Upcoming classes

Next class:             Balance / Vestibular system
Monday September 23rd
(& fundraiser for Children's Cancer research. All proceeds will be donated to Swim Across America - Making Waves to Fight Cancer***)

We will be assessing both the functioning of the vestibular (inner ear/balance) system and discovering your current "Stance Challenge for Balance" with the variables of open or closed eyes, and different head motions. Again the goal is to detect deficiencies before they become a problem. Monday, September 23, 7:15 - 8:30pm

***See more information below about Swim Across America and Children With Hair Loss. Can donate to Swim Across America HERE

Upcoming classes: 

(Registration required)

Cranial Nerves
These are the 12 nerves that come off both sides of the brain itself versus the spinal column. Since they are so close to the brain they have a major impact on performance and pain. Discover if there are minor issues before they become major ones. Monday, October 21, 7:15-8:30pm.

Cerebellum and other Brain areas
A major part of the cerebellum's job is Accuracy, Balance, and Control of movement. Through simple assessments you will detect if there are imbalances in the functioning of the cerebellum and other parts of the brain between the right and left sides. Monday, November 18, 7:15-8:30pm
(Assessment classes are offered on a donation basis)

Awakening Body Awareness
Drop-In, Tuesdays August 13- September 24, 6-6:50

East Bay Meditation Center

285 17th St, Oakland, CA 94612
Come on any of the Tuesdays that work for you. Offered by donation.
With an attitude of kindness, compassion, and curiosity, we will be using active range of motion to bring awareness to our body & joints. We will begin with self-explorative movements to awaken the body, followed by directed movements that progressively explore the available and unavailable motions of the joints. All the while we will have the intention of noticing the feeling tones of pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral that are present along with the thoughts and emotions that are arising. These explorations can be done standing, seated, or lying down.
Embodying Resilience/Leadership Embodiment
First Thursdays of the month (Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5), 
6-8 pm   Your Well-Being Studio, 351 Santa Clara Ave, Oakland.

This work is based on the principles of the revolutionary, non-aggressive Japanese martial art of Aikido, and mindfulness. Through interactive exercises we explore recognizing our reactive habitual patterns in dealing with pressure and stress. We then learn to shift our attention with an embodied centering practice that accesses a state of being which offers a greater capacity to act with wisdom, confidence, and compassion. By being able to recognize our patterns and having the capacity to shift to a different state we are able to be more resilient to the stresses and pressures that life throws at us. 

T'ai Chi Chih, Joy through Movement®
Wednesdays 10:30-11:00 followed by meditation until 11:30

T’ai Chi Chih® is a moving meditation consisting of 20 easy-to-learn, accessible movements. A form of qigong, T’ai Chi Chih® circulates and balances the chi or energy of the body with the intention of bringing stillness and calm to the heart mind in the midst of activity.
Leadership Embodiment Level 1
(formerly Conscious Embodiment)
October 5-6, 9:30 - 5

This course offers participants an introduction to LE, language, practices and principles. Through simple interactive physical exercises, we are able to recognize the patterns that arise when we are in intense situations. Once we are familiar with our pattern, we apply centering practices to help us shift to a more creative, compassionate and skillful state. Working in pairs, we chunk down learning exercises to create a lasting imprint in the body. Individual debrief and group discussions create a dynamic learning container.

You will learn to shift to an open relaxed and centered state while under pressure. Level 1 introduces practices for cultivating the 3 Leadership Competencies:

  • Being inclusive, especially in difficult situations
  • Listening to everything that is being said without taking things personally
  • Speaking up for what we believe in, even when there is strong resistance

Leadership Embodiment Level 2
(formerly Conscious Embodiment)
December 7-8, 9:30 - 5
Building on the foundation of the Fundamentals Level 1, the Intermediate Level 2 course offers participants an opportunity to deepen their awareness and explore their patterns and centering practice in a variety of situations.
Knowing the language and principals of the LE model allows for greater insights into the ways stressors affect the body. Discover how muscle groups tighten or extend releasing chemicals that change the way your mind thinks and the way you speak.
The Intermediate Level 2 course will introduce you to:
  • Working with the wooden practice sword to raise energy and in crease your capacity for positive power, especially when Speaking Up
  • Working with greater inspiration to address challenges with more ease
  • Aligning your body and speech to become more effective at influencing the environment



Swim Across America
In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer. I joined the Swim Across America community so that, together, we can change that. I will be a kayak escort for those  swimming in the San Francisco Bay Open Water Swim and raising money to fight cancer. Please support me by sponsoring this event by making a gift donation. All proceeds from this year’s San Francisco swims will fund two programs at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals: the breakthrough Survivors of Childhood Cancer program at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco and the innovative cancer research programs at Swim Across America Laboratory for Pediatric Cancer Resarch at Children’s Hospital Research Institute Oakland (CHORI)  Thank you for your generosity and may it lead to a cancer-free world!

You can make a credit card donation here, or send a check to Swim Across America, c/o Anthony DuComb, 1684 8th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122.

Check should be made out to Swim Across America but please include a note mentioning my name as the person you are supporting!

Children with Hair Loss
A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that provides human hair replacements at no cost to children and young adults facing medically-related hair loss. I have been growing my hair for about a year and it has reached the required length so I figured it was a good time to donate it while participating in Swim Across America. Hoping it will be of use to someone.
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