Giovanni Felicioni

Morning Class | Monday 22 January - Friday 26 January 2018 | 10am - 12noon

Something whispered something
that was not even a word.
It was more like a silence
that was understandable.
I was standing
at the edge of the pond.
Nothing living, what we call living,
was in sight.
And yet, the voice entered me,
my body-life,
with so much happiness.
And there was nothing there
but the water, the sky, the grass.
(Mary Oliver)

During these morning classes we will continue to explore how to bring creativity, clarity and insight to the way we structure our personal daily, weekly or monthly embodied yoga movement practice.

The hope is that this will help us to become more knowledgeable and compassionate towards our own bodies, postural and gestural patterns and so towards others. This should also help us make friends with, and where appropriate integrate or resolve, places that feel unstable, delicate, in pain, stiff or not well known in our bodies, co-ordinations and psyche.

With this in mind the days will be structured around these two organizing principles:
a) the Classical Yoga Asanas or poses and
b) what I would like to call Dynamic Embodied Events and Principles.

Some of these Events and Principles might be:

Events: exploring my sense of weight, volume and containment; finding the ground and finding the sky; finding front to back balance; giving birth to head and tail; exploring our liquid body, the bony body, the tensegrity body; exploring our river of curves; working with our beautiful spiral dynamics; discovering the secret garden

Principles: touching and being touched; when something stays something goes; a joint is a space; all the senses work together; I move and or the world/other moves me; I need to be resourced; encourage local movement to spread globally; welcome accidents of perception

Our focus will be an interaction between the ancient modality of embodied practice called Yoga and a more contemporary one called Rolfing Movement. We will continue to explore how small movements and acts of attention help us to understand the bigger frame of a yoga pose and its variations – and how moving in a rich creative context can cause nourishing and insightful accidents of perception.

With this in mind we will generally river along a process that starts with exploring the patterns we make for front bending and back bending in order to move towards exploring the patterns that have a diagonal and spiral dynamic.

The content and practice of these mornings will be linked should you decide to come to some or all but each individual day can be taken on its own.

Sometimes in late summer I won’t touch anything, not
the flowers, not the blackberries
brimming in the thickets; I wont drink
from the pond; I won’t name the birds or the trees;
I won’t whisper my own name.
One morning
the fox came down the hill, glittering and confident,
and didn’t see me—and I thought:
So this is the world.
I’m not in it.
It is beautiful.
(Mary Oliver)


Giovanni Felicioni is a certified Advanced Rolfer, a Rolf Movement practitioner and a Yoga Teacher. He has been practising as a bodyworker in London and abroad for the past 23 years.

He teaches regularly for the International Rolfing® Faculty. He also teaches Yoga and Anatomy for the London based Yoga Teacher Training Course, accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga, and based on the pioneering work of Mary Stewart and Vanda Scaravelli.

He runs a Rolfing®/Yoga practice in London and leads workshops and retreats world-wide. He has been actively part of a team that runs the British Academy of Rolfing® (BARSI).

Giovanni is inspired by the work of Hubert Godard and Peter Schwind and by the relationship of meditation practice to the “integration” themes we are passionate about in the embodiment of the Rolfing Process.

He is professionally interested in investigating what happens when we explore the relationship between human verticality and the context it is in. This has something to do with how embodiment (verticality) and embeddedness-in-the-world (context) are part of a dynamic flowing loop, or circularity, which we sometimes call well-being or integration or ‘my life’.

The exploration and study of this ‘loop’ has been the daily work and play of bodyworkers, movement practitioners, dance artists and performers as well as meditators, cognitive scientists, gardeners, potters, people who love to go for walks, contemplative carrot choppers, hermits and bathers.

Giovanni Felicioni