Developing Patterns: Developmental Movement and the Foundations of Asana – Midline to Rolling

Amy Matthews

Yoga Shala of Portland
3808 N Williams Ave.
Portland, OR 97227

Date and Time

December 7-9, 2018
Fridays, 6:00 – 8:00pm - Embodied Asana
Saturdays & Sundays, 10:00am - 5:30pm - Developing Patterns


All 4 workshops including Friday night Asana Class: $865 before August 31.
Individual Workshops early bird (14 days prior to workshop) $265, afterward $305
Friday Night Embodied Asana Class only $20


Developing Patterns: Developmental Movement and the Foundations of Asana
A 4-workshop series at Yoga Shala of Portland

From the moment we arrive at our birth, we are learning to move – our experiences, body sensations, reflexes and integrative processes are continually creating patterns that help us find safety, comfort, and curiosity.

This series of workshops, informed by a Body-Mind Centering® approach to developmental movement, will explore some of our earliest learning times in the context of our adult bodies: the developmental process of moving from birth to walking.

Each of the four workshops focuses on the movement patterns that typically develop in a particular period of our first year: Arriving to Midline (approx 0-3 months), Midline to Rolling (approx 4-6 months), Rolling to Crawling (approx 7-9 months) and Crawling to Walking (approx 10-12 months).

If you are interested in finding out what lies underneath your own movement choices and exploring ways to make different choices, come to one or all of these workshops. No previous experience with yoga or Body-Mind Centering® is required.

Embodied Asana classes are based on sensing your body, breath, and movement from many different perspectives. We will use asana as a form and container for exploring the embodiment of our tissues, the seeds of our embryological origins and the developmental patterns that supported learning to move in the first year of life.

Using principles of Body-Mind Centering®, Space Harmony, Bartenieff Fundamentals, and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation you will be invited to discover the anatomical, kinesthetic and energetic relationships within the body, and between the body and breath, that can support your experience of being present in your body, recognizing your patterns and cultivating curiosity about making new choices. Any level of movement ability is welcome, and no yoga experience is necessary.

  • September 14-16, 2018 - Developing Patterns: Arriving to Midline
  • December 7-9, 2018 - Developing Patterns: Midline to Rolling
  • February 1-3, 2019 - Developing Patterns: Rolling to Crawling
  • April 5-7, 2019 - Developing Patterns: Crawling to Walking
Intructor's Bio

Amy Matthews, CMA, IDME, BMC Teacher, RSMT/RSME has been teaching movement since 1994. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator, and a yoga therapist and yoga teacher.

Amy is the co-founder and co-director of Babies Project with Sarah Barnaby. Previously she was a director of The Breathing Project, and co-authored with Leslie Kaminoff the best-selling book Yoga Anatomy (published by Human Kinetics).

Amy is a Program Director for the School for Body-Mind Centering, Educational Director of the SME Program for Moving Within in Oregon, and teaches on SME & IDME Programs in the US, Germany and Italy. She taught for four years with Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen in Berkeley CA, and was on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies for 10 years.

Amy has participated several times in Gil Hedley’s dissection workshops, and has studied kinesthetic anatomy with Irene Dowd and BMC with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. She has studied yoga with Alison West, Mark Whitwell, Genny Kapular and Kevin Gardiner, and full-contact karate with Sensei Michelle Gay.

Amy is certified as a yoga teacher and as a Motherhand Shiatsu practitioner, is registered with ISMETA as a Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator and has been registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-500 RYT. She teaches embodied anatomy and movement workshops for programs in the US and internationally, and works privately integrating Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, yoga, Body-Mind Centering and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF).

Contact and Payment

info [at] yogashalapdx [dot] com