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  • Moving Consciously: Somatic Transformations through Dance, Yoga, and Touch
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  • Edited by Sondra Fraleigh
  • 2015
  • Published by: University of Illinois Press
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The popularity of yoga and Zen meditation has heightened awareness of somatic practices. Individuals develop the conscious embodiment central to somatics work via movement and dance, or through touch from a skilled teacher or therapist often called a somatic bodyworker. Methods of touch and movement foster generative processes of consciousness in order to create a fluid interconnection between sensation, thought, movement, and expression. In Moving Consciously , Sondra Fraleigh gathers essays that probe ideas surrounding embodied knowledge and the conscious embodiment of movement and dance. Using a variety of perspectives on movement and dance somatics, Fraleigh and other contributors draw on scholarship and personal practice to participate in a multifaceted investigation of a thriving worldwide phenomenon. Their goal: to present the mental and physical health benefits of experiencing one's inner world through sensory awareness and movement integration. A stimulating addition to a burgeoning field, Moving Consciously incorporates concepts from East and West into a timely look at life-changing, intertwined practices that involve dance, movement, performance studies, and education. Contributors: Richard Biehl, Robert Bingham, Hillel Braude, Alison East, Sondra Fraleigh, Kelly Ferris Lester, Karin Rugman, Catherine Schaeffer, Jeanne Schul, and Ruth Way.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xiii-xviii
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  1. Prologue on Somatic Contexts
  2. Sondra Fraleigh
  3. pp. xix-xxxi
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  1. Part One: On Somatic Movement Arts
  1. 1. Why Consciousness Matters
  2. Sondra Fraleigh
  3. pp. 3-23
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  1. 2. Somatic Movement Arts
  2. Sondra Fraleigh
  3. pp. 24-49
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  1. 3. Dancing Becomes Walking
  2. Sondra Fraleigh
  3. pp. 50-72
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  1. Part Two: Soma and Change
  1. 4. Living Shin
  2. Catherine A. Schaeffer
  3. pp. 75-92
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  1. 5. Environments for Self-­Learning
  2. Kelly Ferris Lester
  3. pp. 93-108
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  1. 6. Trauma in the Theater of the Body
  2. Richard Biehl
  3. pp. 109-123
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  1. 7. Radical Somatics
  2. Hillel Braude
  3. pp. 124-134
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  1. 8. Somatic Awakenings
  2. Ruth Way
  3. pp. 135-150
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  1. Part Three: Performing Consciously
  1. 9. Like Drifting Snow My Head Falls
  2. Robert Bingham
  3. pp. 153-163
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  1. 10. Performing Body as Nature
  2. Alison East
  3. pp. 164-179
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  1. 11. Embodied Dreams
  2. Jeanne Schul
  3. pp. 180-194
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  1. 12. Contact Unwinding
  2. Karin Rugman
  3. pp. 195-212
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  1. Dance Maps: A Guide for Dance Experiences
  2. pp. 213-226
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  1. Glossary: Key Terms, Methods, and Narratives of Somatics
  2. pp. 227-230
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 231-240
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 241-244
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-256
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