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Authentic Movement



Authentic Movement is a movement meditation practiced in relationship. A "mover" follows his or her impulses to move with closed eyes while a "witness" holds a safe space and honors the mover's experience without judgement. The practice of Authentic Movement opens a doorway to the unconscious and creates a rich opportunity for deep, creative self-exploration. 

"Her devotion now is to primary being, the life process which breathes its inevitable course through all matter."

-Betty DeShong Meador




This multi-layered intensive workshop is intended to serve as a spiritual and practical Reset. We will work with a threefold approach; shedding anxiety and tension through Restorative yoga and developmental re-patterning, Identifying and Resolving blocks and uncovering Desire with Authentic Movement, and Re-visioning our Creative Potential through meaningful and focused Art and Writing Practices.

Follow-up Resource Sessions with Kira are available.   

Offered as 4 hour, 8 hour and weekend workshops. 

Intro to Authentic Movement 

The basics. Learn to move authentically. With your eyes closed, allow the unconscious to unfold. Experience the depth of the body's knowledge and desire. Taste freedom. Learn to be held and seen by a nonjudgemental witness and behold the reparative potential of the mover/witness relationship.

Offered as a 3 hour workshop or ongoing group class.

Deepening Authentic Movement 

Deepening in to all of the above plus diving into theory and learning tools to make the practice your own.

Offered by request, for experienced movers




Kira lives to move and has been devoted to her Authentic Movement Practice for 20 years. She has 2 half grown kids and owns and directs the Hootenanny Art House, a family art center in Brooklyn NY, with her partner. Kira teaches yoga, dance, and her passion, Authentic Movement, privately and in classes at her center, as well as in workshops around the country. She is a Registered Dance/Movement Therapist with a background in modern dance. She has an MS in Dance/Movement Therapy, an MA in Women's Spirituality, and has extensive post-graduate training in Authentic Movement and Tantric Studies. She is certified in both Hatha and Kundalini Yoga.