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This 23-Minute class focuses on circular movement patterns. You won’t be physically moving in circles, but this sequence will evoke a sense of spiralling in your body. Expect a challenge in coordination and strength, especially in the upper body and core as you explore new ways of moving.
In this program preview, learn how to do a Corkscrew with Slava. This transitional movement teaches you a different way to get up and down from the ground, how to change planes of motion, and that you don’t always need to do things the familiar way. Amanda previews Class 02, demonstrating gracefully how to sequence Corkscrew with other program movements into a creative movement practice.
Movement Foundations comes with a program guide to assist you in learning Slava’s movements and outlines what to expect from Amanda’s classes. The guide was designed to give you a visual reference of each movement through high-quality photographs and descriptions, and includes Words from Slava, 7-Day and 14-Day Training Plans, and more. The guide is perfect if you are on the go and want something to reference as you learn to integrate the movements into your practice and everyday life.
Amanda Riches created these innovative guided classes by combining the movements that you learned from Slava into a sequence to follow along to. Each class consists of a Warm Up, Sequence, and Cool Down. The main sequences are taught like a choreography; you learn one movement at a time and come back to the first position after each movement you add on.
Amanda chose to teach in this way because the repetition makes it easy for the body to memorize and integrate the sequence. Your body remembers the flow and soon you are moving without thinking.
This movement is a heavy hitter when it comes to mobility throughout the entire body. Not only does Scorpion demand strength and flexibility from every joint in the body, it also trains your proprioception (spatial awareness), gives you a strong foundation for inversions, and is a great way to begin practicing self-expression in your movement.
Corkscrew is an interesting way to get up off the ground. This movement teaches you a different way to get up and down, how to change planes of motion, and that you don’t always need to do things the familiar way. The easy way is seldom the most rewarding. Corkscrew is the ultimate test of balance and coordination and will teach you how to recruit the underused inner leg muscles.
If there’s any one movement that reminds us of our childhood, it’s this one. The Cartwheel is both fun and powerful. It will strengthen your entire body, create flexibility and mobility in all the major joints, and teach you how to balance power with control. Channel your inner child as you learn (or relearn) this movement.
Bear, Crab and Bear-Crab Rolls are an easy and fun way to get your hands on the ground and play. You may actually have so much fun in the movement that you won’t notice how much it’s benefiting your shoulder mobility and strengthening your core. If you want to work on strengthening and toning your core, think crab, not crunches.
Amanda has a long history with sports and movement. As a young girl, she practiced gymnastics and figure skating before moving on to a career as an elite junior tennis player where she first developed a foundation in conditioned training. Amanda compliments that dynamic training with over 15 years of practice and 10 years experience as a yoga teacher with a strong focus on restorative yoga. She teaches people how to access movement from where they are now and at whatever stage they are in their life. Amanda will empower you to create a personalized daily movement practice even if you only have ten minutes. She believes that when we move our bodies, we move our lives forward, opening ourselves up to new opportunities for creativity, connection, and lifelong health. Her classes balance effort with ease, making time for both high-level athletic training and a quality of rest in practice.
Slava is dedicated to the exploration of the body. He has travelled the world exploring various disciplines of movement including: gymnastics, acroyoga, circus acrobatics, thai massage, Tai Chi, Wing Chun, yoga, and dance. He connects his studies in movement with a practice of stillness, Vipassana meditation, as he believes we cannot separate our physical state from our mental state. Slava is always willing and excited to be a beginner as he approaches all new movement disciplines with with a sense of consistency and curiosity. His most recent movement studies include Capoeira and ballet. As a mover, he balances the concepts of fluidity and strength to create a sense of grace and ease that is both artistic and functional. As a teacher, he guides his students to understand their bodies through educated exploration and body integration, emphasizing the importance of movement in aging gracefully.
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Amanda’s movement classes were filmed in a loft space on a cold winter day. In between takes, Amanda and the team behind the camera would move around to keep warm and stay energized. This program was made by people who truly believe in the power of movement, even if it’s only a five-minute stretch break between filming. Our goal is to get you moving too. You don’t need a lot of time, space or prior experience to start. Wherever your body is in this moment is where you should begin.
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