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    This is a resource page for Bonnie’s 2024 Fall Series on Embodying Pelvic, Spinal, and Brain Connections: Balancing the Two Sides of the Body Through Movement, Touch, and Consciousness. We will update it as Bonnie shares more resources with you. We will also continue to update it with important information from her office.

    2024 Fall Series Dates

    Check Spam and Promotions Folders

    Attending Live Classes

    Chat and Community Guidelines

    Sending Messages and Hiding Zoom Chat Popups

    Accessing Class Recordings

    English Language Captions

    Documents and Illustrations

    Copyright

    Study Groups

    Free Resources

    Recommended Books, Courses, and Resource Websites

    Bonnie's Ball

    School for Body-Mind Centering®

    Body-Mind Centering® Association

    2024 FALL SERIES DATES

    • September 5, 2024
    • September 12, 2024
    • September 19, 2024
    • September 27, 2024
    • October 3, 2024
    • October 10, 2024

    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 2024 Fall Series 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 AND COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

    The Zoom and YouTube Live chats will be enabled for the 2024 Fall Series live classes.

    The chat is a social place for public discussion of the material Bonnie presents.

    Please treat discussions with the same respect you would if you were having them face-to-face. The chat and other spaces related to this Series are shared community resources. In abiding by the following guidelines, we can all work together to keep this a safe space for everyone no matter their race, creed, religion, age, ability, gender, political affiliations, or nationality.

    1. The chat is a place for you to share with Bonnie and other participants your experience with the material being presented in class.
    2. Advertising or promoting your classes, events, services, websites, books, videos, etc. in the chat is not permitted.
    3. We are a community of learners with a common interest in the body-mind relationship through movement, touch, and consciousness – please keep comments and discussions supportive and focused on helping each other in these explorations.
    4. It is not a forum for political, social, or religious issues.
    5. This space is a sanctuary for all participants. Please treat everyone with respect.

    Participants who are unable to stay within these guidelines will be removed from the live class. They will still be able to access the classes through the recordings.

    Reading the full Zoom and YouTube Live chats after the class is over — reading about your experience of the material during class, your questions, comments, etc. — allows Bonnie to connect with participants and better prepare for the next class. It also brings her great joy!

    The chat is a space for sharing your experiences, thoughts, and questions about the material Bonnie is presenting. Thank you for respecting and following our community guidelines to collectively keep it a safe space for everyone.

    We encourage you to communicate respectfully 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 will be made available to participants of Bonnie's 2024 Fall Series as downloadable documents.

    SENDING MESSAGES AND HIDING ZOOM CHAT POPUPS

    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.

    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.

    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 Embodying Pelvic, Spinal, and Brain Connections: Balancing the Two Sides of the Body Through Movement, Touch, and Consciousness/li>
    4. Scroll down below the PDF documents until you see the video player.
    5. Play class videos by clicking on the slides to the right of the video player (if you are using a phone the video slides are below the video player).

    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 Fall 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 Embodying Pelvic, Spinal, and Brain Connections: Balancing the Two Sides of the Body Through Movement, Touch, and Consciousness

    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 2024 Fall Series, you will have a video in your account titled 2024 Fall Series 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 2024 Fall Series 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 2024 Fall Series:

    Centro de Investigación y Estudios Corporales and Movimiento Atlas
    Facilitator: María Eugenia Spinelli
    Location: Online, hosted from Argentina
    Language: Spanish
    When: February 3, 17, March 2, 16 from 10:00h – 11:30h (Argentina) / 14:00h – 15:30h (Spain)
    Contact: Sign up for this study group here or email <a href="mailto:series.bmc@gmail.com">series.bmc@gmail.com</a>

    Corporalmente
    Facilitators: Tarina Quelho and Diego Pizarro
    Location: Online, hosted from São Paulo and Brasília Brazil
    Language: Portuguese (Spanish friendly) – we won’t have simultaneous translation but will summarize the class and clarify translation questions
    When: Mondays 17:00 – 18:30 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: Two options of meeting – Tuesday at 7:30 PM or Wednesdays at 3:00 PM (London)
    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>

    Leben nuova
    Facilitators: Gloria Desideri, Maria Martinez, and Piera Teatini
    Location: Online, hosted from Italy
    Language: Italian, English, and Spanish
    When: Monday February 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 4, 11 at 6:00 PM (Italy)
    To join the study group, contact <a href="mailto:direzione@lebensnetz.it">direzione@lebensnetz.it</a> or <a href="mailto:gloria.desid@gmail.com">gloria.desid@gmail.com</a>
    More information

    Moving Within
    Facilitators: Gale Turner and Wendy Hambidge
    Location: Online, hosted from Portland, Oregon
    Language: English
    When: Mondays January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18 at 2:30 PM (Pacific)
    To join the study group, contact <a href="mailto:galeturn@yahoo.com">galeturn@yahoo.com</a&gt

    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 2024 Fall Series are offered by BMCA Professional Members:

    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.

    Talk+Explore Study Group 2024 Bonnie's FALL SERIES
    Facilitator: Amélie Gaulier
    Location: Online
    Language: English with the option for French translation
    When: Mondays January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (Eastern)

    Study Group for Bonnie's 2024 Spring Series: Transforming Stress ....
    Facilitators: Thomas Greil and Carla Bottiglieri
    Location: Online
    Language: English
    When: Sundays January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10, and Sunday March 17 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (Central European Time)

    Study Group for Bonnie’s new series: Transforming Stress into Calm and Confusion into Clarity by Embodying Key Embryological and Neural Pathways (2024 Fall Series)
    Facilitators: Nisha Kewalramani
    Location: In person in New York City
    Language: English
    When: Sundays January 28, February 4, 18, March 10, and Sunday March 17 at 11:00 AM (Eastern)

    Study group for Bonnie's 2024 Fall Series Calm and Clarity Class
    Facilitator: Douglas MacKenzie
    Location: Online
    Language: English
    When: Tuesdays 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM (Pacific)

    2024 Fall Series S†udy Group- Transformation to Calm
    Facilitator: Syliva Maes
    Location: Online
    Language: English
    When: Mondays January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (Eastern)

    Share, Explore & Play - Study Group: Bonnie's online 2024 Fall Series, Transforming Stress into Calm and Confusion into Clarity
    Facilitators: Moonshadow and Roya Isis Schwemmlein
    Location: Online
    Language: English
    When: Wednesdays January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 6, 13 from 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM (CET)

    Study Group for Bonnie's Fall Workshop Embodying key Embryological and Neural pathways
    Facilitator: Roxlyn Moret
    Location: Online, hosted from New York City
    Language: English
    When: Tuesdays February 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19 from 1:00 PM -2:00 PM (Eastern)

    STUDY GROUP to accompany Bonnie's 2024 Fall Series: Transforming Stress into Calm and Confusion into Clarity by Embodying Key Embryological and Neural Pathways
    Facilitator: Toni Smith
    Location: Online
    Language: English
    When: Wednesdays January 31 through March 20 at 2:00 PM (Eastern)

    Support Group for Bonnie's Fall 2024 Class: Embodying Key Neural Pathways to Transform Stress and Confusion
    Facilitator: Sara Vogeler
    Location: Online
    Language: English
    When: Fridays January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15 from 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM (Eastern)

    FREE RESOURCES

    Free supplementary videos to deepen your practice.

    Protection and Nourishment: How Exploring Your Embryological Development Can Help You Feel Them
    When we have questions about nourishment or protection, we’re talking about different parts of us as we rooted them in ourselves. Going back to our embryology – the process of how we grew ourselves – can be transformative and powerful experiences in finding nourishment and feeling protection within ourselves.

    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.⁠

    How Do You Embody Your Skin?
    Our skin is our outer embracing membrane. It defines our form and is an intimate bridge between our feltsense of self and other. Explore along in this free class as we open our awareness to how we embody each of our three layers of skin: the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis.

    Following the Internal Flow of Movement Guides the Nervous System
    Becoming aware of and following this inner flow of movement establishes an innate base of self-awareness that can be used in the application of other bodywork and somatic approaches and techniques.

    Initiating Movement from the Front Body and Back Body
    Initiating movement from the front body and the back body has very different qualities and consciousness.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Cellular Breathing – Tuning into the Expanding and Condensing within the Cells / Self and Other
    Cellular breathing is the expanding and condensing within cells due to the exchange of gases through the cell membrane. Our cells have been breathing since the egg that became each of us was formed.

    Bowing from the Heart vs Bowing from the Head (Nervous System)
    Embodying the embryological bowing of the heart can bring a sense of ease and unity between the heart and the brain.

    Heart-Brain Connection through Embodying Embryological Development
    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.

    Release Stress on your Heart l Zone of the Isoring
    Viewing, embodying, and working with the heart and blood vessels as one continuous unit brings awareness to the entire circulatory system. When any part of the system becomes unaware of its own existence, other parts will need to compensate.

    Perception as a Key to Embodying and Repatterning the Nervous System Class 1
    We have made class 1 of Bonnie's 2023 Spring Series on perception and the nervous system free for everyone.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    Are You Comfortable?
    Bonnie explains what she means when she says, "Cellular consciousness is awakening the cells to themselves, which the brain cannot do".

    Question of Presence
    Bonnie responds to the question, "How do you know when you are in your body and when you are not, if you have never had the experience?"

    Embodying Cellular Consciousness through Pathways of Tonal Flow
    The dance and interweaving of the pathways of tonal flow establish the foundation for our movement and create the bridge between earth and heaven and between our inner sense of self and our outer relationship with others and with the world in which we live.

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

    Nervous System Playlist
    A playlist of Bonnie's free videos on the nervous system.

    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.

    Free Your Spine through Changing How You Transfer Your Weight
    Embryologically, the sacrum is part of the spine, not the legs. The pelvic halves and pubic disk are embryologically part of the legs. Explore feeling the transfer of weight from one leg to the other go through your pubic disk and how that differs from transferring your weight through your sacrum and spine.

    YouTube
    Bonnie’s YouTube channel has over 150 free videos. Subscribe to her channel to receive notifications when a new video is added!

    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.

    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, COURSES, AND RESEARCH WEBSITES

    Embodying the Embryological Foundations of Movement
    Using movement and touch, this course is an experiential and cognitive journey exploring the sequences through which primal tissues transform into the mature body.

    Understanding and working with these early processes and relationships opens up new and deeper ways of addressing health and vitality, chronic and acute pain, mobility and ease of movement, and other expressions or qualities of our physical and psychophysical being.

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

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

    Embryology Websites
    Human Embryology Organogenesis

    Embryology Education and Research

    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.