning to play an instrument to doing yoga – about learning as opposed to simply doing.

Open to anyone.

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Learning Begins with Awareness

presented at In2:InThinking Network Annual Forum

June, 2016

Get on the floor and experience for yourself what it’s like to be a child again – moving for movement’s sake, organically learning to move in ways that allow the difficult to become easy and the easy elegant.

For people interested in “organic learning”

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  As someone fortunate to have hosted Julie on several occasions for our annual international Forum, I can attest to her heartfelt enthusiasm for engaging the attendees of her sessions, both physically and mindfully.  Her facilitation shines through with her preparation of the material, as well as herself.  Our attendees count on her to provide them with a very special learning experience that extends well beyond the time in her session. 

Bill Bellows, President, In2:InThinking Network, www.in2in.org

June 2016


Keep Calm and Move On

presented at The Feldenkrais® Method Conference

July, 2016

Have you ever said to a friend, “I’m so stressed out”? If so, then this workshop is for you!

The complexities of modern life take a toll. I see it every day in my practice and in my own life. There’s so much that needs to be done to simply maintain the status quo. Add to that the impact of illness, finances, caring for loved ones…and you can see pretty quickly that life adds up to a lot of stress!

Not that stress is bad – it can actually be a positive force. My favorite definition of stress is the one Kelly McGonigal uses in her book, The Upside of Stress, “Stress is what arises when something you care about is at stake. It is a biological state designed to help you learn from experience.”

Learning is the essence of the Feldenkrais Method. I’m focused on offering people real-life applications for the Feldenkrais philosophy. I want to make the idea of “learning how to learn” more accessible to people. I want to help people understand that they have options.

At the end of the workshop, participants will leave with a tool kit of ideas and simple actions to take whenever they feel like it’s all getting to be too much. We will focus on movement-based strategies that help to calm the nerves and keep you humming along. Whenever I teach this material participants comment on how they have found it useful for dealing with health issues, family issues, stress at work, coping with the death of a spouse and many other situations.

Read an interview with Julie about the workshop