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Movement Research Online Classes

Get in-depth teaching and guidance from World-Class leaders in movement and biomechanics. Featuring Frey Faust, founder of the Axis Syllabus
  • LEARN TO MOVE WELL
  • MOVEMENT EDUCATORS RESOURCE
  • 40+ HOURS OF LIVE VIDEO CONTENT
  • EACH CLASS IS OVER 1h IN LENGTH
  • PICK AND CHOOSE YOUR CLASSES
  • UPGRADE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF BIOMECHANICS
  • BE PART OF THE NEW MOVEMENT TREND

ABOUT THE MRC ONLINE COURSES

Never seen before live event videos now available in individual affordable courses.

The MRC Online is a digital adaptation of the MRI Live event that takes place once a year in Toronto Ontario Canada. In the Live event, around 30 people come together for two weeks of workshops related to movement studies.

The MRC Online provides access to classes with diverse educators and shares information related to moving the body, well. World-Leading movement and biomechanics expert, Frey Faust leads nine of the workshops, and is the foundation of the MRC Online. This is the first time that Frey has release full classes to the public, online.

The Axis Syllabus is an Open-Source Resource & Tool Box

The Axis Syllabus is a constantly evolving reference system, or lexicon for the organization and cross-correlation of empirical and scientific findings from the study of human movement. This includes anatomical details, physics, practical applications, research, analysis and transmission.

What does it look like

The information is often transmitted through dance, though it is relevant to anyone in a body. As such, Axis Syllabus classes can also be found in walking, movement for elders, kids classes, aerial disciplines, natural horsemanship, tight rope walking, stilt dancing, contact improvisation or partnering, capoeira, and countless other disciplines. Practitioners have created hybrid workshops, bringing insights from the Axis Syllabus into dialogue with Feldenkrais®, Body-Mind Centering®, Somatic Experiencing®, Anatomy Trains®, cranio-sacral therapy, and many more.

A preview of the MRC Online Classes

Click to play the preview videos and get a small sample of what the MRC Online Classes are all about.

MRC Online Class Catalogue

A catalogue of the classes recorded and produced from the Annual MRI Live event

The entire course catalogue online, we’ll have over 30 hours of classes recorded and produced from the MRI annual live event in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Featuring Frey Faust and the Axis Syllabus, the MRC Online catalogue also includes additional classes form Diane Bruni, Erin Godfrey, Leslie Young and Riki Richter.

Packages

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BUNDLE the entire course catalogue

Over 30 hours in 15 videos

This bundle includes all the classes in the course catalogue

  • The Hip Axis
  • The Spine & The Anatomical Centre
  • The C-Star
  • GAIT Mechanics and Dynamic Posture
  • Movement Notation and Brea Crawl
  • Fascia Flow
  • Knees and Feet
  • Walking Study
  • Waves
  • Diane Bruni – Developmental Movement and DNS Breathing
  • Erin Godfrey Classes
  • Riki Richter – All About Diaphragms
  • Leslie Young – Hanna Somatics
  • PLUS EXCLUSIVE Open Talk with Frey Faust BONUS 2hr video

*see descriptions in catalogue below

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BUNDLE all 9 classes with Frey Faust

Over 15 hours in 9 videos

This bundle includes all nine (9) video classes with Frey Faust, which includes the following:

  • The Hip Axis
  • The Spine & The Anatomical Centre
  • The C-Star
  • GAIT Mechanics and Dynamic Posture
  • Movement Notation and Brea Crawl
  • Fascia Flow
  • Knees and Feet
  • Walking Study
  • Waves

*see descriptions in catalogue below

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Individual Classes with Frey Faust

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The Hip Axis

Fallacy of Parallel – 1h 18min video

Frey explains and demonstrates in detail the biomechanics of the hip and shoulder joints and the rediscovery of the hip axis arc. The meeting of the rounded bone surfaces and how they move in relation to each other (joint kinematics) is expressed in a movement practice starting on the floor in sitting, progressing to all fours, side stepping, squatting and walking.

Note: We were having technical difficulties with Frey’s microphone, please excuse the
sound quality.

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The c-star

To the Floor and Back Again – 2h 13min video

The C-star is a 3 dimensional low level rolling practice that begins in child’s pose and integrates lateral osculations.

Frey’s detailed slow motion demonstrations of the C-Star movement across the floor highlights the importance of landing pads, ramps and sequential loading.

This quintessential movement explores many of the Axis Syllabus principles, such as elastic recoil and falling with kinetic energy.

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fascia and flow

Rewiring our Perception of Movement – 2h video

Although this class consists of movements similar to familiar yoga postures, the movements are triangulated and revolving instead of squared and linear. The fascial matrix is discussed throughout the flow. The value of stretching is put into question and the differences between static and dynamic are evaluated.

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Knees and Feet

Fitting it all together – 1h 40min video

This class is a lesson on the biomechanics and structure of the knee and foot.

You’ll learn how load is transmitted through the structure while standing and walking. Frey describes how he healed his knee injury by slowing down the gait cycle and Diane talks about how she re-evaluated parallel alignment in yoga practice. Slow motion walking is explored.

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The Spine & The anatomical centre

Redefining the Centre of Gravity – 1h 18min video

This class looks at anatomical structures of the spine and their relationship to locomotion. Frey re-evaluates the concept of an immovable centre of gravity and shows how it constantly changes. Osculation (a curve with a rotation) is explored in movement practices on the floor and in walking.

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gait mechanics and dynamic posture

Walking as the Essence of Movement – 1h 25min video

In this detailed examination of walking, the base pattern of movement, Frey maps out anteversion and retroversion of the pelvis and how the fulcrum (balance point) responds to pelvic position. The position of the skull, walking mechanics, the axial twist, the role of the psoas are all addressed. Different types of walking are described.

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Movement notation and bear crawl

Mapping the Body – 1h 5min video

Frey has developed a system for notating movement. Symbols describe body parts and directions, such as clockwise or counter clockwise rotation, flexion, extension and osculation. The first part of the video explores partner work exercises and possibilities for movement in multiple vectors. Later there is a dynamic movement practice of crawling (on the back, on the belly and on all fours) with variations.

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walking study

Putting one foot in front of the other – 1h 45min video

This is a detailed examination of the phases of walking. The efficient gait harnesses and conserves kinetic energy while preserving structural integrity. Equal and opposite forces are at play while falling and swinging freely.

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waves

Retracing Origins of Movement – 1h 56min video

This class reviews the axes, the planes of movement and the motion centres.

Highlights include the atlanto-occipital relationship and the thoracic anatomical centre. Explore wave-like movements in the three axes: horizontal (in walking), sagittal (in lateral worming), and vertical (in rotational arm swinging).

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Additional Classes from other teachers

Other classes include: Movement Education with Erin Godfrey, Developmental Movement with Diane Bruni, Hanna Somatics with Leslie Young and all about diaphragms with Riki Richter.

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Diane Bruni - developmental movement and dns breathing

4h 30min in 3 videos

Part One – 1h 58min
Breathing and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) based on the work of the Prague School of Rehab.

Part Two – 1h 58min
Developmental Movement, this class explores the building blocks of movement we learned as infants from happy baby to side lying to all fours.

Part Three – 35min
Developmental Movement, this class explores the movements
that transition from the floor to squatting and standing.

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Erin Godfrey Class

4h video

These classes with Erin will reveal relevant information from anatomy, bio-mechanics, neurobiology, psychology and culture integrated into movement practices that will not only wake up your body, but also make you think deeply into the nuances of movement patterns.

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Riki Richter - All about diaphragms

1h 55min video

A detailed study of the respiratory, pelvic floor and brain diaphragms. Riki guides the class through some simple movements to facilitate integration into movement.

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Leslie Young - Hanna Somatics

3h video & 1 Audio Recording

This audio recording introduces the basic theory of Hanna Somatics. The 3 classes are practice sessions each one exploring specific reflexes and their corresponding movements.

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MRC Instructors & Teachers

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Frey Faust

Lead Instructor and Biomechanics Expert

Born in 1960, Frey Faust began performing at the age of 8 with his family as a traveling troubadour. He is a second generation contact improviser and an alumnus of the 80´s New York dance scene. Some of his more important early influences came from: Shekhinah Mountainwater, Nita Little, Pavel Rouba, Rene Bazinet, and Janet Panetta. He has worked with and for a number of artists (order of appearance): Ohad Naharin, Donald Byrd, David Parsons, Gina Buntz, Howard Katz, Merce Cunningham, Meredith Monk, Randy Warshaw, Bob Een, Stephen Petronio, Danny Ezralow… to name a few.

He founded or co-founded three dance companies, and has created or co-created over 40 choreographic solo and group works. Following an independent study of anatomy, biomechanics, and physics, he has been able to build a pedagogical approach that has made him a sought after teacher, personal coach and technical counselor. After fifteen years of research, he consolidated his findings in a book, ‘The Axis Syllabus – human movement lexicon’, which he continues to edit with the help of the Axis Syllabus International Research Network. Founded in 2009, the ASIRN is a rapidly expanding group of experts from many related fields in the human movement and education sciences. Recently, his work on the AS has been focused on the construction of a symbol set with the potential to streamline movement documentation and analysis. He also makes shoes, speaks 4 languages, continues to create and perform dances.

Diane Bruni

Co-Founder & Instructor

The founder of the MRC, Diane Bruni, has been at the forefront of the yoga scene, she owned a yoga studio for 20 years, created 65 yoga TV shows and trained hundreds of yoga teachers. After numerous injuries she realized that yoga alone was not a balanced movement practice, in her quest to learn more she discovered the Axis Syllabus along with other movement disciplines.

In 2016 Diane created a FB group called Yoga and Movement Research Community, with now over 27,000 yoga, movement, strength and somatic educators. The YMRC FB group is represents the growing desire within the yoga community to break free of dogmatic pedagogy and integrate more movements based on science and functionality.

The MRC is the evolution of Diane’s disillusionment, healing and radiant recovery.

Erin Godfrey

Teacher & Instructor

Erin Godfrey is a movement educator, speaker and researcher. She began her career as a ballet dancer, studying with the National Ballet School of Canada, followed by studies in Anatomy and Kinesiology at George Brown College. Additional studies include Meditation, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Developmental Movement, Pilates, Personal Training, Wellness coaching, Anatomy Trains, Contact Improvisation and Axis Syllabus.

Leslie Young

Instructor & Teacher

Leslie Young is a yoga teacher, Hanna Somatic movement educator, massage practitioner and outdoor enthusiast.  With over 30 years of experience, she has been primarily influenced by Vijnana, Iyengar, Vinyasa Yoga, Vipassana Meditation and contemporary Non-Dual teachings.  Since discovering and training in Hanna Somatics as a way of reducing pain, this gentle approach to movement continues to infuse her practice and research.  Her clear, down to earth teaching invites space and ease in the mind and body.   Currently based in British Columbia, she divides her time between the ocean and the mountains, balancing fluidity and stability in life and yoga

Riki Richter

Instructor & Teacher

Riki is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Pilates rehabilitative specialist, and a deep source of knowledge on the interconnectedness of anatomy, breath, movement, and more as it relates to our complex body systems. Riki also has a host of other trainings, is continuously researching and educating and co-runs a unique clinic in Toronto’s West end called Synergy Sports Medicine.

This was so much more than just a movement intensive, but truly a research into the very nature of our current practices and their implications. We heard some of the most informed and progressive views, we shared, we experimented, we created and, of course, we moved. Very timely and relevant, well organized, thought through, fun and open to any level and background. And so many amazing people! How do I sign up for the next one!?

Anastacia Marova

MRI 2018 Participant