Gen-Do is a mind-body practice that integrates embodiment, bio intelligent movement, and the role of consciousness that drastically improves your psychophysical well-being. Gen-Do practice has many components. It can be a somatic (body-oriented) meditation, a dyad practice with a certain focus, and a movement practice inspired by many existing modalities such as dance, Pilates, yoga, and other somatic works.
- What is Gen-Do?
- Gen-Do Practice Includes:
Embodied Meditation, Embodied Dyad, Embodied Movement.
- What is Embodiment?
Mindfulness is about being present in the moment. Embodiment gives us a way to enact our being through movement. And because life necessarily involves movement, embodiment gives us a practical way to live daily life. Embodiment empowers you to live fully, using your whole body.
- What is Bio-Intelligent Movement?
Gen-Do distinguishes between “functional” and “bio-intelligent” movement. Functional movement expresses biomechanical action that focuses on movement of muscles, bones, and joints. By contrast, bio-intelligent movement focuses on connective tissue, gravity, and the effects of electromagnetism that influence the performance of the systems essential for life. Bio-intelligent movement follows the holistic concept: everything is connected to everything else. Therefore, in this approach, movement is always relational – including, of course, the relationship between different parts of our bodies, our relationship with the external environment, and the fundamental relationship between our minds and bodies.
- What's the Difference between Yoga, Pilates, and Gen-Do?
The Yoga tradition originated in India, and, in some styles, focuses on the chakra system or the energetic aspect of the body. Pilates, initially developed by Joseph Pilates in Germany, is a method for strengthening the core. Both yoga and Pilates involve special movement routines, where each position or movement has a name, such as “downward facing dog.” Gen-Do, by contrast, is not a system, but an approach or a way of moving with your whole body. In fact, Gen-Do can enhance your yoga or Pilates practice.
- What does Gen-Do Principle 10: ‘connecting with purpose at a cellular level' mean?
This question hits the nail on the head, and forms the backbone of the Mind-Body Institute Gen-Do. “Purpose in life” can refer to a cognitive understanding of our personal meaning in life. But what if every molecule in our bodies had their own intentions and purposes, not based on our top-down cognitive decisions?
What if, instead, we learned to pay attention to what our bodies want, even at the level of our cells and molecules? Yes, according to the philosophy we follow, each cell or molecule has an ability to make choices. And that, by the way, explains how healing happens. Some people call it “equilibrium,” others “homeostasis.” Our bodies have a natural ability to heal themselves and to bring everything back to wholeness. Healing, then, arises from deep within us when our cells express their own purpose aligned with the overall intention of the body for health and wholeness, and, indeed, with the wider environment of all other living organisms.
When we fail to listen to this deep embodied wisdom, we go against the flow of nature.
- Who is this class for?
– Bodyworkers of all kinds.
– Anyone who is curious about the body and movement.
- What is the class format?
– Visually powerful slides that assists stimulate your embodied understanding of the body.
– Lecture and open discussion: This two-way interaction takes the class to a deeper understanding by students asking what they experience in the moment.
- Is this a Continuing Education for professionals?
Yes, it is for bodyworkes and massage therapists through NCBTMB – 7 hours per day.