Move with The Elements - Course Portal Fall 2021
WELCOME TO FALL SEMESTER 2021
Upon successful completion of this 8 week course students will be able to quantify the “magic” of Buti into alchemical processes that move, transform and clarify the internal emotional experience. Students learn to break out of teaching ruts created by brain and injury patterns. By the end of the course, students will understand the creation mechanism of their repetitive movement patterns and how to break out of the habit using movement alchemy deeply rooted in the elementals. The students will approach their knowledge of the elements in a holistic way that goes far beyond the current understanding of them simply as energy. Students will dig deeply into each element and its corresponding alchemical actions to create healing practices that quite literally create medicine within the body. Upon graduation, students will be able to apply these principles and techniques in their personal practice and approach to group classes.
Bizzie Gold - Lead Teacher
Emily Bowers + Aubrey Amborn - Assistant Teachers
Duration & Timing:
Course materials will be available August 1st through October 16th.
You will have 8 weeks to complete the pre-recorded course materials and prepare for the live demonstrations.
Dates for Live Demos:
Saturday, October 2nd - 8am to 1pm PT
Saturday, October 9th - 12pm to 5pm PT
You will need:
Computer, internet connection, notebook, pen, space to lay out a yoga mat for demo days
Things to Know:
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Please watch lectures in order and be sure to have the corresponding PDF document ready to review alongside the video.
Videos are pre-recorded and can be watched as it fits into your schedule.
All homework assignments are given during the video lecture.
This session will review key movement principles, terms and bony structures. We will also gain a foundational understanding of the element types, actions and effects on the body both physical and energetic. The session will close with a basic overview of the importance of balancing elements as described through both the TCM and Ayurvedic lenses. Session will include lecture, visual slides, Q+A and homework will be given at the end of class.
ORIGIN PT. 1
This module will cover different methodologies to generate heat including pranayama, binds, isometric holds and intentionally placed cardio bursts. We will also explore the element of FIRE and what can happen pathologically when your practice or sequencing has an excess of FIRE. Session will include lecture, visual slides, Q+A and homework will be given at the end of class.
TCM / 8 PRINCIPLES
This module will cover different methodologies to nourish yin, restore body fluids and support soft tissue structures. We will explore the water element as it relates to facilitating the balance of YIN within the body. As it relates to class sequencing, students will focus on creating slower paced transitions that elongate muscles and slowly blend into unique isometric holds using both diagonal alignment and intentional hand placement to stabilize the muscle. Pranayama and meditation techniques will also be addressed during this portion. Session will include lecture, visual slides, Q+A and homework will be given at the end of class.
This session will explore the importance of grounding our practice to find stabilizing edges and maintain balance throughout the body. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the difference between flowing without edges versus flowing with intentional edges, pauses and stability. This concept will expand every instructors way of thinking as it relates to both creating flow sequences as well as physically practicing them. The majority of injury that occurs for instructors is due to this lack of defined edge or stable, intentional transition of bony landmark. Session will include lecture, visual slides, Q+A and homework will be given at the end of class.
This module will cover spiritual intelligence and cultivating a divine connection within our practice, both to each other and to our intuition. We will dig into the Chakra system as it relates to the physical, emotional and energetic bodies and explore physical body pathologies tied to chakra imbalance. Students will explore existential questions about their own experience o connection to the unknown magical essence that drives our practice. We will close off this session with this session with pranayama and best practices to weave these practices into sequencing to support the body systems and balance the Chakra system. Session will include lecture, visual slides, Q+A and homework will be given at the end of class.
This session is where it all ties together. Aether, the quintessence, the life force that links each of the elements into a seamless, united system. In this segment, we explore how each segment of knowledge links together to create the beating heart of a Buti-based practice. Student demonstrations will also take place during this segment which will run approximately 5 hours. Session will include lecture, visual slides, Q+A and student demonstrations.