Mindful Movement with Dr. Carol Penn
So, what is Mindful Movement? In the broadest sense it is movement performed in a state of relaxed awareness or movement that may lead to a state of related awareness. It is movement or movement sequences that is consciously linked to breath; facilitates the body’s natural alignment understanding that form and function are reciprocally interrelated; it is movement with cultural anthropological and historical significance that connects mind, body, and spirit. Here we will discuss movement experiences traditionally thought of as mindful, such as Yoga and Qigong as well as how to apply mindful movement principles to any movement form. Here, we will also flow the natural unfolding and evolution of The Penn Method of Mindful Movement™.
Specifically, The Penn Method of Mindful Movement™ grows out of my own global lineage of the somatic arts, dance and movement forms such as Yoga and Qigong as well as West African Dance, Balinese Dance, classical European Ballet, Jazz, and the modern dance lineages of Cunningham, Limon, Horton, Graham and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Some of my earliest influences in dance as a performing art were my mother Alma and Arthur Mitchell, first African American principal dancer with New York City Ballet and co-founder and Director of Dance Theater of Harlem, along with early dance teachers Madam Slavinska, Leah Mauer, and Maureen Deakin. I am forever in their debt, and I am forever grateful.