RIVERS Log

1:1 offers movement solutions for your questions regarding health, fitness, performance and motivation.
As your personal trainer and coach, Martin can identify your individual needs and goals and develop the optimal strategy with you.

Martin Schmid Movement Solutions

ms

Practice sustainably. Extremes do not make sense. Find a rhythm that satisfies your needs, challenges you without overstraining, that is a resource for you instead of taking resources, and that ensures integration and regeneration.
This way your practice can constantly deepen.
(And, to state the obvious: the way you relate to yourself, you relate to your environment).

ms

From a response to a student

Yoga, like Taiji and Qigong, is a body-based path that has proven itself over millennia or centuries. Awakening and maintaining the joy of movement is of central importance in our time, where movement is no longer a "must" in order to get food, for example. Movement has become a "must" in a completely different way. In order to stay physically, psychically, mentally and spiritually fit. To stay human. We know and we are happy that this joy has been awakened in you again. The studio is a place of movement and experience, and that will continue without it. Because, as self-centered as it sounds, it is like this: the studio without us is simply a beautiful room. Where we are, we initiate movement and adventure. Moving and experiencing will even be intensified, because nature is a great amplifier, and there will be more opportunities outdoors.
The necessary manifestation of inner processes in relation to movement itself is a big topic for us, as all our work is based on the realization that body and mind are not something separate. Therefore, for us as initiators of such a process, the criterion for mental/psychological processes is that they should manifest themselves in new physical movements, i.e. in freer movement. Then the process has "arrived". The observation criteria for this are stability, agility, flexibility, elasticity, mobility and fluidity. A further criterion is then how these movements prove themselves and continue to develop in interaction and spontaneity. This is why Open Hands and other interaction modules are so important to us.

The one traditional method promotes more some of the aspects just mentioned, the other method promotes more of the others. This does not devalue any of the methods and traditions or the personal experience of the practitioners, and therefore also not your personal experience. For our very personal work, which is always based on authenticity, it is important to find a way that promotes all these aspects more clearly and easily. The meditative part is not lost in any way, but is the container for it. The cultivating dynamic, one of the key elements of RIVERS, is the meditative part.
More about this will also be presented in the workshop "My Art. My way" on 22.02.

In the last three years you have acquired many tools with which you can pursue your path independently, but also choose new teachers. You can distinguish the right ones from the wrong ones. And there are countless sham teachers, especially in the yoga field. These tools are the most important thing a teacher can teach.

ms

Of course there have been body-based paths of consciousness for thousands of years. But for the most part they are clearly based on a dualistic body-mind worldview. A theology of liberation. On a concept of the Great Chain of Being, stages from the material and worldly up to the spiritual and divine. The denser the more worldly, the more subtle the more divine. Well. Old pigtails.
That is why RIVERS is not a path of consciousness, but a path of movement, and thus a path of interconnection. RIVERS does not use the body as an object, as a means to an end, or as matter with the sole aim of transsubstantialising it. Although we subtlize, even essentialize, all this happens with and within the body, without it it is not possible. It is a process that is never complete. We do not transsubstantialize anything. When you finally leave this old dualism behind, everything becomes transparent. Leaving it behind is a stage that you will inevitably reach on an integral path of movement, if you don't stand on your old pigtails yourself. To open is the key.

ms

If you only like green, you won't appreciate the rainbow. If you like the spectrum, you will enjoy every rainbow.
RIVERS is a rainbow.

ms

Unless you're a performer, it doesn't matter what it looks like. It matters what it feels like.

ms

There is no end. There are only rivers, bridges, circles and spirals. And the Ocean of Motion.

RIVERS Bridge

The transition is initiated, the bridge is already in place. The Werkstatt in Affoltern am Albis will close its doors on 24.02.2020. Golden River (the name of the Werkstatt) merges into RIVERS. RIVERS will become what it has always been: nomadic. To mark this occasion, this website is being launched today. Various events will take place until closing, for transition and continuation. The RIVERS Circle is initiated. 1:1 sessions are still possible and recommended; in addition, there are packages for schools and businesses. The Movement Circle, Sessions, Corsica and the video platform @Home, which is currently under construction, provide a powerful and comprehensive movement network for movement enthusiasts and those who want to become one.

ms
Movement notes

Movement notes

ms
End of content
No more pages to load