Movement Lab – Themes

Andre Talbot - Movement Lab Leslieville Toronto

About Movement Lab

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Spirit Loft’s signature Movement Lab classes explore broad themes and concepts of human movement to increase our embodied awareness, and free us from dogmatic or linear styles of practice. This interdisciplinary approach to practice is influenced by ancient traditions, contemporary research and innovation, and is grounded in mindfulness based curious inquiry, diligence and play. Through these classes, we challenge our mobility, coordination, balance, strength, skill and adaptability using a wide array of techniques, tools and situations. This may include working with tools like dowels, kettlebells, gymnastics rings, hanging bars, practice balls or working in partner or group exercises to help us grow and learn in community.

Movement Lab classes may challenge our comfort zones on a variety of levels, but are presented through and all-levels progressive and non-competitive approach. Everyone works at their own pace and everyone is welcome. If you are currently rehabilitating from an injury then you will need to consult with one of the Movement Lab teachers prior to attending this class.

Themes
Our Movement Lab themes of practice shifts focus through four main themes.

A. Movement: Emphasis is placed on moving through space and time exploring a diversity of coordinations, patterns, sequences, rhythm, musicality and even improvisation. Exploration of movement games and situations in these classes also provide a sense of chaos helps us to acquire greater adaptability, creativity and receptivity.

B. Mobility: Emphasis on the cultivation of our active ranges of motion, and addressing any underlying limitations, weaknesses, tensions, so as to increase the resilience of our joints and tissues, using a variety of techniques for the purposes of increasing our awareness as well as our movement and strength potential.

C. Skill: Emphasis on the development and acquisition of specific skills like, balance, object control, jumping, footwork etc…. Progressive and specific mobility work and activations always precede skill work through a warm-up period.

D. Strength: Focused on a higher volume of fundamental movements like squatting, lunging, lifting, pushing, pressing & pulling, to force the adaptation of strength, power, stability, as well as, movement quality through the musculoskeletal and nervous systems.

Levels

All Levels classes: Movement Lab classes may challenge our comfort zones on a variety of levels, but are presented through and all-levels progressive and non-competitive approach. Everyone works at their own pace and everyone is welcome. If you are currently rehabilitating from an injury then you will need to consult with one of the Movement Lab teachers prior to attending this class.

Level 2 classes: for intermediate students and is NOT suitable for beginners.

Pre-requisites for Level 2 participation:
– proficiency in quadrupedal locomotion patterns
– proficiency and stability in the deep squat
– chest to wall handstand body-line for 60 secs +
– hang from a bar for 60 sec +
– proficiency in the kettlebell swing, deadlift, squat, clean, press & Turkish get-up

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