The purpose of this meditative movement class is to transition through a series of gentle, health-giving exercises in a relaxed and joyous environment. Tai Chi combines the fluidity of dance with energetic movements that tone and the body and Improve circulation, balance and posture. The mind is focused and results include an experience of a general sense of well being as the”chi,” or life force, is strengthened. A sampling of Qigong and Rosen Method movement exercises are included. The course is open to all ages and varying abilities.
Hursey Baker is a Rosen Method bodywork practitioner based in Berkeley with practices in San Francisco and Santa Cruz, California. Since the spring of 2006 he has co-taught workshops on Rosen work with Marion Rosen, the founder of Rosen Method and Jane Malek, the founder of the Monterey Bay Rosen Method Center at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. He has also assisted in the teaching of new and advanced Rosen Method bodywork students at numerous weeklong Intensive training courses since 2004 including an 8 day course in Oslo, Norway in May of 2010.
Hursey says: “I believe the ability to follow the breath is paramount in achieving and maintaining our well being, which is a key component of the Rosen method. Without a full awareness of the breath we may have a disproportion of energy distribution for movement and work, thus limiting the ability to heal and maintain our health”.
Hursey sees the Rosen Method as a natural way of life represented by the connection experienced when receiving and giving sessions, which includes insights that open up for client and practitioner and the sense of peace that comes with the full relaxation that is enhanced by the work
“Hursey is present, self-aware, and centered when he works. It is evident that his experience in martial arts and Tai Chi are an asset to his sessions. This heightened consciousness shows up in his hands, but also in the overall holding of the space, creating safety and ease in his sessions. He is present with the client, allowing the emotional and physical unfolding to happen in each session”. Jane Malek, Monterey Bay Rosen Method Center, founder
Hursey has been practicing martial arts for over 25 years. He has been teaching Karate for 22 years. He has been practicing Tai Chi for 20 years and has over 12 years of Tai Chi teaching experience. He currently conducts martial arts classes at the College of Marin and meets with a group of advance Karate students in the San Ramon Valley and at the Pleasant Co-housing complex where he lives.
Hursey lives in Pleasant Hill, California with his wife Irene, worked at the Eastbay Municipal Utility District for 29 years as a Water Treatment Supervisor, and served on the district’s Water Quality Committee. He is currently training to be a Rosen Movement teacher. He also enjoys participating in the annual Bay Area Dragon Boat competition and deep-sea fishing with friends and co-workers from the water district.
Hursey can be reached at (510) 295-8229 or firstname.lastname@example.org