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Tai Chi and Hanna Somatic Education by John Loupos, M.S., H.S.E.

Tai Chi and Hanna Somatics hail from very different cultures, different times, and entirely different circumstances. Nevertheless, the two disciplines are extraordinarily well suited as companion practices. Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that I practiced and taught since 1974. When I undertook my studies in Hanna Somatics some thirty years ago, in 2003, it became evident to me on the very first day of my training that Somatics and Tai Chi share many important features. Over my years as a Hanna Somatic Educator, I have come to truly appreciate the mutually reinforcing roles between these two practices.

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“Metarobics, Healing and the Power of Tai Chi” by Peter Anthony Gryffin, PhD. - A Book Review

Mindful Exercise: “Metarobics, Healing, and the Power of Tai Chi” is ostensibly about Tai Chi, but is surprisingly apropos to Hanna Somatics, as well as many other mindful movement disciplines. When I undertook to review this book I was initially suspect. My first impression, based solely on the title, was that this would be one more in a litany of books in which an author coined a new term to self-promote his or her new variation on Tai Chi. Happily, and in contrast to my initial concerns, I found myself drawn into this book after just the first several pages as the author’s introductory comments were both scientifically credible and intriguing in their possibilities.

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2018 Annual Meeting:  President’s Acknowledgements

At this time, I'd like to acknowledge the contributions of every member of the Board. They all give willingly of their many talents and their time. Every member of the Board has a busy and varied life, and in the midst of that, they all dedicated themselves with thoughtfulness, intelligence, and good humor to advancing the work of the association. It is a real pleasure to work with people who care so deeply about this work and who do their best to contribute to it within this organization.

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AHSE Bylaws - Article 2: Purposes

The primary objectives and purposes of this corporation shall be:

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Somatics Puts More Power Into Powerlifting - by Danny Burke

"Close, but no cigar." That about sums up the quest of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs for a 2018 Powerlifting National Title. A fourth place finish is very respectable, but it still left a slightly sour taste in the mouth of many members of the Men's Team. Coach A.J. McFarland led the team through an excellent year of training; we went to College Station, Texas with high expectations to win it all. Unfortunately, too many of our powerlifters "bombed out" (a slang phrase we use for three unsuccessful attempts of any one of the three lifts during competition) and as a result, those lifters scored no points for the team.

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Collegiate Powerlifting Gets a Big Lift with HSE - by Danny Burke

Relaxing is the new strengthening. At least that's what the elite athletes, the Iron Dawgs, at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana are learning. After a brief introduction to Hanna Somatic Education (HSE) last season, they surprised everyone with a big win at the 2017 National Collegiate Championship Meet in San Antonio, Texas, just a short distance from the Alamo. Unfortunately, one of the team's athletes was disqualified, and the Bulldogs were subsequently relegated to third place, leaving them hungry and motivated for redemption during the current school year.

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NEUROPLASTICITY by Moheb Constandi - A Book Review

This small paperback-sized book delivers more than it claims. Described as a book about "neuroplasticity for the general reader," this book is in its totality an easy but absorbing read. I expect that it would be somewhat beyond the grasp, and interest, of most general readers, though it is likely a rung or two below the clinical discourse you might expect to overhear between conversing neuroscientists in full lab mode. Teaser gems reference research showing...

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A Report on the Novato Institute Teaching Team by Susan Koenig

From England to South America, Asia to Australia, people from all walks of life are coming to learn Hanna Somatic Education at The Novato Institute of Somatic Research and Training. A constant, international stream of inquiring minds are coming to learn from out amazing teachers: Eleanor Criswell-Hanna, Susan Koenig, Phil Shenk, and Lyman Spencer. They are the Teaching Team of The Novato Institute.

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Realize a Deeper, More Subtle Experience of Self-Pandiculation-with Phil Shenk

How do we refresh our somatics practice? How do we step aside of our own habits? What is the experience we bring back that begins to drop away as time goes by? These were some of the important questions Phil Shenk wanted to explore at this year’s AHSE Convention when he was asked to lead the Pandicualtion of the Convention. Phil had attended that first Hanna Somatic Education Training in Wave 1 with Thomas Hanna. As a result, his passion to keep the work going led him to be part of the Teaching Team for Hanna Somatic Education at the Novato Institute ever since.

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The Birth of a Committee: The Convention Hosting Committee

In preparation for last year’s 2016 AHSE annual convention, the Board of Directors informally adopted a new, and some might even say adventurous, policy. Whereas previous conventions had only been open in their entirety to Certified Hanna Somatic Education® practitioners, the BOD decided to allow two somatics professionals who had not been certified by the Novato Institute (individuals whom we now refer to as allied somatics practitioners) to attend on an experimental basis. The experiment proved to be a resounding success.

 Based on the success of that experiment, the BOD decided to formalize its new policy in preparation for future conventions. 

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