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Leadership Dojo

Video Archives

An archive of videos from our Leadership Dojo—a program that offers free 60-minute sessions twice a month for anyone with an interest in learning about or seeking to deepen into their understanding and embodiment of Somatic practice. 

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Somatic Practices for Working with Stress
Recorded on June 21, 2021 with Pete Hamill

During this session, Pete will take you through an exploration of the patterns that get in the way of living and acting from purpose. Known as “conditioned tendencies,” these behavioral habits often show up when we’re under pressure.

Pete will share somatic practices that support you to recognize how these patterns show up in your body during times of stress — and actions you can take to return to your center.


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Embodying Your Purpose
Recorded on June 8, 2021 with Giulio Brunini

In this session, Giulio Brunini guides us through practices that will help to develop personal and organizational commitments to make a lasting impact on your life, your work, and the world at large.

He challenges us to answer the question: how do we create meaningful and impactful commitments that live out our values, especially during times of struggle or unreset?


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Learning From the Wisdom of the Body
Recorded on May 25, 2021 with Dara Silverman

In this session, Dara Silverman guides us to notice what's moving in the body and build an awareness of where we hold back — and she shares some strategies for feeling more.

As you watch and follow along, ask yourself how you can use all that Dara is sharing to reclaim your sense of balance, even in our decidedly unbalanced world.


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Building Blocks of Embodied Transformation: Somatic Awareness, Somatic Practice, and Somatic Opening
Recorded on May 11, 2021 with Maggie Williams

In this session, we explore how the ever-changing landscape of this global pandemic, on-going social movements, and the stresses of daily life is causing us to respond in a more reactive and less responsive way.

We define embodied transformation and reviewed the three components of how we change — somatic awareness, somatic practice, and somatic opening.

We also engage in embodied practices that give us a felt sense of each of these components that we can start using in our daily life right away.



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The Power of Practice
Recorded on April 27, 2021 with Giulio Brunini

In this session, Giulio will guide us to understand the relevance of practice in the context of embodied transformation. We will explore the principles of embodied practices and how they represent a foundation from which we can transform and grow.

During the session we will also be in practice together as we experience how to center in stillness and in action.


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The Sensation of Longing
Recorded on April 13, 2021 with Richard Strozzi-Heckler

In this session, we explore the importance of longing in our emotional, energetic, and spiritual development. There are stages of longing as well as practices that open us to this luminous, vast, and potent energy, according to Richard — Founder of the Strozzi Institute & the Strozzi Somatic Coaching Certification, and the original architect of Strozzi Somatics.

As you watch and follow along, ask yourself, Why is longing so important to my emotional, energetic, and spiritual development? What practices can I do that will open me to this energy?


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Holding Complexity
Recorded on March 23, 2021 with Staci K. Haines

In this session, Staci guides us to explore how to be with and hold complexity. There is so much of it. Complexity often asks us to grow and change, as well as hold contradictions. How can we open to these changes, and find new skillful ways of responding?


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Working with Activation in the Body
Recorded on March 9, 2021 with LeeAnn Mallorie

Living in a time with increased pressure we may find ourselves even more susceptible to stress and overwhelm, and we may be more reactive. This is understandable and very human. It can also be amplified if we are part of a social group that has experienced systemic discrimination or oppression.

During this session of the Leadership Dojo, we explore somatic practices for working with the activation in our body so that we are better able to return to a place of greater responsiveness rather than reactivity.


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Sourcing Commitments Through the Body
Recorded on February 23, 2021 with LeeAnn Mallorie

Creating a better future for ourselves, our organizations and the planet asks more from us than just having a good idea and putting a few action steps in place.
Real change will test our motivation, asking us to dig deeper and listen to our truest longings.

That's why the most powerful and sustainable commitments are those that come through the body.



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Grief and Sustainability
Recorded on Febriary 9, 2021 with Staci K. Haines

Much is changing, and there is some good news amidst a very difficult time collectively. We are still navigating a pandemic and for many of us, changed lives.  As we face this next phase, how do we continue to allow our own grief as an aspect of healing, and support others in theirs? This is an opportunity to practice together.


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Returning to Center
Recorded on January 26, 2021 with Susie Nichols

We are in a time of great change and sustained pressure can cause us to act and behave in ways that are not aligned with our values.  It is in these moments when we need practices to support our systems to regulate so that we have access to our ability to respond rather than react. In this Leadership Dojo Susie will be sharing practices that guide us back to our center and more alignment with what we care about most.

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Centered Completion
Recorded on December 8, 2020 with Alta Starr

Experiencing satisfaction requires us to have a reliable, embodied competency for completion, whether in the round of day-to-day life, in our pursuit of goals that matter dearly to us, or in collaborative projects with others.

In this session, Alta reviews the significance of centered completion, what it makes possible, and what can get in the way.

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Centering in the Heart
Recorded on November 24, 2020 with Susie Nichols

2020 has asked a lot of us. As we enter this season of reflection and closure we turn our embodiment practice toward being with what is in our hearts without judgment, fear, pushing it away, or grasping.

During this one-hour session, we explored practices for being present in our bodies. We explored how these practices invite new possibilities and empower us to take new actions that are in alignment with what we care about.

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Blending with Change
Recorded on November 10, 2020 with Alta Starr

Change is the one thing that is certain, in ourselves, our lives, and the world around us. But many of us expend a lot of energy on either attempting to resist or at least outwit or out-maneuver the inevitable. Blending with the changes as they arise instead can offer us a path to greater freedom and aliveness.

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Centered Action and Sustainability
Recorded on October 27, 2020 with Staci K. Haines

We are in it for the long haul. Under many dynamic pressures, we'll explore how we can continue to take centered action and sustain ourselves. We'll unpack sustainability (for people), what is it? What does it mean to be self responsive, connected to others, and taking action, over time? What does pleasure have to do with it?

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Giving and Receiving Assessments: Essential Skill for Leadership and Coaching
Recorded on October 13, 2020 with LeeAnn Mallorie

No matter how self-aware we are, it can be difficult to see ourselves as others see us. Therefore receiving a grounded, powerful assessment from a thoughtful leader or coach is one of the fastest ways to improve our leadership. Nonetheless, many of us still struggle to offer our assessments to colleagues and clients in a clear and centered way.

In this session, led by LeeAnn Mallorie, we practice the core skills of both giving and receiving somatic assessments, including getting buy-in, situating an assessment in the context of a person's declaration, and offering somatic grounding.

We will also review the importance of centering when delivering and receiving assessments, and explore the ways we habitually lose center in this critical leadership context. 

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A Still Point in Chaos: Clarifying and Embodying Our Values
Recorded on September 22, 2020 with Nathan Naik Shara

In times of instability and unpredictability, it can be difficult to make choices or imagine the future.

By cultivating a strong center we can establish a still point: a place within ourselves that is steady, even as everything around appears to be in chaos. Centering connects us to what we value most—not just as a good idea—but as an embodied practice.

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Befriending Grief
Recorded on September 8, 2020 with Staci K. Haines

How do we grieve honestly, while letting it deepen us? Can grief widen our capacity for love and joy?

In this one-hour session on Befriending Grief,  Staci K. Haines, a lead teacher in Somatics and Trauma, and author of The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice, leads practices designed to help us explore befriending grief together. 

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Purpose as Medicine: Our Commitments and Their Impact on Our Well-Being
Recorded on August 25, 2020 with Alta Starr
Having a purpose (larger than self-gratification) is key to health, particularly when dealing with isolation or loneliness. In Somatics, we organize our development and transformation around our commitments to future possibilities; for the sake of our future selves we long to be, the future realities we long to create
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Individual and Collective Trauma: Befriending our Survival Strategies
Recorded on August 11, 2020 with Staci K. Haines
Staci K. Haines lead this session on Individual and Collective Trauma: Befriending our Survival Strategies.
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Resilience: Practices for Being With Change and the Unknown
Recorded on July 28, 2020 with Staci K. Haines
Resilience is inherent in all people. It is our capacity to “bounce back” to see possibilities and to stay connected. Even during change or the unknown, we can cultivate resilience.
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Connecting Personal and Social Change: A Somatic View
Recorded on July 14, 2020 with Alta Starr
We all carry histories—both individual and societal—within us. How do these histories affect our embodiment? Bodyworker, Somatic Coach, and Strozzi Institute Teacher, Alta Starr, leads this session on the various external factors that inform the ways we show up. The impact of COVID-19, social justice (or injustice), racism, and the economy are examples of conditions that shape us. They frame our questions, impact our emotions, and influence our actions. In Somatics we call these "Sites of Shaping."
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