VMI Active Breath
Somatic Practice
Active Breath Somatic Practice Overview
“Your voice is a living resonance moving actively through your entire body”.

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Active Breath Somatic Practice

A livestream, dynamic and interactive training program

Interfacing creative practice and integrative somatic movement, voice and bodywork.

“Patricia Bardi was a major person in the early development
of BMC from 1973 - 1986. She took the seeds and grew her
own forest”
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen - founder of Body-Mind Centering

Active Breath is an innovative somatic practice focused on integrating our awareness of the intrinsic connection between body, mind and emotions through our physical /sensory experience of our breath, voice, and movement.

Active Breath is an in-depth somatic practice that provides more insight and refined skills to:

  • perceive your physical awareness and body presence in more detail.
  • influence and positively affect your postural tone, balance and coordination.
  • develop your whole-body breathing with more ease.
  • embody the physical support for the resonance of your voice.
  • align your feeling for rhythm and flow by actively engaging sound in your movement.
  • bring a richer, more attentive dialogue into your understanding and sense of self.

Livestream class is on Mondays at 10 am CET

Subscribers unable to attend Livestream class can access the uploaded version.

Plus additional small group tutorial on deepening understanding.

Overall program: Ten modules of five weekly 1.5-hour classes.

Each module focuses on a major body system that can be taken independently.

Overview of each individual module:

  • The 5 consecutive weekly classes are live-streamed via Zoom.
  • Each module focuses on a specific body system.
  • Each module of 5 weekly classes can be taken independently.
  • You will be invited to sign up for one scheduled tutorial within each module, for group discussion, guidance and supervision.
  • Patricia will try and accommodate different time zones when scheduling.
  • The live-stream class will be posted afterwards on Patricia’s YouTube channel.
  • Participants in the VMI Somatic Practice Certification Program receive educational credit.

The Tutorial Provides the Opportunity to:

  • Cultivate your skills by receiving more attention in a small group setting.
  • Ask direct questions concerning your personal and professional practice.
  • Share and exchange new insights with colleagues from different backgrounds.
  • Focus in on the details you are investigating and researching in your practice.

Fee: Each module consists of 5 weekly classes and one small group tutorial is:

Total €135. Euros. 15% discount on your first module fee is €115. Euros

Practice Modules

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Module 1:  The Skeletal System & Joint Articulation

The Skeletal System – establishes the weight bearing 3-dimensional support in our functional movement. The bones give the body its shape and form and guide the muscular action for moving efficiently in space. The bone marrow’s inner layer produces red and white blood cells strengthening the immune system.

Finely tuned voluntary control of the structural joints is achieved through well-balanced circuits of communication between brain, sensory & motor nerves and the proprioceptive sense receptors.

Cultivating a sense of fluidity and spaciousness of the joint structures gives the entire body a feeling of effortlessness while sustaining stability in our movement.

Using breath, voice and movement to modulate and vary states of support and activity in the skeletal structure. Creating a dynamic interactive flow between the forces of gravity and space inside the body influences our expressive vitality, sound and movement flow.

 

Module 2:  The Organs System and the 7 Domes

The Organs System provides a dynamic vitality and inner volume that coordinates our life-sustaining biological functioning.  It is a bridge creating communication between conscious voluntary movement and subconscious physiological states informing the awareness in our body, mind, and emotions.

Fine tuning the complementary relationship between the motion of the organs with the skeletal structural support influences the balance of our autonomic nervous system. This affects the overall sense of calmness and alertness through the entire body refreshing our sense of health and wellness.

Engaging the awareness of the inner volume of the organs as a 3-Dimensional support enhances the fascia fluidity of the postural muscles, influences fuller more balanced breathing and stimulates quality change in our sensory perception, bodily awareness, ease of movement and resonance of sound. 

Using breath, voice and movement to generate awareness of the organs as a vibratory/resonant presence and supporting/moving force inside the body influences our expressive vitality, sound and movement flow.

 

Module 3:  Fluid Rhythm and Flow in Body & Voice

The Fluid System is composed of an interrelated layering of circulatory systems transporting nourishment & cleansing every level of body tissue. The life of each cell of the body is sustained through a dynamic flow of a variety of life-sustaining fluids which includes the arterial & venous blood flow, lymphatic system, cerebral spinal fluid, synovial fluid, intercellular and cellular fluids.

By engaging with each fluid’s distinctive quality of sensation & rhythmical flow a fuller spectrum and quality of expression enhances cellular vitality, influences fuller more balanced breathing and stimulates quality change in our sensory perception, bodily awareness, ease of movement and resonance of sound. 

Using breath, voice and movement to stimulate awareness of the fluids as a vibratory/resonant presence and moving force through the entire body influences our expressive vitality, sound and movement flow.

 

Module 4:  Nervous System – Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems

The Nervous System - detects and responds to all subtle and profound changes inside and outside of the body. Stimulation of the nervous system creates an immediate response to the effort and modulation of stress and relaxation in the body that affects our physical, emotional and cognitive responses.

Engaging with the dynamic relationship between cognitive brain function and sensory/ motor coordination of the somatic nervous system. Looking specifically at the spinal cord, sensory/motor nerve pathways of the somatic nervous system to refine and clarify the interaction of intention and attention in our awareness and sensory perception and motor co-ordination. 

Cultivating the fluid dynamic between inner and outer focus through active listening to our breath, movement and voice.

 

Module 5:  Autonomic Nervous System and Vagus Nerve

The Nervous System - detects and responds to all subtle and profound changes inside and outside of the body. Stimulation of the nervous system creates an immediate response to the effort and modulation of stress and relaxation in the body that affects all physical, emotional and cognitive responses. 

Looking specifically at the autonomic nervous system and its relationship to the profound influence of the vagus nerve’s interaction and modulation on the functioning of the organs system and its significant effect on our emotional states, stress and social interaction.

Integrating an active approach to breath, voice and movement to refine and clarify the interaction of intention and attention in our awareness and perceptual-motor coordination. 

Cultivating the fluid dynamic between inner and outer focus through active listening in our breath, voice and movement in guiding our communication and expressive choices.

Module 6:  Energetic Endocrine System and Chakras

The Endocrine Glands secrete an intricate, potent series of hormones directly into the bloodstream, which stimulate & inhibit the chemical processes organizing the cellular physiological functioning of the body. Highly tuned centers in the brain oversee the secretion of hormones affecting our behavior on all levels of body, mind and emotions.  

Each major chakra is an energy center associated with a major nerve plexus and endocrine gland aligned along the vertical core of the body from coccyx to head. The presence of energy on a cellular level is vibratory and fluid in nature. The quality & affect of each endocrine gland is defined and assimilated into a whole-body movement and sound experience.

Using breath, voice and movement to align the energy of the glands with movement flow to create a synergistic harmonic balance through the entire body.

 

Module 7:  Understanding of the Eye and Ear in Perception

Perception creates the ability of the body, mind, and emotions to define, organize and integrate our inner and outer experiences that influence and guide our choices in expression.

Looking specifically at sensory perception in relationship to the cognitive function of the eye, the vestibular system of balance and the auditory aspects of the ear as they guide our vision, hearing, inner balance, coordination, and orientation in space throughout the entire body.

Cultivating visual and auditory listening to observe the catalytic effect on our vocal, kinesthetic and physical expression.  Working on the overall quality, effort and fine-tuning of the breath and voice with active movement.

 

Module 8:  Embodying the Voice through Movement Flow

The voice is a physical instrument engaging with all of our senses. Moving the breath, feeling the vibration of the sound as a living pulse guiding, informing, and exchanging actively with our movement flow opens gateways of physical awareness, inspiration and creativity.

Deepening our perception of the embodied voice by understanding our breathing function in relationship to the awareness of the pharynx and larynx and the reciprocal breathing motion of the thoracic and pelvic diaphragms. 

Bringing vocal sound resonant vibration directly into active movement with the fluidity and inner tonal support of the organs.

 

Module 9:  Lymphatic System and the Immune System

The fluid vibratory nature of the body is composed of an interrelated layering of circulatory systems transporting nourishment and cleansing every level of body tissue. The life of each cell of the body is sustained through a dynamic flow of a variety of fluids which include the arterial and venous blood flow, lymphatic system, and intercellular and cellular fluids.

The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, the fluid of the immune system that protects, detoxifies, and defends the body from infection.

Integrating breath, movement flow, and voice to stimulate, modulate and revitalize the essential interconnectivity between the circulation of lymph, blood flow, respiration and the balance of the autonomic nervous system via the vagus nerve to enhance the overall function of the immune system.

 

Module 10: Muscular System Integration with the Internal Body Systems

The Muscular System - establishes the tensile, three-dimensional body wrap surrounding and supporting the skeletal structure.  It provides the forces for moving the bones in space and produces precision, modulation of effort, strength and endurance in our functional movement. 

Blood and nerve supply are the nourishing forces supplying the muscle’s vitality and efficiency. Engaging the awareness of the inner volume of the organs as a 3D support enhances the fascia fluidity of the postural muscles.

Finely tuned voluntary control of the muscle is achieved through well-balanced circuits of communication between brain, sensory & motor nerves and striated muscle fibers.

 Using voice and movement to modulate and vary states of rest & activity in the muscular body.  Creating an effortless and interactive flow between the forces of gravity and space inside the body influences our expressive vitality, sound and movement flow.

Schedule

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Schedule 2022–2024

Offered to people who have completed Level 1 of the training program.

Level 2

Course Dates between September '23 and May '24 to be confirmed
5 days 4 times from Friday to Tuesday for a total of 20 days every 2 months
Focus 1: Thr Fluid System
Fri 31 January – Tue 04 February 2020
Focus 2: The Fluid System
Fri 20 March – Tue 24 March 2020
Focus 3: The Endocrine Glands
Focus 4: Voice, Sound Image & Language
Fri 22 May – Tue 26 May 2020
Focus 5: Combining Fluid System and Endocrine Glands

Application

For information and individual appointment to discuss joining the course, please contact us:

Telephone +31 (0)6 24 61 78 53
Email info@patriciabardi.com

We are available to answer any of your questions and give an overview of the format and content of the training.

To apply for the course, please submit the form.