FINDING SANCTUARY IN THE BODY

guided support for body, mind and spirit

A recipe for entering the body:
Attention: because the body is precise.
Listening because the body is subtle.
Kindness: because the body is tender.

Many of us are feeling overwhelmed, frightened, anxious and unsettled in this challenging time. We may feel ourselves swinging between moments of panic and feeling frozen. I am offering some gentle somatic support, and invite you to join me for a weekly 30-minute free movement meditation.

Each week I will share a simple, gentle movement experience to help settle our bodies, minds and hearts, and hold ourselves more gently in this unsettling and challenging time.

These mindful practices can help to calm and steady us, using conscious movement and stillness, breath, self-touch, and imagery. In my experience, when we move with an improvisational spirit of exploration, we find greater expression, expansion, and resilience.

I will be offering an 8-week series in the Fall 2021, and another series in the Winter 2022. Watch for announcements here, or please contact me if you would like to be added to my mailing list.

from the students:
"I have wanted to write and thank you for the weekly somatic practice you offered. Discovering these sessions this winter had a huge impact on my life and healing journey after experiencing a trauma and deep loss this last fall, and struggling to find resources and support after. Each session was just so yummy and restorative. Your guidance and presence, and compassion is exceptional - I experienced such a deep holding and container to find my way back to my own somatic resources, to connect to my body, and remember what it is to relax and feel at home with myself again."

"The Thursday night sessions have been wonderful and eye-opening, too. I am sure the sessions you offered were part of my healing process on many levels. It was a joy to say the names of others in our group tonight - to acknowledge and "see" each other. Amazing how much connection can come when we open ourselves and our hearts. What a lovely soul you are. What a terrific teacher."

Contact Paula

Paula Josa-Jones is a movement artist who has taught dance, Authentic Movement, somatic movement studies, composition, and improvisation for the past 40 years at universities, colleges, and dance festivals nationally and internationally. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA), a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (RSMET), a Tellington TTouch practitioner, and a Somatic Experiencing® trauma-informed practitioner. She maintains a private practice in Kent, CT, and continues to teach and perform.