Embodied Flow™ is a continuum of movement and expression that draws from the discoveries of various hatha, tantric and somatic movement systems in order to experience yoga as a living art form. Embodied Flow™ provides the technology for a deep sense of ease, strength and connectivity in the human form. This in turn, empowers the practitioner to be their own greatest teacher as they expand, integrate and facilitate awareness in their entire body-mind. Embodied Flow™ was created by Tara Judelle and Scott Lyons.
The Story of Embodied Flow™
The journey into yoga is one of ever expanding awareness. For years and years, I practiced Hatha yoga, I meditated, and did not often find the bridge between the two.
Then a student/friend revolutionized my practice and understanding byintroducing me to the world of Body Mind Centering®. My friend said, “Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen is the bridge between meditation and movement. She is the most awake, embodied being I have ever met.” That was enough to open the wormhole to the embodiment practices that have redefined my living experience.
Having endlessly searched for those two things, I set about the next five years studying with anyone and everyone I could find to follow deeper into this journey of consciousness in the body. I found and studied with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, a living master, and her protégés Amy Matthews and Scott Lyons.
Cohen began her journey as an occupational therapist and a dancer, who made her life work studying multiple systems of movement in order to learn to heal and unravel the body from the “felt sense of being.” From 1962-1972 she worked as a therapist in hospitals and rehabilitation centers while studying and teaching dance in New York. People coming to her were able to make remarkable recoveries. At the time unable to articulate exactly what she was doing, but with an innocent curiosity, Cohen began studying various systems. She trained with neurodevelopmental therapists (the Bobaths in England), working with children with severe brain dysfunction. She studied neuromuscular reeducation with Barbara Clark and Andre Bernard, Katsugen Undo (“The art of training the nervous system”), with Haruchi Noguchi in Japan, Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals with Irmgard Bartenieff. Her studies have continued to deepen through a wide range of movement practices including yoga, meditation, martial arts, craniosacral therapy and vocal work.
Studying BMC® at first posed a huge problem to my Anusara™ trained teaching. It allowed movement with ease and flow and a huge, scintillating net of awareness / presence that refused to dictate or superimpose rigid instruction on a body. Rather than giving overt broad commands it continuously invites you into the deeper felt sense of your body in order to remember everything that you are.
But the way BMC® “yoga” was taught was less structured and more exploratory. I wanted to be able to broaden the scope of these deeper practices to a larger population. While well known in the world of dance and healing modalities, it was under-recognized by many modern day yogis. How can we allow large groups of practitioners to move and remember? Through years of trial and error and “Practice Labs” with dedicated students, and extensive dialogue with BMC® teachers, I have worked to find the middle ground through leading a Hatha yoga class and in fusing that class with the embodied anatomy practices from BMC®.
In 2012, I was incredibly fortunate to meet and become inspired by Scott Lyons in a BMC® training on the endocrine system.
My partner and I were struggling to find our parathyroids when Scott, one of the assistants, benevolently walked up to us sensing we needed help. I will never forget when we told him we couldn’t feel them, he simply paused, went into his own feeling of them, and transmitted the embodied sense of those glands to us. I immediately felt the resonance, and immediately liked Scott.
I was already in search of a BMC® teacher who would want to teach inside of my more advanced trainings. But what I found in Scott was far more than a person studied in the world of Body Mind Centering®. Coming from an extensive background in dance and teaching the theater arts at the graduate level at NYU, working on his PhD in neuro psychophysiology, and practiced in numerous somatic systems, he is also a master innovator of body mind medicine. After experiencing the depths of opening and insight from the first 100 hours he taught in my first 300-hour program, we decided there was much more to uncover in a system that allowed for the collective vision and curiosity we both shared.
The result is Embodied Flow™, a yoga practice that integrates the biomechanics and alignment of my Anusara™ background with the philosophy of Tantra, embodiment practices inspired by Cohen, somatic psychology, and numerous other modalities that inform both of our living experience.