I'll speak about my motivation for teaching anatomy differently here, as an artist, then I do on the course description page. Please visit that page to see the schedule, pricing, and curriculum.

I teach yearlong, 100-hour functional anatomy certificate programs. Functional anatomy is the study of how the body moves functionally (in our day-to-day tasks and activities) and is more concerned with living bodies than cadavers. In my program we learn and remember how to feel and know our bodies. We work primarily through movement, meditative visualization, touch, and task-based, experiential exercises. There is a component of the program that verges on the esoteric, and investigates energetic theories of anatomy such as the mental, emotional, and spiritual "bodies" that affect our physical experience. Most of my students are yoga and dance teachers. More and more bodyworkers and other health professionals are finding their way into the programs. Occasionally people who are interested for their own purposes show up, but mostly I'm working with people who work with people's bodies as their profession.

Students in the 2015/2016 program learn about the appendicular skeleton

Students in the 2015/2016 program learn about the appendicular skeleton

On a pragmatic level I think it's important that people who work with bodies understand them through function and not just through form. It's a departure from the norm to ask people to feel their bodies, and to move from empowered spaces of self-knowing, rather than to tell them what is right and wrong. And in terms of right and wrong... methodology and information about correct form is always changing. Furthermore, as movement professionals we need to be aware of our personal biases — collected from our embodied experiences, and passed through our educational lineages. We need to know, absolutely, that there is absolutely no way to know the experience of another body, or to know what is ultimately correct for it. To work from a functional perspective as opposed to imposing forms upon our students and clients (and ourselves), is to encourage embodied states of being that are empowered, resilient, honest, and adaptable.

On a conceptual level I think it's important for people to remember the inherent knowledge and wisdom of their bodies, and to practice attuning to them in order to have more balanced, sustainable, and joyful experiences — individually and collectively. Western, capitalist, industrialized mindsets tend to objectify and separate things, such as body systems or body parts. The truth is that our bodies are not disconnected within themselves, just as we humans are not disconnected from each other or from the rest of nature. To view elements separately can give interesting information and specialization, but it can also be extremely dysfunctional and lead to imbalance. We see the effects of this mindset in our environment: in pollution-induced climate change and in the exploitation and loss of natural resources, habitats, and species. We see the effects of this mindset in ourselves; in the fracturing of communities and relationships, in disordered consumption habits, in institutionalized violence and oppression, and in the emotional, mental, and physical dis-ease that arises when we forget that what we think effects how we feel, which effects what we do, which effects how we treat others, which effects how we are treated, which effects how we feel, which effects how we think...

As an artist whose primary medium is the human body and its physical experience, I'm interested in working to effect individual shifts in perspective that can ripple out into social change. Through this ongoing project I am investigating the performative potential and environmental impact that results from supporting individuals to sense themselves and the connectedness that they are part of. I am curious to see if we can collectively remember and disseminate embodied knowledge that encourages a holistic approach to living and reintegration of our bodies, hearts, minds, and the earth.