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    This is a resource page for Bonnie’s 2023 Spring Series on Perception as a Key to Embodying and Repatterning the Nervous System and The Role of the Brain in Perception and Repatterning the Nervous System. We will update it as Bonnie shares more resources with you. We will also continue to update it with important information from her office.

    2023 Spring Series and The Role of the Brain Dates

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    Attending Live Classes

    Chat Guidelines

    Zoom Chat Popups

    Accessing Class Recordings

    English Language Captions

    Documents and Illustrations

    Copyright

    Study Groups

    Free Resources

    Recommended Books

    Bonnie's Ball

    School for Body-Mind Centering®

    Body-Mind Centering® Association

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    2023 SPRING SERIES AND THE ROLE OF THE BRAIN DATES

    • March 23, 2023
    • March 30, 2023
    • April 6, 2023
    • April 13, 2023
    • April 20, 2023
    • April 27, 2023
    • May 4, 2023
    • May 11, 2023
    • May 15, 2023
    • May 18, 2023
    • May 22, 2023
    • May 25, 2023

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

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

    CHECK SPAM AND PROMOTIONS FOLDERS

    Sometimes our emails end up in spam and promotions folders rather than inboxes. Please check your junk, spam, and promotion folders regularly for email from us.

    ATTENDING LIVE CLASSES

    Bonnie’s 2023 Spring Series and The Role of the Brain 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.

    Classes are held in a webinar format which means only Bonnie and her team's audio and webcams will be enabled. Although we (and other participants) won't be able to see or hear you, we love the communal engagement that happens through the chat.

    We recommend you wear comfortable clothing. Bonnie often sits on a ball while teaching. A ball is not necessary for class – you can participate anywhere, in any position, in stillness, in movement, in silence, with sound and vocalization.

    Pay attention to what your needs are. Modulate your energy, attention, and focus to what you are needing in each moment.

    CHAT GUIDELINES

    The Zoom and YouTube Live chats will be enabled for the 2023 Spring Series and The Role of the Brain classes.

    The chat is a place for you to share your experience in class with 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 if you want to.

    The Zoom chat for each class will be made available to all participants of Bonnie's 2023 Spring Series and The Role of the Brain. 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.

    ZOOM CHAT POPUPS

    The chat is an important part of each class. It is a way for people to communicate with each other and with Bonnie. Participants can share their experiences, questions, thoughts, links to further research and resources. Body-Mind Centering® is based on community – the chat is a way we build community during the online classes.

    If you prefer not to see the Zoom chat message popup notifications, you can hide them by clicking on the ^ option next to the chat button and unchecking "Show Chat Previews".

    In addition to hosting classes on Zoom, we simultaneously broadcast them on YouTube Live. Please choose which platform works best for you.

    If you are unable to hide the Zoom chat, we recommend going to the class on YouTube Live.

    Sending Messages in the Zoom chat:

    • If you would like to share something with the entire group, choose Everyone 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 Hosts and panelists in the drop down menu in chat before you send your message.

    ACCESSING CLASS RECORDINGS

    To access class recordings:

    1. Login to your account
    2. Click on the blue button above your order history that says MY STREAMING VIDEOS
    3. Click on the link for Perception as a Key to Embodying and Repatterning the Nervous System (for the 2023 Spring Series) or
    4. Click on the link for The Role of the Brain in Perception and Repatterning the Nervous System

    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 videos and documents.

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

    Registration includes unlimited lifetime access to the class recordings and documents. You can access them at any time, as many times as you would like, even after the Spring Series is over.

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE CAPTIONS

    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

    Documents and illustrations Bonnie has shared or will share in class are added to your account on our website. We will add 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
    2. Click on the blue button above your order history that says MY STREAMING VIDEOS
    3. Click on the link for Perception as a Key to Embodying and Repatterning the Nervous System (for the 2023 Spring Series) or
    4. Click on the link for The Role of the Brain in Perception and Repatterning the Nervous System (for The Role of the Brain)

    The documents and illustrations will be there. This is where the class recordings will be, as well, when they are ready for viewing.

    For the 2023 Spring Series, you will have a video in your account titled 2023 Spring Series Colored Illustrations.

    For The Role of the Brain, you will have a video in your account titled The Role of the Brain Colored Illustrations.

    These videos contain the colored illustrations shown in class so that you can see how Bonnie colored them.

    COPYRIGHT

    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.

    STUDY GROUPS

    These study groups are only available during the live series. They are a wonderful opportunity to deepen your understanding around the material Bonnie presents and to interact and connect with other participants in a more intimate way.

    If you are interested in connecting with people facilitating study groups around the material Bonnie presents in her 2023 Spring Series and The Role of the Brain classes, there are two ways to do that through:

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

    The following Licensed Organizations are offering study groups focused on Bonnie's 2023 Spring Series and The Role of the Brain:

    Centro de Investigación y Estudios Corporales and Movimiento Atlas
    Facilitators: Anna Weiser,  Arminda Abdola, Laura Maresc, María Eugenia Spinelli, Malén Iturry, and Mónica Ezquerra
    Location: Online, hosted from Argentina and Spain
    Language: Spanish
    When: May 29 and June 5 from 15:00h – 17:00h (Argentina) / 20:00h – 22:00h (Spain)
    Contact: Sign up for this study group here or email <a href="mailto:grupodeestudiosbmc@gmail.com">grupodeestudiosbmc@gmail.com</a>

    Corporalmente
    Facilitators: Tarina Quelho and Diego Pizarro
    Location: Online, hosted from São Paulo and Brasília Brazil
    Language: Portuguese
    When: Thursdays 16:00 PM (BRT)
    For more information and to join the study group, contact Tarina and Diego <a href="mailto:info@bmcnobrasil.com.br">info@bmcnobrasil.com.br</a>

    Embody Move
    Facilitator: Katy Dymoke
    Location: Online, hosted from the United Kingdom
    Language: English, with French and Danish translation, if needed
    When: Monday or Wednesday evenings, depending on what works best for attendees. Can also offer study groups during the day, if there is interest.
    For more information and to join the study group, contact Katy <a href="mailto:Katy@embody-move.co.uk">Katy@embody-move.co.uk</a>

    Body-Mind Centering® Association Professional Members

    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 2023 Spring Series and The Role of the Brain are offered by BMCA Professional Members:

    Talk+Explore Study Group: The Role of the Brain in Perception and Repatterning the Nervous System
    Facilitator: Amélie Gaulier
    Location: Online
    Language: English
    When: Fridays 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Eastern) / 9:00 AM –10:30 AM (Pacific) / 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (Central Europe)

    Study Group for Bonnie's Spring Series 2023
    Facilitators: Thomas Greil and Carla Bottiglieri
    Location: Online
    Language: English
    When: Fridays 6:00 PM (Central European Time)

    Study Group for Participants in Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s 2023 Spring Series
    Facilitator: Nisha Kewalramani
    Location: In-person, New York City
    Language: English
    When: Saturdays 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Eastern)

    Perception and Nervous System Study Group, for participants in Bonnie's 2023 Spring Series
    Facilitator: Douglas MacKenzie
    Location: Online
    Language: English
    When: Fridays 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Pacific)

    Explore Perception - Body-Mind Centering® Study Group to coordinate with Bonnie's Spring Series
    Facilitator: Syliva Maes
    Location: Online
    Language: English

    Facilitator for the Spring Nervous System Series
    Facilitator: Roxlyn Moret
    Location: Online, hosted from New York City
    Language: English
    When: Tuesdays 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM (Eastern)

    Study Group w Toni Smith, Role of the Brain in Perception & Repatterning the Nervous System
    Facilitator: Toni Smith
    Location: Online
    Language: English
    When: Tuesdays 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Eastern)

    Study Group for "The Role of the Brain" taught by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
    Facilitator: Sara Vogeler
    Location: Online
    Language: English
    When: Friday May 19 at 5:00 PM (Eastern) and Friday May 26  at 1:00 PM (Eastern)

    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. Bonnie’s office is unable to offer any additional information about study groups.

    FREE RESOURCES

    Free supplementary videos to deepen your practice.

    Perceiving Your Weight of Consciousness as a Practice: Perception & the Nervous System
    This is an exploration on perceiving where the weight of your consciousness is.

    Perceiving Your Weight of Consciousness as a Practice: Trauma and Pain
    This is one perspective of trauma and pain.

    The Nervous System as a Recording System
    Bonnie speaks about the nervous system as a recording system and the difference between the brain informing cells and cells informing the brain.

    Sitting in the Synapse in the Posterior Horns of the Spinal Cord
    Sitting in the synapse is about simply receiving information. Not doing anything about it – not thinking about it, not being sensitive about it, not wondering what it feels like.

    The Nervous System and Processing Information
    Bonnie speaks about how to take in information, sit with what is without doing anything about, and to be with information in a way that doesn't stimulate your nervous system to re-experience it.

    Flight, Fight, Freeze as a State of the Sympathetic Nervous System Rather than a Definition
    Bonnie speaks about flight, fight, and freeze as a state of the sympathetic nervous system rather than a definition.

    Cellular Memory and Consciousness | Healing Trauma and Restrictive Patterns
    By going back to the embryology, what I found is, I've been able to, with others, to go underneath some of the patterns that are restricting, before there was the restriction. At the same time discovering the restriction.⁠

    Receiving Information through Sensory Nerves versus Motor Nerves
    In the nervous system, for motor acts, information comes in through the the back part of the spinal cord (sensory nerves) comes out through the front (motor nerves). The same pathway exists in the brain.

    Supporting the Nervous System through Exploring the Weight and Flow of Blood
    Embryologically, blood develops before the nervous system is formed. Nerves follow the pathways laid down by the blood.

    Glial Cells and the Nervous System
    Glial cells are the foundational support for the nervous system.

    Following the Internal Flow of Movement Guides the Nervous System
    Following the internal flow of movement, whether we are working hands-on with someone else or working with our self, allows the nervous system to record that the movement is coming from inside.

    Awareness through the Nervous System Versus Awareness through the Direct Experience of the Cells
    From my experience in researching through embodiment, there is an organization within the tissues themselves that underlies the organization by the nervous system.

    Nerve Reversal and Healing
    Bonnie speaks about what happens in the nervous system when more information comes in than we can process.

    Relationship of the Individual Fingers with the Shoulder Girdle
    The direct connection of each finger to specific parts of the shoulder.

    Relationship of the Individual Fingers with the Shoulder Girdle and Ribs
    The direct connection of each finger to specific parts of the shoulder and ribs.

    Relationship of the Individual Toes with the Pelvic Bones
    The direct connection of each individual toes to specific parts of the pelvic bones.

    Exploring Fat as a Fluid
    What happens when you explore fat as a dynamic fluid rather than resist or repress it?

    Free Your Spine through Changing How You Transfer Your Weight
    The pubic disk is the keystone of legs. That means transferring our weight through the pubic disk rather than the sacrum can free our spine.

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

    Embryonic Breathing
    A short video on Bonnie demonstrating embryonic breathing in a class with participants. The participants share their experience of what it feels like.

    Embryology
    A playlist of Bonnie's free videos on embryology.

    Fear of Falling
    Bonnie responds to the question, "How can we learn to balance if we’re afraid of falling?".

    Bowing from the Heart Versus Bowing From the Head (Nervous System)
    Embryologically, the heart begins as two tubes that join together in front of the mouth, which is above the brain at this point in development.

    Heart–Brain Connection through Embodying Our Embryological Development
    Feel how your brain follows your heart and brings your mouth with it. Your brain, your heart, and your mouth are one unit. When we say, ‘speak from your heart’, we’re going back to the embryology because that’s where our heart joined. The right and left sides joined in front of our mouth.

    Opening and Strengthening the Heart through the Consciousness of Embodiment (Class 1)
    This is a recording of class 1 Bonnie's 2021 Spring Series on Opening and Strengthening the Heart through the Consciousness of Embodiment: A Body-Mind Centering® Approach. We have made it free for everyone.

    A Nontraditional Approach to Spasticity
    Bonnie responds to the question, "What are your thoughts about spasticity?".

    YouTube
    Bonnie’s YouTube channel has over 100 free videos. Subscribe to her channel to receive notifications when a new video is added!

    Bonnie's YouTube nervous system videos playlist.

    Blog
    Bonnie’s blog is a place where she shares her approach, thoughts, and questions.

    Articles
    Download a free copy of Bonnie’s article, An Introduction to Body-Mind Centering® here.

    Bonnie mentioned this article, And Then There Were Four: A New Meningeal Membrane Discovered, in class 6.

    Social Media
    Follow Bonnie on social media! We post Bonnie’s quotes, video clips, blog posts, upcoming events, and information about School for Body-Mind Centering® and Body-Mind Centering® Association news and events.

    Instagram: instagram.com/bonniebainbridgecohen
    Facebook: facebook.com/bonniebainbridgecohen | facebook.com/bodymindcentering

    Bonnie's Newsletter
    Subscribers to Bonnie’s newsletter are the first to know when registration opens for Bonnie's workshops and when she releases new books and videos.

    We also share information about Body-Mind Centering® training programs from around the world. Sign up for Bonnie's newsletter here.

    RECOMMENDED BOOKS

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

    Bonnie's Books

    BONNIE'S BALL

    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!

    SCHOOL FOR BODY-MIND CENTERING®

    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.

    BODY-MIND CENTERING® ASSOCIATION

    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.

    You can also find professionals offering Body-Mind Centering® services on the BMCA website.

    PAYMENT PLANS AND PAY FROM THE HEART SCHOLARSHIPS

    We would like everyone to be able to attend Bonnie's 2023 Spring Series, regardless of financial situation.

    We would like all participants of Bonnie's 2023 Spring Series to be able to attend The Role of the Brain in Perception and Repatterning the Nervous System, regardless of financial situation.

    • Paying in installments can be helpful. If you would like a payment plan, please email us at info@bonniebainbridgecohen.com.
    • We are also offering a Pay From The Heart Scholarship for people who need financial assistance. The scholarship application is here.
    • For those that are in a position to be able to help support the registration of people on scholarship, there is an opportunity to do so on the Support the Scholarship page.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Answers to many frequently asked questions can be found on the 2023 Spring Series FAQ page. Please take a few moments to read through this page. Many of the questions we get are answered here.

    You can also find additional information about the website on the general FAQ page here.