Developmental Anatomy & Physiology

with Sarah Barnaby
Thursdays 6-8pm
5-week sessions

Are you curious about trying out new ways to participate in the continual unfolding of your self? Are you interested in ways of exploring and enriching your movement that aren’t based on simplistic, problematic ideas around “fitness,” “physique” or “core strength”?

This class is an opportunity to explore different approaches to understanding and experiencing our fractal, multi-layered, multi-dimensional selves. We’ll take a developmental approach to anatomy and physiology, considering the “ground up” experiences and processes that have shaped us as earth-dwelling multi-cellular living organisms. We’ll synthesize ideas from anatomy, physiology, evolution and the origins of life, embryology, biology and developmental movement.

Classes are grouped in short series, each oriented around a particular theme, and will include lecture and discussion, movement experiences, visual images and anatomical models. Offering a Body-Mind Centering® approach to learning, classes will have open-ended explorations and a spirit of questioning and “going under” received ideas and assumptions. No previous knowledge or movement experience is necessary.

October 4 – November 1
Many Ways to Midline

We’ll explore what it might mean to “find our midline.” Midline is a key developmental milestone that we look for and facilitate in working with infants. It is a “home base” to come back to, and supports a sense of self that we can orient to and move from. We teach caregivers how to hold their infants in “baby ball” to support recuperation and a return to midline.

In this series, we’ll look at the origins, structures and development of midline as well as what it means from a movement point of view. As adults, it’s not too late to find and clarify our midline – it underlies integrated, easeful and focused movement and offers the recuperative support of an adult “baby ball.”

Topics will include:

  • the evolution of bilateral and vertebrate body plans
  • the embryological development of our midline structures
  • anatomical tissues and structures related to midline: spine, senses and perception, nervous system, digestive system, endocrine system
  • spinal movement, reflexes and developmental patterns

November 8 – December 13
Buds, Fins, Limbs

In this series, we’ll explore ourselves as limbed creatures. We’ll look at the origins, structures and development of limbs (and buds and fins) from an evolutionary, embryological and developmental perspective. How do we engage with our environment through pushing, reaching, pulling, grasping and locomoting? What are the anatomical and movement pathways that can support our full expression in the world?

Topics will include:

  • the evolution of fins, limbs and other appendages
  • the embryological development of our limbs
  • anatomical systems related to limbs and locomotion: skeletal and muscular systems, senses and perception
  • appendicular movement, reflexes and developmental patterns
  • $175 for a 5-class series, $150 for BP Members

Oct 5 – Nov 2: Many Ways to Midline
Nov 9 – Dec 14: Buds, Fins, Limbs


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