I’m looking for you, who want to make an impact and learn a new method to help people come home to their bodies. Preferable, you should already be a teacher or have a regular movement or meditation practice. (If this is not the case, but you have a burning interest, please contact me personally!)
As a Movingness teacher, your goal is to facilitate embodiment. Every time you get up in front of a class, you’ll have the opportunity to truly change people’s lives.
As a teacher, and especially as a Movingness teacher, you are a student for life. Embrace the joy of constant learning and grow on your own journey.
As a Movingness teacher you can create meaning in your life – and in many other people’s lives, while you simultaneously also earn money and make a living.
Today, around 1.4 billion adults are not physically active enough to stay physically or mentally healthy, says the World Health Organisation. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. In the future, there will be a huge demand for teachers who can help people find their way back to their bodies again.
"I was so happy to find a way to work with my spine and hips without pain. It makes me feel really good in my body."
"My body came alive, it was no longer something I had to force and bend according to my mind. It became something that I could harmoniously live with."
"I have a job with lots of repetitive movements and this is such a good way to relax tight muscles and open up the body again after a long work day."
"The movements are very soft and gentle, but they go really deep. Afterwards, my body feels so relaxed and refreshed."
Hi, my name is Peter Appel. I’m a yoga teacher in four traditions, dance facilitator, mental trainer, and the founder of Movingness. I also have a life long interest in different somatic and meditation practices. When you study with me, you get practical knowledge and deep insights into the human body-mind.
Movingness is made up of different natural movement series. It starts with the Cradle series, which is designed to create a feeling of deep relaxation and well-being in your body. Step-by-step it takes you through series after series and teaches you how to gradually master your body.
Movingness always starts with a short relaxation to release tension in your body. When you’re tensed, you lose the connection with your body, but when you’re relaxed you can sense yourself.
When the brain is in a relaxed mode, it is open for new information. Now, you can refresh the connections between the brain and the muscles, and create new movement patterns!
After every session, you can integrate your new movement skills into your daily life. You will notice a new freedom of movement, an enhanced body image and a higher self-esteem.
Here’s how some of the exercises in the first series of Movingness look like.
Movingness is a new, unique method to improve the way we move. Here are seven ways Movingness differs from other methods.
The training starts in January 2019 and ends with a one week residential in Pietarsaari, Finland. That is: seven days of learning, community, and training in my studio and in nature!
FINDING YOUR TRUE VOICE
Anne Tarvainen (Ph.D.), is a voice teacher, researcher, and singer-songwriter, who has developed Voicefulness, a new method to teach body awareness through sound. During the residential, we're going to start every morning with a class in Voicefulness:
“We're going to use our own voices to practice present awareness, body consciousness, stress relief, and emotional balancing. We will learn to enjoy and trust our own voices and bodies and express ourselves naturally.
The voice vibrates in the cavities and tissues of the body. By learning to sense the vibrations we can also learn to sense the bodily tensions and postures from within. The inner-body movements of vocalizing activate and enliven the body and help us to notice and let go of habitual tensions and emotional patterns.
The exercises consist of simple vocal sounds, free vocalizations, and subtle movements. The exercises are done together in a group. There is no “right” or “wrong” way of doing them – every sound is embraced as it is.
Voicefulness does not require any musical or vocal skills. It is suitable for anyone who wants to enhance one’s wellbeing with his/her own voice.”
TOOLS FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT
Jonas Lönnqvist is a physical therapist specialized in acute and persistent pain disorders, pain management and orthopedic medicine. He is also a Mindfulness instructor and integrates mindfulness in his work of coaching people in their pain management processes.
Unfortunately, a lot of people today suffer from pain. According to some estimates, up to 20 percent of the population suffers from some kind of chronic pain. How does the physical experience of pain (including pain induced by stress and depression), affect our bodies and our lives? And how can we work with a body in pain through movement, breathing, and conscious presence?
During the residential part of the teacher training in Movingness, Jonas will give one lesson a day about how we can understand the mechanisms of pain and well-being in the body. He will also demonstrate how we can regulate the central nervous system with movement therapy, breathing, and conscious presence. During his classes, you will learn how to help your students let go of pain, but also how to support them with mindfulness to better manage and live with pain.
First of all, it will give you a new method and new tools to help your students become more aware of their bodies, and how their bodies and minds interact, sometimes in very surprising ways. The training will give you new skills to create deep relaxation and wellbeing in your classes. You will understand how (according to brain science and old wisdom traditions), you need to work to change the structures of the brain and the nervous system in a more harmonious direction. With a closer relation to the body and its sensations, your students will be able to focus in a new way and even become totally absorbed in their experiences. Working from a subconscious level, they can also develop new movement patterns. In this way, movement and learning new things become fun again! And because our body-image is connected to our self-image, this will also boost their self-confidence.
Secondly, Movingness is not only about reconnecting with ourselves. It’s also about reconnecting with community and with Mother Earth. There is a deeper purpose in the training, not a strict one, but one of finding joy in our natural environment, in our group, and as living beings living on a living planet. This is something you can approach scientifically, and realize how the body of the earth is similar to our human bodies. But, if you like, you can also approach it mystically, and sense how the Earth actually is a living entity.
Thirdly, the teacher training is experiential. It gives you the possibility to deepen your practice and embody what you’re going to teach. You will gain a new understanding of how your body speaks to your mind and your mind speaks to your body. You will learn a new language and this language will make it easier for you to understand what’s happening in you, in your students, and, actually, in society as a whole right now. Scary things we can’t grasp with our thinking mind, can actually be understood by our bodies.
In short: Embodiment. The movement series. Natural movements. Deep relaxation/Yoga Nidra. Deep breathing with the Movingness breathing technique.
Or more specifically:
Timetable: January–June 2019, six months of weekly mostly video lessons
During the online training you’ll get weekly lessons in three parts:
1. The body explorations are both for fun and for new insights! Some are guided inquiries or questions you can answer right away. In other cases, I’ll ask you to do things on the go during your day. And then write down your observations.
2. Movingness is made of movement series. During the first month, we will go trough the guided relaxation, a Yoga Nidra-like sequence that transforms into slow motion. You will also learn the Cradle series, an extremely relaxing and rejuvenating movement series. It consists of seven main exercises and some variations.
The following month you’ll learn the Gecko series, which is a great tool to get your back back! And then, the next month, you’ll learn how to freely flow between the series and create more variation and fun.
The fourth month will be spent breathing! Among other things, you’ll learn the special breathing exercises in Movingness. The fifth month is about the Tiger series on all fours. And then in June, you’ll learn more about transitions, spirals and standing sequences.
3. I think it’s extremely important for the mind to have some kind of frames to work with. They don’t have to be too strict, but if we only stay in the body realm, what we get is mostly floating experiences. We also need some kind of guidelines, or roadmaps, to follow. But I also know that many of you have challenging timetables and I don’t want to throw a pile of books after you and force you to find the essentials on your own. My suggestion is that I’ll write summaries about fundamental topics like setting an intention, Yoga Nidra/hypnosis/the hypnagogic state, The polyvagal theory, interoception, the attachment theory etc. with included links to further reading if you find the subject irresistible!
Every month the group will have a conference call where we go through the previous lessons. You can ask questions whenever you like. I’m here to support you along the way!
The teacher training is a 6 months online training starting the 6th of January 2019. From the 28th of July to the 4th of August, the group will meet for a one week residential training in my studio in Pietarsaari, Finland. During that intense week, you will fine tune your teaching skills while you get inspired and supported by me and the group. Parts of the training will be in nature.
Timetable: At the end of July or beginning of August: A one-week residential in Pietarsaari, Finland.
During the residential, we’ll focus on teaching Movingness. Everyone will have the opportunity to first teach shorter chunks and then a whole class (60 min). And of course, you’ll be gently supported by me and the group.
Another important topic is how to adapt Movingness for different audiences. As the method is very gentle and more rejuvenating than strenuous, you can teach it to a broad audience or specialize and work with specific groups like elderly, children, people suffering from burnout, stress, in different types of recovery and so on.
The training will partly be in my studio, partly in nature. Pietarsaari is a very cute town on the Finnish West coast. With only 20 000 inhabitants and a charming old part with small wooden houses, it’s almost like a country village. A short distance from Pietarsaari is a beautiful beach with pine forests, sand and rocks. That’s the place where I use to train and where I’d like to take you! In this paradise, we can train Movingness in different settings, in the sand, in water, or late at night or early in the morning. There's a lot of options, but this is something I’d like to decide when I hear more about your wishes!
Very soon. After approx 2 months you can start to teach the Cradle and the Gecko series, the first and second series in Movingness.
Seven monthly payments of 199 US dollars, in total 1393 dollars. All course material is included in the price, except for required reading. Other expenses not included are travel, food and accommodation* during the residential in Finland.
*Sleeping on the floor in the studio is a low-cost option
Of course! If you're not fully satisfied with Movingness after 30 days, you can cancel your engagement and get a full refund.
Monthly payments for 7 months, 1393 US dollars in total.
A clear and gradual path with weekly video lessons, regular assessments, Q&A:s and special support.
Please notice, by signing up for the course in Movingness you are added to an exclusive list of people who are seriously interested in the training. When the program is ready to start, we will send you an email with further information and a link to the shopping cart. After your payment you’re ready to start your training. Thank you for being a part of the Movingness community!