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    This is a resource page for Bonnie’s 2021 Spring Series.

    We will update it as Bonnie shares more resources with you. We will also continue to update it with important information from her office.


    May 6, 2021
    May 13, 2021
    May 20, 2021
    May 27, 2021
    June 3, 2021
    June 10, 2021
    June 17, 2021
    June 24, 2021

    All classes are held from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm (California, USA).

    You can convert this to your local time by adding your city here.


    Emails we send are sometimes going into junk, spam, or promotions folders rather than inboxes. Please check your junk, spam, and promotion folders regularly for email from us.


    Bonnie’s Spring Series of classes are hosted through Zoom in a webinar format. We will send you a personal link to join the class about 24 hours and 2 hours before each class begins. Each class will have a different link.

    We simultaneously broadcast the class on YouTube Live. If you have any issues in Zoom, or do not like to use Zoom, you can attend the class on YouTube Live. We will include the YouTube Live link when we send you the Zoom link.


    The Zoom and YouTube Live chats will be enabled for the Spring Series classes. The chat is a place for you to share your experience in class with other Bonnie and other participants and we encourage you to communicate with Bonnie and each other through the chat. As we aren’t able to be with each other in person, it’s a wonderful way to connect with each other in class.

    The Zoom chat for each class will be made available to all present and future participants of Bonnie's 2021 Spring Series. We will upload the chat for each class when the recording of that class is ready.

    Reading the full Zoom and YouTube Live chat — what you are experiencing during class, your questions, general comments, etc. — allows Bonnie to connect with participants and better prepare for the next class. It also brings her great joy!

    Advertising your classes, events, or services in the chat is not permitted. This is a space for sharing your experiences, thoughts, and questions about the material Bonnie is presenting.

    If you prefer not to see the Zoom chat message popup notifications, you can hide the them by popping out the chat window and dragging it to the bottom of your screen, as in the video below:

    Zoom chat:

    • If you would like to share something with the entire group, choose All panelists and attendees in the drop down menu in chat before you send your message.
    • If you would like to share something with just panelists (Bonnie and her team), choose All panelists in the drop down menu in chat before you send your message.


    To access class recordings:
    1. Login to your account here
    2. Click on the blue button above your order history that says MY STREAMING VIDEOS
    3. Click on the link for Opening and Strengthening the Heart through the Consciousness of Embodiment

    We estimate it will take 1 - 2 days after the class is held to have the video of the class ready. We will email you when each video is available for viewing.

    If you try to sign in to your account and get a message saying that no account exists with your email address, you need to activate your website account by setting a password here. Once the process is complete, you will receive an email saying that you have activated your account. You will then have immediate access to the class documents.

    If you have any issues accessing your account, please let us know.

    All class recordings and documents in your account are available to you indefinitely. You can access them at any time, as many times as you would like, even after the Spring Series is over.


    English language captions will be added to the videos as soon as we receive them from the captioning company. To turn on the captions, click on the CC in the bottom right corner of the video player and choose English CC.


    Documents and illustrations Bonnie has shared or will share in class are added to your account on our website. We will add more documents and illustrations to your account as Bonnie presents them. They can be found in the same place as the class video recordings.

    To access and download these documents and illustrations:

      1. Login to your account here
      2. Click on the blue button above your order history that says MY STREAMING VIDEOS
      3. Click on the link for Opening and Strengthening the Heart through the Consciousness of Embodiment
        The documents and illustrations will be there. This is where the class recordings will be, as well, when they are ready for viewing.

        You will have a video in your account titled 2021 Spring Series Colored Illustrations. These are videos of the illustrations as we showed them in class during each series so that you can see how Bonnie colored them.


        A reminder that the illustrations and all materials you receive from us are copyrighted material of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. No part of the documents or videos, either text or image, may be used for any purpose other than your own study of the material. You may not share them with others, post them on social media, websites/blogs, use them in your classes, or print and hand them out.

        Thank you for respecting Bonnie’s copyright.


        If you are interested in connecting with people facilitating study groups around the material Bonnie presents in her Spring Series classes, there are two ways to do that through:

        Licensed Organizations
        are organizations authorized to offer School for Body-Mind Centering® training programs.

        The following are offering study groups focused on Bonnie's Spring Series:

        Location: Online, hosted from São Paulo, Brazil
        Language: Portuguese
        Contact: Tarina Quelho De Castro <a href=mailto:info@bmcnobrasil.com.br">info@bmcnobrasil.com.br</a>

        Esprit en Mouvement
        Location: Online, hosted from Montréal, Canada
        Languages: English and French
        Contact: Mariko Tanabe <a href="mailto:admin@espritenmouvement.com">admin@espritenmouvement.com</a>

        Leben nuova
        Location: Online, hosted from Tuscania, Italy
        Language: Italian
        Contact: Gloria Desideri <a href="mailto:info@lebensnetz.it">info@lebensnetz.it</a>

        Location: Online and in-person, hosted from Manchester, United Kingdom
        Language: English
        Contact: Katy Dymoke <a href="mailto:katy@embody-move.co.uk">katy@embody-move.co.uk</a>

        Body-Mind Centering® Association (BMCA) Professional Members have met certain educational and professional requirements, including graduating from a School for Body-Mind Centering® program.

        The following study groups focused on Bonnie's Spring Series are offered by BMCA Professional Members:

        Talk+ Explore Study Group: Bonnie's Spring Series with Amélie Gaulier
        Location: Online, hosted from New York City, US
        Language: English

        BMC℠ Study Group to Coordinate with Bonnie's Spring Classes with Sylvia Maes
        Location: Online, hosted from Massachusetts, US
        Language: English

        BMCSM Study Group based on Bonnie's Spring Series with Sara K. Vogeler
        Location: Online and in-person, hosted from New York City, US
        Language: English

        PLEASE NOTE: We are not running these study groups. They are being offered by individuals and organizations outside of Bonnie’s office. Please contact the person or organization hosting the study group directly with any questions. We are not able to offer any information about the study groups, except how to connect with them.


        Five Short Videos on the Heart
        In these five videos, explore along with Bonnie the relationship of your heart and lungs, your heart as the center of your breathing, the circulatory system of your  heart and lungs, rotation and counter rotation of your heart and lungs, and synchronizing your heart rate to reduce stress on arteries.

        Relationship of the Sternum with the Ribs
        "How many of you have heard, 'Lift your sternum'? You can do that, but it's not going to do your back any good."  How can freeing your ribs from your spine and having awareness of the movement of your xiphoid process change the quality and ease of your movement?  Bonnie beautifully demonstrates the relationship of movement of the sternum, ribs, spine, and heart.

        Freeing the Ribs
        "By limiting your balance, you see where you're glued together. And then it gives you a clue about how to awaken that as you individuate."

        Finding the Crura of the Thoracic Diaphragm for Core Support
        There's so much buzz around 'core support', mostly speaking about building muscle strength. Bonnie shows us another way to find what many are looking for simply by engaging and embodying the crura of the thoracic diaphragm.⁠ ⁠This is a wonderful exploration for anyone looking to find support of their spine from head to tail.⁠

        Embodying the Crura of the Diaphragm from Head to Tail (Foramen Magnum to Coccyx)
        "There's a lot about the crura and how the diaphragm comes in and sends these roots, hopefully, down to the coccyx, where it gets picked up and goes down to the feet through fascia and muscles. But there's another one [part of the crura] that I've been talking off and on about for many years, 40 or more, but have never seen the structure. And that's that it [thoracic diaphragm] is sending roots up to the foramen magnum as well."

        Lengthening and Shortening Contractions of the Diaphragm for Ease of Movement and Breath
        "Here we have a shortening and a lengthening contraction. Yet the word 'contraction' means to shorten, so our language inhibits our understanding."

        Embodiment of the Thoracic Diaphragm, Liver, and Gallbladder
        This short lesson is a guide for you to bring more clarity and freedom to your diaphragm and upper abdominal region through breathing, cellular consciousness, and movement.

        Engaging the Pelvic Diaphragm and Perineal Body for Abdominal Support
        “A clue for me in the '60s, when I was working with dancers in New York, is that the more professional and skilled the dancers were, the more urogenital problems were emerging from all this tightening of the belly [rather than engaging the pelvic diaphragm for support]. Now I see it with people who practice yoga."

        Awakening Breathing in the Lobes of the Lungs
        Opening our awareness to our breathing in the cells and alveoli (air sacs) of the lungs engenders a quiet, meditative state of being. It is a state of receptivity to what is, rather than what we think or wish would be.

        An Introduction to Embryonic Breathing
        This video is an introduction to embryonic breathing. Bonnie shares her story and experience with embryonic breathing, the anatomy of embryonic breathing, and a somatization to guide you through your own exploration of embryonic breathing.

        Postural Tone in Relation to Gravity and Space
        This teaching and somatization are based on the condensing and expanding of our cellular matrix due to the position of our body in relation to the earth. This innate cellular condensing and expanding establish pathways of tonal flow through our body.

        Pericardial and Brain Slow Wave Somatization
        In this somatization, Bonnie guides you through a pericardial and brain slow wave. "When I first began to feel this slow brain wave, as I said in my previous letter, I felt it initiate in my pericardium a moment before my brain. Rather like a pause before we take a breath."

        Exploring the Embodiment of Cellular Consciousness through Movement: A Body-Mind Centering® Approach - Free Class
        This is a 90-minute free class Bonnie offered to start her 2021 Summer Series.

        Free the Vital Energy and Illuminating Presence of Your Spine: A Body-Mind Centering® Approach
        This is the first class of Bonnie's 2020 Fall Series. We have made it free for everyone.

        Releasing Patterns of Stress and Uncovering Patterns of Ease: A Body-Mind Centering® Approach
        This is the first class of Bonnie's 2021 Winter Series. We have made it free for everyone.


        The Role of Organs in Movement
        The photos of Benny Bonnie showed in class 4 are from her book, Sensing, Feeling, and Action. We have the photos of Benny, and a excerpt of the article they appeared in, on Bonnie’s blog in a post called The Role of Organs in Movement.


        Basic Concepts in Embryology: A Student's Survival Guide by Lauren J. Sweeney

        The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit and Lawrence M. Elson

        Human Heart, Cosmic Heart by Thomas Cowan, MD

        Cancer and the New Biology of Water by Thomas Cowan, MD

        Cells, Gels and the Engines of Life by Gerald H. Pollack

        The Fourth Phase of Water: Beyond Solid, Liquid, and Vapor by Gerald H. Pollack

        Life at the Cell and Below-Cell Level: The Hidden History of a Fundamental Revolution in Biology by Gilbert N. Ling

        Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual Therapists & Movement Professionals, 4th ed. 2021 by Thomas W. Myers


        The size of the blue ball Bonnie sits on in class is 85 cm. She sometimes sits on a red ball, which is 75 cm. She is 5' 4" (162 cm) tall. She does not have a specific brand recommendation. A ball is not necessary for class, but can be fun!

        The small model of the suspended spine Bonnie shows in class can be purchased here.


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        Founded by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, the School for Body-Mind Centering® has been dedicated to sharing this dynamic approach to embodiment studies with the world since 1973.

        School for Body-Mind Centering® Programs and Immersion Series are now offered by Licensed Organizations in 16 countries. You can see the list of Licensed Organizations by location here.

        If you are interested in learning more about Programs or courses that a Licensed Organization is offering, please contact that organization directly.


        The Body-Mind Centering® Association (BMCA) is an international community of somatic movement teachers, students, therapists, and artists committed to the practice, education, and on-going development of Body-Mind Centering®; a dynamic, investigative, and experiential training that engages the body-systems and our human developmental movement history.

        BMCA members have direct access to the annual Currents Journal and BMCA Conference discounts, as well as in-house forums, study groups, teaching, research, and artistic opportunities, in addition to world-wide marketing.

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