MIND TO MOVE is a relaxation and mindful movement practice devised and delivered by Julia James-Griffiths, initially out of The Box Project in 2016. The practice focuses on supporting mental health and well-being needs through relaxation and mindful movement; connecting the mind and body together to bring release.
The practice of Mind To Move is inter-generational and open to all levels and abilities.
Julia delivers both Mind To Move Classes and Mind To Move Workshops.
MIND TO MOVE CLASSES
The class begins with exercises in breathing, relaxation and visualisation, before moving into led movement improvisation. Participants are invited to work with their eyes closed for most of the class to help with the visualisations and focus.
There are two Mind To Move Classes - Mind To Move Community and Mind To Move Dancers.
Please click here for upcoming classes
MIND TO MOVE COMMUNITY
All levels are welcome for this class and any age from 18 - 65+. No dance experience is necessary.
The class usually begins seated for the relaxation, which then gently leads into some guided movement improvisation where participants are invited to leave their chairs. The class then ends back in the chair to finish.
"It helped me to tune into tensions in my body and release them"
"I felt more alive and in the moment"
"It helped me connect with myself. I feel like I released a lot of pressure and stress"
MIND TO MOVE DANCERS
This class is specifically for dancers or those with dance experience.
The class usually begins on the floor for the relaxation, before moving on to gradually waken up the body to move in response to the visualisations given.
Mind To Move Classes were launched following the creation of Mind To Move Online Classes - our response to COVID 19 and the Global pandemic. These classes were delivered during lockdown via Zoom.
“I have found these sessions really powerful and moving emotionally + I have much enjoyed exploring new ways of opening and being more expansive through movement. Lovely energy. Incredibly helpful for me at a time of personal transition and particularly now as we all begin to explore how we move forward through lockdown. ”
“A gem of an opportunity when we feel we can share movement in this way”
“A lovely meditation...for the rest of the day I have felt peaceful...and having more energy”
“A truly stunning and memorable class ”
"A great community to be a part of!!"
“For me today was a moment I will definitely remember, both in the safety and joy of free flow and the lovely reflection that was there...for which I too am grateful”
“I feel very lucky to have been present with everyone in this powerful creative movement class these last few weeks. Safe and spacious, real moments of discovery, opening new possibilities in a short time together. Thank you everyone at Mind to Move for all creative attention and sensitivity in your approach.”
“A fabulous heart centred way of relieving tension, and moving to the beat of your own beautiful rhythm ”
MIND TO MOVE WORKSHOPS
A part of The Box Project involves delivering free Mind To Move Workshops, which are aimed specifically for those with experience of mental health issues; no dance experience is necessary. The focus of these workshops has been to reach adults aged from 18 to 65+, but Julia has also delivered Mind To Move Workshops within secondary schools, as well as to other groups.
Each workshop involves discussion, Mind To Move exercises, and an excerpt sharing of The Box; a dance theatre piece that explores the impact of depression and how our society responds to it. Further information and dates for upcoming workshops can be found on the Mind To Move Workshops page.
MIND TO MOVE on FACEBOOK
We have a Mind To Move group on Facebook for both past attendees and those interested in attending a Class or Workshop.
The group is a space where like-minded people with an interest in mental health and movement can connect, and also receive updates about upcoming Mind To Move classes and workshops or other related events.
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