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Want to connect to yourself better? Grow your self awareness by learning how to communicate with your body so you can release pent-up tension and feel more balanced.
What is Somatic Emotional Awareness (S.E.A.)?
Emotional awareness is our ability to know and understand what emotional process we are experiencing. Adding a somatic piece to this allows us to include understanding and experiencing this emotion in the body, not just at a cognitive level. "Feelings" are our emotions because they carry a sensation in the body. Becoming aware of these sensations and feelings in the body is an essential tool to support us in navigating our interactions, exposing our core values, and interpreting what is safe and unsafe.
In this 6-week workshop, we will navigate the spectrum of human emotion in the body and learn the unique languages of our bodies. Each body has a unique sensory experience based on our own history and experiences, and during our time together, you will learn the language unique to your body. For example, what triggers the experience of anger in one person, may trigger a completely different emotion in another, and this is all based on previous experience and its resonance in our unique nervous system.
Why is it important to learn Somatic Emotional Awareness?
When we can recognize and learn the feelings and sensations in our body during our daily experiences, we can begin to understand what is being triggered in our body. Understanding what is being triggered in our body allows us to pull the thread of why we are experiencing it and begin to see which wound or painful experiencing the body feels is being recreated. You see, the body and the human nervous system are magnificent and complicated. Our nervous system's job is to keep us safe. When we have previously experienced situations that the nervous system deemed unsafe, it will now behave in such a way that tries to avoid recreating that situation or gives you the emotional and somatic warning bells that something isn't right. The more in-tune we are with the somatic feelings in our body, the more aware we become in interactions and day-to-day life. Self-awareness is one of the most incredible tools we naturally possess to properly regulate and reprogram the nervous system. Being aware of our genuine emotions is essential.
What happens when we ignore our emotions?
When we suppress our emotions and ignore the sensations they offer in our bodies; they only begin to talk louder and louder, often manifesting in pain, illness, and other physical conditions. Learning the unique language our bodies speak is incredibly valuable in healing the nervous system and the body.
How and When?
Each week, we will explore a different emotion and its various shades. This class is a guided course with live weekly calls, a course dashboard on Teachable and pre-recorded movement classes all facilitating education and tools to move through feeling the emotion of the week. On top of each week's live educational call, we will practice exercises that incorporate meditation, mind-body experiences and movement to facilitate learning. In the end, we finish the session with some Q and A and perhaps some homework for your week. In addition, you will also find a pre-recorded “movement class video” posted on our teachable platform, where it will touch on the unique emotion of the week with further support.
Week 1: Welcome.
An introduction to the nervous system and the mind-body connection.
Week 2: Fear.
The kidney/bladder connection. The role fear plays in the human experience.
Week 3: Sadness.
The lung/large intestine connection. The role sadness plays in our experience.
Week 4: Anger.
The liver/gallbladder connection. The role of anger in the body.
Week 5: Worry.
The stomach/spleen connection. The part of worry and how it differs from fear.
Week 6: Joy.
The heart/small intestine connection. The role of joy and optimism in life.
This 6-week practice will be led by Danielle and include a variety of resources, lessons and sources for you to continue your healing journey beyond the scope of this class. We will also be using the Teachable platform for lessons and additional information.
Danielle will also be pre-recording weekly movement classes specific to moving through each emotion as well as including various somatic and physical practices unique to each emotion.
If you cannot attend the live calls on Thursdays, a recording will be sent out after each call so you can always catch up after the call. We will also be using an online platform where lessons, resources and homework will be shared.
While this work is intended to increase self-awareness, facilitate healing, regulate the nervous system and offer a safe container for growth, it is essential to acknowledge that this can be sensitive work. Exploring our emotions can be challenging, and this experience is to be supportive, empowering and safe for all. If you have any concerns before, during or after this workshop, please do not hesitate to share with Danielle. Resources are provided, and your experiences will always be honoured. Feedback is precious, and collaboration is very much appreciated.
“The SEA course with Danielle was an eye-opening experience on many levels. I already found myself applying the newly learned tools after the first class! Danielle presented complex interactions of your body and mind connection in a very easy-to-follow manner. My favourite part was the personal discussions that emerged in each class which speaks to Danielle’s ability to create a safe space.”
“Danielle is an amazing teacher. She provided us with great tools that we are using in our day-to-day lives now to better navigate our emotions. I never expected this class to have such a positive impact on my life.”