Force and Flow is an oasis in Brooklyn for Mind-Body Fitness and Holistic Wellness. Our specialties include Pilates, Yoga, Qi Gong, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Chi Ne Tsang and Energy Work. We offer individualized private sessions, intimate mat classes, therapeutic bodywork and specialty workshops.
Are you ready to dive more fully into your body, shake off winter and greet summer with the same vibrant, relaxed energy it beams at you?
Spring into Summer
at Force and Flow
A 7-Week Semi-Private Group Session Focused on Mobilizing, Stabilizing and Releasing the Spine
Wednesdays at 7PM, May 15 – June 26
Sundays at 11:30AM, May 19 – June 30
- Do overcrowded Yoga, Pilates and movement classes leave you feeling more stressed and brittle than supple and rejuvenated?
- Are you ready for the kind of detailed information and personalized attention that can catapult you to the next level of comfort, energy, flexibility and strength?
- Do you love to learn and feel ready to bring your physical intelligence up to speed with your brilliant mind?
- Are you committed to opening your awareness, aligning with your highest potential and moving consciously through life?
Then you are invited to join a small group of other brilliant, creative, and inquisitive folks like yourself to experience the Force and Flow approach to holistic mind-body movement.
Our focus this session will be on our spine – our antenna to the world and the trunk that connects our sky reaching head and limbs to our roots in this world. I’ve gathered a number of incredibly potent exercises from the worlds of Yoga, Qi Gong, Pilates and beyond, and cohered them in a systematic flow focused on developing an emergent understanding through a felt sense of the dynamics of mobility, stability and release of your spine. Continue reading
The smell of forsythia wafting in through my window right now is intoxicating, as is the anticipation of the warmer days and all they bring with them. I’ve been as anxious as you for the arrival of Spring, which is making a slow entrance here on the East Coast, and thrilled with every extra hour of light and degree of warmth we’ve gotten, but also relishing the slow transition of the seasons this year, which is giving me time to digest all the insights the winter months brought and to acknowledge the shedding of old skin in this Year of the Snake.
If you noticed that I’ve been on hiatus from the blog and website lately, it’s because I’ve been taking the time to take my own advice – stepping backwards, acknowledging my vulnerability, emptying out from old patterns and beliefs so that I can fill up with ones that are more aligned with where I’m going, and planting seeds, yes, a lot of planting, cultivating and tending new seeds. I’ve included the gallery of photos below to share with you some of where I’ve been, internally and externally – if you click on them individually the title will tell you what they’re about.
It’s been busy here in the studio, and I am incredibly grateful to all my clients for the opportunity to share this amazing work that I have had the privilege of studying, discovering, and articulating. The feedback from many of you has been incredible, and I am listening carefully as I engage in the process of upgrading my business so it not only serves you better, but reflects the true and enduring value of this incredible work of tuning in to our bodies and connecting to our most fundamental being.
Photo by Kimberly Bryant
Sometimes the hardest step to take is the one that takes us backwards.
Here’s an example. I’ve been working with C. for over two years now and by most standards he would be the envy of his peers in terms of physical capacity. In his sixth decade of life, he is in good health, fit and extremely flexible. He’s been practicing Yoga since before most people knew that it existed and works out at the gym regularly, yet despite his daily practice there are a number of physical pains and limitations that he hasn’t been able to overcome – Yoga poses that consistently elude him, chronic pain that limits his range of movement and tightness that won’t go away no matter how much he stretches.
I’ve seen people much younger than C. encounter these same dilemmas and answer them with a resigned “that’s just the way my body is”. Actually, our body is just exactly how it is right now, and since now is always changing, the thing that keeps our body the same as it was a moment ago is the way we are using it. Continue reading
Photo by Rex Hohlbein
I’m ambivalent about Valentine’s Day. My first memories of celebrating it are from fifth or sixth grade, an awkward preteen just a few years into life in the US. As far as I could decipher at the time, it was a holiday about making cards and determining who was worthy of love, a combination of joyful art projects and candy eating and terrifying battles with insecurity and self-image.
As an adult, by now well-versed in American culture, I can appreciate the novelty of a day that’s put aside to celebrate our intimate relationships, and since I mostly ignore mass media, I manage to avoid the pressure to measure myself or my relationships to some kind of ideal. In truth, with our incredibly busy and work-focused lives, we could probably stand to do a lot more celebrating of the incredible value of our human connections, in all their shapes and forms.
I’d like to start by celebrating the most intimate relationship we have, which is with our own body. Continue reading
Walking is falling with intention, dancing is just falling with style!
I’ve been spending time digging through all the notes I’ve taken over these years of crafting Force and Flow as a vehicle to carry me closer to my dreams. I was somehow under the impression that when the year of “sabbatical” I gave myself came to a close, all my big questions would have been answered and I’d be on a clear trajectory to the next step. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that in many ways, I am exactly where I was a year ago! Continue reading
An exercise – whether it be a yoga asana, a pilates move, a meditation technique, an aerobic sequence, a weight lifting maneuver, and so on – is a charting device. It helps you to map the territory, get to know the landmarks, and learn pathways for navigating from one place or state in the body and mind to another.
An exercise is not an end in itself. It is not a measuring stick for determining your capacity or worth. You are not “better” if Continue reading
"...this is what my work is about - genuine connection and a rich learning experience"
I just discovered Seth Godin, a wizard of sorts and innovator in the world of digital connections. His interview with Krista Tippett on On Being came to me just in time, via a friend and phenomenal wordsmith, Laylage Courie, who knows that Force and Flow and the work I do is a multifaceted labor of love that just doesn’t fall into any of the readily marketable categories out there. Continue reading
An acquaintance asked me about ergonomic chairs yesterday. He’s at Columbia, doing a PhD in Statistics, and is subsequently faced with a massive amount of reading. This means he’s spending a lot of time sitting down to read, but is desperately uncomfortable having to sit for any stretch of time – which makes getting through all the reading difficult, and at the cost of being a good student he’s not being so good to his body.
He’s considering a couple of different options – a set of adjustable pillows or a very pricey chair – and wanted my opinion on the matter before he went spending lots of money. Here’s what I suggested: Continue reading
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Photo by Elizabeth Line @ Ft. Greene Park
As 2013 rolls in and begins to hint at the tasks and adventures it has in store for me, I am taking a moment to reflect on the incredible transformations of 2012. This time last year I was packing my bags and getting ready to close the studio down for three months as I headed to Thailand in search of the next phase of my personal and professional development.
In the course of the year, I became apprenticed to Ajan Toh, a Medical Qi Gong master based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, expanded my skill base to include Chi Ne Tsang (abdominal organ massage), and continued my studies with Pichest, the Thai Massage master whom I first encountered in 2009. Since then the range and efficacy of my work has grown exponentially – from chronic pain and injury to fibroids and adrenal fatigue, acute anxiety and stress to bipolar disorder, my understanding of the body’s capacity for transformation through movement and my ability to facilitate and provide clients with the tools to bring significant change about have blossomed beyond my own expectations. Continue reading
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I am thrilled to be taking part in this improvised dance performance this coming Thursday in Williamsburg. The director of the project, Dai Jian, has recently left Trisha Brown and Dancers to pursue his own projects, and I am totally honored to be amongst this group of incredible artists and movers. Here is more information for those whom are curious, or better yet, for those who want to join: Continue reading