If you're ready to give yourself more physical choices instead of relying on long-ingrained habits...
If you're ready for a teacher who will guide you to find your own answers...
If you're ready to get un-stuck...
Amy's students love her because she approaches anatomy, kinesiology & embodiment for the body in motion like no one else. She reveals the body from the inside out, and allows her students to fully embody what they're learning, not just memorize endless facts and details.
Wouldn't it be great if you could get a dose of Amy's teachings delivered right to you, wherever you are, on your own schedule? Now you can...
We have had more requests to offer this content from Amy than anything else she teaches, and we're thrilled to finally be able to make it available. Each 45-minute audio recording is part of a series that Amy calls "Embodied Movement Explorations." The concepts, ideas, and exercises contained in each segment develop the building blocks for an embodiment process.
In this new series, we'll travel through the vast terrain that Amy explores in her teaching. Here are some examples of major themes & influences you'll find throughout the explorations:
Each time you're ready to dive further into your studies, you'll receive a special EME digest from Amy with...
See all this in detail below Amy's note...
Here's a note from Amy Matthews about how she approaches these Embodied Movement Explorations and what they mean in her life and practice...
Hello, and welcome to Embodied Movement Explorations!
These audio recordings weave together all the things I’ve learned in my study of movement analysis, yoga, anatomy, developmental movement, embodiment and embryology.
They are based on a class that I’ve taught at The Breathing Project in NYC every week since 2003. It’s been called a few different things, but most people call it the ‘rolling around on the floor’ class.
A lot of the time is spent yielding, coming into relationship with your body on the floor. The ability to yield and feel your self and to give and receive support underlies the embodiment process for me, and can be the hardest part of doing these practices... maybe because it’s about doing less instead of doing more.
I spend a lot of time in my own practice looking for what the building blocks are for experience and movement – it’s a constant question of "what’s under that?" or "where do I do that from?" or "what happens when I do this?" - and being willing to hear whatever answer comes up.
What has worked for me to find my way into these questions is to get very very quiet and listen to what happens in my body when I move (beginning with the movement of the breath). In that space my movement patterns and habits are revealed, the habitual ways I recruit support... and gradually possibilities for other choices arise. In BMC® we often say "support precedes movement", and finding different ways to support ourselves makes it possible to find more choices about movement patterns.
Each EME begins with time to settle, yield and arrive. I’ll introduce a variety of ways into that settling, and then begin to suggest ways to focus your awareness on different structures, movements or patterns in your body. Then I’ll offer ways to move – sometimes the suggestion is quite general, sometimes it’s quite specific. (When the movement is specific, I usually have an idea I’m leading up to – but the terrific thing about having this recording is that you can do it your way one time, and do it the way I suggest another time.)
The movement ideas are generally based on the Bartenieff Fundamentals, or variations on the Fundamentals that illuminate the question I’m exploring. Each EME ends with an X-Roll (my personal favorite of the Fundamentals) and a short rest or savasana. Feel free to skip the x-roll and extend your savasana as long as you like.
These sessions are more about the practice than the content... spending time in the questions and seeing what comes up, and doing it over and over and over again, letting it be different each time, or the same.
I couldn’t have developed this way of exploring without my teachers, and without all the students who have been willing to spend time with themselves in this kind of practice.
All my best, and welcome again,
"I've been doing Amy's Embodied Movement Explorations since 2009 and I have found them to be essential in many spheres of my life.
As someone training to be an Alexander Technique teacher, I am struggling to understand a radical new way of experiencing and communicating embodiment and movement.
And, as a middle-aged man, I am having to relearn patterns of movement and thought that worked well for me in my twenties and thirties, but are now only getting in my way as I deal with the changing demands of moving into my late forties.
Amy's EME practice has allowed me a safe, supportive space in which go back to first principles and explore new pathways and connections: it has brought the study of anatomy to life for me as a concrete experience rather than an academic exercise; it has shown me a way of working that I can apply to my own explorations; and, as a practice in itself, it has given me new strength and ease of movement that I was never able to achieve with my yoga practice alone."Witold Fitz-Simon, New York City, NY
"Amy Matthews is a rare teacher who gives shape to movement through language. Her classes build from silence and stillness, incrementally, to the complexity of spirals and rolls. Through developmental progression, knowledge is invested in the muscles, tissues and bones. I leave with a quiet mind but an awakened body."Andrea Andersson, New York City, NY
"I first met Amy Mathews in 2009. I had been studying and practicing yoga for about 8 years at that point and teaching for 4. I was at a place in my studies were I knew that I wanted these things:
- A deeper understanding of how the body works- on physical/anatomical levels as well as energetic
- A vocabulary for teaching that was not dependent upon context or language that is specific to Indian history, culture and religion
- A personal understanding of practice and pedagogy that avoided cultural and spiritual appropriation but was still able to articulate and explain the process of subtle energetic movement
- A teacher who was comfortable with their knowledge and authority, whom I also trusted to stay self-reflecting and non-egotistical
Amy has a working knowledge of the body that is unparalleled in most other teachers I have met. Her anatomical training and study are matched only by her ability to embody and communicate this knowledge in ways that facilitate empowered and personal understanding in her students rather than formulaic memorization.
She is masterful at serving those whom she teaches, regardless of their level of previous knowledge or practice. Amy is an articulate and clear teacher who is able to guide her students into the subtleties of awareness in ways that allow them to return again on their own. The material she teaches is the landscape and history of the human body - something that each of her students already owns and knows intimately.
Her guidance and mentorship have been invaluable to me as a practitioner and teacher. I have learned to locate, inhabit, strengthen and heal my body in ways that I didn't even know were possible before. As a teacher I have gone beyond "diagnosing" the form of my student's bodies and I have learned to see and facilitate more integrated function and embodied awareness instead.
Amy has risen above and beyond the desires I had for a teacher. I am so grateful to have met her and to have the ongoing opportunity to learn from her. I highly recommend her classes, workshops and meditations. What she teaches is relevant to anyone with a body and an interest in being in their body."Renee Sills, Portland, Oregon
"Amy calls this "rolling around on the floor," but I think of it as both a wonderful meditation and something like scuba diving - she slowly draws you beneath your own surface, into your body’s interior, opening your senses to a fabulous, dreamy world that’s normally invisible and out of reach.
I’m a novice to this work, but as I’ve begun these explorations into breathing or initiating from places I’m not accustomed to - the internal organs, say - my appreciation for my body’s complexity and capability has deepened into awe. And at the same time, in exploring hitherto unknown possibilities, I’m developing a much clearer awareness of how I move every day."Karen Cook, New York City, New York
"These sequences are a great reminder that a little relaxation before movement reaps significant rewards during practice and the X-roll is my new favorite way of waking up my entire body!"Brette Popper, Publisher and Founder, YogaCity NYC
This is entirely up to you! We have students all over the world and we've learned that there's not one best timeline for everyone, so here's how it works...
As soon as you enroll, you'll have access to the entire EME library, and you'll continue to have access to it forever.
However, we've found that receiving the support resources via email one at a time is a great way to "remind" yourself about the explorations, and to enjoy moving through the material over time.
You may choose to receive exploration emails:
We'll show you all the options once you're a member of the EME Library.
Each EME is 45 minutes long. You can make time for them no matter how busy you are, and move through them on your own schedule.
Only an email address and an internet connection. And not to worry, you don’t need to be a computer whiz.
You can download the recordings right to your computer, or choose to stream them straight from the site. You can even use an iPad or iPhone if you'd rather keep it mobile.
Your membership to the library lasts forever, including access to all new EMEs Amy adds over time.
You may enroll with the credit or debit card of your choice, and choose either our monthly or yearly plan. If you choose to pay in 12 monthly installments rather than all at once, the installments will be automatically deducted for 12 months in a row. With either option, you'll receive Lifetime Access to the EME Library and all new EMEs Amy adds over time.
We have a 100% satisfaction policy. If you decide this is not the right fit for you within the first 30 days, just let us know and we'll send you a full refund of whichever option you chose at enrollment.
You'll have immediate access to the entire library, and start receiving one brand new exploration on the schedule of your choice. It's like a regular class with Amy, but from the comfort of your own home, studio, or while you're on the road.
As an online student, you're receiving the same level of knowledge, interaction, and expertise - with the added benefit of learning on your own schedule, as well as the ability to revisit the explorations as much as you want, at any time, without limitation.
If you're a movement or yoga professional, this series is tax deductible.
And best of all, you choose the schedule! Receive a new exploration once per week, once every two weeks, once per month, or all at once. (We'll explain exactly how to set this up after you join the EME library...)
Ready to jump in? Just choose the option below that's best for you. Don't worry if you're still not sure. You can try out a few of the explorations and let us know within the first month to get a full refund if it's not the right fit for you.
"If you're not absolutely thrilled with this program, we'll send you a full refund.
If it turns out that this subscription isn't right for your for whatever reason, simply let us know within 30 days of enrollment and we'll promptly process a full refund. The only thing we ask is that you jump on the phone with us for 2 minutes to let us know how we can make the program better.
You risk absolutely nothing by enrolling in this program, and you stand to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and your body, a stronger relationship with your students, and a richer personal practice.
All My Best,
*This course qualifies as professional training for yoga instructors, yoga therapists, pilates teachers, dance teachers, professional dancers, and other movement professionals.
**This course counts as non-contact Continuing Education credits with the Yoga Alliance. The Yoga Alliance requires at least 30 hours of CEU credits every three years to maintain registration, 20 of which may be non-contact CEUs. Contact credit hours may also be earned by visiting the NYC class while in session. Contact EmbodiedAnatomy.net Support for details.