The first steps toward self-awareness 
 

Basic Tools of ATB

The Foundations

This one day intensive introduces the foundational

tools of Awareness Through the Body.

We explore how to implement ATB with kindergarten children using games and fun activities.

This day of exploration is useful for initiating people to ATB.

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Through fun exercises and games, children start discovering themselves and learn how they can create changes in and around themselves. They also realize, not rationally but intuitively, that they can be in many different states of consciousness, each of which entails a set of different feelings and sensations. For example, children feel very different when they are focused and working in silence, as in the “labyrinth” or when they are running and laughing when they “journey to Africa.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

At this age, children experiment and feel without the need of explanations.

Through activities and exercises, each child feels the precise sensations that indicate a state of concentration, tranquility, fun, relaxation, self- centering or sharing with others. That is why it is important for the facilitator to have their own experiential understanding of the aim of ATB.

 

The following are some of the objectives of Awareness Through the Body demonstrated in this Basic Tools intensive. These are key for young children and all new learners of ATB, regardless of age.

 

 

 

 

   Objectives:

  • Listening for meaning

  • Self control 

  • Focus & capacity for being present

  • Alertness of the senses

  • Freedom & fluidity of movement

  • Develops body awareness:

    • Stimulates bodily awareness by empowering the kinesthetic sense & playing with gravity & balance.

    • Develops breath awareness.

    • Stimulates the different muscular chains of the body.

    • Working on laterality & teaching the different parts of the body their location, name & use.

    • Differentiation & refinement of movement and coordination.

  • Awareness of oneself & others 

  • Respectful & sensitive body contact with peers

  • A healthy self image

  • Trust

  • A sense of respect & responsibility within the capacity of young children

  • Subjective memories for relaxation and tonicity

  • Imagination & creativity

  • Curiosity & discovery

For this one-day workshop, prior participation in the ATB1 introductory workshop is required.

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