Coach, and Founder of Aston® Kinetics
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Make immediate, empowering shifts in the way you move, and learn gentle somatic movement exercises to address physical challenges from stress or injury — for a stronger, more flexible, more toned, happier you.
Modern life can be tough on the human body.
We spend more time than ever seated, often in front of a screen. And we tend not to give much thought to our physical posture as we move through our days.
Many of us have simply accepted that time has the final say when it comes to our physical health and wellbeing...
The truth is, you can absolutely lessen the effects of years of stress on the body — or on compromising conditions, such as arthritis and aging.
Your body can be de-compromised and revitalized. You have the power to neutralize many consequences from injuries, make your activities of daily living easier, tone and strengthen your body, and more.
And as you’ll discover, the way you use your body every day has far more impact than any workout...
Join pioneering movement teacher and trainer Judith Aston for a new 7-week journey through Aston Kinetics, Judith’s proven practices to strengthen and tone your body and help you move through each day with physical ease and emotional balance.
Judith’s holistic approach can help lessen your pain — particularly if the way you’re using your body is creating discomfort.
Aston Kinetics includes gentle loosening, toning, and stretching... using the senses to listen to the body... tuning in to how the body is being used... and creating new ways of moving that allow for optimal mobility and wellbeing.
Judith will show you how to replace autopilot movements that may be causing undue harm with movements that feel good and can strengthen and lengthen the body.
Along the way you’ll reshape your body, creating what Judith calls your New Neutral for Now — from which you can have more strength, an expanded range of motion, and a feeling of lightness and ease as you move through your daily life.
You’ll even resequence your everyday movements so they’re best for you.
Your body is a system of seamless networks of tissues, rather than a collection of separate parts. As you approach movement in this new way, you’ll reorganize the connective tissues (called fascia) that permeate your entire body.
And you’ll see how working with one area has a positive effect on your entire body.
Lauded as a somatic pioneer, Judith has helped Olympic athletes, professional dancers, corporate moguls, the elderly — just about every age group and body type — triumph over physical challenges. And personally, she’s moved through her own injuries from car and skiing accidents.
No matter your physical abilities, you’ll learn to move more freely and be more comfortable in your body — and regulate your emotions more effectively — as you interact with your body and life in a whole new way.
During this new 7-week live video course, you’ll:
- Explore fresh ideas and perspectives on healthy aging, vitality, and longevity
- Complete a pre-test to assess your current movement patterns so you can track your progress in the weeks ahead
- Discover the possibilities that can emerge in your life when you stop comparing yourself to others — or even to a past or future version of yourself
- Sense and incorporate your body’s feedback for better and more comfortable movements — and see how your body can even respond with a yes or no answer
- Incorporate powerful exercises to decompress your body’s excess tension — and tone up the areas that aren’t as well supported
- Explore the powerful truth that all your movements are made up of a few basic actions
- Reorder many of your basic movements — like bending, reaching, or initiating a walk across the room — to make them more comfortable and efficient
- Explore exercises to loosen and decompress, allowing you to reclaim space within your body
- Discover how low body tone can directly change your body’s shape
- Learn exercises to help you reclaim your shape, allowing your body to function and age more gracefully
- Explore simple toning exercises that use length, not compression
- Sense the meaning of your neutral body as the point of departure and place of rest within a comfortable range
- Learn that when your body doesn’t have the fullness of shape to properly function, your other body parts need to overwork — and this can exaggerate the aging process
- Explore simple yet powerful exercises to change how you view the world and your interpretations or emotions
What You’ll Discover in These 7 Weeks
In this 7-week transformational intensive, Judith will guide you through the fundamental body-mind-spirit skills and competencies you’ll need to make immediate, empowering shifts in the way you move in your daily life — for a stronger, more flexible, happier you.
The Power of Live Streaming Video
You’ll connect with Judith and experience her teachings through live streaming video. This connection will be easy to use and will enhance the impact of Judith’s powerful teachings. Or you can easily connect just via audio if you choose — through your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop.
(Can’t make it live? No worries! After each class, the video and audio recordings will be available for you to download or stream in high-quality format at your convenience.)
Course Sessions Tuesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.
This course will feature LIVE teachings, interactive training sessions, and experiential practices with Judith. Each session will build harmoniously upon the previous ones, so you’ll develop a complete holistic understanding of the practices, tools, and principles you’ll need to make immediate, empowering shifts in the way you move.
Module 1: The Secret to Living in Your Body on This Planet (December 8)
In this opening week, you’ll tap into your body’s wisdom — and explore brand-new ways to connect with your body.
Judith will share how the forces of this planet affect you, and how you can use them to your advantage. Most people are aware of gravity that pulls us down, but many people haven’t heard much about the opposite force that holds us up and enlightens us.
With Judith as your guide, you’ll explore new ideas and gain new perspectives on healthy aging, vitality, and longevity.
In this first module, you’ll:
- Complete a pre-test to assess your current movement patterns
- Explore new ways to feel your body and establish a starting point so you can track your progress
- Identify the 2 forces on this planet and explore how they affect your everyday movements and impact your life
- Make the forces work for you, instead of against you
- Use movement to explore the many different applications of force to help you become more efficient in your everyday activities
Module 2: Living Through Your Senses (December 15)
Many of us become aware of our body only once it’s in pain… but pain should not be the only way you feel and experience your body.
For example, we only become aware of how we move our arm when we feel a twinge after reaching for something in the cupboard.
This week, you’ll discover how to become aware of your body through your other senses to move more comfortably and with greater efficiency.
Judith will share the new possibilities that can emerge in your life when you stop comparing yourself to others — or even to a past or future version of yourself.
As you’ll discover, these continuous comparisons and judgments usually prevent you from being truly present.
In this module, you’ll explore:
- How to finally view and review your body without negative judgment
- How sensory information and your own interpretation come together to create emotion
- How to perceive your body in new ways, using all your senses
- How to add benchmarks — besides pain — for evaluating how your body feels
- Ways to sense and incorporate your body’s feedback for better and more comfortable movements — and see how your body can even respond with a yes or no answer
- Why your inner self often has more wisdom than you realize
Module 3: How Your Physical Habits & Patterns Show Up in Your Body (January 5)
Your biography becomes your biology.
Have you noticed, for example, that the wear-and-tear patterns on your shoes seem to be in the same spots every time? Your shoes are revealing your body’s stressors.
Or have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and noticed that the way you sit at work every day is starting to show up in your posture and physical body?
This week, Judith will share why it’s “the HOW you do what you do” that ultimately changes your shape.
She’ll explain how, if you sit with the same unhealthy posture at home as you do at work, your body never gets a break from that pattern.
It becomes a greater challenge when you can’t neutralize the physical pattern you’re in while at work.
Judith will explain how to neutralize your posture during and after work, so you can create a new and different body pattern.
In this module, you’ll explore:
- How to decompress from excess tension and too little tone in certain areas
- Why discomfort in the body is not only caused by too much tension or tightness
- Why your body’s lack of tone means it isn’t getting the support it needs
- How to decompress your body’s excess tension and tone up the areas that aren’t as supportive
- Exercises to loosen and decompress, allowing you to reclaim space within your body
Module 4: The Sequence of Movement Determines the Result (January 12)
A chef knows that when sautéing onions, tomatoes, and peppers, the order in which she adds them to the pan will affect the outcome of flavors in the dish.
This week, Judith will explain how, in this same way, the order in which you perform movements or activities determines the effectiveness, range, and comfort you’ll experience.
For instance, when you pick something up off the floor while sitting, do you flex the spine first and then bend — or do you bend forward and then flex the spine? As Judith will explain, the effect on your body will be different, depending on the order.
As you’ll see, when you change the order of certain basic movements, it dramatically changes the required effort and level of comfort.
In this module, you’ll discover:
- How a simple change to the order of 2 motions can impact your everyday activities
- How to reorder many of your basic actions — like bending, reaching, or initiating a walk across the room — to make them more comfortable and efficient
- Ways to think differently about some of your most common physical motions — including tying up your hair, washing your hair, tying your shoes, or lifting something heavy
Module 5: Sneaking Toning Into Your Routines (January 19)
Pain and discomfort within the body can have many different origins and causes.
This week, Judith will share how discomfort is often the outcome of areas that are too loose. If there’s not enough tone in your body, then your body is not able to support itself.
Judith will share new ways of toning your body that don’t only require daily exercises.
She’ll also share ways to “sneak” in a toning workout, just by moving through your regular routine.
In this module, you’ll explore:
- How low body tone can directly change your body’s shape
- The long-term impact on your body when essential areas aren’t toned enough
- The habits that cause your body to change shape
- How many exercises, by design, hold you in a state of compression and flexion while you’re performing them
- Simple toning exercises that utilize length, not compression
Module 6: Supporting Your Daily Motions & Ergonomic Environment (January 26)
If you’re like most people, you don’t often think about how a chair or other piece of furniture impacts your physical wellbeing — and so you may not realize that it could be contributing to your ongoing discomfort or fatigue.
This week, Judith will share simple modification techniques that allow you to “carry your comfort” with you — so you can feel supported no matter where you are or what ergonomic environment you’re in.
In this module, you’ll explore:
- How the way you use your body every day has more influence than a couple of workouts a week
- The meaning of your neutral body — the point of departure and place of rest within a comfortable range
- How to find and use your best neutral body for any activity
- Easy ways to support your neutral body while sitting, lying, and exercising
- The ways your world will shift as movements become more comfortable, supported, and efficient
Module 7: There’s Always a Way — Reclaiming Your 3-Dimensional Body (February 2)
One of Judith’s beloved mottos is There’s always a way.
In this closing session, she’ll explain that when you look at something from a different angle or perspective, you’ll see a new and different picture — and that is the essence in problem solving.
As you’ll discover, with some small adjustments you can improve your movements, your ergonomics, and reclaim your body.
In this final class, you’ll:
- Reclaim your 3-dimensional body for healthy aging
- Learn that when your body doesn’t have the fullness of shape to properly function, your other body parts need to overwork — and that exaggerates the aging process
- Discover how, when your body can function optimally, your mind can, too
- Explore simple yet powerful exercises to change how you view the world and shift your interpretations or emotions
- Learn exercises to help you reclaim your shape, allowing your body to function and age gracefully
- Find a place within yourself to make better-informed decisions, all with the assistance of movement
- Occupy and live in your new physical and mental space — and experience how this may change your emotions and how you interpret your experiences
The Aston® Kinetics Bonus Collection
In addition to Judith’s transformative 7-week virtual course, you’ll receive these powerful training sessions to complement the course and take your understanding and practice to an even deeper level.
Reset Your Workspace Tutorial
Video Teaching From Judith Aston
Are you ready to create a more comfortable and supportive office area? This tutorial is designed to help you problem-solve your working space — so you can increase your productivity and lessen fatigue and pain. From your chair to your monitor, your keyboard, and more, this 4-part tutorial helps you strike the right mindful balance for comfort, ease, and support. Whether you’ve moved your workspace into your home or you’re just spending more time online for play, you’ll get strategies (plus a list of supportive products!) for creating a space that’s right for you.
Series of 3 Video Teachings From Judith Aston
In this 3-part teaching, Judith outlines how to continue your transformation with every breath. Follow along as she offers easy-to follow-instructions to use your body for meditation, find a meditative state, and modify the seated meditation pose. You’ll also explore the intersection of motion and emotion — as Judith demonstrates where emotions can take you physically, with applications for neutralizing the holding patterns that can make you feel stuck.
Discover Holding & Letting Go:
Using Movement to Change Old Patterns
PDF Chapter From Judith Aston’s Book Moving Beyond Posture
In this second chapter of Judith’s book, Moving Beyond Posture: In Your Body on the Earth, she shares how you can learn from your own innate wisdom — and use movement to change old patterns. While everything we’ve experienced may be recorded in our bodies, that doesn’t mean you have to end up carrying your past around with you. The good news is that because your body can change, so can your past. With infinite possibilities for neutralizing unnecessary patterns of the past, you can move into a new future.
Expanding Our Connections
Transcript From Judith Aston’s Keynote IASI (International Association of Structural Integrators)
Immerse yourself in stories, reflections, and teachings from Judith’s career, including how she came to meet Ida Rolf and be invited by Dr. Rolf to design the first movement program for structural integration. You’ll also find out how Judith began to make connections and build her life’s work. This transcript lets you in on wisdom from Judith’s decades of teaching and pioneering.
What People Are Saying About Judith Aston...
— Michelle Wald: “I Was in a Whole Lot of Pain and I Was Able to Have a Pain-Free Life”
— Lissa Hammit: “Most Days I Have No Pain at All — and If I Do, I Know What I Can Go Do About It”
— Shirley Lynch: “My Body Became More Resilient and Evenly Toned”
— Kristi Cooper: “Each and Every Time She’s Worked With Us, We Were Transformed”
— Danny Bridgeman: “My Scoliosis Is Far Less Bothersome and Exaggerated Than it Used to Be”
— Shelagh Sandstedt: “Judith’s Teaching Is Brilliant on So Many Levels”
“... there’s nobody who helped me as much as Judith.”
I feel, of all the people I worked with — the chiropractor helped me get out of my chronic pain — but [as far as] long-term health and avoiding future injury, bar none, there’s nobody who helped me as much as Judith. The shot put was my worst event and I’ve been coached by the best in the country. I trained with world record holders. Judith taught me things that those people were unable to teach me.
— Marilyn King, Olympic pentathlete
“... leaving me graceful again and without pain.”
When I came to this work, I was in chronic pain every day. I came from a gymnast and dancer background and had many injuries that brought me there. And her methods helped me neutralize those negative events, leaving me graceful again and without pain. And for that, I am just grateful. I'm so grateful. Judith is fun and funny and most of all inspiring. She has inspired me all of these years, and I know that inspiration will last me for a lifetime. Her joy will lift your spirits in every class you take with her.
— Allison Sagewind
“... decreasing injury, optimizing performance, overcoming injury...”
I'm a full-time triathlon and ultra-endurance coach. The athletes that come to me are looking for something extra, they're looking for something beyond what their current capacity's at. And being able to package up this information that Judith shares around effective and efficient movement has really enabled me to help facilitate these athletes going to a new level, which is absolutely priceless. So I can't recommend you work with Judith enough, if you're into functional movement, decreasing injury, optimizing performance, overcoming injury, it's just fantastic work.
— Raeleigh Harris, Director and Head Coach of Elite Triathlon Performance America
“... brilliant in its simplicity and applicable to every human being.”
Judith’s paradigm of biomechanics is brilliant in its simplicity and applicable to every human being.
— Nancy Romaine, Egoscue postural exercise therapist
“... a new paradigm shift in thinking about the body and movement.”
The Aston-Patterning® work represents a new paradigm shift in thinking about the body and movement. It makes sense and can be highly recommended. The Aston® Fitness program for seniors is, to my mind, the one approach to physical training for the elderly that meets their needs.
— Erik H. Erikson, developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst
“... extremely helpful as an active rehabilitation approach.”
I strongly support this noninvasive technique used in people with injuries involving the spinal axis, peripheral joints, and multiple pain sites. As an adjunct to physical therapy, medication, or sometimes instead of other treatment, I have found it extremely helpful as an active rehabilitation approach.
— Irene Minkowsky, MD, physical medicine and rehabilitation, spine and joint disorders
“... I can use these skills to regulate my emotions more effectively and interact on this plane in a whole new way.”
Aston Kinetics changed my life. Through it, I have the tools to fully come into my body and move through this world differently. Not only do I feel differently in terms of my relationship to gravity, I also feel like I can use these skills to regulate my emotions more effectively and interact on this plane in a whole new way.
— Michael Gosney, Hawaii
Join the Global Community
Facilitating Your Body’s Magic With Aston® Kinetics offers some of the most advanced online teachings available, within a thriving, global community of learning and practice.
Join fellow students and practitioners to support and inspire each other as you integrate the teachings and practices Judith Aston will share in this powerful training.
You’ll be part of an international community that’s on the leading edge of a global movement of people manifesting a world grounded in principles of cooperation, harmony, and reverence for all of life.
Here’s What You’ll Receive
Seven 90-Minute Class Sessions With Judith Aston
Experience a unique opportunity to be mentored by and learn from Judith Aston, movement and bodywork teacher, trainer, coach, and founder of Aston Kinetics — from the comfort of your own home. Each class session includes a live streaming video option and guides you to discover specific skills and abilities to make immediate, empowering shifts in the way you move — for a stronger, more flexible and toned, happier you. Course sessions are on Tuesdays at 5:00pm Pacific.
Seven Video Recordings of Class Sessions
After each class, the video will be available for you to download or stream in high-quality format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can watch anytime and anywhere — on any connected device and at your convenience.
Seven Audio Recordings of Class Sessions
After each class, the audio will be available for you to download in high-quality MP3 format. You’ll never have to worry about missing a session, and you can listen anytime and anywhere — on any connected device and at your convenience.
Seven PDF Transcripts of Class Sessions
In addition to the high-quality videos and MP3 audios, you’ll also receive the entire class transcription in PDF format after each session is completed. You can then review, print, and highlight the most important insights and practices you were given.
Seven 30-Minute Interactive Group Practice Sessions
With live class attendance, there will be a 30-minute optional interactive practice session directly following each class. You’ll be placed in an intimate group with several other participants on the conference call to interact, share, and do additional practices with, to help further integrate the weekly lessons. Practice sessions are available for live attendance only, not recorded for playback. If you're unable to attend the calls live, the Facebook online community group allows you to connect with each other and find alternative times to interact.
Interactive Exercises and Questions for Each Lesson
Between class sessions, you’ll have the option of completing related exercises, practicing new tools, and answering questions to accelerate your learning and integrate each week’s lesson.
Our exclusive Facebook online community is the perfect place to continue your discovery process after each class. Here, you can continue the discussion about your course materials and interact with your fellow students to take your exploration to an even deeper level.
The Aston Kinetics Bonus Collection
- Reset Your Workspace Tutorial
Video Teaching From Judith Aston
Series of 3 Video Teachings From Judith Aston
- Discover Holding & Letting Go: Using Movement to Change Old Patterns
PDF Chapter From Judith Aston’s Book Moving Beyond Posture
- Expanding Our Connections
Transcript From Judith Aston’s Keynote IASI (International Assoc of Structural Integrators)
An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join the Facilitating Your Body’s Magic With Aston® Kinetics Online Training
We feel honored that Judith Aston has chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive LIVE online training. This is a unique opportunity to interact directly with a movement and bodywork teacher, trainer, and coach whose powerful insights and pioneering work are helping us heal and transform ourselves and our world.
If you’re serious about creating a stronger, more flexible, happier you, then you owe it to yourself, your loved ones, and our world to take this one-of-a-kind training.
If you’re ready to take the next step in evolving yourself, click the register button below to reserve your space now.
Your Satisfaction Is 100% Guaranteed!
Your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed! If you don’t absolutely LOVE Facilitating Your Body’s Magic With Aston® Kinetics — or don’t feel that it meets your needs — please submit your refund request form on or before January 5, 2021 and we’ll happily issue qualifying customers a refund.
About Judith Aston
Judith Aston is widely recognized as a pioneer in the art and science of kinetics. She created the Aston® Paradigm and Aston® Kinetics, which include many forms of movement training, bodywork, fitness programs, and ergonomics. Her acute ability to “see” and to train others to see, move, and feel, established her discipline of bodywork and movement professionally. Judith’s highly developed skill allows her to use her insights to problem solve and create unique sessions or program designs for individuals, groups, corporations, and more.
Early in her career, from 1963 to 1972, Judith taught movement, physical education, and dance for performing artists and athletes at Long Beach Community College. In 1968, at the request of Dr. Ida Rolf, she developed the movement education program for Rolfing SI and taught this program until 1977.
Among her accolades, Judith has been honored by the Association of Humanistic Psychology for her work as a Somatic Pioneer, and received a 2006 National Office of Aging – Best Practices in Health Promotion Award, a 2008 AMTA President’s Award for Distinguished Service, plus several awards from the World Massage Festival. She is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist with International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).
Judith, the author of Moving Beyond Posture: In Your Body on the Earth, and the newly released Aston® Postural Assessment: a New Paradigm for Evaluating Body Patterns, was featured in a documentary with Emilie Conrad for the Moving Legends series on dancers who created somatic systems.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What’s a virtual course?
A: It’s a great way to engage live and pre-recorded teachings and each other from the comfort of your home! All you need is a computer, mobile device, or telephone. If there’s more than one person in your household taking the course, you’ll each need your own connection. We use Zoom video conferencing to make it just like an in-person event, where you can ask questions and deepen your exploration of the course themes.
There’s no additional charge for connecting to Zoom with your computer or mobile device. Please note that dialing Zoom from your telephone is a toll call; your telephone service provider will charge you according to your existing long-distance calling plan. International access numbers are available.
“I’ve never seen a course so well put together ever...”
I had never participated before in an online course. The packaging, presentation, inclusion, and Facebook postings created a wonderful, safe cocoon within which to participate. I’ve never seen a course so well put together ever — not in all the years of taking college classes — and I had my doubts about doing an online course. The wealth of organization and ease of learning materials and support made this fun as well.
— Claudia F., Medford, Massachusetts
Q: Can I get benefit from the course if I miss the live classes?
A: Absolutely! You can download the recordings and transcripts of all course sessions from our online media archive, so you never need to worry about missing live calls. You can also engage the full community and leaders on our private online community group.
Q: Can you tell me about the private online community group?
A: We’ll have a private online community group for all course participants on Facebook that will support you in making connections with others, sharing insights, engaging in discussions, and completing homework assignments that can supplement your transformational journey. You’ll have the ability to share your experiences, projects, and growth throughout the course.
Q: Are there scholarships available for this training?
A: Yes, we always make a certain percentage of spaces available for partial scholarships, giving preference to those in developing countries or doing important but underpaid work to which they can apply the training material immediately. If you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please review our guidelines, which include a link to our online application form.
Q: What’s your refund policy?
A: Your satisfaction with The Shift Network and this course is our highest priority! We offer a satisfaction guarantee so that you can sample the course risk-free. The deadline to receive a full refund is January 5, 2021. To request a refund, please click on this refund request form and submit your request. Qualifying refunds will be processed within five business days and an email confirming the refund will be sent. However, we’d love to have a chance to address and resolve your concerns first. If there’s something we can assist you with, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help! (No refund requests accepted after the above date or with scholarship awards.)
Q: How can I reach Customer Support?
A: Please visit our Customer Support Center, where you should be able to find the answer to your question or the solution to your problem. And if you can’t, you can submit an online request form and we’ll get right back to you.