Moving Mindfully

Transformational Movement

A weekend of Transformational Movement at Brightlife, the beautiful retreat centre on the Isle of Man : 5 star accommodation, excellent chef, peaceful countryside with wonderful views from the movement studio.

The course will cover a broad range of approaches to movement, alignment and imagery to enhance our sense of presence in the body and pleasure in moving. No experience necessary, just a reasonable everyday level of mobility

October 28 – 30 2016. All details and booking :


Moving Mindfully at The Place

Sunday Dec. 11th 2016

Sunday Dec. 11th, 2.00 – 5.00 : Moving Mindfully at The Place : Judy’s annual pre-Christmas stress-buster workshop with lots of rest, gentle movement and enjoyable partner work plus quick easy ways to ground and center ourselves for the festive season ! People usually leave feeling great.

Date:      Sunday Dec. 11th, 14.00 – 17.00,

Venue:   Studio 9, The Place, 16 Flaxman Terrace, WC1H 9AT


Tai Chi & Alexander Technique

12th-14th May 2017

Alternative Health Exercises suggested by Tai Chi and Alexander Technique, Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Suffolk.
Based on exercises developed from Tai Chi & Alexander Technique with elements of dance incorporated into two days of mindfulness exercises and medita on ‐ developing a practical way of being.

Widely experienced Alexander teacher Judy Hammond and long‐term Tai Chi instructor Ian Deavin have created a program of physical and mental exercises suitable for both complete beginners seeking a retreat weekend, or for more experienced exercisers looking to “workshop” their mind and body development.

Belsey Bridge Conference Centre offers a deligh  ul mix of space, quietness and excellent hospitality ‐ the package includes tui on with full board plus morning and afternoon tea.

An introduction to Tai Chi and Alexander Technique

Relaxing and strengthening movement Individual, partner and group work Meditation, visualisations.

Details and booking:

Numbers restricted.

Cost: £290 (en-suite)
£130 initial payment – non-refundable. Balance of £160 due by 6/1/17 subject to cancellation terms. Late booking fee of £30 if within 1 week of the event.
Venue: Belsey Bridge, Ditchingham, Bungay, Suffolk, NR35 2DZ.
To book call Ian Deavin on 01462 621970

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Judy Hammond

Judy Hammond (B.Ed, ANATD, MSTAT) has been teaching Alexander technique for 30 years and studying for even longer a broad range of dance and movement techniques, particularly Pilates, yoga, t’ai chi and chi qong. She holds teaching qualifications in Alexander technique, classical ballet and Egyptian dance and for years studied contemporary dance with eminent teachers, including a post graduate term at the Laban Centre. For years she has been Alexander tutor on the annual teacher training courses led by the UK’s first ever Pilates teacher !


Moving Mindfully

Moving Mindfully is an unusually eclectic, enjoyable approach to movement and alignment, including key elements of Pilates, yoga and chi qong, and always incorporating the AlexanderTechnique principles of safe conscious use of the spine and joints.

A typical class starts on the floor in semi-supine, the ideal position of rest for the back, and gradually progresses through a carefully chosen series of movement, breathing and imagery activities including vital Pilates toning work for the deep core muscles.

After carefully and slowly coming to standing, a brief period of hands-on partner work is included which most students find remarkably effective, even at times transformational. Careful attention is always paid to what Alexander called the primary control of the body – the delicate relationship of head, neck and back.

The final section of standing work normally includes further Pilates work, sometimes a safe, carefully taught yoga posture, and finishing with a combination of gentle, enjoyable dance movements for the torso and arms and some of the more accessible chi qong movements, made easy with very detailed teaching


“A Moving Mindfully class is completely non competitive…there’s no pressure…the group is supportive but not intrusive. techniques and principles can be carried over into everyday living…I particularly like the blend of disciplines. Moving and mindfulness are equal partners in the class and I find this particularly satisfying.”   Anthea

“The short term gain is easy to see and feel: a single session leaves me feeling not only physically more comfortable, easing muscular tension that has built up during the day through poor posture, but also mentally more relaxed after being ‘obliged’ to rest, regulate my breathing and generally become calm.” Martin

“The great advantage of group classes (attended for 16 years) is that we can exchange ideas and benefits experienced with others. We can see in each other the benefits we are gaining. Lessons learned apply to every aspect of my daily life.” Janet

“Both group sessions and 1:1 sessions are valuable in different ways. Judy is a creative and inspiring teacher, positive, affirmative and encouraging. Her great experience engenders trust an the mental images she suggests are helpful.” Sylvia

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