ZEN•GA Foundation Course

 ZENGA Instructor Foundation Course on Equipment

Saturday, June 1, 2019
noon- 8 p.m.

*hours include a one-hour break.

Satisfy your annual STOTT PILATES CEC requirements—earn .7 credits in one day

Registration, $340 ($325 + $15 materials)

ZEN•GAis an innovative fusion of fascial exercise science and mindful movement to create clarity of  mind while releasing body tension through purposeful movement.  ZEN represents the search for inner discovery; (yo)GA symbolizes the way to reach it. Together they form ZEN•GA, which is based on Four Mindful Movement Principles: Breath, Support, Yield, and Flow.

Call 503-292-4409 to register

Course Objectives:

  • Learn the principles of ZEN•GA—Breath, Support, Yield and Flow—and how to incorporate them as you teach movement.
  • Learn how to cue, correct and modify effectively for all populations.
  • Explore foundational movement patterns and learn to envision how the facial system relates to movement.
  • Apply the principles while altering programs for different client types and class situations.


Introduce a modern, new element to your teaching

Instructors who know and love STOTT PILATES® will find ZEN•GA to be a refreshing blend of hard science and guided discovery of a body in motion. Certified Instructor Katherine Brown will lead this new course. (Click to read her ZEN•GA blog post.)

When applied together, the ZEN•GA principles—Breath, Support, Yield, Flow—allow you to become aware of how the body and the mind move in tandem. ZEN•GA focuses on core stability, stamina and resilience while attaining a heightened state of presence in the moment. The increase in demand on your neuromuscular system allows you to reap the benefits of improved strength, clarity and overall fitness.

ZEN•GA Foundations Course for mat or equipment is right for you if you’re presently working in the fields of fitness or movement. The course program will provide a blend of theory, observation and practical experience.


Fascia, the miraculous connector

Until recently, scientists, researchers and the medical community viewed muscles, bones and organs as isolated elements of a body.

Westernized methods of dissection—separating parts into smaller and smaller pieces—created the illusion that everything is disconnected. The brain and nervous system were labeled as the only parts that coordinated the rest of us to work as an integrated whole.

Recent advances in fascia introduced new terminology and perspective. Scientists, researchers and medical professionals are now realizing that the fascia—often originally cut away to get to the “important” parts of our body—is an extraordinary cellular network that weaves itself in and around muscles, tendons, ligaments, bursae and organs. It is everywhere. It is a communication and biomechanical regulatory network system.


Training fascial movement 

ZEN•GA brings this new understanding about the body into the exercise classroom. By changing our awareness as movement specialists, we bring a new perspective to our teaching.

Using cues, corrections and imagery that unite our student’s bodies as a connected whole brings about very different results in our students. In fact, our bodies can be more coordinated, stable and dynamic when we know how to tap into movement, words and ideas that enhances the innate intelligence of our fascial system.

Physical. Practical. Mindful.

A good teacher must know how to blend hard science with creativity. ZEN•GA helps instructors tap into new ways of helping their clients experience movement within their body—and sense changes as they occur. You will guide your clients to create their own internal dialogue, with greater awareness of their bodies, to create change.

ZEN•GA isn’t just intellectual. It’s practical. You will learn movement and exercises that you can teach to your clients right away. It will benefit beginning to advanced students. Some of the practice is exploratory; other aspects are pure fitness.

Official Merrithew Description:

ZEN•GATM is a synergistic blend of mind-body modalities, supported by exercise science and the newest findings in fascial fitness. ZEN represents the search for inner discovery, while YOGA symbolizes a pathway to reach it. Together they form ZEN•GA, which is based on Four Mindful Movement Principles: breath, support, yield and flow. When applied together, these principles bring awareness of how the body and the mind move in tandem. ZEN•GA focuses on core stability, stamina and resilience while attaining a state of presence. The increase in demand on the neuromuscular system affords the benefits of improved strength, enhanced elasticity and creates a more youthful, resilient and fluid body.