Primal Practice: Games that make us smarter and stronger.
“Primal” refers to what is never “not there”…the ever-present part of us. “Practice” is the process of embodying what we want…actualizing our potential.
Primal Practice acknowledges that play and inquiry provide the optimal environment for learning and growth. With this play based approach, intense physical work and deep personal inquiry become fascinating and fun adventures. The practice heals, regenerates and reorganizes our way of being embodied. Through this practice we become supple, strong, sensitive, and smart.
During a Primal Practice workshop you will:
Have fun, work hard, laugh, make friends, observe your default patterns, develop new and creative ways to engage with life’s challenges, experience delight, learn to generate an inner state of wonder, experience a felt sense of oneness with you body and your being.
The following are some themes, ideas, exercises, inquiries and games we will enter during the workshop:
Foundations Of Physical Freedom:
A set of practices that nourish your body with a broad spectrum of healthy movement. These exercises form the neural networks and physical structures that generate vibrant health and foster physical freedom. These preparatory exercises teach you to:
*Modulate tone in your body
*Skillfully run the forces of ground and gravity through your system
*Quiet mental chatter
*Amplify awareness of your “inner body”
*Generate altered states of consciousness
Koans are Zen riddles that reveal our true nature. They cannot be solved by being clever. A koan is cracked when we see beyond the constraints that the question imposes. Kinetic Koans are movement puzzles that invite us to step beyond what the puzzle proposes, into an new relationship to self and space.
Play potentiates learning. Games create the conditions for play to occur. We can play from a “finite” or an “infinite” perspective. Finite play aims at ending play, victorious. The goal of infinite play is to continue playing. The games of Primal Practice are a space in which insight and skill arise and can be refined. The games pique curiosity, evoke laughter, cultivate physical intelligence and develop us as infinite players.
Bodywork that enhances a springy, soft, smart, sensitive, supple and strong physicality
Throughout the practice, we constantly ask what we are doing and why we are doing it. By encouraging playful, curiosity-based inquiry, insights relevant to our growth arise.
Taking time to integrate is crucial to the acquisition of new knowledge and development of new skills. Primal Practice is peppered with ample opportunities to integrate through meditation, bodywork, free play and dialogue.
This is the meta-context of Primal Practice. What are the virtues and values we wish to embody? How do we live them.