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Autumn 2016 Lightner Methodâ„¢ articles and offerings.

I was recently reworking some of my past articles: The  Exploratorium - Tips for Making Like Easier series. This inspired me to write a new article, with help from Gracie, called Thriving/Surviving working at a Desk. Below is a short version. I recommend the full version for clarity and detail.

In October on-line Lightner Movementâ„¢ and LearningMethodsâ„¢ classes begin.
In the on-line Lightner Movement classâ„¢ you are able to work with the material at your own pace and in the privacy of you own home, yet still be part of a group.

A LearningMethodsâ„¢ group gives you an opportunity to explore a process on how to investigate and unravel the common misconceptions that interfere with life, performance, and learning. You learn a set of tools useful for educators, coaches and for your own personal freedom.

I am on the road this autumn. Check out how you can participate in up-coming workshops.

Please help yourself to resources available on my new web site: Lightner and Resources.

Happy Autumn!!
Sitting on an air cushion is so good you'll want to lick your lips.
It can be good to stand and move!

Gracie's Exploratorium

Thriving/Surviving working at a desk.

How can you work at a desk and stay lively and comfortable? Here are few tips to think about in your workplace.

The Adjustable Work Area
Change your orientation: Sit, Perch and Stand

Make Adjustments as you change your orientation:
  • Line of Sight
  • Orientation of your hand
  • Freedom of movement/support
  • Set-up situations that force movement • GET UP OFTEN!
There is no perfect or right ergonomic set-up. Change things up. Move.

Your Body:
When sitting, perching or standing be able to tell when you are balanced and freely mobile at your joints. Here are some principles to know about your body so that you have the information to allow yourself to adjust with ease:

1. Center of Support • Even Distribution of Contact
  • Explore Balance
2. Moving at Joints or 3 Useful Physical Landmarks:
  • Where is my bottom? or know your hip-joints/sit-bones.
  • Where is my head? or know your Atlanto-occipital joint. ­
  • Length and depth of my torso.
There is no perfect posture for sitting; there is no one right way to be in your body so you won’t hurt.

Listen to your sensations, move, change, follow your body.
You may find yourself crossed legged on the chair one moment, then perched on a stool, then hunched over your work….allow change – no right or wrong.

Your Mind, Well-Being or State of Being
The primary determining factor for your comfort at a desk job is your moment by moment state-of-being. You can have the most ergonomic work area and knowledge of your physical structure but, if you are strained, rushed, or frustrated then the physical structure will reflect this state-of-being.

Do you ever experience:
  • Too much to do in the time you have.
  • Co-workers not doing work the way you hope – frustration.
  • Communication snarls – frustration to anger to depression.
  • Not understanding, trying to problem solve, learning ­– can lead to narrowed attention and efforting.
Here are a few ideas of ways to use your state-of-being to make productive and enjoyable change.
  1. Recognize that your state-of-being gives you useful information.
  2. Take a moment to feel the sensations of your feeling.
  3. Ask why this state makes sense?
  4. Ask a clarifying question.
  5. Experiment with different strategies and notice the effect of each on your state-of-being.
(LearningMethodsâ„¢ gives you tools to precisely get at the sources of your state-of-being-to clearly do the process above)

As you explore the relationship between your state-of-being and what you are doing or paying attention to, you become more facile making useful choices and getting out of ruts of thinking/feeling.

Enjoy Exploring!


Click link for updated past Exploratorium articles such as:
1.  Move yourself, not the object
2.  Listen to your system
3Try Wholeness
4.  Listen to Yourself
5 Cooperating with your Coordinating System
6.  Happy Solstice ! (New Year Explorations)
Lightner Methodâ„¢ on the Road
When I am in your area join a class or a workshop or schedule a lesson. 

London, Ontario, Body-Mind-Music • A Lightner Method Residency - September 12-16: INFO

Kitchener, Ontario, Sound Music Education • A Workshop for Conductors with Jennifer Moir - September 17th: INFO

Damariscotta Maine, Movement and the Choir Workshop, September 21st.

River Falls, Wisconsin, Music Education workshops/masterclasses at University of Wisconsin River Falls 3 Thursdays in September/October: INFO

Collegeville & St. Joseph, Minnesota, I am Teaching at The College of St. Benedict's and St John's University on Mondays and Tuesdays in October and November. I'll be available for individual lessons while I am there. Contact me to schedule: 

Lightner Method™ at Home
Schedule a lesson any time in Wisconsin, Minneapolis or on the phone.
Lightner Movementâ„¢ On-line Classes:

Lightner Movementâ„¢ facilitates you:
  • To develop your own experiential criteria to sense what works for your body and what doesn't.
It is an exploratory approach to stature and movement in which you learn principles for understanding your body, your balance, your volume, space, mobility, strength, dynamic range and miraculous design.
  • The  weekly class moves through movement sequences in a flow.  It is great way to embody principles of health on a regular basis.
  • The longer class deepens your experience by looking at details, answering questions and introducing new material.
Enjoy the privacy and space to explore on your own at your own pace while having a sense of community. The Saturday class gives time to answer questions and do more detail work. I offer time before class to answer questions.

Wednesday Morning Class
Weekly 45 minute class Wednesday mornings  plus  3 - 1 ½ hour In-depth classes on one Saturday morning a month.
8 Wednesdays, 3 Saturdays  $125
Please note times are in CST or Central Standard Time-please adjust to your time zone.    
Wednesdays 7:15 AM CST,  10/5 to 12/14 (no classes 3 wed in November 9,16,23)
Saturday class  10/8 & 11/5, 12/3  8:30 to 10 AM CST

Friday Morning Class
Weekly 1 hour class Friday mornings 7:00 AM CST  plus  3 monthly 1 1/2 hour Saturday In-depth classes. 10 Fridays, 3 Saturday $ 150

Take both classes for $200 ($75 savings)

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Many other scheduling options are possible. Contact me if you are interested but can't fit the current schedule.

Weekly LearningMethodsâ„¢ Groups

Learn the powerful tools of the LearningMethodsâ„¢ approach to unveil the  common misconceptions that underlie tension, anxiety, stress and other experiences of "problems". The work is precise and useful for anyone who wants to be more at ease and empowered. It is also incredibly useful if you are a teacher working with people who have interferences like:
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Procrastination issues
  • Interference in Learning
  • Relationship issues
  • Other stress and performance issues
As you work in-depth with LearningMethodsâ„¢ you can adapt the material to lesson and class situations. You will also be much less likely to set-up and teach misconceptions. Great professional development class.The heart of well-being.

Possible times: Thursday evening, Friday morning or afternoon or weekends. Let me know what day and time works for you.
Create a group with your colleagues. 4 to 6 people is ideal - Group rate possible.
To join a group please contact me: babette@lightnermethod or call/text 612.729.7127
8 - 2 hour session, $200

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