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The Dancing Brain: Attention, Cognition, and Somatic Movement

The Dancing Brain: Attention, Cognition, and Somatic Movement The Dancing Brain: Attention, Cognition, and Somatic Movement Hiie Saumaa, PhD For a decade since 2008, I was teaching academic writing movement and dance classes? These questions are gaining the and literature courses at Columbia University in New York attention of scholars and movement practitioners alike. In City. My first-year students, most of them away from their what follows, I discuss how the physical practices of dance homes and families for an extended period for the first time in and somatic movement engage mental awareness. By so- their lives, were getting used to their weekly schedule of going matics and somatic movement, I refer to bodily awareness from one lecture and seminar to the next. In most of these practices that teach practitioners how to notice subtle physi- courses, the students were asked to perform similar kinds of cal sensations, connect to the inner realm through movement, cognitive tasks for hours—listening, paying attention, com- and make physical adjustments that give space for more ease, 1,2 prehending written and spoken materials, writing, and dis- expansion, release, pleasure, and alignment in the body. In cussing texts. Not surprisingly, their attention and energy somatic movement practices, the mind’s eye is active and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Alternative and Complementary Therapies Mary Ann Liebert

The Dancing Brain: Attention, Cognition, and Somatic Movement

Alternative and Complementary Therapies , Volume 27 (5): 5 – Oct 1, 2021

The Dancing Brain: Attention, Cognition, and Somatic Movement

Alternative and Complementary Therapies , Volume 27 (5): 5 – Oct 1, 2021

Abstract

The Dancing Brain: Attention, Cognition, and Somatic Movement Hiie Saumaa, PhD For a decade since 2008, I was teaching academic writing movement and dance classes? These questions are gaining the and literature courses at Columbia University in New York attention of scholars and movement practitioners alike. In City. My first-year students, most of them away from their what follows, I discuss how the physical practices of dance homes and families for an extended period for the first time in and somatic movement engage mental awareness. By so- their lives, were getting used to their weekly schedule of going matics and somatic movement, I refer to bodily awareness from one lecture and seminar to the next. In most of these practices that teach practitioners how to notice subtle physi- courses, the students were asked to perform similar kinds of cal sensations, connect to the inner realm through movement, cognitive tasks for hours—listening, paying attention, com- and make physical adjustments that give space for more ease, 1,2 prehending written and spoken materials, writing, and dis- expansion, release, pleasure, and alignment in the body. In cussing texts. Not surprisingly, their attention and energy somatic movement practices, the mind’s eye is active and

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Mary Ann Liebert
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Copyright 2021, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers
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1076-2809
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Abstract

The Dancing Brain: Attention, Cognition, and Somatic Movement Hiie Saumaa, PhD For a decade since 2008, I was teaching academic writing movement and dance classes? These questions are gaining the and literature courses at Columbia University in New York attention of scholars and movement practitioners alike. In City. My first-year students, most of them away from their what follows, I discuss how the physical practices of dance homes and families for an extended period for the first time in and somatic movement engage mental awareness. By so- their lives, were getting used to their weekly schedule of going matics and somatic movement, I refer to bodily awareness from one lecture and seminar to the next. In most of these practices that teach practitioners how to notice subtle physi- courses, the students were asked to perform similar kinds of cal sensations, connect to the inner realm through movement, cognitive tasks for hours—listening, paying attention, com- and make physical adjustments that give space for more ease, 1,2 prehending written and spoken materials, writing, and dis- expansion, release, pleasure, and alignment in the body. In cussing texts. Not surprisingly, their attention and energy somatic movement practices, the mind’s eye is active and

Journal

Alternative and Complementary TherapiesMary Ann Liebert

Published: Oct 1, 2021

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