What is Open Floor?
Open Floor is a healing practice of movement, dance and the arts. We learn to track thoughts, stories and patterns that hold us back and turn them into creative fuel.
Using universal movement principles, such as breath, grounding and centering, our aim is to become more embodied or at home, for this beautiful ride of life, present for anything and everything – loving, losing, learning, creating, colliding, connecting.
Open Floor is a dance meditation practice for building muscular and emotional intelligence, mindfulness and soulfulness. We cultivate the forces that fuel our creativity, our connections and our ability to change, which we all know is the only constant in life.
Why We Move
Pure and simple, we were born to move. When we move, we feel better. When we don't, we literally atrophy – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
Life is a constant balancing act, navigating both obstacles and opportunities. When we move we practice becoming nimble, open to change and more comfortable in our own skin.
What’s In It for Us?
Conscious dance practice helps us move and include the juicy times of joyful release, as well as the challenging moments. To be fluid, flexible and free to experience all our wild and subtle bits is one of the greatest life skills we can give
Heather Ehlers is an Open Floor Movement teacher and is a working member of Open Floor International.
For more information about Open Floor:
Open Floor Movement Practice is a lively, sweaty, full-on dance inquiry:
How can we move and include it all – feelings, other people, thoughts, wild passions, limitations?
Can we use movement to soften the tight spots in our tender hearts and stretch our capacity for relationship?
What happens if we turn old repetitive thoughts into choreography for creative dances?
We start small, end quiet. We respond to obstacles and mind the gaps. Ask, how am I now? What’s possible? Find direction. Add fire. Push the limit. Embrace paradox.
There's an essential movement language we all speak when we take these questions to the dance floor. We call on universal elements that are inherent in any moving body, such as breath, gravity, centering, expansion and contraction. This is the common ground that all embodiment practices share.
Open Floor is where the rubber meets the road – a place for creative focus and loving attention.
Since the beginning of time human beings have gathered to dance. Mindful movement is surging all over the planet because it's good for us. People who dance regularly have keener minds, greater emotional intelligence, and a calmer presence. Connection, compassion, and communities grow. In this challenging world, common sense tells us to spend time dancing.
The ripple effect is inescapable. One dance can change someone’s day, one act of kindness can inspire a whole community. Students often leave a session able to bring a more generous presence out into the world. We dedicate our work to the common good, to the benefit of all beings.
Common ground. Common sense. Common good.
This is what we cultivate on the Open Floor.
for more info @ this workshop:
OPEN FLOOR MOVEMENT WORKSHOP
WITH KATHY ALTMAN AND LORI SALTZMAN
(open to the public)
San Rafael, CALIFORNIA AUGUST 8 - 14 11am -6pm each day