John Stirk, Scaravelli Yoga, The Original Body, Wisdom Talks, Workshop, 2020, online, Amsterdam

With John Stirk ... Sensation and Consciousness: Original Body - Online Seminar

13 June, 2020
9.00 - 10.30am (UK time)

John Stirk will deliver this fantastic seminar online.  Join him from the comfort of your own home.

During this talk, John will be drawing from his book 'The Original Body'. The seminar will include discussion on the physiological, psychological and emotional insight that arises as we work together.

We study the body but cannot help but be students of the mind. As we work with the finer elements of sensation, the mind is ever-present rarely if ever-switching itself off. How can we engage this continuum of activity to enhance insight and understanding? The body houses consciousness, minds, and selves and maybe approached accordingly.  Each sensory nuance and realization has a psychological and emotional counterpart. The unitive experience provides the essence of Yoga. We cannot divide the indivisible.

About John Stirk

John Stirk is one of the UK’s leading Yoga teachers. With a background in Osteopathy, his influences include R.D.Laing, J Krishnamurti and BKS Iyengar. He has followed with interest, the innovative approaches to body-mind work coming out of the USA and Northern Europe for almost a century. His predominant inspiration arises from an experiential enquiry into the nature of consciousness in relation to physical sensation.

John Stirk Book
The Original Body - Primal Movement For Yoga Teachers

The Original Body by John Stirk addresses the physiological experience of yoga.  The soft tissue, skeletal, fluid and spatial sensations experienced in practice are considered in sequence and collectively as the reader becomes drawn into a depth of feeling and understanding that lies beyond practice.

Yoga teachers are shown how to use a deeper ‘feeling’ to unveil an innate powerful physical wisdom. This includes bringing together anatomical visualisation and imagination, the development of awareness as a movement, and the management of sensation. This book focuses on honing and harnessing the practitioner’s essential experience in order reveal a more profound style of teaching from within. Teachers are invited to consider the impediments to a deeper practice and will be taken through the common factors inhibiting sensory pathways. These include conditioning, habit, trauma, anxiety, non-essential thought and the effect of technique and methodology in teaching.

Teachers will learn about the principles of mechanical freedom in postures and movement and they will find out about the parallels and differences between yoga practice and the osteopathic approach to biomechanics.

The Original Body invites the reader to put aside Sanskrit terminology and well-trodden paths and dig deeply into themselves and discover the unconditioned body at its deepest level.

This book supports its reader through the understanding that group work thrives on their inspiration. This book inspires and provides an essential addition to the library of all teachers of yoga, movement and bodywork.


Product Details

  • Author:    John Stirk
  • Paperback:    224 pages
  • Publisher:    Handspring Publishing Limited (30 Sept. 2015)
  • Language:    English
  • Illustrations:    About 80 illustrations
  • Trim Size:    246 x 189 mm
  • ISBN-10:    1909141259
  • ISBN-13:    978-1909141254

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BOOK: Table of Contents

Section One

1.        The Original Body by John Stirk
2.        Reduction
3.        Unfolding from the Ground
4.        Tension: The First Feeling
5.        Common Denominators
6.        Integration, Expression and Feeling
7.        Exploratory Tools
8.        Impediments to Feeling Deeply
9        Doors
10      Breathing: The Ultimate Tool

Section Two

11.        The Skeletal Experience
12.        The Soft Tissue Experience
13.        The Fluid Experience
14.        The Energy Experience

Section Three

15.        The Original Spine
16.        Your Research

Section Four        An Original Self

17.        What Lies Beneath?
18.        A Body of Love
19.        Behaviour
20.        Beyond Practice
21.        Communication

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