explores the vital connection between thinking and moving—between attending to how we move and attending to how we live. It is a practical means of learning how to live with more ease, grace and intentionality.
I have studied this work for nearly 50 years and taught it for almost that long, and of everything I have done, I can honestly say that this work has had the most profound influence on my life. It has affected me in two main ways: one was the dramatic effect it had on my own well-being, both in the ability to coordinate myself easily, and being able as a performer to let the clarity of my intentions come through clearly to my audience. More important was the change in the clarity of my thinking: learning who I am, how I react to stimuli and how to make clear, conscious choices about how I want to be in the world. And it’s a lot of fun! I no longer operate only from habit, physical or mental. As David Mills says: “Habit is being ready for the one thing you expect next. Coordination is being ready for anything.” I want to be ready for anything.more about catherine
Thinking is Moving
When most of us think of “thinking,” examples of “abstract” thinking come to mind: thinking about ideas, or how to debug that gnarly piece of code, or planning our next vacation.
All of us, however, have bodies. (We wouldn’t be able to think without them). And we are directing ourselves in movement, whether we are aware of it or not, every second of every day. This directing is also thinking.
Thus, thinking is not a “kind of” moving; thinking is moving.
Most of our responses, however, are habitual: we don’t consciously think about how to move before we move, how to act before we act, or how to “think” before we respond. Having habitual ways of moving saves time for us, but may not always be the best response.
What if you could change that? What if you could learn to observe how you are moving, how you are thinking, and choose to explore new and different ways of responding? What if you could learn how to think more clearly in simple acts of life—walking, sitting, standing—and leverage that skill into the complex interactions you have every day? What if you could use this new skill to change habits that you want to change, but haven’t been able to?
The Art of Self Direction explores the vital connection between thinking and moving—between attending to how we move and attending to how we live. It is a practical means of learning how to live with more ease, grace and intentionality.
Classes are a way to learn more quickly by observing each other, and provide support for your sustained learning. As Yogi Berra once said "You can learn a lot by watching."
Workshops are typically single, longer sessions, often focussed on a topic or theme.
Lessons can be private or semi-private. Private lessons give you the opportunity to explore at length any activity you choose or pay special attention to any questions you may have.
Semi-private lessons are simply a private lesson with more than one person.
"Over many years you have helped me
re-learn how to sit, stand, walk and move. Now you have also helped me be
comfortable in my own body on stage! More than that, you taught me how to do it
Your gentle guiding touch and sensitive empathy, genuine enthusiasm and encouragement quickly go the solutions I need for posture and movement. AND you gave me strategies to make memorizing much easier! Taking on my new career as a performer has been made vastly nicer because of your skills and patience. As I proceed, I am glad to have you with me! I come back because your teachings help me work more easily and surely. You are so helpful to me! Thank you!"
"My lessons with Catherine these past couple years have given tremendous relief from a compression fracture in my lumbar spine.
Growing awareness of unconscious movement patterns and insights into how to make positive changes were enormously beneficial. I also experienced the pleasure of greater freedom in ordinary movements - standing, sitting, walking.
Catherine is a wonderful teacher.”
Diane Thome, Ph.D.