Rank #1: 08. Logic, trauma and martial arts - with Paul Linden
Mark’s long-term mentor Paul Linden joins the podcast to discuss aikido, trauma, abuse recovery, self-regulation, the Holocaust and inter-generational impacts, logic, bodywork and humour. A wide ranging conversation with many practical centring techniques, somatic experiments, creative visualisations and stories from 45 years in embodied learning. Trigger warning - discussion of sexual violence, genocide and really bad jokes.
Paul’s website: http://www.being-in-movement.com/
Pushing exercise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe1uk1CydcM&t=1s
Parkinson's and non-violence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u60qJUgXu8k
Embodied peacebuilding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTLsF7y8QOw
Embodied peacebuilding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn38e8_VlKU
Russian coaching sessions:
Rank #2: 157. Action somatics - with Martha Eddy
Dancer and somatic movement therapist Dr Martha Eddy joins us to discuss her background growing up in inner city New York with social activist parents, modern dance, Rudolf Laban, Bartenieff, Isodora Duncan, theatre, Bodymind Centring and Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen, health and physical therapy, developmental movement, her Dynamic Embodiment system, health, middle-class embodiment, “practical” vs exploratory practice, Warren Lamb, working with children, somatic “detective work”, support and social equity, addiction and social somatics, and the economics of access.
Rank #3: 163. Posture and trauma - With Betsy Polatin
Alexander technique teacher and trauma educator Betsy joins me today. We discuss her background in dance, how she discovered trauma work, Somatic Experiencing and Peter Levine, why somatic practitioners need to know about trauma, somatic influence, Stephen Porges, creating “safety”, welcoming vs warning, trauma and identity, flight vs social engagement, the triune brain, “neuro-bunk”, embodiment as a perspective on life, “inhibition”, ground and the empowerment of trauma work. A wide-ranging accessible one with a practical exercise at the end.
Rank #4: 121. Trauma prevention - with David Berceli
Trauma expert David Berceli joins me to discuss TRE - Trauma / Tension releasing Exercise - and his experiences with this work across many domains. A real authority in this now popular field and a bloody nice bloke!
Rank #5: 166. Working with trauma - with Irene Lyon (from TEC)
Irene Lyon is one of the world’s leading experts in working with trauma. In this interview she touches base on what trauma actually is, she explores together with Mark Walsh how events affects the person’s body-systems and what allows them to process the situation, which another person with a different body-system would have tipped over. Please note this is the audio of an audio-visual session with a live Zoom group so there may be reference to things shown and comments in the chat. To access the full visual recording and 140 others go to https://embodiedfacilitator.com/e-conf2018-bonus-2/
Rank #6: 139. Integral Bodies - with Ken Wilber (from TEC)
Here’s Ken Wilber from the Embodiment Conference 2018 making a presentation on Integral Bodies where he explains the base of his approach and how the body fits into that whole framework.
Please note this is the audio of a an audio-visual session with a live Zoom group so there may be reference to things shown and comments in the chat. To access the full visual recording and 140 others go to https://embodiedfacilitator.com/e-conf2018-bonus-2/
Rank #7: 148. Wholeness and Separation - with Philip Shepherd
Leading environmental embodiment teacher Philip Shepherd joins me to discuss Noh theatre, voice work, the myth of independence, community, wholeness, embodiment vs communism, real intelligence, the body as resonator, kinship, sensitivity, the history of disembodiment, machine metaphors, what an embodied world would be like, what nature, loves, his manifesto, education, capitalism, “head” language, presence and explains some of the practical exercises in his work. A poetic and eloquent one.
Rank #8: The 4 Elements - Mark Walsh
On this episode I lay out a classic embodiment model - the four elements. I take listeners through an experiential test of their preferences and show uses across a wide range of domains form business training, to team building, to relationships, communication and directing your embodied practice. A very useful one for anyone who works with the body.
Rank #9: 91. Tantric Toiletry - with Christopher Wallis
Tantrik scholar and practitioner Christopher Wallis joins me for some seriously well researched yoga geekery and also to give an exercise for when you’re taking a dump. We talk immanence vs transcendence, define “tantra” as a life affirming type of yoga and explain classical tantra (vs neotantra), energy, body image, empowerment, spiritual snobbery, spiritual bypassing, radical self acceptance, Sanskrit’s uses and misuses, Mark Singleton and yoga history, how to say “namaste”, Sanskrit cognates, the yoga sutra, kundalini yoga, spiritual insecurity, Kashmir Shaivism, how to “tantraise” a postural yoga practice and tips for yogis, our mutual friend Jim Tarren and we end with a simple yet profound meditation pointer. Deep, wise and fun.
Rank #10: 110. Leila Embodied Anatomy - with Leila Stuart
Leila joins me to discuss her dance beginnings, the difference between embodied and regular anatomy, the benefits of an embodied approach to anatomy, body systems and how to use them, "heart hugs", the importance of the psoas muscle, trauma, anatomical awareness, self vs other focus, yoga therapy, the organ system, koshas, phantom limb pain, empowerment through yoga, learning the hard way, and meditation.Lots of experiential content and playful flow in this one.
Rank #11: 111. Cranio-rectal removal - with Eric Paskel
Eric Paskel joins me to explain why yoga ISN’T bullshit. We discuss researching misery, addiction, relationships, rock and roll, how to torture yourself, keeping it real, blaming it on everyone else, the narcissism of changing the world, getting your head out of your arse, 12-step groups, what happened to yoga, LA, on being a learner, seeing through success, Vedanta, being a teacher, being or service vs being selfish, the nature of love, his guru, making your work accessible and how to start small on the spiritual path.
Rank #12: 65. The fierce feminine dance - with Brooke McNamara
The gorgeous Brooke joins Mark to talk ballet beginnings, somatics, healing vs. art, wildness, Zen, internal vs. external orientations, her romance, being a momma, giving birth the mystical way, poetry, purpose and integrating the householder, monastic and artistic paths.
Rank #13: 187. Zen body - Corey Hess
Zen practitioner and body worker Corey joins me to talk how bodies rebel, Gary Snyder, his time in the monastery, how Zen teachers move, meditation embodied, structural integration, structured vs unstructured traditions, Butoh, Noguchi Taiso, Zhan Zhuang, the many “flavours” of meditation, new online possibilities, “life artists”, life transfer and “kufu”, rebelliousness in training and the “wholesale experience of truth”, Japanese vs American Zen, and a lovely closing message. An amiable jaunt.
Rank #14: 54. Millennial Coaching and Bitchin - with Chandler Stevens
A rambling chat between Mark and movement and personal growth coach Chandler on BJJ< deep ecology, natural movement, making time, purpose, coaching vs. teaching, The Bible, and self care and starting at home. They also have a massive bitch about his generation of weak cry babies, ghosting, porn etc.
Rank #15: 124. Moving Pleasure - with Julia Hope Brightwell
Biodanza teacher Julia Hope Brightwell joins us today. We talk about the trap of trying to transcend the body with spirituality, seroc, butoh, 5Rhythms what Biodanza is and what a class looks like, life force, connection, sexual energy and sexual repression, creativity, the South American feel, how we lose our life force, self control, the pleasure principle, Emotional Guidance System and getting the message of emotions, feedback and reciprocity, new age dangers in dance, being careful of our weaknesses as teachers, why we don’t like certain kinds of music, working on own vs pairs and groups, masculine and feminine energy, relational and environmental aspects of embodiment, how to know if you’re embodied, embodying your soul, people pleasing, becoming boring and archetypes and mythology.
Rank #16: 58. The science and politics of yoga - Ariana Rabinovitch
A slightly anarchic romp through the world of yoga research with New York based teacher and author Ariana. She exposes yoga myths, explores the psychology of why people perpetuate them, we look at the current and recent evidence base, chat about fundamentalism and postmodernism, gurus, ask if flexibility is always a good thing, the appeal of certainty, hot yoga, “urban” London/NY style yoga, “kicking butt” as a teacher, Trump, politics generally, and why when there is so much money in yoga are most yoga teachers poor?!!
Excuse the background noise, it was Bikram being tortured.
Rank #17: 10. Soma, drugs and getting old, a somatic history - with Don Hanlon Johnson
Somatic granddaddy Don Hanlon Johnson gives us a history lesson from the early days of embodiment in the USA at Esalen and the swinging 60’s, to modern politics and environmental concerns and the future of the field. We talk about diversity, East-West collisions, culture, LSD, education, ageing and more. He also presents a couple of lovely experiential exercises. A vibrant conversation.
Rank #18: 136. History of somatics - with Kelly Mullan
Academic and ex dancer Kelly joins the shadow to discuss her beginnings as a dancer., a definition of somatics, the history of the field, oration, Leo Kofler, Gindler, Shelver, Delsarte, the western influence on yoga, Ling gymnastics, Stebbins, FM Alexander, Feldenkrais, Laban, Mabel Todd and ideokinesis, Martha Eddy and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. A really good history lesson form someone who’s done their homework!
Rank #19: 185. Embodied Consciousness - with Scott Lyons
Embodiment renaissance man Scott joins me to discuss integration of different modalities, working with Tara Judelle, non-dual Tantra, dual vs non-dual somatics, Embodied Flow yoga, language, putting together the Embodied Consciousness intensive, transmission, integration, cultural perspectives, “dust” on perception, privilege, being with people going through it, the neuroscience of relationship, power and disempowerment, “teachers” and “experts”, hierarchy and more. A deep and wide-ranging one.
Rank #20: 172. Somatics 2.0 - With Jamie McHugh
Somatic movement specialist Jamie McHugh joins me to talk creative dance, community dance, Laban movement choirs, Anna Halprin, online work, the “basic 5”, developmental movement, the body politic, humane technology, busyness, “digesting” information, feeling safe and does mindfulness need an upgrade. A wide ranging, rich and up to date one!